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Knights of the air

There are few rivals in war who have shared the mutual regard and respect, even camaraderie, as did those who flew fighter planes during the two world wars. Theirs was a singular experience, the scale and intimacy of which were unique in the annals of conflict, even aviation, before or since. The chivalric tradition...
  • New Site For War Museum

    September 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Tom MacGregor Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps announces new museum site. It has been 13 years since Legion Magazine first called the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa a national shame. Now a handful of senior cabinet ministers, local members of Parliament and bureaucrats have...
  • The Long Range Of CFB Greenwood

    September 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick An Aurora sits on the tarmac at CFB Greenwood. The planes and helicopters are old–some of the oldest in the Canadian Forces–but whether they’re used to check out a suspicious cargo ship in the mid-Atlantic, answer a distress call in the Far...
  • Forces Fighting From The Ropes For More Funds

    May 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick Defence Minister Art Eggleton chats with Charles Belzile, chairman of the Conference of Defence Associations. A cash-strapped Canadian Forces, nursing outdated equipment and poor morale, has been given a pep talk to boost its flagging spirits by Defence Minister Art Eggleton, who...
  • Questions Continue About Depleted Uranium

    May 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Victoria Fulford HMCS Athabaskan was equipped with weapons using depleted uranium during the Persian Gulf War. The Pentagon called it the silver bullet. A substance that gives military projectiles an extra punch allowing them to penetrate metal armour with ease. It’s depleted uranium, a...
  • Eye On Defence: Accounting To The Public

    May 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by David J. Bercuson Cutbacks have meant that the operational fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft will be reduced to 80. National Defence Minister Art Eggleton recently surprised the Canadian Forces with his announcement of a one-time additional cash infusion of $600 million into the Department...
  • The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost

    May 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick Hit by a triple whammy of bad press, declining enlistments and more than a decade of shrinking budgets, the Canadian Forces is soldiering on and making do at home and increasingly abroad despite reports of threadbare and patched uniforms, shaky infrastructure and...

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