Bits and Pieces
Word of the Month - Royal Canadian Air Force
As you will all no doubt remember, the federal government decided to reinstate the name "Royal Canadian Air Force" in 2011. Recognizing that the name was reinstated 43 years after the change, there are no serving members who ever served under the original name, but at least the press coverage was positive overall and it seems that the return to RCAF was greeted with pride.
Apparently, the name was granted royal sanction on 1 April, 1924, by King George V - a mere 21 years after the first flight of the Wright brothers and four years after formation of a Canadian Air Force.
The RCAF's Planned Next Generation Fighter
Another item of news regarding the RCAF is their plan to order the F35 Lightning II. You can read more about the plans to acquire this new aircraft. Like most Canadians you are most likely aware of the hot debate in the Houses of Parliament about the cost of this programme. It was claimed at the end of World War II that had the allies had aircraft engines with a few percent less performance than the enemy, the outcome would have been quite different. One can understand why the RCAF would be insisting on nothing but the best.