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    The day the Swedish Air Force Saab 37 Viggen saved the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

    Just stumbled upon this YouTube video while looking for something else. A fascinating story with a lot of interesting angles.
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    Canadian snowbirds find creative way to get to Florida

    And as another Canadian winter approaches.  :D :cold: Canadian snowbirds find a creative way to get to Florida — with their cars — despite closed border Diane and Theo Rood, and their black Labrador, Abby, recently flew from Hamilton to Buffalo on their son's helicopter. Because of border...
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    Western pilot flies MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet

    How A Canadian Pilot Became The First Westerner To Fly The Feared MiG-29 Fulcrum Readers might be forgiven for not knowing that the first Western pilot to get a chance to fly the then-Soviet Union's much-vaunted MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet was a Canadian. But the story of how now-retired Royal...
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    A.O.C. and the Jurassic Jerks

    Posting just because it's so well written and humourous: A.O.C. and the Jurassic Jerks For the Cave Man President and his party, clubbing women is not a path to victory. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/25/opinion/aoc-yoho-trump-2020.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
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    'The Last Full Measure’

    "The Last Full Measure’ Review: Remembering a Fallen War Hero This fact-based story directed by Todd Robinson follows the quest to get a Medal of Honor for a pararescue medic who died in Vietnam." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/movies/the-last-full-measure-review.html Watched this movie on...
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    John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80

    John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80 By Katharine Q. Seelye, NY Times Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried...
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    RCAF Happy Canada Day

    Happy #CanadaDay everyone! From coast to coast to coast, we're #RCAFProud to serve our true north, strong and free. Check out this video highlighting what we do for #Canada. #RCAF https://twitter.com/RCAF_ARC/status/1278282203189800961 What can I say... Just love anything that flies.  :D
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    Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops

    Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment. By Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt and Michael Schwirtz June 26, 2020 WASHINGTON — American...
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    Matthew Lee Guthmiller's flying adventures/trips for aviation fans/Nuts

    "Matthew Lee Guthmiller (born November 29, 1994) is an American aviator, YouTuber,entrepreneur, professional speaker, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus.  At age 19, Matt became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe by air, which he set in a bid to encourage others to...
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    Coronavirus and haircuts

    "A few of the rigid standards of the U.S. military are being eased with each passing day of the coronavirus outbreak, and for some sailors, one change could have a visible effect: They may be able to have longer hair. On Wednesday night, the Navy announced that it was giving commanding officers...
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    U.S. troops around the world sing ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

    U.S. troops around the world sing ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1npU2RtlGk
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    'Unsolicited' presentation claims the frigate's main guns are nearly obsolete

    The Department of National Defence has faced some tough, pointed questions about whether it has chosen the right radar, main gun and close air defence systems for the navy's new frigates, which will soon hit the drawing board. An unsolicited defence industry slide deck presentation, obtained by...
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    Nov 2019 - London Bridge: Two killed in stabbing attack

    Two members of the public have died in a stabbing attack at London Bridge, in which police shot dead the suspect. A further three were injured in the attack - declared a terrorist incident - and are being treated in hospital. The suspect, who died at the scene, was wearing what is believed to...
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    We are the invisible: The problem with how we understand our veterans

    This Remembrance Day, let’s remember that veterans don’t all look the same – lest we erase the diversity of experiences in our forces. Kelly S. Thompson is a former captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and the North Bay, Ont.-based author of Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes From the Forces. A...
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    Challenger - needed to comply with the new ADS-B system

    Air-traffic control changes in U.S., Europe may force Ottawa to buy new executive jets CTV National News: The state of Canada's VIP jets Two of the four planes used for VIP travel will soon face restrictions on where they can fly. Glen McGregor has the exclusive details OTTAWA -- The federal...
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    Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump:

    "I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor," Mattis said. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/defense-secretary-gen-james-mattis-roasts-donald-trump/story?id=66358021&cid=social_twitter_abcn Watch the video clip this quote is from. The General...
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    Red Arrows take Gerard Butler for a ride

    Red Arrows take Gerard Butler for a ride.  Great video  :D https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2019-10-11/red-arrows-take-actor-gerard-butler-sky-high-during-stateside-tour/
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    Man arrrested in death of MCpl Martin Brayman

    Man arrested in Fla. death of Canadian Armed Forces member Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:00AM EDT A man has been arrested in the death of a Canadian Armed Forces master corporal working in Florida. Master Cpl. Martin Brayman died Monday in Panama City after a violent assault the...
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    A library worker, a Spitfire pilot and a trip back in time

    A library worker, a Spitfire pilot and a trip back in time GATINEAU—Only once did age betray 97-year-old Ernie Allen. Where once he could bound into the cramped cockpit of his Spitfire in a fluid motion in the rush to get airborne, on this day he needed help to clamber onto the wing and then...
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    LGen Jean-Marc Lanthier ‏ @Army_Comd Follow @Army_Comd Honoured to be appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. Thank you to the @CDS_Canada_CEMD for his confidence in me. I leave the CA in the very capable hands of LGen Eyre and look forward to supporting the Chief of the Defence Staff and...