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The Dispatch Issue #18, Week of January 22, 2012

 

 

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Dispatch Issue # 18

Week of January 22, 2012

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Cadet of the Week

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Advance Notice Squadron Mess Dinner

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It is time to start planning for the Squadron’s Annual Mess Dinner which will be held in Lviv Ukrainian Hall on Sunday March 4.

 

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This is one of the high lights of the cadet year and there is generally about 250 cadets, parents and family members in attendance.

Get ready as tickets will be on sale shortly.

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Two Day Cadet Sports Competition

Sponsored by 172 Squadron Bowmanville

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Basketball, Floor hockey, tug of War, Volleyball, Handball

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The team and their trophies for first place in the floor hockey and tug of war competitions.

 

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Tartan Air Rifle Shoot – Fort York Armories

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The past weekend cadets were involved in another competition at the Fort York Armories in Toronto. Out of 25 teams competing our Squadron came in 5th overall.

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Model Building

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The signup sheet for our annual model plastic building contest was posted last Monday and we now have all the models ready to hand out tomorrow evening.

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The cost per model is $5.00 and each model will come with a tube of glue and a sheet listing the color and number of the Humbrol paint that would be suitable for the kit.

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Model builders are reminded to bring  $5.00 to the Monday evening parade so that they can pick up their models before going home.

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It is the responsibility of individual cadets to purchase the paint and brushes that are required. The models that are available are shown below. All are historic aircraft from WW2 and the goal is to not only get cadets in to the world of model building but to encourage them to learn about aviation history.

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Completed models are due back on the 27 February so that the winners can be announced at the Squadron’s annual Mess dinner. The age categories are 12 – 14 and 15 – 18. There will be prizes for the top junior model and the top senior model builder.

 

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Quick Links to the Squadron Web Site – Chadburn.org

 

To link to the Summer Camp Application Status List – Click Here

The Squadron’s Google Activity Calendar  –  Click Here

Past Issues of the Squadron Newsletters  – Click Here 

You Tube  –  Click Here

Web Links – Click Here 

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Aviation Photo of The Week

Airborne Refreshments

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In the lighter moments of World War II, the Spitfire was used in an unorthodox role: bringing beer kegs to the men in Normandy. After D-Day, supplying the invasion troops in Normandy with vital supplies was already a challenge. Obviously, there was no room in the logistics chain for such luxuries as beer or other types of refreshments. Some men, often called “sources”, were able to get wine or other niceties “from the land” or rather from the locals. RAF Spitfire pilots came up with an even better idea.

 

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The Spitfire Mk IX was an evolved version of the Spitfire, with pylons under the wings for bombs or tanks. It was discovered that the bomb pylons could also be modified to carry beer kegs.

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According to pictures that can be found, various sizes of kegs were used. Whether the kegs could be jettisoned in case of emergency is unknown. A variation of this was a long range fuel tank modified to carry beer instead of fuel. The modification even received the official designation Mod. XXX. Propaganda services were quick to pick up on this, which probably explains the “official” designation.

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151 Chadburn Squadron

Royal Canadian Air Cadets

*** Excelsior per Debere ***Excellence through Endeavour

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oshawa

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