Ex Cadets and more in the news / Anciens et autres dans les nouvelles
Interview with 8816 Marius Grinius about the situation in North Korea
Unit for injured soldiers facing third leadership change in a year
18015 Mark Misener
51 Squadron gets new commander
21869 Brenda Tinsley
RCAF marks graduation of 50th search and rescue course
22720 John Coffin
L’ARC souligne la fin du 50e cours de recherche et de sauvetage
General warns Canada’s special forces operating on ‘borrowed time’
G3281 Peter Dawe Jr.
Airfield repair: 4 Construction Engineer Squadron specialty
La réparation des pistes, une expertise du 4e Escadron du génie construction
23459 Megan Kavanagh / 26038 Chelsey Litjens
‘I’m very humbled’: Fort Saskatchewan-born Joshua Kutryk talks about being named Canadian astronaut
22911 Joshua Kutryk
Canada’s top general condemns actions of servicemen who disrupted Indigenous ceremony in Halifax
15696 Jon Vance
Christie Blatchford: Proud Boys’ behaviour might be goofy, but is hardly ‘deplorable’
Military has made serious effort to reduce pension delays: Lieutenant-General
15137 Charles Lamarre
Base Valcartier expresses its solidarity with the Muslim community of Quebec City a second time
16271 Hercule Gosselin
La Base Valcartier exprime sa solidarité envers la communauté musulmane de Québec une deuxième fois
Le maire de Montréal remet la Clé de la Ville au brigadier-général Hercule Gosselin
Sydney woman shares special connection with HMCS Charlottetown
G5514 Jeff Hutt
Matthew Fisher: For Trudeau, a UN mission in Africa appears ever more daunting
9968 Serge Labbé / 7860 Romeo Dallaire
New commander for branch (8 Wing Trenton)
21054 André Delhommeau
New Commanding officer for CSOR
21193 Andrew Vivian
New CO for 4CDSG Personnel Services
18015 Mark Misener / 19973 Darcy Wright
Leveling the field on CAF operations
21784 Jody Hanson
Women in Force: a military introduction
14487 Suzanne Raby
Squadron 426 has been busy!
20762 Brent Hoddinot
Nelson Air Cadet Grad pilots CF-188 Hornet over West Kootenay
25508 Thegne Rathbone
Ottawa Branch Golf – 7 July
Another outstanding Ottawa Branch Golf Tournament this past Friday with over 140 participants.
The Class of ’69 was out in force once again with a contingent of 14 golfers making up some ten percent of the field.
The 69ers, along with several other classes, sponsored a hole with such sponsorships adding significantly to the financial success of the event.
Despite all odds the event was blessed by dry weather and a great time was had by all.
Kudos to the organizers and all participants. See you next year.
7761 Mike Johnson, 8031 Tom Epp, 7982 Lea Vachon, 8060 Harry Mohr, 8019 John Carlson, 7763 Chris Hordal, 8023 Dave Cudmore, 8026 Mel Dempster, 8171 Don Partsch, 7783 Pete McMillan, 7855 Paul Hession, 8033 Brian Fritsch and 7928 Cajo Brando. MIA when photo taken: 8145 Ken Lait.
Class of 1969 – Hole sponsorship:
8019 John Carlson, 7761 Mike Johnson, 8026 Mel Dempster
From Fighter Jets to Heavy Jets – A CANADIAN PILOT’S 37 YEARS IN THE COCKPIT
Barrie’s Kent Smerdon Publishes Memoir; Flight Lines: Assorted Lies, Recollections, and War Stories
Every occupation has its secrets. However, few can say their occupation includes adventure. Kent Smerdon has enjoyed a wide ranging flying career from air force to civilian. Now retired, he has published his riveting memoir with appeal for pilots and passengers alike, Flight Lines: Assorted Lies, Recollections, and War Stories.
Thirty seven years of professional flying in more than a dozen aircraft types comprise the high-flying highlights of retired Captain A. Kent Smerdon’s career. Flight Lines includes Kent’s fond recollections of his father’s flying adventures during WWII, flying supersonic interceptors, a detour flight through the depths of the Grand Canyon in a RCAF T-33 jet, piloting RCAF/Government VIP Challengers for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and family, airshow tales with shuttle commander Col Chris Hadfield, a brief helicopter intermission before Captain Smerdon finishes his airline career right on target; in the left seat of the B-767-300. The book is studded with personal touches, high drama, and thundering humour. Flight Lines tells the many stories of a flying man, complete with intimate insights, interesting trivia, technical asides and a steady current of entertaining stories about the compelling adventures of a career airborne.
“Captain Smerdon introduces us to his sometimes wacky world of flying and captures many of our own remembrances of some crazy things we did decades ago. This delightful quick read is a humorous, thoughtful and provocative retrospective of a career in both military and civilian flying worlds. A MUST read.”
—Captain John R. Scott, MRAeS, Editor, Position Report Magazine
Flight Lines: Assorted lies, Recollections and War Stories is available for order from the FriesenPress Bookstore, Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and most other major online book retailers. The eBook edition is available for order from GooglePlay, Kindle, Kobo and iTunes.
About the Author
Kent is happily preoccupied by a new life filled with the duties of a grandparent and other distractions in the home he shares with his wife, Liz, in Barrie, ON. He is a member of the RMC Club of Canada, The RCMI in Toronto, The Air Force Association, The Air Canada Pionairs and RAPCAN (Retired Airline Pilots of Canada. He also volunteers at the Barrie Food Bank.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Flight Lines; Assorted Lies, Recollections and War Stories
by Captain (Retd) A. Kent Smerdon
The book is a series of short stories, a “memoir in anecdotes” that follows the author through his early years as a youngster in Toronto, on to Military College and Air Force flight training and then through a broad spectrum of professional aviation ending as an Air Canada Captain. Over his 37 year career, Captain Smerdon was certified and licensed to fly well over a dozen different aircraft types and their variants, from supersonic jet fighters, to helicopters to Boeing 747s and much in between.
Flight Lines includes;
- Kent’s fond recollections of his father’s flying adventures during WWII
- Flying supersonic interceptors for NORAD
- A training flight detour through the depths of the Grand Canyon in a RCAF T-33 jet
- Piloting RCAF/Government VIP Challengers for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and family, Canada’s Governor General and members of the British Royal Family
- Airshow tales with shuttle commander Col Chris Hadfield
- A brief period flying helicopters
- An airline career finishing in the left seat of the B-767-300.
The book is studded with personal touches, high drama, interesting aviation trivia and thundering humour. Flight Lines is neither an autobiography nor a book just for pilots. It is filled with many personal yarns plus contributions from his late father Allan, a WWII RCAF instructor and Mosquito pilot and from many friends, pilot colleagues and other keen contributors to the book.
Flight Lines is an easy to read collection of exciting flying stories, technical asides, tragic losses, funny cockpit happenings, humour and commentary.
9719 Kent Smerdon (Class of 1973) was born in Toronto in 1950 and was introduced to flying as a youngster by his father, a WWII RCAF veteran Harvard instructor and Mosquito fighter/bomber pilot. His exposure to and interest in flying led to his enrolling in the Canadian Air Force via a scholarship with Canada’s Military College at Kingston ON (RMC) directly after graduating from high school in 1969. A varied and remarkable career in aviation began.
During the break between his third and fourth year at RMC, he married is high school sweetheart Liz and moved her to Kingston before graduating in 1973 with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. He then started the serious business of Air Force “wings standard” training. After wings and subsequent qualification on supersonic interceptors, Kent was posted to 409 (AW) “Nighthawks” Fighter Squadron in CFB Comox BC under the command of NORAD. (North American Aerospace Defence) During that time, he flew #3 position in the 409 “Hawks” air demonstration team and was chosen to compete for Canada at the 1976 Bi-Annual “William Tell” Weapons Competition at Tyndall AFB in Florida. He was then posted as an instructor pilot on Voodoos at 410 Cougar Squadron OTU at CFB Bagotville Quebec. Kent left the Air Force for Air Canada in 1980 but kept ties with the military through 401 “Ram” Squadron at St Hubert Quebec where he learned helicopter flying.
The recession and high interest rates of the early eighties compelled Kent to take a leave from Air Canada and return to the regular Airforce at NDHQ in Ottawa before being assigned the position of Challenger Flight Commander at 412 (VIP) Squadron at CFB Uplands. After a six year leave he returned to Air Canada and left the military behind for good. After upgrading to A-320 Captain in 2000, he finished his career as a B-767-300 Captain in 2010 after having been qualified to fly over 18 different aircraft types and their variants over 37 years in aviation.
Kent is a Director on the Board of Aeroserve Technologies Ltd., a life member of the RMC Club of Canada, a member of the Air Force Association, the Air Canada Pionairs, RAPCAN (Retired Airline Pilots Canada) and the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto. He is a cancer survivor, grandfather of twins, a keen tennis player, loves to swing a hammer, and volunteers at the Barrie Food Bank.
Captain Smerdon retired in 2010 after 31 years with Air Canada. He lives in Barrie Ontario with Liz, his bride of forty five years.