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2012 Newsletters

  • CAHS Newsletter #15: A High-Flyin' Happy New Year!


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    Dear CAHS Member,

    Happy New Year and welcome to 2012! I hope very much that the new year brings you overwhelming happiness, good fortune, and good health.

    2012 will bring about some (positive) changes to the CAHS, one being this e-publication! I was taken by surprise when upon the announcement of my appointment as newsletter editor the congratulatory e-mails began to flow in. I was struck by all the warm greetings: “WELCOME ABOARD, CAITLIN!” they exclaimed, “Best wishes for success with CAHS!!” they cried. I sincerely appreciate all of the kind words and I know that this newsletter will be a great way to meet many of the individuals who contribute to this generous and enthusiastic organization.

    If you’re like me, after the presents have been opened and all the guests have gone home you start to feel a bit of the post-holiday blues. For many it’s either back to the old grind or back to school, while for some it’s the long wait until golf season returns. During the downtime of these winter months take solace in the fact that there are still lots of aviation-related activities to tide you over until the sun (and the chocks!) come out. Until then, if you’re in hibernation mode until Spring mix up some hot cocoa, grab a blanket, take a gander at your latest CAHS Journal, relax, and repeat. If you’ve retreated to warmer climates do the same, but substitute in a fruity drink and a hula skirt.

    Blue skies,

    Caitlin McWilliams
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History

    The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) begins in Canada

    On 17 December 1939 the "Air Training Agreement" was signed and Canada became the primary location for what became the most ambitious, successful, and uniting training scheme ever initiated.

    The new year was an exciting time for Canada as news of the massive Empire Air Training Plan swept the nation. Click on the headlines below to read newspaper articles announcing news about the BCATP in January 1940:

    (Articles can be accessed using the Canadian War Museum's online database, "Democracy at War")


    CAHS National News
     
    2012 CAHS Convention
     
    The 2012 CAHS Convention will be held 5-8 September in Saint John, NB. The preliminary program is pending. Book your stay early since a block of rooms have been reserved at the Delta Hotel in downtown Saint John at $100.00 per night. Note that the Convention will be held on site. 
     
    Journal Update
     
    The Summer 2011 Journal was completed and circulated last month. If you have yet to either browse an issue expect interesting topics spanning both vintage and contemporary aviation:
    • The second instalment of Pierre Thiffault’s article on modern weather kites.
    • Carl Vincent’s thoughts on Spitfire L1090 in North America.
    • John Chalmer's report on the 2011 Aviation Hall of Fame inductees.
    The CAHS Journal is the official quarterly publication of the CAHS and presents the history of all aspects of Canadian aviation. If you wish to have a manuscript considered for publication, please consult Managing Editor Bill March.
     
    CAHS Online
     
    If you are on Facebook, please “like” our fan page by searching “Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National.” It is a great place to get up-to-the-minute news between newsletters, share your events and photos, and stay updated on the progress of the Journal between issues.
     
    We are also active on Twitter as @CanAvHistSoc. We are up to 204 followers from around the world including Ice Pilots NWT and CBC’s Arctic Air!
     

                                       Member News
     
     
     
     
     
    Be sure to watch this four-minute clip of an interview Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail did in December with CTV Edmonton where she discusses flying, family, work, and the CAHS! Hear what continues to inspire the current CAHS VP and listen for an update on her upcoming publication work.
     

    Chapter News
     
    Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click on the city. Remember: all chapters are always on the lookout for new speakers and welcome guests and visitors to their monthly meetings.
     
    Ottawa
    • 26 January at 1930hrs
    • Guest Speaker: Bill Tate, President of Project North Star, details their plans and progress restoring RCAF Canadair North Star 17515 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    Montreal
    Vancouver
    • 10 January
    • Guest Speaker: Jim Jorgenson will be showing a variety of videos from old air shows he attended, at places such as Midland and Dallas, Texas, Paris Air Show, etc.
    • Note: Since January is the Chapter Annual Meeting some time will be devoted to annual Chapter business.
    Calgary
    • 19 January
    • Guest Speaker: Chris Weicht on "Aviator with a Difference: My Flying Career."
    Manitoba
    • 26 January at 1800 hrs
    • Guest Speaker: Authors John Bradley, (Air Defence of Canada) and Robert D. “Bob” Moore (The Voodoo and I: From Wind-in-Wires to Thunder in the Sky) will speak about the air defence of Canada.

    Events and Announcements
     
    Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Dinner
     
    The 2012 annual dinner and ceremony will be held at Le Windsor, 1170 Peel St, Montreal though dates and ticket sales information TBA. The list of Inductees for 2012 has been formally announced and are as follows:
     
    Mr. Nils Christensen of Salt Spring Island, BC, made his contribution to Canadian aviation with the founding of Viking Air and the acquisition of the rights from de Havilland Canada to manufacture spares for some of its post-war products. The venture has given rise to an internationally reputed aircraft and parts manufacturing concern. Born in Norway in 1921, Nils served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Norwegian Air Force during the Second World War and, emigrated to Canada in 1951.
     
    Air Marshal Harold “Gus” Edwards (1892-1952) was born in England and  raised in Nova Scotia. He served as a pilot with the Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War and was later intimately involved with the founding of the RCAF. Gus was in charge of the monumental personnel management aspects of the BCATP when it began and then fought successfully for the “Canadianization” of the RCAF’s contributions to Allied efforts in the RAF as Air Office Commanding-in-Chief of RCAF Overseas.
     
    Mr. Pierre Jeanniot, O.C. C.Q., who was born in France in 1933 and emigrated to Canada in 1947, is a former president and CEO of Air Canada, known as an innovator in the field of airline operations and management. An internationally recognized leader in the airline industry, he contributed to the development of civil aviation in Canada and around the world. His work in Air Canada and with the International Air Transport Association as Director General and CEO has been recognized with honours from Canada, France and international organizations.
     
    Dr. Daffyd (Dave) Williams, born in Saskatoon in 1954, is a pilot, medical doctor and a retired Canadian astronaut of outstanding skill, management ability and accomplishment in his work with the Canadian Space Agency. He was appointed Director of NASA’s Space and Life Sciences Directorate, a rare accomplishment for a non-American astronaut. Dave made two flights on the Space Shuttle, 1998 and 2007, and in the second was involved in three spacewalks for installations at the International Space Station.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The Belt of Orion Award for Excellence was founded by Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1988 to honour organizations, groups, societies or associations who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of aviation in Canada. The winner of this year’s award is Leavens Aviation Inc. The company began as Leavens Brothers Air Services in 1927, and is one of Canada’s great aviation success stories. Its life encompassed several aspects of aviation in Canada and operated until 2011,starting with barnstorming a single aircraft, then flight training, running a major training facility under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), spraying operations, commercial airline operations, light aircraft manufacturing and the sale, distribution and overhaul of aircraft parts.
     
    HeritageCon 2012
      
    Calling all aviation model enthusiasts! The sixth annual HeritageCon Model Contest held by International Plastic Modeling Society (Hamilton branch) will be held on 12 February at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The event is one of the largest in scale modeling in Canada and is a fundraising activity for the Warplane Museum.
     
    Air Force Association of Canada Annual Awards Ceremony
     
    The Air Force Association of Canada recognized excellence in Canadian military and civilian aviation at its annual awards ceremony in Quebec City, Que., on Oct. 15.
     
    National Aviation Day
     
    Since 2009 the Government of Canada has recognized 23 February as “National Aviation Day” in Canada. Stay tuned for more information on special events to mark the anniversary of Canada’s first powered flight, celebrate past achievements, and open new chapters in aviation excellence.

    Museums and Airshows
     
    Britain's Premier Air Shows Tour 2012
     
    Expedia Cruise Ship Centres is offering a U.K. Air Show Tour from 28 June - 12 July. The tour includes four air shows: Duxford Flying Legends Airshow, Military Air Pageant, the Royal International Air Tattoo, and the Farnborough International Airshow. For a detailed itinerary and more information visit Expedia’s website.
     
    Canadian Aviation Museum
     
    In February the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum hopes to first send you to the moon but bring you back down to earth with the soulful serenades of big band:
     
    A day long event with hands on family activities that demystify flying and living in Space.
     
    Swing tunes and ballads performed in the big band style with special guest the Grey Jazz Big Band.
     
     
     
    Warplane Heritage Museum
     
    Win a 2012 Mustang Convertible (or better yet, a flight in a Lancaster!) There are a still a few days left to purchase your ticket for the Warplane Heritage Museum’s raffle in support of their Bolingbroke Restoration project (Click here for an in-depth article on how the restoration team intends to use the proceeds). Second prize is a flight in their Avro Lancaster, and third prize is a Primary Trainer Membership. Draw date is 14 January at the CWHM and tickets can be purchased by calling the CWHM at 905-679-4183, online at warplane.com, or at the CWHM’s front desk. 
     
    Canadian War Museum
     
    A great lead up to this year’s CAHS convention, the Canadian War Museum is currently featuring an exhibit on “New Brunswickers in Wartime.” The display explores the impact of the two World Wars on ordinary people of the province and highlights, among many things, the brothers who all served in the air force.
     
    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
     
    If you happen to be visiting Washington, DC the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is constantly showcasing a wide range of aviation-related activities including book signings, children’s days, and an Ask-an-Expert lecture series twice a month. On 11 February, “African American Pioneers in Aviation” offers an opportunity to meet local Tuskegee Airmen who will discuss their experiences as well as the history of the famous World War II fighter group. Check out their extensive calendar of events.
     
    Vintage Wings of Canada
     
     
    Vintage Wings soars into 2012 continuing their stimulating news series. Each story is brought to life through personal interest material and vivid photography and I highly recommend subscribing to their Vintage News e-newsletter. They also regularly update a blog chronicling maintenance and restoration projects.
     
    I would also strongly suggest signing up for one of their third annual “Warbird U Technical Ground Schools” which offers the rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with your favourite vintage aircraft alongside superstar instructors! Choose between the Harvard, Mustang, Spitfire, Sabre, or Swordfish. Each two-day course is spent learning the aircraft technical systems and history, touring the Vintage Wings collection and facilities, and chatting it up with Vintage Wings warbird pilots. For schedules and registration visit their website and register today!
     
    National Air Force Museum of Canada
     
    Currently the NAFMC in Trenton is highlighting a donation of sports memorabilia from the RCAF Flyers Olympic Hockey team. Also being showcased are two recently donated logbooks from RCAF serving members, as well as an air cadet exhibit.

    On the Radar
     
    Canadian Air and Space Museum - Downsview Update
     
    The Canadian Air and Space Museum continues to struggle with eviction. To sign the petition, make  a donation, or find links to the media coverage campaign please visit the museum's website.
    Update on the Science and Technology Corporation
     
    No doubt many of you have heard about the dispute regarding the layoff of 17 employees who work for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which runs the Science  and Technology Museum, the Aviation and Space Museum, and the Agriculture Museum. Stay tuned for updates, but in the meantime you can familiarize yourself with the story via the links below:

    Researcher-to-Researcher
     
    We received a request from television producer Kalin Moon on behalf of "Air Aces," a new TV documentary series which will feature an episode about George "Buzz" Beurling. He wishes to speak with individuals who fought alongside “Buzz,” friends, family, and historians. To share your knowledge please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
     
    Garry Maclean is looking for information on his uncle Art Burtt, including details relating to a   rumoured memoir he was co-writing with someone in Thunder Bay, Ont. before he passed away in   the early 1970s. Art flew for Ontario Forest Service for the last thirty years of his career, as well as  in Canada's north. If you have any information, please contact Garry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Bits and Bytes
    Discoveries:
    Preservation:
    History:
    Entertainment:

    Skyward
     
    Charlie Hogsden passed away after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma and kidney failure on 11 December, 2011. A memorial service will be held on January 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 17 Wing, Building 94, Silver Avenue at Whytewold Road in Winnipeg, MB. His full obituary can be found here.
     
    Excerpt from his obituary: “In 1963, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force 402 Squadron Reserves, where he first learned to be an aero engine mechanic, and remained there for 35 years, climbing up the rank structure until he achieved Warrant Officer. He received an honourable discharge in 1998.”
     
     
    Membership Secretary Don MacNeil received a phone call in December from one of Bradley Richards' daughters to say that he had passed away recently. “I understand from her that he was a Fleet Air Arm pilot and had also authored a book. Apparently his father was also a pilot in WWI.”

    Dear [FIRSTNAME], thank you for reading this newsletter. We hope you have enjoyed it! Please feel free to forward it to friends and family members, and encourage them to sign up on www.cahs.ca for FREE to receive future copies directly. If you have any news or events to share, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

    January 2012 - Issue 15


     

     


      Special thanks to the following supporters:

     

    Sponsors:

    HOPE AERO

    North Wright Airways Ltd.

     

    Corporate Members:

    Bombardier

    Clearwater Fine Foods

    VAC Developments

     

    Partners:

    AC Family Network

    Alberta Genealogical Society - Edmonton

    Aviaeology

    Bomber Command Museum

    CANAV Books

    Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

    Canadian Owners and Pilots Association

    Experimental Aircraft Association

    Fondation Aérovision Québec

    Leavens Aviation

    Linguistek Inc.

    Rockcliffe Flying Club

    Vintage Wings of Canada

     

     

    Canadian Aviation Historical Society
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  • CAHS Newsletter #16: National Aviation Day, Museums, etc!

     
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    Dear CAHS Member,
     
    Recently my independant research has revolved around romance, relationships, and nostalgia during wartime - themes somewhat fitting for this time of year. I have been studying panels of Canadian nose art and it is evident love (and sometimes infatuation) was a common ailment affecting the artists. Whomever the inspiration – whether it be a sweetheart at home or a girl overseas - these feelings often manifest as sultry pin-ups on the fuselage. This week I will be giving a talk in Guelph on RCAF nose art and I invite you all to come by for a very photo-heavy presentation!

    The sweetest thing I came across this Valentine's Day wasn't expensive or edible, but rather quite the contrary. When browsing the internet for newsletter material I came across the "Valentines for Veterans" program which encourages schools, organizations, and individuals (especially children) to create a hand-made valentine for a Veteran. The cards are then distributed to Veterans in long-term care facilities across the country in time for February 14th. The program is sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada to "show Veterans your gratitude for their sacrifices and achievements in serving our country... [and] bring joy to a Veteran this Valentine's Day."

    I know everyone has different ideas about Valentine's Day, but I think this one trumps all notions of chocolates and flowers.

    If you're still aching for more heartstring-tugging romance, here's a link to a serendipitous love story about two Second World War pilots, Herbert Carter and Mildred Hemmons - a Tuskegee airman and the first African American woman in Alabama to earn pilot's wings.
     
    Blue skies,
    Caitlin McWilliams

     
     
     
          
     
     
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History
     
    The First Flight of the Silver Dart
     
    23 February, 1909 marked the flight of the first powered, heavier-than-air machine in Canada.
     
    Canadian John Mccurdy flew the "Silver Dart" - an aircraft made of steel, bamboo, wire, wood, and silk - off the ice of Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia. The aircraft was also the first in Canada to carry passengers! The "Silver Dart" continues to be regarded as a feat of engineering and a turning point in Canadian aviation history.
     
    Click on the headlines below to read Canadian and American newspaper articles reporting about the successes of the Silver Dart in 1909:
    (*All articles copyright of their respective publishers*)

    CAHS National News
     
    2012 CAHS Convention
     
    Start booking time off work or looking for flight seat sales! The 2012 CAHS Convention will be held 5-8 September (Wednesday to Saturday) in Saint John, NB. The preliminary program is pending and the Convention will be held on site. Contact the Delta Hotel in downtown Saint John (click to view in Google Maps) to inquire about the discounted conference price. Hope to see you there!
     
    Journal Update
     
    To curb anticipation for the forthcoming Fall 2011 issue of the CAHS journal consider ordering some back issues or browsing past articles to use for research! A list of all articles published by the CAHS (from 1963 all the way until 2009!) is available online here. Click on an issue to view the table of contents and read a sample PDF. Full issues can be ordered for a small fee
     
    The CAHS Journal is the official quarterly publication of the CAHS and touches on the history of all aspects of Canadian aviation. If you have an intriquing manuscript you would like considered for publication, please contact Managing Editor Bill March.
     
    CAHS Online

    Vice President Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail does a fantastic job managing our social media accounts. Subscribe to both our Facebook and Twitter feeds to maximize your daily dose of CAHS news:

    If you are on Facebook please "like" our fan page by searching "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National." Here you'll find neat tidbits of information between newsletters, events and photos, and stay updated on the progress of the Journal between issues.
     
    We are also active on Twitter as @CanAvHistSoc where we are now up to 244 followers from around the world!
     
    On the website: Major Matthias Joost's "Yukon- The Coldest Place in North America." The blog commemorates the date of the when Snag, Yukon became the coldest place in North America (3 February, 1947). Featured blogs are regularly updated and are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet.
     

                                       Member News

    Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail: Air Apparent

    Pick up a copy of Canada's History Magazine (formerly The Beaver) and you'll be delighted to see Vice-President Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail featured on page 7! Here she delves a bit into what it feels like to be deemed a "maverick" of her generation. Read the article on her website here!
     

    Challenger Winter Rendezvous

    According to eye-witness testimonials the 22nd Annual Challenger Owners Winter Rendezvous (or "Montebello") was a success! From 3-5 February approximately fifty aircraft from Ontario and Quebec met along the Ottawa River in front of the historic Chateau Montebello hotel. Reported highlights include:
    • "Ol No.1," the very first Helio Courier built in 1954
    • two Robinson helicopters
    • Citabria's and Stinson's
    • dozens of Quad City Challengers
    • two P&M Aviation light sport trikes (that's open- cockpit in February!)
    Check out Jim Bell's fantastic photos from the event on his webpage page here! Don MacNeil also has some great shots (such as the one above) which may appear on the website soon - keep an eye out!
     
    On Thursday, 16 February Caitlin McWilliams will be presenting on "Flying Billboards: How Canadian Nose Art Brought Colour to the RCAF" as part of the Guelph Military Lecture Series. The talk will take place at 7:30pm in the new Guelph Museum (52 Norfolk St, Guelph).


    Chapter News
     
    Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click on the city. Remember: all chapters are always on the lookout for new speakers and welcome guests and visitors to their monthly meetings.

    Ottawa
    • 23 February at 1930hrs
    • Guest Speaker: Mr. Christopher Terry, the first Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre at 8 Wing Trenton, ON, returns to speak about visiting aviation displays around the globe in "Touring Aviation Collections"
    Montreal
    • 16 February at 1100 hrs
    • Speaker: Rob Fleck, President of Vintage Wings of Canada
    Regina
    • Held: 9 February at 1930 hrs
    Toronto
    • Held: 11 February at 1300 hrs
    • Speakers: Historians Dr. Richard Goette and Dr. Geoff Hayes on "Closing the Mid-Atlantic Gap: A Strategic, Operational and Personal Reflection"
    Vancouver
    • No February meeting due to unavailability of meeting facility
    • Next meeting: 13 March at 1900 hrs
    Calgary
    • 16 February at 1900 hrs
    • Speaker, Alan H. MacDonald Memorial Lecture: Wayne Ralph, best-selling aviation author and air historian, will use literature to speak about the existential world of the fighter pilot with emphasis on Canadian air aces
    Manitoba
    • 23 February at 1900 hrs

    Events and Announcements
     
    Family Day Activities (20 February)
     
    20 February is Family Day in Canada and here are some suggestions for aviation-related activities coinciding with the civic holiday, but be sure to stop by your local aviation spot to see what they have going on!
    • The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum is open! Why not combine Family Day with National Aviation Day and bring the whole family for special activities at the Museum?
    • The Canadian War Museum invites families to try their hand at parachute making using common household items, or discovering the clothing and equipment used by Second World War airmen.
    • The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will be hosting Hamilton's Kids Fest (18-20 February). Touted as "Central Ontario's Largest Indoor Inflatable Show" the festival provides lots of activities for children 12 and under, and a great opportunity to spend time with the little ones.
    • The Western Canada Aviation Museum is offering a guided tour exploring Canada's bush pilots and the MacAlpine Expedition in 1929 (and as a bonus all admissions to the museum on this day are a Toonie though the tour is free!). Note that this tour also runs on all Sundays in February.
    National Aviation Day (23 February)
     
    Since 2009 the Government of Canada has recognized 23 February as "National Aviation Day" in Canada to celebrate Canada's first power flight. According to Transport Canada's website, "National Aviation Day offers Canadians an opportunity to advance this vibrant industry by encouraging youth to pursue careers in Canadian aviation." Mark the day by doing something aviation-y (maybe going flying with a buddy or taking your kids to watch planes at the airport?). Perhaps visiting your local aviation museum? The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, for one, promises lots of family fun and special activities. If you do something special, send me an e-mail or photos for the March newsletter!
     
    Bomber Command Association: Memorial Construction
     
    A memorial, located overseas in London"s Green Park, is now under construction to honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in the Second World War. It is being erected by the Bomber Command Association and is expected to be completed in June of 2012. The Association is seeking volunteers to lobby members of parliament for provide public funding to enable bomber command veterans to travel to London for the unveiling. Contact the Association here if you would like to help! The Association is also seeking donations to fund future maintenance of the memorial which you can access here
     
    Western Canada Aviation Museum: Construction Project
     
    On 24 January the Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg Airports Authority, and Exchange Income Corporation announced plans to build a new facility to house the collection of bush aircraft and artifacts held at the Aviation Museum. The endeavour will "forever connect Manitoba to its aviation roots, provide new connections with the North and a state of the art vision for the future." Read the full announcement on their website here.

    Museums and Airshows
     
    Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
     
    The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum really wants to get your kids involved in aviation! Registration for "Kids, Clouds, and Cosmos" summer camp opens on 21 February at aviation.technomuses.ca. Six different camps take place in July and August and are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12. Details and pricing available on their website.
     
    Canadian War Museum
     
    As I mentioned last edition the Canadian War Museum is featuring a special exhibit on "New Brunswickers in Wartime." The display explores the impact of the two World Wars on ordinary people of the province and highlights, among many things, the brothers who all served in the air force. On 23 February Gary Huges, curator at the New Brunswick Museum, will lecture on the creation of the exhibition.
     
    On the 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26th of February the War Museum will showcasing the clothing worn and equipment used by Canadian aircrew members in a family-oriented demonstration. Click here for more information.
     

    British Columbia Aviation Museum

    On Saturday, 18 February the British Columbia Aviation Museum will hold a Career Day from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Become a member or a volunteer to participate in their monthly movie nights, luncheons, and more fun events!
     
     
    Canadian Museum of Flight
     
    Telus TV recently stopped by the Canadian Museum of Flight and put together this great 5-minute video for "myVancouver Faces & Places" about the museum, restoration work, and the importance of Canada's aviation history. Narrated by Bill Findlay.
     
    Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
     
    After an ambitious renovation the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, Ontario, has opened its doors to the public as an aviation tourism destination. With the support of numerous contibutors its facilities now boast a new archives / library / museum, and updated static display and workshop areas. Funds have also facilitated the continuing restoration of Lancaster FM212.
    If you have yet to hear about the CH2A, check out what comedian Rick Mercer had to say about the organization at the 2011 Windsor International Air Show or watch this 5-minute video about the CH2A and Windsor International Airport. Become a member of the association to enjoy updates through their seasonal "Pathfinder" newsletter (and other benefits)!
     
    Vintage Wings of Canada

    In January the Vintage Wings facility at 19 Wing Comox underwent a hangar renovation to make space for restoring a rare Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX.

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel (click titles to view):
    National Air Force Museum of Canada / Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum
     
    The National Air Force Museum of Canada in association with the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum is has been restoring a 1942 Mk VI Lockheed Hudson since 2010. Doug Rutley, Hudson Restoration Manager, wrote in with more details: "When restored, FK466 will... be the only Mark VI Hudson on display in the world. FK466 is not a complete aircraft... and it requires numerous items including interior furnishings, cockpit instruments and engines. Restoration time for FK466 is estimated at five to ten years to complete." Read more about the project here.
     
    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Warplane Heritage Museum publishes a monthly online newsletter, "Flightlines," available to the public in PDF format. February's issue features Part One of a feature on the museum's 40th Anniversary. Read this month's issue here.
    The museum has also stated a Flickr photo sharing page. Members of the group have posted over 700 photos already, so head on over to the group here, browse the user-submitted photos or join the group and submit your own!
     
    Alberta Aviation Museum

    The Alberta Aviation Museumwill hold its "Gathering of Eagles Dinner: Past, Present, and Future" on 17 February with a Silent and Live Auction. The night will include a dinner and talk by documentary producer Michael Jorgenson about his film "Search for the Mad Trapper," and a seperate presentation on the status of the museum. More information can be found here.

    On the Radar
     
    Canadian Air and Space Museum - Downsview Update
     
    The Canadian Air and Space Museum continues to struggle with eviction. To sign the petition, make  a donation, or find links to the media coverage campaign please visit the museum's website. Watch their television Public Service Announcement here on Youtube as well.
     
    Bill Zuk has penned a plea for Downsview entittled "Canadian Air and Space Museum in Peril." Please read his letter here, forward to your contacts who may be interested, and contact Robert Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of the Museum, if you wish to show your support.

    Researcher-to-Researcher
     
    We receive numerous requests per month from independant researchers and associations looking for help with projects. The CAHS community is diverse in background and experiences and can be a great resource!
     
    Glenn Wright is looking for information on the 1942 Grey Cup game played between the RCAF Hurricanes (Toronto) and the RCAF Bombers (Winnipeg). He can be reached via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Doug Rutley of the National Air Force Museum is looking for information on Hudsons in the RCAF especially from those of RCAF Stations Debert, Nova Scotia and Torbay, Newfoundland, or anyone involved in Hudson Air-Sea Rescue conversions at 21 Repair Depot in Moncton, New Brunswick.

    T.C Anstey, an Aerospace Engineering student at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering at CFB Borden, is working to document air maintenance activities in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1946 to 1970. He would like to speak to veterans of the aircraft maintenance community but would appreciate any help finding resources to facilitate his research. He can be reached through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Bits and Bytes
    Discoveries: Preservation: History: Media: Accidents:
    Publications

    Skyward
     
    Long-time Vancouver Chapter member John McQuarrie passed away on 16 January. John used to attend the Chapter meetings regularly. His ashes were interred on 24 January and a memorial gathering was held on 11 February.
     
    Excerpt from his obituary: "John passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at Royal Columbian Hospital. Predeceased by his wife Audrey of 45 years and survived by his common-law partner Sadie Taylor. He will be greatly missed by his sons Blake (Sam), Brian (Wanda), Keith (Deborah), his  grandchildren Bradley, Cameron, Christopher (Sarah), Breanne (Brendan), Derek, Aidan and his great granddaughter Audrey."
     
     
    On 9 February, Stan Reynolds of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, passed away at 88 years old. A formal memorial service is being planned for the spring. Danielle has provided me with a few links to share with you that touch on his contributions to aviation history.
     

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    February 2012 - Issue 15

     

     


     Special thanks to the following supporters:

     

    Sponsors:

    HOPE AERO

    North Wright Airways Ltd.

     

    Corporate Members:

    Bombardier

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  • CAHS Newsletter #17: Lancasters & Dreamliners & Hornets, Oh My!


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    Dear CAHS Member,
     
    A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet two of the CAHS' favourite people – Scott Blue and Mikey McBryan of Buffalo Airways and Ice Pilots NWT! They were appearing at a convention near Toronto Pearson Airport and I just couldn't miss the chance to meet them so close to home. I brought along copies of "The Ice Pilots: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North" by Michael Vlessides (a very good read – highly recommend!) and they were kind enough to sign them in between launching sarcastic (read: hilarious) remarks at each other across the table. Very funny and charismatic, they seemed like very down to earth, regular guys despite their newfound celebrity status. And boy, Scott Blue really is tall. It was an absolute thrill to meet them and I am excited to report that Season 4 of "Ice Pilots" is on its way!
     

    I hope you enjoy your March 2012 e-newsletter. If you are having problems viewing it in your e-mail, visit the online archive at the CAHS website here to view in your browser

    I welcome any comments and suggestions on how to improve the publication; similarily, if you have anything you would like to be featured in future issues, send me an e-mail and I will do my best to accomodate!

     
    Blue skies,
    Caitlin McWilliams
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..

    First Use of Lancasters for Bombing, March 1942
     
    The Avro Lancaster first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 as the new machine of the Allied spring offensive. Its first operational sortie was a mine-laying operation on the night of 3/4 March, 1942. Click the headlines to view newspaper articles reporting on the events:
    On the night of 10/11 March, the RAF’s Lancasters conducted their first night-time bombing raids. The target was the city of Essen, Germany, in the central part of the Ruhr area.
    As the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, the Lancaster became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF, the RCAF, and other Commonwealth and European squadrons.
    (*All articles copyright of their respective publishers*)

    CAHS National News
     
    CAHS National, the Montreal Chapter, and the Woodhouse family would like to thank all of you who generously donated in memory of Robert "Bob" Woodhouse. Bob, an active member of our organization and an aviation enthusiast, passed away June 11, 2011.
      
    If you believe in the work the CAHS does to preserve and celebrate Canada's aviation history, please consider supporting us as part of your legacy. In the case of the Woodhouse family, we created a donation page on our website in lieu of flowers. You can also learn how to include the CAHS as a beneficiary of your will, leaving us either monetary donations or gifts-in-kind (such as aviation books, photos, memorabilia) by clicking here or contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We would be happy to discuss what you would like your gift to accomplish and answer any questions you might have.
     
    Membership Renewal Forms for 2012
     
    From the desk of the National Treasurer: "Membership renewal forms for 2012 will be included in the next Journal mailout - the Fall 2011 issue. Because we are behind in Journal production all four 2011 Journal issues did not make it into the hands of the membership before the end of December 2011. Consequently, we delayed the mailing of renewal forms until almost all 2011 issues were produced. Your membership expiry date is included on the envelope in which your last Journal came. Even if your membership expiry date was 31 December 2011, your membership will cover the mailing of the Fall and Winter 2011 issues. Filling out the renewal form and returning with payment will ensure you receive the 2012 Journal issues with no interruption. Cordially Yours, Rachel Lea Heide"
     
           Has your mailing or e-mail address changed? Keep in touch!    

    2012 CAHS Convention
    • Event: 2012 Canadian Historical Aircraft Association Annual Convention
    • Theme: "First in the Air – New Brunswick’s Place in Canadian Aviation." (Sub-themes: balloons, fixed and rotary-winged aircraft)
    • Date: Wednesday 5 September – Saturday, 8 September 2012
    • Location: Delta Hotel, 39 King St., Saint John, New Brunswick (click to view in Google Maps)
    • Details: The preliminary program is pending but we’ll keep you updated!
    • Why you should go: If you’re debating on whether to make the trek to this year's event, maybe these member-submitted photos from last year’s meeting will sway you!
    CAHS Journal

    Looking for some light reading or sources for your next article? Check out the CAHS Journal index of past articles (from 1963 all the way until 2009!) online here. Click on an issue to view the table of contents or read a sample PDF. Full issues are available for a small fee.
    The CAHS Journal is the official quarterly publication of the CAHS and touches on the history of all aspects of Canadian aviation. Managing Editor Bill March is always looking for well-researched and intriguing manuscripts to consider for publication. Contact him via e-mail to inquire about submission guidelines and technical requirements (or check the 4th page of your latest CAHS Journal).
     
    Newsletter Archive
     
    Whether you are a long-time subscriber who has missed an issue or you just signed up and want to get aquainted with the CAHS, note that all National e-newsletters (including this one) are indexed online on our website! Click here to view past issues. 
     
    CAHS Online
     
    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National" for regular updates on CAHS news and aviation tidbits.
     

    On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 268 of our followers!
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    On the website: Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Jerry Vernon has added to the story of "The Bell P-38 Airacobra in the RCAF."

    In his preface Jerry writes: "During one of my visits to the Directorate of History in 1983, I was given a copy of a couple of research papers by Dr. Steve Harris on the procurement of fighter and other aircraft for the RCAF early in the Second World War. Most of this information was later incorporated in the appropriate places in the 3-volume official RCAF history, and can be read there in more detail."
     
    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet.

    Chapter News
     
    Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click below on the city name. Remember: all chapters are always on the lookout for new speakers and welcome guests and visitors to their monthly meetings.
     
    • Thursday, 29 March at 1930 hrs
    • Speaker: Renowned author and historian Hugh Halliday presents "Mission to Warsaw - Planes, Penicillin, and Politics" about the RCAF’s post-war commitment to fly penicillin to war-ravaged Poland
    Regina
    • Held: Thursday, 8 March at 1930 hrs
    • Speaker: Will Chabun and a slideshow presentation of his visit to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
    Toronto
    • Held Saturday, 10 March at 1300 hrs with speaker Rob Godwin (Space Expert, Music / Film Producer, Author, Publisher) on "Creating New Lunar Images."
    • Next Meeting: 14 April with speaker Dr. Walter Dorn on "The Canadian and United Nation Involvement in the Congo during the 1960's"
    Vancouver
    • Tuesday, 13 March at 1900 hrs
    • Speakers: Jerry Vernon will present on "The Hapless Hampden" followed by an exposé of his research on aircraft crash sites
    Calgary
    • Thursday, 15 March at 1900 hrs
    • Speaker: Dan Dempsey on "Canada's Airshow Heritage: the Snowbirds and Hawk One"
    Manitoba
    • Regular meeting: Thursday, 29 March
    • Speaker: Keith Olson presents on his career with Lambair.
    • Note: A special meeting was held on 8 March in cooperation with the Recreational Aircraft Association
    • Thursday, 15 March
    • Speaker: Mert Cevik will speak about the aims and objectives of Vintage Wings of Canada and the 2012 "Yellow Wings" BCATP tribute tour

    Events and Announcements

    CAHS New Brunswick to Erect New Cenotaph in Saint John
     
    Congratulations to the CAHS New Brunswick Chapter which will be responsible for the construction of a new cenotaph commemorating four local individuals who lost their lives while serving in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. The future monument, made of stone and a brass plaque, will be located in Wade-Myles Aviation Park in Millidgeville, Saint John – the site of the former Millidgeville Municipal Airport and RCAF Station. Click here to read a news article on the project.

    Canadian Aviation Expo 2012 Postponed
     
    From the official press release: "The Canadian Aviation Expo has postponed the 2012 Expo and its 20th anniversary celebrations until 2013 in order to support this years 40th anniversary of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Associations [...] Given the significant anniversary celebration plans of CWH and COPA in 2012, the Expo’s management team has decided to postpone the 2012 Expo and our 20th anniversary celebrations until the spring of 2013 when it will once again be hosted by CWH."
    Canadian Warplane Heritage will again host the 2012 Hamilton Air Show (which was spectacular last year!) on the Father’s day weekend, 16th and 17th of June.

    Finding Your Great War Ancestors Workshop: Toronto, ON.

    On 31 March the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library are offering a workshop and speaker series to help you trace your family’s lineage back to the First World War! Concurrent presentations will help you find any nurses, soldiers, sailors, airmen, or workers in your family and offer great insights on life during the First World War. Tim Dubé, Chairman of the Ottawa CAHS chapter, will present on Canadian Airmen of the First World War and how to search through their service records. For full details on the workshop visit the Society's website here.
     
    2012 Demo Hornet Revealed at 3 Wing, Bagotville

    On 1 March the paint scheme of the 2012 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet was official unveiled. "The True North, Strong and Free," according to the press release, “speaks to the magnificence of Canada’s North and to the Canadian resolve to demonstrate a visible presence there and have the capacity to defend our Arctic territory.” Watch for the spectacular demo Hornet at your local air show this year! For more details and photos of the new demo Hornet click here!
     
    Air Canada Celebrates 75 Years
     
    This year Canada’s largest airline celebrates its 75th anniversary. The company has been busy with the festivities so far, inviting the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the party and hosting a vintage uniform fashion show! To mark the event Air Canada has also commissioned a line of five Canada Post stamps, and showed its thanks to the community by launching the Air Canada Foundation to support children and youth in need.
    Museums and Airshow Updates
     
    Alberta Aviation Museum

    This month the Alberta Aviation Museum is featuring an exhibit on "The Mad Trapper of Rat River" and the first RCMP air searches in Canadian history. On 18 March, the Alberta Aviation Museum with the Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society hold their Annual General Meeting (check out their websites to become a member and get involved!)

     
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
     
    Just in time for March Break, the Canada Aviation and Space has lots of activities to keep the kids or grandkids busy. On 16 March, take part in the 21st Annual LEGO Contest challenging builders to come up with their own "energy efficient" Lego aircraft. On 17 March the museum hosts air and magic showman Chris Pilsworth as he explores and demonstrates aviation through magic and illusions.
     
    For the adults, check out the museum's new aircraft on display including the HE 162 Volksjager, the Avro Avian, the TravelAir 2000, the de Havilland D.H.60X Moth, and the Épervier X-01. "Canada Wings: A Remarkable Century of Flight," a recent and ongoing exhibition, is a four-part gallery looking at the significance of aviation in the past 100 years.
     
    Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
     
    A Fairchild KR-34 water bomber will be restored by the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The aircraft was donated to the Centre in 2005 and is the only one of its type still in flyable condition. Donations to fund the project can be made at their website. To read an article about the project and the Centre, click here.
     
    Canadian Museum of Flight
     
    Ever feel compelled to escape to Waikiki? Now you can, while still helping a worthy aviation cause! The Canadian Museum of Flight is holding a fundraiser on 31 March with proceeds going to support the museum. Their annual silent and live auction features a grand prize trip to Hawaii, and tickets for the event can be purchased at the museum or online.
     
    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum does a great job of regularly updating their blog, "Plane Talk," simultaneously with their Facebook page as they chronicle the museum’s 40 year history! Check the blog for archival photos from the collection, event listings, and air show updates. The February 2012 edition of their newsletter, "Flightlines," is also definitely worth taking a look at! 
    • CWH also has some March Break programs for kids including workshops on building aircraft models and woodworking.

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    Hold onto your wallets! Vintage Wings is now offering an significantly discounted version of their successful "Warbird U" program geared to keep both your aviation appetite and your wallet full. "Warbird U No Frills" focuses on the technical meat and potatoes of the course without the bells and whistles (which are overrated anyways!). Courses begin in March and April and cost $100 (or $50 for members). Visit their website to reserve your spot today!
     
    For candid reports on activities and goings-on around their facilities check out some of the recent entries on their blog: New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel: Western Canada Aviation Museum

    On Sundays in March at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum take a guided tour through "Now Boarding: The Golden Age of Passenger Travel," an exhibit chronicling the dawn of passenger travel both in Canada and around the world.

    On the Radar

    Canadian Air and Space Museum - Downsview Update

    As of 4 March the Canadian Air and Space Museum is only open to members, volunteers, and staff who are helping with packing the facility as it prepares to be evicted. According to their website, "the Museum will be closed until further notice as we are in the process of dismantling aircraft and packing artifacts for storage."

    Bomber Command Association Memorial / Air Force Association of Canada Appeal

    A memorial, located overseas in London’s Green Park, is under construction by the Bomber Command Association to honour the men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in the Second World War. The Air Force Association of Canada has decided to use the RCAF Trust Fund to help defray some of the costs of sending Canadian veterans to the unveiling and is now seeking donations to supplement the Fund's current total. All donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt and significant donations will be recognized in the Association’s magazine. The Association is also asking to be connected with any Bomber Command veterans who would be interested in travelling to the unveiling. Contact the Association here for more information.


    Researcher-to-Researcher

    We receive numerous requests per month from independent researchers and associations looking for help with projects. If you have a research question or are looking for information on a topic, drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the CAHS community is a great resource!

    • Wartime Canada, a collaborate project focused on digitizing textual material and ephemera from the First and Second World Wars, would be grateful for the donation, use, or loan of any materials that can be scanned and added to the website. Please contact either of the project co-directors, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or if in the Greater Toronto / K-W area contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Peruse the current collection at www.wartimecanada.ca.
    • Dr. Randall Wakelam is looking for information on the life and career of Air Marshal Wilfred Curtis. If you can recommend any sources regarding the man or his lengthy career, contact his research assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Korea Veterans Wanted for Recognition

    The United States Department of Defense and the Republic of Korea are trying to find Korean War Veterans, whether they served in the Canadian Forces or with an allied nation, to award them with an official certificate of appreciation. To be eligible for the Certificate the veteran must have served in the Korean War during the period June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.
     
    The Republic of Korea is also actively seeking all Korean War veterans for the award of the Ambassador for Peace Medal. The special medal is available to those that served during June 25, 1950 to March 1955. If you or a family member meets either of these requirements, contact Guy Black at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    In addition, the War Memorial of Korea is seeking artifacts for an expansion of  the United Nations Allies exhibit. For more information visit their website here.

    Bits and Bytes

    Preservation
    History
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    Current Events

           Skyward
     
    Terry Bastable of Turner Valley, Alberta, passed away on 7 February. Terry heldCAHS membership #5606 and his obituary can be read here.
     
     
     
     
     
    Past Montreal CAHS President and active member W. Ross
    Richardson passed on 22 February. Excerpt from his obituary:
    "He cut his teeth as a member of the Final Design team on the Avro Arrow... On the shutdown of the Arrow project he moved to the Canadair/Bombardier team in Montreal... After retirement, Ross acted as a consultant for the Canada Aviation Museum, Western Canada Aviation Museum and the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre. With membership number 15, Ross had a long association with the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. Along with unflagging support for the National CAHS, in the late 1960’s Ross became the first President of the Montreal Chapter of the CAHS." View an alternate obituary here.
     
    Lt. Col Harold Mervin Wright passed away on 13 January. Although not a member of the CAHS, he was an author, enthusiast, and proponent of aviation history.
    From his obituary: "He served in the RCAF and Canadian Forces from 1942 until 1975 and then worked for Corrections Canada until his retirement. Throughout his life, Harold loved to learn and to take on new projects, whether it be gardening, wine-making, organizing trips, or writing a book about the RCAF veterans of World War II aviation medicine."
     
    Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, one of the true-life characters portrayed in Stephen E. Ambrose's "Band of Brothers," died on 25 February of a heart attack. He was 90 years old. Compton was a first lieutenant in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the U.S.Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He is also known for heading the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. A public celebration of life will be held Saturday, 24 March at 2:00pm at His Place Church in Burlington, WA. Read more about his distinguished career below:

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  • CAHS Newsletter #18: Convention Update and a Full Serving of Aviation News!

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    Dear CAHS Member,

    Spring is in the air and with its sunny weather comes the air show season! To keep you informed of what (or who!) is coming to an airport near you, the CAHS newsletter will begin marking the dates of aviation-related events across Canada. This will be a great resource for highlighting the 2012 dates of your reliable local air show, but also for discovering new aircraft, new venues, and new people.
     
    More information on this new section of the newsletter is forthcoming and in the meantime I'll be working to make this an interactive community feature. We'll be debuting an open Flickr group (similar to that of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, seen here) where members can share photos as they attend air shows, expos, Chapter meetings, or the Convention! Flickr also includes a "Discussion" feature where members can connect, debate, and swap stories.
     
    This will be a great forum for you to share your personal aviation-related experiences with other members as you take an active part in celebrating Canada's aviation heritage. Every month you hear about what the CAHS is up to - now we want to hear about what you've got planned!
     
    Will you be attending any air shows / aviation events in May? Let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Blue skies,
    Caitlin McWilliams
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    P.S. As the month of April began, some very creative aviation headlines popped up in the internet.... You really have to think twice about what you're reading on April Fool's Day! (Click on the headline to read more).

    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..

    100th Anniversary of the Royal Flying Corps

    The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was established on 13 April 1912 and operated until 1 April 1918 when Britian’s air operations were amalgamated into the Royal Air Force (RAF). 25,000 Canadians served with the RFC as pilots, observers and mechanics. They earned more than 800 decorations and awards for valour. Three noteworthy Canadians who served with the RFC and received the Victoria Cross were William Avery (Billy) Bishop, William George (Billy) Barker, and Alan Arnett McLeod.

    Below are some resources touching on their lives, military career, and accolades.

    "For Valour" profile: William Avery Bishop
    "For Valour" profile: William George Barker
    "For Valour" profile: Alan Arnett McLeod

    2012 also marks the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge where Canadians manned aerial reconaissance and fighter aircraft over No-Mans Land. In one example, the soon-to-be-famous Billy Bishop, of RFC Number 60 Squadron, won the Military Cross on April 7 for shooting down a balloon near Vimy.

    Source materials come from the superb website "For Valour: Canadian Airmen and the Victoria Cross" and Library and Archives Canada.

    (*All source materials copyright of their respective publishers*)

    CAHS National News

    Membership Renewal Forms for 2012

    A reminder that your membership expiry date is listed on the mailing label of the envelope your Journal arrives in. If the expiry date says "31 Dec 2011," then your membership is valid until the end of 2011 and you will receive all four of the volume 49 Journals. We will be including your 2012 renewal form with the upcoming Journals. You can also renew for 2012 (and beyond) at any time on our website by clicking here. CAHS - A labour of love you just can't quit!

    Has your mailing or e-mail address changed? Keep in touch!
    E-mail Rachel Lea Heide to update your contact.information or payment records.

    • Financial questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    2012 CAHS Convention

    An update from the New Brunswick Convention office: Our 2012 Convention will be held at the Delta Brunswick (click to view in Google Maps) in Saint John, New Brunswick from Wednesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 8. The hotel has a block of rooms at the rate of $100/night. When you call (1-888-890-3222) simply mention you are with the CAHS to get the discounted rate.

    This year we have an excellent line-up of presentations as well as a potential companion’s program for those spouses who don’t share our same level of passion for aviation history. We will make the registration forms available by the end of April through the next issue of the Journal, Chapter Presidents, and the website. The Maritimes in fall will be exceptional and the convention well worth the trip “out East!”

    For more details on the convention including a listing of featured topics, special activities, and location highlights, visit the "Events" page on our website here.

    CAHS Journal

    The Fall 2011 issue is at the printers and should be in the mail by the end of April. The Winter Journal is hot on its heels and we expect to be back on schedule this summer through some changes to the editorial team and process. Our current editor, Major Bill March, has been exceedingly busy this last year with his full-time job with the Armed Forces and a deployment to Afghanistan for several months. 2012 is turning out to be just as busy, so Major March will temporarily be turning over the controls to our excellent graphics manager (and publisher of Aviaeology), Terry Higgins.

    We also have a set of well-known guest editors to work alongside Terry for the Journal's 50th Anniversary, and an editorial board at the ready. Once again, we thank you for your patience while our volunteers strive to preserve and disseminate Canada's aviation heritage through this important publication.

    CAHS in the Media

    CAHS recently got a brief mention in an Avenue Edmonton magazine article about former President (and current VP) Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail's attempts at prioritizing and balancing life commitments. Check out page 43 in the magazine's free digital edition for the story.

    CAHS Online
     
    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National" for regular updates on CAHS news and aviation tidbits.
     
     
    On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 341 of our followers!
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    On the website: Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, we're featuring "A Life through a Lens" By Eric Dumigan.

    In his preface, Eric writes: "I grew up spending time in the darkroom listening to classical music and watching my father develop photos during the ‘70s. My grandfather, Robert Dumigan, also enjoyed photography and when the R-100 made its one and only trip to St. Hubert in 1930, my grandfather took a photo of my aunt and father standing in front of the R-100. I’m sure this is where my father caught his love for aviation. This and many more photos are presented in the full story."

    Read the full story on the blog here. Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet.

    Member News
     
     
    Current VP Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail and her book "For the Love of Flying" was featured in the March 2012 Women in Aviation e-newsletter! Check out "Book Corner" on page 5 of their downloadable PDF!
    • Danielle was also recently interviewed by her mum! Read "Something About an Apple and a Tree" on her blog here.
    Amidst the hype over the re-release of the blockbuster film, CAHS member and historian Norman Leach was interviewed by the Calgary Herald regarding Alberta's connection to the tragedy surrounding the the R.M.S. Titanic. Read about Norm's interpretation of survival and scandal in the article here.

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings
     
    Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click below on the city name. New guests and regular visitors are welcome at all monthly meetings.

    Ottawa

    • Thursday, 26 April
    • Speaker: The 'Romance of Flying' will be discussed by Dick Pickering, President of the CAHS Montréal Chapter, as he details the 47-year flying career of his late-father, Doug Pickering.

    Regina

    • Held: On Thursday, 12 April Kurt Saladana spoke about his long flying career in the Canadian Forces.
    • Next meeting: 10 May

    Toronto

    • Held: Saturday, 14 April with Dr. Walter Dorn on “The Canadian and United Nation involvement in the Congo during
    • the 1960"s”
    • Next meeting: 12 May

    Vancouver

    • Held: Tuesday, 10 April. Speakers Jim Jorgenson and Keith Wade showed items from their personal collections of digital and photographic aviation-related materials.
    • Next meeting:Tuesday, 8 May

    Calgary

    • Thursday, 19 April
    • Speaker: Trevor McTavish on "Chinook Flying Service Ltd: More Than Just a Flying School"

    Manitoba

    • Wednesday, 25 April
    • Speakers: Aviation history authors John Bradley and Ed Greenburgh

    Montreal

    • Thursday, 19 April
    • Speaker: John Crichton, President and CEO of NAV CANADA, will speak about the history of air navigation and the establishment and operation of the world's first privatized air navigation service.

    Remember: Your local Chapter needs YOU! Are you a student working on an interesting research paper? An aspiring author? Pilot? Veteran? World traveller? Astronaut? If you have something unique and aviation-related to share, contact your local CAHS chapter and inquire about becoming a speaker!


    Events and Announcements

    2012 Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Gala

    The organizing committee of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame invites you to attend the Annual Gala dinner to induct this year's aviation pioneers into Canada's Hall of Fame. The event will take place in Montréal at Le Windsor, June 14th, 2012. The biographies of inductees for 2012 can be read on their website here, and includes the following gentlemen:

    • Mr. Nils Christensen
    • Harold (Gus) Edwards
    • Mr. Pierre Jeannoit
    • Dr. Daffyd (Dave) Williams

    Tickets for the event can be purchased through PayPal or by mail here. Download and share their beautiful e-invitation from here!

    The Hawk One Team Debuts First Promotional Photograph

    The first promo photo, taken by Katsu Tokunaga, has been released of the 2012 Discovery Air Hawk One.

    From the media release by D.V. Dempsey, Team Leader: "You will note that the 100th anniversary logo has been replaced by the tail livery that the RCAF Golden Hawks flew in 1963 and 1964 up until their disbandment. The scheme also features the RCAF serial number 23314 below the Red Ensign. We have now identified 78 former RCAF pilots who flew this aircraft in service between 1954 and 1968, including seven former Golden Hawk pilots. Of interest, we have also identified two legendary friends in the United States who flew the aircraft back in the 1970's for its American owners, Bob Hoover and Steve Hinton."

    National Archives, UK - Air Ministry Records Online

    Attention all researchers! You can now search and download Air Ministry Squadron operation records from the United Kingdom’s National Archives website. These records provide a daily record of events and include information including aircraft type and number, names and rank of flight crew, names of passengers, weather conditions and flight details. The database can be searched here. To get an idea of what the records look like, here are the Records of Events of 101 Squdaron for December 1943.

    If you need help with your research you may find their
    Royal Air Force operations research guide useful. This guide covers all the major series for operational records from 1914 up to 1945 and also post war operations. It also contains guidance for records associated with RAF operations.

    Conference: Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums

    On 26 April the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Reston, Virgina will hold the Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference. The 4-day event includes panel presentions and fields trips, and is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Program details and full schedule is located on their website here.


    Museums and Airshow Updates
     

    Alberta Aviation Museum

    The Alberta Aviation Museum is commemorating the centenary of the Royal Flying Corps with a new exhibit focusing on the experiences of fighter pilots from Canada and the Edmonton area. Read a news article about the new exhibit here.

    In addition, the Museum is appealing for donations to send candidates from 12 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets to compete in the annual Schools Aerospace Challenge. The Challenge is designed to encourage young adults to become involved in the exciting high technology world of aerospace. The Museum’s immediate concern is to raise the $45,000.00 budget to send the team to the competition in England over the next 60 - 90 days. All donations to the project should be directed specifically to the Alberta Aviation Museum Schools Aerospace Challenge Program and are eligible for a CRA accepted Charitable Tax receipt. You can read more about the competition and the Museum’s involvement here.

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will finally begin restoration work on its RCN Grumman Tracker, thanks to the generous financial backing and enthusiasm of two former Hamilton residents. The Tracker is navy serial number 1577, the 76th one built by de Havilland. It entered service on Dec. 10, 1959. The Tracker will be restored to flying condition in about two years. When it flies, it will carry the paint scheme appropriate for its service aboard HMCS Bonaventure. Click here to read about the history of this aircraft and the motivations of the two generous donors.
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    Canadian Heritage Aviation Centre

    The Canadian Heritage Aviation Centre is appealing for donations to help fund a move to larger premises. The centre is currently based in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., at the Western tip of the island of Montreal, and suffers from a lack of presence in the tourist industry. At this peripheral location more than 250 volunteers work to raise public awareness of national and local contributions to aviation. The work takes place in one of two workshops at the centre, which is also home to an art gallery, machine shop, library and artifact preservation area. Read more about the challenges facing this organization here and visit their website to donate.

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum/ Vintage Wings of Canada
     
    The Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Vintage Wings of Canada continue their Warbird Technical Ground Schools. This month, enroll to get the inside scoop on the technical and operational information surrounding the Canadair Sabre 6 (21 and 22 April) and the Fairey Swordfish (28 and 29 April). Register here to reserve your spot today!
     
    Vintage Wings of Canada
     
    On 4 April Vintage Wings of Canada, with the support of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, launched the second Gear-Up aviation heritage-inspired clothing and gift shop at Ottawa International Airport. It was the perfect opportunity to debut their two new lines of aviation heritage-inspired t-shirts:
    • The Victory Collection features five classic designs (thoroughly researched by military historian Clarence Simonsen) that were actually found painted on the aluminum skins of RCAF aircraft during the war.
    • The Home Front Collection brings to life iconic visual and spoken messages of the Second World War.
    Follow this link on the Vintage Wings website to peruse the collections and learn more about the history that inspired the designs!

    For candid reports on activities and goings-on around
    their facilities check out some of the recent entries on their blog:
    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:

    Western Canada Aviation Museum

    On Sundays in April, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be conducting tours focusing on the exciting "outside of the box thinking that has been accomplished in the world of Canadian aviation." Tours will showcase the aircraft in their collection that were inspired by a new way of seeing the world, including the Dynavert, the Freobe Helicopter, and the Avrocar!


    On the Radar

    Canadian Air and Space Museum - Downsview Update

    Potentially great developments in the Canadian Air and Space Museum's case against eviction! The Chairman of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto recently posted a message on the Museum web site on March 30, 2012:

    "The Canadian Air & Space Museum is pleased to confirm discussions with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) regarding the potential opening of a revitalized Museum in an outstanding new location which will allow for vastly improved access for residents and visitors to the Greater Toronto Area... No binding commitments have been made at this time. However the Museum Trustees and the GTAA are evaluating opportunities to preserve and present Toronto’s aviation past which includes watershed achievements at both the Malton and Downsview airports."

    Fingers crossed! Read the full media release on their website here.

    Bomber Command Association Memorial / Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    As you may be aware, the Bomber Command Memorial is currently under construction in London. A video producer named Jim Blondeau has produced an excellent video that includes overhead shots of the site under construction, and interviews with those involved in the project. The video (eye-candy for the technically-minded) is available via YouTube here. For more updates and reports on the Memorial, visit their News page.

    There is some exciting news regarding Canada's contribution to the Memorial! The Bomber Command Museum is providing several hundred pounds of aluminum recovered from 426 Squadron RCAF Halifax LW682 which will be incorporated into the ceiling of the Memorial.

    In addition, Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney has announced Canada's contribution of $100,000 toward the creation of the Memorial, as well as support for the Bomber Command Veterans travelling to London for the official unveiling of the Memorial in June of this year.


    Researcher-to-Researcher

    We receive numerous requests per month from independent researchers and associations looking for help with projects. If you have a research question or are looking for information on a topic, send the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">cahs.newsletter@gmail.com - the CAHS community is a great resource!

    Mr. Kelly M. Smith wrote to us looking to find an aviation researcher who could help him put together a nomination for Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. If you have experience with compiling a nomination, he would appreciate hearing from you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The Military Aviation Museum in Virgina is restoring a Mosquito. They are looking to buy or trade for lower cowlings for single stage supercharger engines, as well as bottom cowling sections or two back plates for the spinners. If you could direct them where to find these pieces, please contact the Museum here.

    A reqest concerning members of the Air Force Association of Canada. “In his capacity as the Queen’s representative in Canada, the Governor General has invited the Air Force Association of Canada to nominate its most deserving members who are deemed eligible to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal." The criteria and nomination form is available online from the airforce.ca website and here.


    Bits and Bytes

    Preservation

     
    Personalities

    History

    Current Events


    Skyward
     
    We just learned that longtime CAHS member, Doug Hawkes of Calgary, passed away in February at the age of 95. As Bob Winson of the Toronto Chapter reminds us: "Doug's amazing WWII experiences were written up in the Spring 2010 Journal pages 16-29. He was one of the few Bomber Command pilots to write about the fear that bomber pilots felt in carrying out their duties." Read more about Doug's life here.

    An American veteran of the air show circut was recently killed in a tragic accident. On 4 April, Howard Pardue and his vintage Grumman F8F Bearcat crashed just after takeoff from his home airport in Breckenridge, Texas. The aircraft burst into flames after impact not far from the departute end of the runway. He was 77. Click here to view the prelimiary report on the crash, and here to read a news report of the accident. The EAA has published this brief summary of Pardue's stellar career as a warbird pilot.

     


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  • CAHS Newsletter #19: New Photo-Sharing and Airshow Features!

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    Dear CAHS Member,

    Some exciting new features to help connect CAHS members across the country!
    As you will see below under “Airshows and Aviation Events,” the CAHS has begun marking the dates of various aviation-related events across Canada. Hopefully this will inspire you to do some weekend travelling to your local airshow, but also consider visiting some venues you may not have known about before.

    We have also debuted an open Flickr group (similar to that of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, seen here) where members can share photos and videos as they attend air shows, expos, Chapter meetings, or the Convention. All you have to do is join Flickr (which is free!), then join the group “Canadian Aviation Historical Society” and you’ll be ready to upload photographs!

    The website address is http://www.flickr.com/groups/cahs. To get us started, I’ve uploaded a few of my own photos from last year’s Hamilton Airshow (see, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to submit!)

    Flickr also includes a "Discussion" feature where members can connect, debate, and swap stories. This will be a great forum for you to share your personal aviation-related experiences and stories with other members. You can reply to posted discussion topics, or start your own.

    Two introductory discussion topics have been posted and await your comments:
    • "How did you become a member of the CAHS?"
    • "Is Canada still an air-minded nation?"
    I hope that this will evolve into a great place for members to connect and take an active part in celebrating our aviation heritage in a fun and interactive way!
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
    16 May 1942: Canadian Pacifc Airlines Formed
    Canadian Pacific Air Lines was created in May of 1942 with ten bush airlines bought by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. From its inception, Canadian Pacific Air Llines struggled to compete with its rival, Trans Canada Air Lines (later Air Canada).
     

     
     
     
     
     
    In 1968 Canadian Pacific Air Lines was renamed as CP Air and boasted a colorful orange, red & silver livery.

     
     
     
    In 1987, Canadian Pacific Air Lines was bought by Calgary based Pacific Western Airlines, a merger which formed Canadian Airlines International. In 2001, the financially troubled Canadian Airlines was finally acquired by longtime opponent Air Canada.
    For more on the history of this Canadian airline, pick up your Fall 2011 CAHS Journal and read "Canadian Pacific Air Lines: The Four Cultures" where Williams J. Cameron discusses his former employer's corporate history.
     

    CAHS National News
     
    Membership Renewal
     
    Your membership forms for 2012 were included in the recent Journal mailout (Fall 2011). Filling out the renewal form and returning with payment will ensure you receive the 2012 Journal issues with no interruption.

    2012 CAHS Convention
     
    Registration forms are now available! If you did not receive one yet, please download the form HERE, contact Chapter Presidents, or consult the website.
     
    Don't forget that our 2012 Convention will be held at the Delta Brunswick (click to view in Google Maps) in Saint John, New Brunswick from Wednesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 8. The hotel has a block of rooms at the rate of $100/night. When you call (1-888-890-3222) simply mention you are with the CAHS to get the discounted rate.

    For more details on the convention including a listing of featured topics, special activities, and location highlights, visit the "Events" page on our website here.


    CAHS Journal

    It's here! By now you should have received the Fall 2011 issue of the CAHS Journal. The CAHS Journal is designed to offer interesting and thought-provoking content, and this issue is no exception. Articles include:
    • "Shenstone: An Unparalled Career" (Wayne Saunders)
    • "Canadian Pacific Air Lines: The Four Cultures" (William J. Cameron)
    • "The 2011 CAHS Convention" (Richard Goette and Rachel Lea Heide)

    Richard Goette also penned the Guest Editorial and raised some questions to the membership:

    "Is Canada still an air-minded nation? Is aviation making a "comeback" in the minds of Canadians? How do our reflections on history play a role in rekindling interest in and excitement about aviation?"

    What do you think? Share your thoughs on our new Flickr discussion page here! (Be sure to sign-up first to comment!).

    CAHS Online
     
    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National" for regular updates on CAHS news and aviation tidbits.
     

    On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 368 of our followers!
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    On the website: Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Wayne Saunders offers an introduction to his recent Journal article with "Shenstone: An Unparalleled Career (Part 1 - The Pre-War Years)."

    In his preface Wayne writes: "The name Beverly ‘Bev’ Shenstone may not be one that everybody interested in Canadian aviation history will have heard. But it should be [...] This biographical study attempts to redress the situation. It aims to raise awareness of Shenstone’s impressive accomplishments, both in Canada, and internationally."
     
    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet.

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings
     
    Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click below on the city name.
     
    Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
    Ottawa 31 May
    Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
    Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
    Manitoba 24-25 May
    "Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
    Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
    Regina 10 May    
    Toronto 6 May    
    Vancouver 8 May Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum) "Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"

    Remember
    : Your local Chapter needs YOU! Are you a student working on an interesting research paper? An aspiring author? Pilot? Veteran? World traveller? Astronaut? If you have something unique and aviation-related to share, contact your local CAHS chapter and inquire about becoming a speaker!

    Member News
    It's a boy!

    The CAHS extends its congratulations to VP Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail on the birth of the CAHS's newest member, Andre Barrett Pagnutti. He was born 17 April 2012 and weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz. Here he is on a lovely blanket made by President Gary Williams' wife, Wendy. Congratulations Danielle; he's adorable!

    Events and Announcements

    Films Take Flight: Canadian Aviation History on Film

    The Canadian Aviation Historical Society and the Western Canada Aviation Museum will co-host this film festival from 24-25 May. The festival is intended to share some of the exciting adventures of the heroes and heroines of the air showcased in a number of documentary and featured productions. Come see some of "Canada’s lost aviation film treasures!"

    Aaron Kim Johnston (award-winning filmaker/producer/writer) will be narrating and describing the action behind-the-scenes of the two motion picture feature films. For the full program, visit their website here.

    Thursday, 24 May
    • Clips from The Arrow miniseries (Starring Dan Aykroyd & Christopher Plummer) with commentary by Aaron, and a screening of There Never was an Arrow (1980 CBC documentary) followed by selected films from the Museum archives, including the homemade Manitoba Aviation (1928)
    Friday, 25 May
    • Aaron will recall the making of For the Moment (1994) (Starring Russell Crowe) followed by selected films from the Museum archives, including Amelia Earhart in Newfoundland (1932)

    Airshows and Aviation Events: May - June 2012

    See below for what is scheduled for the next two months! Click on the event name to be re-directed to their website.

      May 2012  
    19 Snowbirds Display Winnipeg, AB
    30 Snowbirds Display Quebec, QC
         
      June 2012  
    3-6 Waterloo International Airshow Waterloo, ON
    6 Snowbirds Display Kapuskasing, ON
    9 Kawartha Klassics Fly-In & Antique Car Show Lindsay, ON
    10 Owen Sound Wings & Wheels Owen Sound, ON
    9-10 Capitol Classic Wings & Wheels Rockcliffe, ON
    9-10 CFB Borden Canadian Forces Day CFB Borden, ON
    16-17 Hamilton Airshow – CWHM 40th Anniversary Hamilton, ON
    20 Thetford Mines Snowbirds Display Thetford Mines, QC
    22-25 Haute Voltige Laurentides Mont-Laurier, QC
    23-24 Canadian Owner & Pilots Association AGM & Fly-In Hanover, ON
    27 Snowbirds Display Bagotville, QC
    30 Orillia Air Show Orillia, ON

    Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    Alberta Aviation Museum

    The Alberta Aviation Museum continues to appeal to the public for donations to send candidates from 12 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets to compete in the annual Schools Aerospace Challenge. The Challenge is designed to encourage young adults to become involved in the exciting high technology world of aerospace.


    Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    The "Murray Peden Tiger Moth" is now on display at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. Please visit the "News" section of their website for information and photos. They have also released their Spring/Summer Museum Newsletter, available for download here!


    Canada Aviation and Space Museum


    During the month of May, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is remembering Operation "Manna" through its exhibits and children's programs. Speakers include author of "A Bad Penny Always Comes Back," Glen Mitchell.

    The Museum has begun restoration work on the Canadaire North Star, focusing on the cockpit and engine #2. Click here for a full status report on their progress!


    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has been extremely busy! On 17 April, during the initial flight of the Lancaster for the season, the outer right wing tip lower attachment bracket failed which allowed the outer wing tip to move in flight. The crew landed safely and the Museum hopes to have the Lanc ready in time for the Hamilton Airshow.

    A Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer is their latest acquisition. Read a news story about the aircraft here.

    The museum is hosting the first of four fly-in days on 27 May. Download the poster here! Be sure to keep updated on the CWHM through their regular e-flyer, available here.


    National Air Force Museum of Canada

    On 9 May, the single remaining operation Boeing 720 made its final flight, travelling from Saint-Hubert to CFB Trenton. The 720, C-FETB, is now on loan to the National Air Force Museum of Canada. Read more about this rare aircraft, modified to test engines for Pratt & Whitney, here.


    Vintage Wings of Canada

    A reporter from the Edmonton Journal recently did a spot on Vintage Wings and its owner, Mike Potter. Read "Dreams take flight with vintage wings" here!

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:
    For candid reports on activities and goings-on around their facilities check out some of the recent entries on their blog:
     
    Western Canada Aviation Museum
     
     
    On Sundays in May, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be conducting tours under the theme "Made in Manitoba" which focus on Manitoba's aviation connection.

    From 21 - 23 May, the Boeing Stearman from Vintage Wings of Canada will be visiting the museum. For a small admission fee, visitors can sit in the cockpit and ask questions. Visit their website here for more details!


    The Military Museums of Calgary

    The Military Museums of Calgary is hosting a new exhibit that highlights personal stories of Canadian airmen. Another exhibit, "Ring of Fire: Canadians in the Pacific and the Second World War," runs until 3 June and focuses on the heroes of the Canadian navy, army, and air force who help to turn the tide against Japanese forces.

    Researcher-to-Researcher

    Bob Haney is searching for a photo of every B-25 that was in service with the RCAF, and currently has about half of them. If you have photos (preferably with an identification number), contact Bob at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Terry Judge, an Ottawa area CAHS member, is continuing a project started in the 1960's by previous CAHS members to create a central database of the Canadian Civil Aviation Aircraft Registry. He is converting previous records to digital format, updating them, and creating a bilingual web site. Due to the scope of this project and the need to access Transport Canada or Library & Archives Canada records at various locations across the country, Terry needs volunteers in these locations to help with the research and cataloging of aircraft records. Contact Terry at the following addresses for further information. By email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by snail-mail at 8 – 900 Elmesmere Road, Gloucester, ON, K1J 7T6.

    Bits and Bytes

    Preservation

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    History

    Current Events


    Skyward
    Northern flying legend Arnie Schreder, who retired as Buffalo Air's chief pilot in 2010, passed away peacefully at his home in Kelowna on 5 May at the age of 69. A memorial service was held at the Buffalo hangar in Yellowknife, attended by over 200 people.
     
    We just received news that G. Edward Rice, CAHS National President from 1997-2004, passed away on February 28, 2012. An obituary is pending and will be prepared by Bill Wheeler, Sheldon Benner and George Topple to be published in the national newsletter and the Toronto Flypast.

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    Aviaeology

    Bomber Command Museum

    CANAV Books

    Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

    Canadian Owners and Pilots Association

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    Fondation Aérovision Québec

    Leavens Aviation

    Linguistek Inc.

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    Over sixty five years ago, a team of dedicated airmen took part in the famous Operation Manna. In Lancaster, Mosquito and others bombers, they flew the skies of the German-occupied Netherlands to drop food supplies into Dutch towns and villages.

  • CAHS Newsletter #20: National Announcements & Summer Chapter Meetings Memo!

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    Dear CAHS Member,
    I hope that you will forgive the minor delay on this month’s newsletter. This weekend my dad and I attended the Hamilton Airshow for Father’s Day (and his birthday) and I thought that this year’s event - which also celebrated the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s 40th anniversary – deserved a special mention in this month’s CAHS newsletter.
     
    My dad and I have spent Father’s Day at CWH since 2006 (which may not sound like very long but hey, I’m 24!). From 2001-2011, the Hamilton Airshow was on hiatus and in its place CWH held “FlyFest” - a weekend of fly-bys and static displays. It was a unique and compelling experience because all of the aircraft – including the Lanc – were accessible to the public. Though a relatively modest event which drew a few thousand people or so, we revelled in its sense of intimacy and spontaneity.
     
    This weekend, however, close to 100 aircraft and crowds in excess of 20,000 helped CWH celebrate its 40th anniversary. The Hamilton Airshow was revived in 2011 and this year’s show was even bigger, louder, and more successful than the last. CWH does not receive any government funding and their airshow has become an important fundraiser for the museum.
     
    My dad and I greatly anticipated the event, yet the show far exceeded both of our expectations. The 6-hour program (see it here) opened with a mass formation tribute to CWH’s collection. Exciting performances from bombers, modern and vintage fighters, parachutists, and stunt aircraft followed and wowed a very enthusiastic crowd. Heart-stopping appearances by the Snowbirds, Matt Younkin, a CF-18 Hornet, and Pete McLeod contrasted well against the majestic and impressive warplanes. The show culminated in a historic and awe-inspiring formation as the CWH’s Lanc and B-25 flew together with B-17 “Chuckie” and B-29 “FIFI” (who reside in the U.S).
     
    The overwhelming success of the Hamilton Airshow reflects positively on the growth of the Museum, the support of the local community, and the future of air displays in Canada (not to mention the desire for genuine, family-friendly entertainment!). Airshows play a key role in preserving Canada’s aviation heritage and educating Canadians about their flying past. They illustrate the growth of aviation and help inspire a greater appreciation for the vital role of aviation in shaping our country. It is an unfortunate reality, though, that many Canadian airshows are being forced to postpone indefinitely, in part because of our current economic climate. For 10 years this was the case with the airshow in Hamilton and it is impossible not to be proud of its newfound success. Congratulations to all involved on another successful year (and thanks for reorganizing the parking situation!).
     
    Did you attend the Hamilton Airshow, or any other aviation-related events recently? Share your photos on our Flickr page here or e-mail them along with your stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%21">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
     
     
    12 June 1944: P/O Andrew C. Mynarski killed after crew shot down over Cambrai, France

    On this day in 1944, Andrew Mynarski died after trying to rescue tail gunner Pat Brophy from their flaming Lancaster bomber. For his heroic efforts, Mynarski was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

    27 year-old Pilot Officer Mynarski of 419 “Moose” Squadron was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster detailed to a target at Cambrai in France. On this night, the aircraft was attacked and fire broke out. The crew was ordered to bail out, but Mynarski saw Brophy trapped in the rear turret. He crawled through twenty feet of burning hydraulic oil to try and free him but Brophy eventually waved him away. Mynarski retreated and jumped from the plane, hitting the ground hard. French farmers brought him to a German field hospital, but he succumbed to injuries suffered as a result of the fire. Brophy survived the crash.

    The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is housed at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, and is one of two airworthy Avro Lancaster bombers in existence. In a ceremony on 24 September 1988, the restored bomber (detailed with Mynarski's Lancaster markings) took flight carrying the fire axe Mynarski used in trying to free Pat Brophy.

    (*All articles copyright of their respective publishers.
    Lancaster Photo: Bill Zuk - CAHS Flickr)

    CAHS National News
     
    Membership Renewal
     
    Your membership forms for 2012 were included in the recent Journal mailout (Fall 2011). Filling out the renewal form and returning with payment will ensure you receive the 2012 Journal issues with no interruption.

    2012 CAHS Convention
     
    Registration forms are now available! Some items of note:
    • If you did not receive one, please download the form here or contact your local Chapter.
    • The early bird date for sending in registrations is 25 July.
    • Click here to download the full speakers list
    Begin planning your trip now by visiting the following web sites for information:

    For more details on the convention including a listing of special activities and location highlights, visit the "Events" page on the CAHS website here.

    CAHS 50th Anniversary Committee

    From CAHS National:

    "In 2013, the CAHS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the CAHS National wants to make sure that this milestone is appropriately marked, both at the convention (which will be in Ottawa, the site of the first convention) and throughout the entire year. In order to accomplish this, the 50th Anniversary Committee needs your help if:
    • You are a CAHS Chapter and will be organizing an event marking the 50th Anniversary, let the Anniversay Committee know so that widespread advertising can take place through the newsletter, website, Facebook, and Twitter
    • You are a long time CAHS Member and have stories and/or pictures from the early years, the Anniverary Committee would love to hear from you
    • You have any ideas of how to commemorate the 50th (events, writings to publish, items to create and sell, etc), please contact the Anniversary Committee
    • You can volunteer to be a committee member and help share the workload
    Contact Rachel Lea Heide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
     
    CAHS Journal

    By now you should have received the Fall 2011 issue of the CAHS Journal. This Journal mailing includes the billing notice for your 2012 CAHS National dues, unless you signed up for a two-year membership in 2011. Note that if the expiry date states "31 Dec 2011," then your membership is valid until the end of 2011 and you will receive all four of the volume 49 Journals.
    • Did you enjoy the articles this issue? Find the topics interesting? Have comments about the content? Excited for the next issue? Share your thoughts on our new Flickr discussion page here! (Be sure to sign-up first to comment!) or e-mail our interim editor, Terry Higgins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    An announcement from the CAHS President: "As you might be aware, our current editor, Major Bill March, has been exceedingly busy this last year with his full-time job with the Armed Forces and a deployment to Afghanistan for several months. 2012 is turning out to be just as busy, so Major March will be turning over the controls to our excellent graphics manager (and publisher of Aviaeology), Terry Higgins. We also have a set of well-known guest editors to work alongside Terry, and an editorial board at the ready. Thank you to all who have put in extra effort to maintain the Journal’s high level of professionalism, and to you, our members, for your patience."
     
     
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    On the website: Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Bill Zuk offers a glimpse into domestic Canada-US wartime relations with his feature on covert aircraft transportation across country boundaries at Emerson International Airport.

    Bill writes: "1940. Much of the world was at war but the Neutrality Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Aug., 1935 was designed to keep the United States out of a possible European war. The law specifically banned shipment of war materiel to belligerents... The Neutrality Act allowed purchase of war material but disallowed their movement out of the United States. Foreign pilots could not come to the United States to “fly away” aircraft while American pilots could not fly the planes to international territory unless…"
     
    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet.

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapters usually take a break from meeting during the summer months and resume again in September. The month of June saw only two Chapter meetings:
    12 June: Former RCAF test pilot Colonel (Ret'd) R. A. "Bud" White discussed aircraft crash sites and the RCAF's altitude record attempt flights.
    14 June: Paula Rein of the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives taught attendees how to use the Archives systems and databases.

    Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click on the city name above. Be sure to check the website / future newsletter issues to find out when your Chapter resumes meeting.

    Events and Announcements

    George Fuller wrote in to let us know that a Parks Canada National Historic Site plaque will be unveiled on Saturday morning, 30 June, adjacent to the active airport and floatplane facility at Lac-à-la-Tortue, near Grand'Mère, Shawinigan, Québec. It will commemorate the birth in 1919 of Canadian bush flying at this, the country's first commercial air harbour. For further information please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Canadian Skies magazine recently published a special issue titled "RCAF Today." Offcially endorsed by the RCAF, it offers exclusive stories about Canada’s air force and its people, missions and aircraft. Order your copy on their website today!


    Airshows and Aviation Events: May - June 2012

    See below for what is scheduled for the next two months! Click on the event name to be re-directed to their website.

      June 2012  
    16-17 .Hamilton Airshow – CWHM 40th Anniversary Hamilton, ON
    17 AWings 'n' Wheels, Aerospace Museum of Calgary Calgary, AB
    20 .Thetford Mines Snowbirds Display Thetford Mines, QC
    22-25 Haute Voltige Laurentides Mont-Laurier, QC
    23-24 Canadian Owner & Pilots Association AGM & Fly-In Hanover, ON
    27 Snowbirds Display Bagotville, QC
    30 Orillia Air Show Orillia, ON
       
    July 2012
    1 Canada Day Flypast
    Ottawa, ON
    7 15 Wing Armed Forces Day Open House CFB Moose Jaw, SK
    13-14 Peace River Regional Air Show Peace River, AB
    14 Northern Skies Air Show 2012 Yellowknife NWT
    17 Snowbirds Display Inuvik, NWT
    19 Snowbirds Display Norman Wells, NWT
    21 Princeton Air Show Princeton BC
    21-22 Alberta International Air Show Lethbridge, AB
    22 Snowbirds Display Whitehorse, YT
    23-29 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2012 Oshkosh, USA
    25 Snowbirds Display Watson Lake, YT
    28 Nelson Flightfest 2012 Nelson, BC
    28 Boundary Bay Air Show Delta, BC
    28-29 Whitecourt Hometown Heroes Air Show Whitecourt, AB
    28-29 Fort McMurray Air Show Fort MacMurray, AB
    31 Snowbirds Display Fort St. John, BC

    Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    Alberta Aviation Museum

    The building that houses the Alberta Aviation Museum at the City Centre Airport has been recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Read about the distinction here!

    Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    Join the Bomber Command Museum of Canada as it pays tribute to former RCAF pilots Bruce and Douglas Warren. The identical twins were born in Nanton and became two of the most outstanding of Nanton's citizens who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during and after World War II. On 7 July, the museum will honour them with the official opening of a new, permanent display in the museum, Lancaster Engine Runs, and the Dedication of a beautiful Memorial Garden. Read more here.

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    The Canada Aviation and Space Museum has lots of family activities for June and July!

    • 23 and 24 June and 7/8/9 July: Special exhibits and programs highlighting Canada's first airmail deliveries
    • 1 July (Canada Day): A variety of activities and workshops, including a flypast by the Snowbirds and rocket launch by the Ottawa Rocketry Group. Admission is free all day!

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary with a massive airshow! The Hamilton Airshow ran 16/17 June and saw performances by a wide-range of aerobatic, vintage, and jet aircraft from across the country. Check out some photos from the event here!

    National Air Force Museum of Canada

    The 2012 Spring edition of the National Air Force Museum of Canada's newsletter, “The Logbook”, is now available online. Read about their newest collections and upcoming events here.

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    The Ottawa Business Journal recently did a spot on Vintage Wings and its owner, Mike Potter. Read the full article, "Life After Cognos," here!

    The Stearman and Mustang from Vintage Wings are making their way out West for the summer! The Stearman has already started her journey, and the Mustang starts her journey June 18. You can follow their progress via their SPOT tracking devices:

    You can read more about the Stearman’s journey on their blog here (photo source) or in the Winnipeg Free Press here!

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:

    Western Canada Aviation Museum
     
    On Sundays in June, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be conducting guided tours of the Bush Gallery - a tribute to float planes, Northern flying, and the men and women who flew them. Read more about the museum and its tours here.
     
    Also check out this short piece (with video) on the Museum from the Winnipeg Sun!

    Researcher-to-Researcher

    Anne Gafiuk is looking for correspondence written by Second World War RCAF personnel. She would love to hear your stories at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (www.whatsinastory.ca).

    Larry Gray is looking for photos of RCAF/CFB Summerside airbase on PEI. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • CAHS Newsletter #21: Early Convention Registration Extended!

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    Dear CAHS Member,

    One of the significant events that has occurred this summer was the unveiling and dedication of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London, United Kingdom. The impressive bronze statue commemorates the loss of 55,573 Bomber Command airmen in the Second World War, and honours those of all nations who lost their lives in the war’s bombing campaigns. Almost 20% of the airmen being honoured by this Memorial were Canadian.

    The 30-minute ceremony began as Her Majesty the Queen unveiled the nine-foot high sculpture in front of thousands of people from all over the world. Close to 5,000 were Bomber Command veterans, widows, and family members. The dedication concluded with a flyover by the RAF’s last flying Lancaster which dropped thousands of poppies over Green Park as an act of remembrance. (If you missed the telecast, you can read the Orders of Service by clicking this link).

    • View stunning (stunning!) photos from the Daily Mail here
    • View the official photos of the statue and the unveiling ceremony here

    The Memorial comes after five years of campaigning by the Bomber Command Association and for many the acknowledgement is “long overdue”:

    The response to the statue itself, however, has been overwhelmingly positive, stirring emotions and memories for many surviving Bomber Command vets:

    It is important to note that fourty-two Canadian Bomber Command veterans flew overseas to attend the dedication:

    It is also significant that many Canadian institutions donated time, money, and manpower to the creation of the Memorial. One, the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, contibuted eight-hundred pounds of aluminum which now forms the ceiling above the sculpture. A team of eleven museum representatives attended the dedication.

    • Read more about the aircraft which provided this aluminum, 426 Squadron Halifax LW682 (OW-M), here
    The Telegraph has some great news coverage of this historic event. The following short videos are available online:

    I hope you enjoy your July e-newsletter. Make sure to send in your early-bird registration forms for the 2012 CAHS Convention by 25 July!

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Blue skies,

    Caitlin McWilliams
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
     
    July Through Three Decades of Flight

    Below are some notable events that occurred in July during early days of Canadian aviation (note some great pioneering ‘firsts’!). Click highlighted text to read some descriptive news articles about the landmark event or the individuals' later career.

    15 July 1910
    The first airplane flight in Manitoba takes place.

    23 July 1913
    H. W. Blakeley makes the first night flight in Canada at the Dominion Livestock Show and Fair at Brandon, Man.

    31 July 1913
    Alys McKey Bryant becomes the first woman pilot to fly in Canada, over Vancouver, in a Curtiss-type pusher biplane.

    7 July 1919
    For the first time in Canada, a forest fire is spotted from the air—by Stuart Graham and W. Kahre, aboard a Curtiss HS-2L. (Click to read about their later life adventures).

    12 July 1927
    For the first time in Canada, airplanes are used to dust crops with fungicide to control wheat rust.

    July 1937
    Flying a Lockheed Electra, J. H. Tudhope and J. D. Hunter complete the first dawn-to-dusk trans-Canada flight, between Montréal and Vancouver, in 17 hours and 35 minutes.

    1 July 1938
    Lucille Garner and Pat Eccleston are Trans-Canada Airlines’ first flight attendants.

    (*All articles copyright of their respective publishers)

    CAHS National News
     
    2012 CAHS Convention

    The early bird date for registrations has been extended to 25 July. All entries recieved before this date will be entered in a draw for one night's accommodation, so get your forms in today!
    • Registration forms are available online here or contact your local CAHS Chapter.
    For more details on the convention, including a listing of special activities, location highlights, and links to plan your trip, visit the "Events" page on the CAHS website here.
     
    CAHS Online
     
    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National" for regular updates on CAHS news and aviation tidbits.
     
    On Twitter: Our Twitter following has doubled since January!Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 412 of our followers!
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    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, regular contributor Mathias Joost looks at the history of the Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, built by Canadian Car and Foundry (CC&F) in Montreal.

    Mathias writes: "The Loadmaster was an aircraft whose benefits from its lifting body design could apparently not overcome its most unusual design. It also could not compete with surplus Second World War Dakotas going for $5,000, which Canadair was refurbishing for Trans-Canada Air Lines, Canadian Pacific Airlines and other customers. In addition, newer designs offering greater speed and comfort. The Loadmaster was simply not the right aircraft at the right time."
     
    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.

    CAHS Member News

    At the recent Hamilton Airshow, CAHS National Director Richard Goette gave his last personal copy of CAHS Journal 49-3 to Ice Pilots, NWT's Mikey McBryan! Thanks for the great exposure, Richard - We appreciate the gesture!


    Upcoming Chapter Meetings
     
    The month of July (and August) will see NO chapter meetings. They will resume again in September. More details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca.
     
    (This great photo by Mike Johnson can be found on his Flickr page here)

    Events and Announcements


    From the Turnbull Chapter of the CAHS:

    "The Turnbull Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society cordially invites you to attend the ceremony commemorating the centennial of powered aviation in New Brunswick with the dedication of the Wade-Myles Park and Cenotaph and the reaffiliation of 410 (City of Saint John) Squadron, RCAF, with the City of Saint John. Thursday, 6 September 2012 [coinciding with the CAHS convention]." Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to RSVP.


    Airshows and Aviation Events: July - August 2012

    See below for what is scheduled for the next two months! Click on the event name to be re-directed to their website.

      July 2012  
    21 Princeton Air Show Princeton BC
    21-22 Alberta International Air Show Lethbridge, AB
    22 Snowbirds Display Whitehorse, YT
    23-29 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2012 Oshkosh, USA
    25 Snowbirds Display
    Watson Lake, YT
    28 Nelson Flightfest 2012 Nelson, BC
    28 Boundary Bay Air Show Delta, BC
    28-29 Whitecourt Hometown Heroes Air Show Whitecourt, AB
    28-29 Fort McMurray Air Show Fort MacMurray, AB
    31 Snowbirds Display Fort St. John, BC
       
      August 2012  
    1 Snowbirds Display Kelowna, BC
    4-5 SkyFest 2012 Quesnel, BC
    4-5 Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Saskatoon, SK
    4-6 Prince Albert Centennial of Flight Prince Albert, SK
    10-12 Abbotsford International Air Show Abbotsford, BC
    18 Tillsonburg Regional Airport Air Show Tillsonburg, ON
    18-19 Val D'Or Air Show Val D'Or, QC
    22 Snowbirds Display Yarmouth, NS
    25 - 26 Atlantic Canada International Air Show Summerside, PEI
    25 - 26 Aviation Calgary Expo Calgary, AB
    29 Snowbirds Display Tillsonburg, ON

    Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    Alberta Aviation Museum

    Update: The Alberta Aviation Museum has redirected some of its budget to send Sherwood park's 12 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets to the U.K. to represent Canada in the Schools Aerospace Challenge. Read more about the decision here.

    Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    Read a news article review of the Museum's recent garden dedication honouring Murray Peden and twins Bruce and Douglas Warren here.

    Upcoming events in July & August:

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    The Canada Aviation and Space Museum's website has recently featured some great multimedia bits revolving around the museum and its staff and acquisitions:

    • Watch a video of the installation of their newly acquired CT-114 Tutor.
    • Watch and listen to "Voices From the Museum", a documentary film series produced by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in collaboration with Outsiders Films Inc. It focuses on eight men who have left their mark on Canada's aviation history, including a NATO flight instructor, a Spitfire pilot flying in West Africa, an engineer working with computers and the Avro Arrow, and the Director of Flight Ops with de Havilland Canada. Check out the fascinating series and interview list on the Museum's website here!

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will host its third Fly-In Day on 19 August. landing fees are waived and all visitors occupying an aircraft receive free admission to the Museum!

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:
    The aircraft of Vintage Wings have been busy touring the country, fundraising, and making the air show circuit. Heather Fleck, Assistant Chief Pilot at Vintage Wings, reported on their journey to the recent Hamilton Airshow. Check out the post (with photos) here.
    Western Canada Aviation Museum
     
    The Western Canada Aviation Museum supports the upcoming debut of "Barker's Battle" - a play about Manitoba First World War fighter ace and civil aviation pioneer William Barker - opening soon during the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. It will be playing at the MTC Warehouse (Tom Hendry) Theatre from 19 - 27 July.
     

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  • CAHS Newsletter #22: High Flight, First in Flight, & The Flying Water Can!

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    Dear CAHS Member,
    The annual CAHS Convention is only a few weeks away! The New Brunswick Convention Committee has been working hard to organize an exceptional event that will appeal to aviation enthusiasts and scholars of all types. If you would like to share your experience at the convention with the CAHS community, feel free to contact me with your photographs, presentation reviews, and personal highlights from the convention. You can also post to our CAHS Flickr page or Facebook. To all those attending, I wish you safe travels and enjoy the company of old friends and new faces!

    ~*~*~*~

    Two weekends ago I attended the Thunder Over Michigan air show at Willow Run Airport (Yankee Air Museum) in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in the United States. Torrential rain soaked the field until just before show time when the clouds broke and invited the anxious pilots into the blue sky.

    Although we are all very proud Canadians, my friends and I make a point of attending this air show every summer because the folks at Willow Run go to great lengths to bring in unique performers and organize rare appearances. For example, in 2010 they gathered thirteen (thirteen!) B-17 Flying Fortresses* and eight of them actually flew together in an (emotional) formation flyover. This year’s treat were the eight P-51 Mustangs which participated in a mock Second World War ground battle re-enactment before individually passing by the showline. Once again, the show delivered an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for all attendees. Although there are some fantastic Canadian air shows throughout the summer, I highly recommend the show at Willow Run - especially since it's only about 50km from the border!


    Blue skies,
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    *Video taken from YouTube, user B17FFlyingFortress
    ** Both photos by Caitlin McWilliams

    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
     “I am enclosing a verse that I wrote the other day. It started at 30,000 feet and was finished soon after I landed. I thought that it might interest you.” – John Magee, Jr. to his parents, 1941

    John Gillespie Magee, Jr. Writes "High Flight," 18 August 1941
     
    In August of 1941, a young Royal Canadian Air Force pilot began writing the sonnet which, over time, has endured as both a celebrated tribute to fallen generations of aviators and a source of inspiration for pilots (and even astronauts!) today.

    John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was born in Shanghai, China in 1922, but moved to the U.S. in 1939. One year later he enlisted with the RCAF in Canada, and flew Spitfires overseas until his death in a mid-air collision on 11 December 1941. (For more details on Magee’s life, career, and family, see the Bomber Command Museum of Canada's website here).

    Just a few months before his death, Magee became inspired. While flying his seventh flight in a Spitfire he “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” and climbed up to 33,000 feet. It was here, higher than even birds can fly, that he sought to - as the poem says so eloquently - "touch the face of God." He began composing "High Flight" soon after touching down and sent the poem to his father on the back of a letter. From there the poem quickly grew in popularity. Today, the manuscript copy of "High Flight" resides at the Library of Congress.

    - Read the text of "High Flight" here (from vintagewings.ca)

    Much can be said about the origin and legacy of "High Flight," one of the most beautiful poems about flying. For a great overview, see Richard P. Bentham’s “High Flight: The Story of John Gillespie Magee” in the Summer 1996 Vol. 34 No. 2 edition of the CAHS Journal. If you do not have a copy handy, read an adaption of the article at yellowwings.ca (or request a back issue here!).

    Vintage Wing’s North American Harvard Trainer is dedicated to Magee and is now painted in the markings of Harvard 2866 - known to have been flown by Magee when he trained at RCAF SN 2866 of No. 2 SFTS, Uplands. Read more about the aircraft and its history here. Vintage Wings also acquired some photos of Magee from his family, viewable here.

    *All articles and photographs copyright of their respective sources

    CAHS National News
     
    2012 CAHS Convention

    From the CAHS President Gary Williams: "It’s not too late to register for the conference in Saint John, NB, September 5 - 8. Please call Sue Ehrlander, Conference co-chair (1-506-633-8513) or rsehlander!@aol.com as soon as possible. The presentations and special events are all set and ready to go. The clear skies and great weather is on order and the Maritimes will be in their full glory. You don’t want to miss this great event."

    Find more details about the 2012 Convention, schedule, events, and accommodations on our website here. Note: For those that find they just can’t get to Saint John, please ensure that your proxy votes are mailed in as soon as possible!

    CAHS Journal

    An update from CAHS Journal Managing Editor Terry Higgins: "Journal 49-4 features six articles on the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, and its 'reborn' Viking Air Series 400 Twin Otter, in celebration of the type's 40th year of Canadian military service. The tree CF/RCAF centric articles are balanced with a short piece on the type's origins, another on the floats designed exclusively for this aircraft, and an overview of the Series 400's development. And what's a celebration without colour! Canadian photographers and photo collectors alike have contributed images to grace both the centre-spread and back cover, including a striking panorama of nearly 40 Twin Otters all parked in one spot (taken from another Twin Otter!)."

    Work is also well underway on volumes 50-1 & 50-2. A big "thank you" to Terry and his growing editorial board for working hard to get the Journal back on track while maintaining quality publishing.


    CAHS 50th Anniversary Committee

    From the CAHS National: "In 2013, the CAHS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the CAHS National wants to make sure that this milestone is appropriately marked, both at the convention (which will be in Ottawa, the site of the first convention) and throughout the entire year. In order to accomplish this, the 50th Anniversary Committee needs your help if:
    • You are a CAHS Chapter and will be organizing an event marking the 50th Anniversary, let the Anniversary Committee know so that widespread advertising can take place through the newsletter, website, Facebook, and Twitter
    • You are a long time CAHS Member and have stories and/or pictures from the early years, the Anniversary Committee would love to hear from you
    • You have any ideas of how to commemorate the 50th (events, writings to publish, items to create and sell, etc), please contact the Anniversary Committee
    • You can volunteer to be a committee member and help share the workload"
    Contact Rachel Lea Heide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
     
    CAHS Online
     
    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National" for regular updates on CAHS news and aviation tidbits.
     
    On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 420 of our followers!

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    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Marty Howe shares an article written in 1977 by his father John L. Howe, co-founder of Prairie Flying Service. Mr. Howe was one of the original pioneers of crop spraying in Canada, and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005. Mr. Howe recently passed away in March of this year, and the CAHS is honoured to feature his article on our website.
    Mr. Howe writes: "Bob Mac Knight flew the pride of our possessions: 'The Flying Water Can.' [...] Our job was only a partial success – we did a 100% job of killing the weeds but some spray drift had eradicated his wife’s flower garden. We camped in his yard for three days. He was finally happy to see the weeds dying and the crop still standing. He said, “To heck with her flowers – they don’t make me any money”. He paid us and we were back in business. We had a successful season and now knew that crop spraying could become an important part of any small aviation business."
     
    Read the full story on the blog, and be sure to visit this website created to celebrate Mr. Howe's life and his career in aerial spraying.
     
    Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    The month of August will see NO chapter meetings. They will resume again in September. More details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca.
     
    (This great photo by Mike Johnson can be found on his Flickr page here)
     
    CAHS Chapters will be looking for guest speakers once meetings resume. If you have something unique and aviation-related to share, contact your local chapter and inquire about becoming a speaker!

    Airshows and Aviation Events: August - October 2012

    See below for what is scheduled for the next three months! Click on the event name to be re-directed to their website.

      August 2012  
    18 Tillsonburg Regional Airport Air Show Tillsonburg, ON
    18 - 19 Val D'Or Air Show Val D'Or, QC
    22 Snowbirds Display Yarmouth, NS
    25 - 26 Atlantic Canada International Air Show Summerside, PEI
    25 - 26 Aviation Calgary Expo Calgary, AB
    29 Snowbirds Display Tillsonburg, ON
         
      September 2012  
    1 - 3 Canadian International Airshow Toronto, ON
    12 Snowbirds Display Port Stanley, ON
    15 - 16 Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa / Vintage Wings Air Show Gatineau, QC
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    19 Snowbirds Year-End Show Moose Jaw, SK

    Museum and Restoration Initiatives
     
    Alberta Aviation Museum

    The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will be Flying their B-17 "Sentimental Journey" to the Alberta Aviation Museum August 30th. It will be on display through to 4 September (exact times TBA) so make sure to visit this gorgeous machine!

    Bomber Command Museum of Canada /
    Calgary Mosquito Society

    On 17 August, the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in association with the Calgary Mosquito Society will be hosting a Hangar Dance to celebrate the start of the restoration process of their Mosquito bomber. The 17th and 18th will also be "Meet Calgary's Mosquito" days. For additional information please their website here.

    Aero Space Museum of Calgary

    The Aero Space Museum of Calgary is proud to present for a second year the Aviation Calgary Expo from 24 - 26 August. This year’s theme is the "Warbirds are Coming." The headliners are the B-17 "Sentimental Journey" from the Arizona Commemorative Air Force and the P-51 Mustang from Vintage Wings of Canada. In attendance will also be other military aircraft from all eras of flight. Additional Activities include a P-51 Technical Ground School, Night Run-Up Photo Shoot (very cool!), and a meet the Crew BBQ. For more information go to www.asmac.ab.ca or check out this great article from the Calgary Herald!

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    A reporter from Canada.com recently reviewed the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in "Up in the air at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa." The piece includes an interview with the museum's Director General, as well as some great photos and quality videos. Check out the full article here!

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will host its third Fly-In Day on 19 August. landing fees are waived and all visitors occupying an aircraft receive free admission to the Museum!
     
    Vintage Wings of Canada

    Western Canada Aviation Museum
    ..
    The Western Canada Aviation Museum has a new exhibit focusing on Canada's Coastal Patrol. Read more about it here. Also check out this article on their Fairchild Super 71, "Truly One of a Kind."
     
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    Researcher-to-Researcher

    Bits and Bytes

    Take some time to check out all of these exciting current events happening across the country (seriously, from British Columbia to New Brunswick, and even up to the the NWT!)
    Skyward

    Fred Hotson, CAHS National President from 1969 to 1984 and member No. 300, died on 20 July at age 98. His touching obituary notes: "Many thanks to his good friend Larry Milberry - you helped more than you will ever know. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame or St. Hilary's Anglican Church would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca." Cards of condolence can be sent to the family in Mississauga (please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for their mailing
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    Second World War veteran and CAHS Ottawa /National member Tom Robinson has passed away. Tom was a regular attendee at Chapter meetings and was known for always setting out the chairs with Archie Graham. His obituary can be read here.
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    Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
    Ottawa 31 May
    Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
    Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
    Manitoba 24-25 May
    "Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
    Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
    Regina 10 May    
    Toronto 6 May    
    Vancouver 8 May Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum) "Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"

    Remember
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  • CAHS Newsletter #23: September Celebrations, Conversations, and Congratulations!

     
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    Dear CAHS Member,

    This year's convention in Saint John was a remarkable success! Members came from across the country to see the sights, take in some superb presentations, and enjoy some great company. A big 'thank you' to all those involved in organizing and hosting the event, especially our friends from the New Brunswick Convention Committee and members of CAHS National. To all members who attended, thank you for making our 2012 convention such an outstanding success. See you next year in Ottawa!

    CAHS President Gary Williams took some time to write up a brief overview of the Convention and its events. Here's a short teaser, but be sure to read his full comments here (especially if you were unable to make it!) - PDF, 1 page
     
    "There is a truth that says that time flies when you are having fun. This couldn’t be more accurate for the 2012 CAHS National convention in Saint John, New Brunswick earlier this month. It just ended way too soon! Every aspect and event of the convention was fantastic... It was indeed great to see old friends and make many more personal contacts with all those members that were there. The conference was over way too quickly and I know planning has already started for our 50th convention and AGM next year in Ottawa. I’ll be there; I hope you will be as well.”
     
    Even the media were in on the hype, especially in regards to the cenotaph dedication at the Wade-Myles Aviation Park (6 September). Click to read a couple of news stories covering the event:
    Below are just a few of Jim Bell's fantastic photos from the convention. Click on the collage to view the individual photos on our Flickr page, and look for more in upcoming issues of your monthly CAHS e-newsletter!

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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History
     
    1 September 1937 - Trans Canada Airlines Inaugural Flight

    This year Canada’s largest airline celebrates its 75th anniversary.

    Seventy-five years ago, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), Air Canada's predecessor, inaugurated its first flight carrying two passengers and mail between Vancouver and Seattle aboard a Lockheed L-10A Electra.

    Since then, Air Canada has grown to be "the world's 15th largest airline and Canada's flag carrier serving over 150 destinations across Canada and worldwide on five continents," according to Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

    In honour of their anniversary, Air Canada has launched an interactive website online, complete with videos and a sleek timeline detailing its 75-years of operation.

    Check of these amazing infographics detailing Air Canada's 75 year lifespan in numbers, from the NHL Teams that rely on Air Canada's charter service, to shipping live lobster from the east coast for Chinese New Year, to how world events have shaped routes.


    Be sure to visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum's new photographic exhibit, "People, Places and Planes: Air Canada at 75." Bonus fact: The museum is home to an Air Canada Douglas DC-9 which flew in on 26 September 2002. Read more here.

    (*All articles copyright of their respective publishers)

    CAHS National News
     
    CAHS Online
     
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    On the website:
     
    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Bill Zuk explores the fascinating 2005 underwater discovery of a lost Canadian Airways Fokker Universal transport aircraft.
     
    Bill writes: "July 4, 2005, in a survey vessel on Charron Lake, the five members of the search team peered into the monitor. The ghostly image was unmistakable, the lost Fokker Universal, G-CAJD, was resting on the bottom, 40 meters below the gently swaying boat. It was the realization of a quest that had spanned over 70 years."
     
     
    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.

    CAHS Member News
     
    Mention in "Wise Women Network"

    Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail recently mentioned the CAHS in an interview with the inspiration website Wise Women NetworkWise Women Network. Read about why she chose a career studying and writing about Canadian aviation in the interview here.


    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapter Date Speaker / Topic
    Ottawa 27 Sept
    Randy Wakelam

    "Cold War Fighters"
    Calgary 18 Oct
    Manitoba 27 Sept
    Alan Parkin & John Perrin

    "Recovering Kelvin High’s history"
    & "Boys of Kelvin High" (excerpts)
    Montreal 18 Oct
    Regina

    11 Oct

    Howard Leyton-Brown

    "Recollections of Active Service in the RAF from 1940 to 1946"
    Toronto 13 Oct
    Peter Dixon

    "The Unknown War / Battle of the St. Lawrence"
    Vancouver 9 Oct
    MEETING CANCELLED

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    Events and Announcements

    Guest Speaker - British Columbia Air Museum


    The Canadian Aviation Historical Society invites you to attend a guest speaker event at the British Columbia Air Museum on the evening of 27 Sept. Richard de Boer, President of the Calgary Chapter of the CAHS and member of the Calgary Mosquito Society, will present on the tragic story of "F for Freddie," a de Havilland Mosquito which survived 213 wartime operations only to crash in Calgary while on a victory tour, killing its crew.

    Richard recently did a piece for Vintage Wings on the crash, "Fleeting Glory: From Victory Tour to Smoking Ruin," and we encourage you to hear him speak on the topic first-hand.
     
    We will attempt to make this a monthly meet with speakers presenting similar aviation historical themes. Please contact Allan Botting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

    Museum and Restoration Initiatives
     
     
    Alberta Aviation Museum
     
    B-17 "Sentimental Journey" from U.S. Commemorative Air Force visited the museum earlier this month in honour of the North West Staging Route.
    Bomber Command Museum of Canada
     
    Five members of the Bomber Command Museum were each recipents of a Queen's Jubilee Medal for their efforts to preserve Canada's aviation heritage. Read all about the honour in this piece done by Vintage Wings, "Jubilee."
     


    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    On 4 October a new photographic exhibit, "People, Places and Planes: Air Canada at 75" will open at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in celebration of the airline's 75th anniversary. Read more about the exhibit here.

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
     
    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has announced its "40th Anniversary Gala, Dinner, and Dance." Tickets to the business attire / black tie affair are $50. Click here to view the event poster, and here to view the menu.
     
     
    Vintage Wings of Canada
     
    Check out this awesome television PSA Vintage Wings put out to advertise their recent Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa en vol!

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:
    Congratulations also to Vintage Wings' president Mike Potter on his Queen's Jubilee Medal!

    Western Canada Aviation Museum
     
    The Western Canada Aviation Museum will host its annual Out of the Blue Gala Fundraiser on 13 October. Find more details here.
     

    Researcher-to-Researcher
     
    If you have a research question or are looking for information on a topic, send the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the CAHS community is a great resource!

    Harold E. Wright of the Turnbull Chapter would like information on the location of the records of the Magee Trophy Committee from the 1939-42 period. He would also be interested in knowing of any pilots or aircraft with a connection to Saint John, NB, from the 1917-1975 period. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
     
    Elizabeth Chen is looking for some photographs. She writes: "In 1958/59 my Father Squadron Leader Douglas Leckie RAAF was flying in the Snowy Mountains Australia in the Beaver VH-SMB, this plane now C-FTCW and I have made contact with Ken Cote." Do you have any records or photos of this aircraft? Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if so!

    Matt Jolley (for Fred Aldworth)
    is looking for help tracking down an individual aircraft history or squadron records for aircraft
    DH-82-C, construction number 1339, that flew with No. 33 EFTS in Caron, Saskatchewan then was sold to civilian and registered in the USA as NX82CS. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.

    Jake McLaughlin is spearheading "
    a project inviting anecdotes about Canada’s short-lived history of naval aviation from those who were directly involved or whose friends or family members might have been part of that world. If you know of anyone who fits in either category, would you be kind enough to direct them to the website www.canadiannavalaviation.ca on which anecdotes can be posted. We’ll collect, review and publish the results. Any proceeds from the outcome will be dedicated to funding a memorial to the story of Naval Air in Canada."

    Bits and Bytes
     
    Check out all of these wartime aviation related debates, events, and preservation activities happening across the world!
    Skyward
     
    Harold "Curly" Gordon (1917 - 2012), nephew of Air Marshall Gus Edward, passed away on 22 August. From his obituary (Vancouver Sun, 25 August):
     
    "Harold served in the RCAF with the 487 Squadron in Britain during WWII, flying many missions in Ventura and Mosquito bombers. He retired from service with the rank of Squadron Leader in Vancouver in 1964. He became Civil Defence Coordinator in Richmond-Delta during the '60s and '70s. Curly loved to ride into the hills of the Southern Chilcotins "up country" on ol' Charley and gather in the evenings with his many pals."
     
    Jimmy Essery, a long-time mechanic with Buffalo Airways, was found dead in Prosperous Lake near Yellowknife on 1 September, the victim of an apparent boating accident. Colin Webster writes, "It is a tremendous shock to the whole Buffalo crew, coming so soon after the passing of Arnie Schreder in June. He was 58 years old and had worked in the aviation industry in Yellowknife for 40 years. I had known him since 1980."

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    Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
    Ottawa 31 May
    Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
    Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
    Manitoba 24-25 May
    "Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
    Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
    Regina 10 May    
    Toronto 6 May    
    Vancouver 8 May Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum) "Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"

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  • CAHS Newsletter #24: Fresh Aviation News Delivered Right to Your Inbox!

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    One intriguing piece of news to come out this month is the auction sale of a rare 1942 Hawker Hurricane. The aircraft comes from The Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England, and flew along Canada's east coast during the Second World War. It and has been fully restored (read: airworthy), save the original Canadian paint scheme which has been replaced with Battle of Britain colours.

    It is expected that bids could reach $2.6 million.

    According to the above news article, the sale has piqued the interest of David Rohrer, CEO of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton, Ontario. You may recall that, as the story notes, the museum's own Hurricane was lost in a fire in 1993.

    The sale of the Hurricane comes as dozens of buried Spitfires are scheduled to be excavated from a site in Burma and brought back to England. Each plane is said to be crated and buried (click to see a photo of the crate) and likely preserved in immaculate condition.

    Twenty have been located so far and sources believe there are at least sixty. If one researcher is correct about the potential numbers, this could mean the recovery of "three to four times the number of airworthy models known to exist."

    Talk about hitting the jackpot!

    Although the Spitfire discovery is an incredible one, I think the possibility of bringing the Hurricane back to Canada sounds pretty neat. I guess we will have to wait until December to find out where it will call home next!

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    11 November is Remembrance Day, and I have noted just a few events taking place at aviation-related venues. Get in touch with your local legion or check your community's website to find out where and when services are taking place in your area. Feel free to share them with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the next newsletter!

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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History..

    15 October 1936 - "The Flying Seven," Canada's first all female flying club, is established

    The Flying Seven were a pioneer group of elite aviatrixes who together formed the first all female flying club. The aviation-minded women met in Vancouver and, when they were unable to join the American 99s, they established their own group that promoted women’s place in aviation through air shows and competitions.

    The group’s founder, Margaret Fane (later Fane-Rutledge), was an extraordinary entrepreneur, radio operator, and bush pilot. At 21 years old she was the first female from Western Canada to hold a commercial pilot's license

    To wear the grey uniform of The Flying Seven you had to have a flying licence. Elianne Roberge stated in the interview found here that “we wouldn’t take learners. All the girls were experienced. I started flying in 1929 and stopped in 1963. My licence is No. 678, and I still have it. You won’t find many people in Canada with a lower number.”

    During the Second World War, the group was well publicized in newspapers and became an inspiration for air-minded women across the country. Not only did they provide radio and mechanical support at air training schools, they also sponsored the first air training centre for women (1941), and lead a “pamphlet raid” over the city to encourage donations to purchase training aircraft for #8 Flying Training School in Vancouver.

    The group did not disband after the war, though their lives went in different directions. Margaret Fane-Rutledge died in 2004, and a foundation providing scholarships for business students was established in her memory.

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    CAHS National News

    CAHS Online

    Below are our social media outlets. National Director Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail does a fantastic job managing our Facebook and Twitter page! Look to them to curb your craving for aviation news and tidbits between e-newsletters.

    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National"

    On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 501 of our followers!
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    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Major (Ret'd) Marc George, Director, RCA Museum looks at "Canadian Army Aviation."

    Marc writes:"During the First World War, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) 1912–1918 is a British Army Corps in which Canadian troops operate independently. The RFC has a firm Army support focus - air photos, liaison, operating air observation posts (AOP) and close air support of troops on the ground. The first direction of artillery by an air observer occurs on 13 September 1914."

    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.


    CAHS Member News

    Former CAHS National Director and current CAHS Toronto Chapter Director Dr. Richard Goette recently signed on as an Associate Editor-in-Chief of Airforce, the Air Force Association of Canada's flagship publication. Congratulations, Richard, and good luck!

    Ottawa Chapter Director Tim Du will be speaking on "Canadian Airmen of the First World War" on 16 November at the Great War Auction, Forum, & Militaria Show. Click here for more information.


    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapter Date Details (speaker, location)
    Calgary 15 November
    Held at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Manitoba 22 November
    Held at Western Canada Aviation Museum
    Montreal 15 November
    Ron Pickler on his time in the RAF
    New Brunswick
    TBA
    TBA
    Ottawa 29 November Held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    PEI
    TBA
    TBA
    Regina 8 November
    Garrett Wilson on Saskatchewan bush pilot Walter Johnson
    Toronto 10 November
    Caitlin McWilliams, "Flying Billboards: Canadian Nose Art during the Second World War"
    Vancouver 13 November
    Held at the Richmond Cultural Centre
     

    Events and Announcements

    Canadian War Museum - Official Remembrance Day Ceremony

    Throughout the month of November, the Canadian War Museum invites you to visit, and remember. Consult their website for a schedule of commemoration activities.

    On 11 November at 10:45am, their website will host a live Remembrance Day webcast from the museum's Memorial Hall. Light will shine through a single window to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier. You can access the webcast by going here on their website. A limited number of visitors to the museum on that day will be permitted to attend the ceremony. Visit their website for more information.

    Visitors to the museum on 11 November can also sit in the LeBreton Gallery Theatre to watch the broadcast of the official Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on a jumbo screen. More details can be found here. (Photo from CWM website)


    Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    Alberta Aviation Museum

    The Alberta Aviation Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Read more about the facility and its role in celebrating Edmonton's aviation history here (Edmonton Examiner link) and this message from Tom Hinderks, executive director of the museum.

    The museum recently received the the C.A.P.A National Award for an Outstanding Outreach Program at the 2012 Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association conference. The award recognizes the museum's program to support a team of Edmonton-area Royal Canadian Air Cadets at the 2012 Schools Aerospace Challenge in Cranfield, England. Read more here.

    Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

    Be aware that the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum is now closed for the season; however, their website notes that someone is usually there on Saturdays to greet visitors.

    Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    Following their last run-up of the season, the Bomber Command Museum of Canada's Lancaster #2 Merlin was started for the first time (minus the prop). The association hopes that in 2013 they will perform Lancaster run-ups with all four engines operational! Read more about their progress in their Museum Bulletin here.

    British Columbia Aviation Museum

    Note that on Remembrance Day, the British Columbia Aviation Museum will be open from 11:00am - 4:00pm and admission is by food donation.

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    The Canada Aviation and Space Museum will be hosting "A Time to Remember" in honour of Remembrance Day. Visit the museum on November 3-4, 10-11 to participate in commemorations activities for both children and adults. Sunday 4 November will se a range of guest speakers and lectures. See the program and speaker schedule on their website here.

    Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

    There is lots going on in the Sault Ste. Marie area at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre! Aviation author Gary Tracy will be doing a book signing and read on 1 November. On 16 November, join them for their 3rd Annual Myster Dinner where all proceeds go to support the Centre.

    The Centre recently received the Marketing Award from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. Edie Suriano, Marketing & Promotions Coordinator received the award with CBHC President, Hugh MacDonald. Read more here!

    Canadian Historical Aircraft Association

    The Windsor International Airport, including the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, held its first public open house in October. Tours of the aircraft and facilities, an air show and plane rides made the event a great success. Read a Windsor Star article about the open house here.

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will hold an indoor Remembrance Day ceremony on 11 November, hosted by Ted Barris from 10:30am until noon. Along with the service will be a flyover by the museum's Lancaster (weather permitting). Admission is free (donations accepted) and there is limited seating for several hundred, so arrive early! Details can be found on their website here. Note that the service will be broadcast live by television station CHCH.

    National Air Force Museum of Canada

    The National Air Force Museum of Canada has adopted its winter schedule, which can be found on their website here. Note that some of the collection is unavailable as the museum undergoes some construction.

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:


    Researcher-to-Researcher

    If you have a research question or are looking for information on a topic, send the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the CAHS community is a great resource!

    Robert Stitt has written several articles about aircraft operated by Spartan Air Services and has recently had a book published on the history of the Boeing Fortress with RAF Coastal Command. He is now working on a book describing all of Spartan's aircraft and operations in detail and is keen to make contact with former Spartan employees or their relatives who would be wiling to share memories, photographs, logbooks, newsletters and other items. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Harold E. Wright is seeking the minutes and correspondence of the McKee Trophy committee for the 1939-1944 period. He would also like any information on a Saint John pilot, Harry Hayter, who was flying out of Edmonton and other areas north in the 1930s. Please contact Harold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Can you confirm the identity of the person in this photo? (Click image to view larger). He is believed to be an early RCAF jet pilot by the name of J. Douglas "Doug" Lindsay. If you can confirm the identity of this man, please e-mail Don MacNeil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



    Bits and Bytes

    As Remembrance Day approaches, I thought it appropriate to highlight a selection of recent news stories that revolve around efforts to remember the many allied air crews who served during the Second World War...

    ... those who survive today to share their stories ...

    ... and those who have since slipped the surly bonds of Earth.


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    Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
    Ottawa 31 May
    Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
    Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
    Manitoba 24-25 May
    "Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
    Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
    Regina 10 May    
    Toronto 6 May    
    Vancouver 8 May Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum) "Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"

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  • CAHS Newsletter #25: Important Website and Journal Announcements!

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    Dear CAHS Member,

    Announcing the re-launch of www.cahs.ca!

    If you've been to www.cahs.ca in the last few days, you may have noticed a few changes! Our web team has completed a substantial series of upgrades and improvements on the CAHS website. Their goal was to make changes that would enhance the site’s usability as an interactive hub for discovery, debate, and discussion about Canada’s aviation history. Using updated software on the back end, our team has created a more robust site complete with a redesigned interface and many new or improved components.

    We are still bringing over some features from the old site and appreciate your patience as we work through this transitional period. In the meantime, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact our webmaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Below is a list of some of the new and upcoming features on the site. We will be rolling out the latter over time, so keep an eye on www.cahs.ca!

    New or Improved Features:

    • Home page rotating blog shows last 5 to 10 articles submitted by our contributors. Clicking on image leads to the article in question
    • Chapter pages enhanced with meeting dates, new logos, and maps so members can find their Chapter meetings easier
    • Completely redesigned membership signup area
    • Event listing on front page (right side) shows all upcoming Chapter Meetings with maps
    • Contact area completely redone
    • Smart Search function added
    • Buttons to join, donate, or sponsor are enhanced and clearly visible near bottom of homepage

    Upcoming Features:

    • Login will be enabled for members to access ‘members only’ content
    • Last two years of the Journal as digital downloads from members area
    • Ability to purchase Journal back issues online
    • Ability to purchase gift subscriptions
    • Contributor biographies with links to articles by individual authors.
    • Photo and video gallery
    • Discussion area

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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History

    11 November 1940: Air Cadet League of Canada Formed

    The Air Cadet League of Canada is a country-wide, voluntary civilian youth organization. It was first established during the Second World War in partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force to train future aircrews and promote an interest in aviation as a career.
    79 squadrons existed across the nation by the end of 1941. By 1944, the program reached 374 squadrons and over 29,000 cadets - its peak wartime strength.
    Today, the Air Cadet League partners with the Department of National Defence to support the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and its membership of ~23,000 cadets and 456 squadrons. According to the League’s website, close to one million young Canadians, men and women, have participated in the training program since 1941.
    Read more about the history of the Air Cadet League of Canada on their website.

    (*Newspaper articles from warmuseum.ca's Democracy at War.
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    CAHS National News

    Journal Update

    The CAHS Journal Editorial Team has been working hard very to get caught up with the CAHS Journal production!

    Volume 50-1 - though a bit delayed by a "busier than usual Christmas season bulk mailings period" - has been sent out for distribution and should be in the mail stream, on their way to you as we speak! If you just can't wait for your issue to arrive in the mail, click here to view the Table of Contents and whet your appetite!

    Volume 50-2 is in the final part of the editorial process and we are aiming to have it out by Christmas.

    Remember the CAHS rule: You will always get four Journals for every year you have paid your dues, no matter when they might arrive! If you have any comments or questions, contact Terry Higgins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
     
    Christmas Gift Ideas

    This Christmas, consider honouring a beloved pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life by making a donation to the CAHS on their behalf. All pledges support the CAHS’s work of celebrating and preserving Canada’s aviation heritage. Visit our donations page here to learn more about how you can support the CAHS this holiday season. Don’t forget: We are a charitable organization and issue tax receipts!

    Alternatively, why not give someone the gift of a CAHS Membership? They're also priced just right to use as a Secret Santa gift! Visit the “Join the CAHS” page on our redesigned webpage for more details. Don’t forget you have the choice between an “Online” or “Traditional” membership, and you can select either a 1 or 2 year membership.

    Available for Purchase

    RAPCAN's Retired Airline Pilots Database (2006 edition) can be purchased in PC CD format from CAHS National for $10 each (includes postage). Contact CAHS National Treasurer Rachel Lea Heide to place an order (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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    On the website:

    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Mathias Joost looks at "Bombing the South Saskatchewan River in 1951."

    Mathias writes: "Bombing ice jams was nothing new. In 1929, the Canadian government decided to bomb the ice in the St. Lawrence to speed the opening of the river. Canadian Airways pilot D.S. Bondurant, flying a Fairchild 71, dropped explosive charges onto the ice which produced a lot of ice chips and dead fish but no expedited break-up of the ice. [...] The efforts to dislodge the ice jams became Operation Floodhat, as the RCAF named it."

    Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.


    CAHS Member News

    Bob Petite from Leduc, Alberta recently started up a new website focusing on early helicopter history in Canada. It can be found at helicopterheritagecanada.com. He also just finished a book on the Bell Model 47 helicopter, which will be going to print shortly.

    Robin Higham, a CAHS member from Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A., published two titles of interest this year: "Two Roads to War: The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk" and "Unflinching Zeal: The Air Battles over France and Britain, May–October 1940."

    Bob Cameron, an engineer, pilot, and researcher from Whitehorse, has launched a new book, "Yukon Wings," an illustrated history of the birth and development of the aviation industry in the territory.

    National Director Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail was named one of Avenue magazine's Top 40 Under 40 list! Read her stellar interview - where she gives a shout out to the CAHS - on their site here.


    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapter Date Details (speaker, location)
    Calgary 20 December
    Held at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Manitoba 29 November
    "Spy Master" Sir William Stephenson CC, MC, DFC and Bill Macdonald
    Montreal 17 January 2013
    Held at Royal Canadian Legion
    New Brunswick March 2013 TBA
    Ottawa 29 November Colin Hine discusses the three Avro 504Ks in the Can. Aviation and Space Museum's collection
    PEI 2 March 2013
    Held at Charlottetown Airport Terminal
    Regina 14 December
    Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael & Christmas supper with the local wing of the RCAF Association
    Toronto 8 December
    Held at Canadian Forces College
    Vancouver 11 December
    Keith Wade and his latest aircraft photos from around the world
     

    Events and Announcements

    CATP Museum Project

    The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is erecting a memorial to recognize members of the RCAF and all Canadians serving in any Commonwealth air force who lost their lives during the Second World War. Their names - over 19,000 compiled so far - and ages will be etched on an impressive granite wall about 300 feet long, situated on the Museum grounds at McGill Field in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. The project has been ongoing since 2012 and with a cost of over one million dollars, the Museum is looking for public support. Its tentative unveiling deadline of August 2014. View the media and donation pamphlet in its entirety here.

    Canadian Air and Space Museum to Relocate?

    The Canadian Air and Space Museum - currently running as a 'virtual museum' - has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 to move its equipment into temporary storage, and eventually open a NEW facility potentially (and becoming more and more likely) at Toronto's Pearson International Airport!

    Support the campaign at www.indiegogo.com/casmuseum. Different pledge levels will get you a range of "thank you" perks including DVD's, gala tickets, memberships, and other cool swag.


    Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    The Bomber Command Museum of Canada is co-supporting the upcoming book launch and speaking event, “Wings Over High River – Conversations with A. Gordon Jones” Mr. Jones is a former BCATP pilot instructor and Tiger Moth pilot for seventy years. The event will be held at the Museum of Highwood in High River, Alberta on 1 December.

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    Starting in December 2012 (in time for Christmas?) the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will begin selling Canadian Space Agency (CSA) products in its museum boutique and online store.

    Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

    The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre in Ste Anne's de Bellevue, Quebec, has unveiled a replica of 1926 Fairchild Model FC-2 "Razorback." the twelve-year long project was finished in October by volunteers at the Centre who used sketches and photographs from the era. More about the process is outlined this news story.

    Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

    The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre has begun a project to digitize its collection of aviation photographs, maps, records, and logbooks. Funding from Ontario's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is helping make this year-long project happen, and individuals who purchase a membership will have complete access to the Centre's archive. You can read more about the initiative through this SaultStar.com news article.

    Also check out the following articles on the Centre's involvement with the local community:

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    Follow the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on Facebook to get daily updates on the progress of their restorations and status of their flying aircraft. To commemorate their 40th anniversary, every day they post archival photos from their collection with their backstory!

    National Air Force Museum of Canada

    The National Air Force Museum of Canada continues to undergo construction but is still open! Read about their progress in their November e-newsletter, available on their website here. The document also details the Museum's recent awards, Ad Astra Ceremony, new acquisitions, and upcoming events.

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    Recently the blog at vintagewingsofcanada.blogspot.ca has been focusing on the word of aircraft restoration. Discover what goes into giving vintage aircraft new life through not just one, but two updates on some of their recent projects.

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:

    Western Canada Aviation Museum

    On 29 November, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be working with the Manitoba Chapter of the CAHS to host a presentation by Col. Gary Solar and Bill MacDonald on "The Spy Intrepid" – Sir William Stephenson. This goes along with their event theme for November, "Pilots, POW's, and Peril." Next month, catch one of their free "One-of-a-Kind" themed tours, revolving around their collection's more unique aircraft.


    Bits and Bytes

    Lost and Found:
    Remembrance and Recollection:

    Skyward

    CAHS National Member No. 948, Charles F. Vaughn of St. Catharines, passed away in October at the age of 86. He was a pilot and one of his famous aerial adventures was when he flew a twin engine airplane in the London (UK) to Victoria (BC) Air Race in 1971. He later spoke to the Toronto Chapter on the details of the two Atlantic crossings as a race participant.

    From his obituary: "Predeceased by his first wife of many years. Charlie was a well-known pilot in the Niagara Peninsula and stories of his numerous adventures will be sorely missed. [...] If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the St. George's Anglican Church Breakfast Club would be appreciated by the family."

    We also recently received the news that Alan J. Grant, CAHS National Member No. 5228 and RCAF veteran, passed away in June.


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    Corporate Members:

    Bombardier

    Clearwater Fine Foods

    VAC Developments

     

    Partners:

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    Alberta Genealogical Society - Edmonton

    Aviaeology

    Bomber Command Museum

    CANAV Books

    Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

    Canadian Owners and Pilots Association

    Experimental Aircraft Association

    Fondation Aérovision Québec

    Leavens Aviation

    Linguistek Inc.

    Rockcliffe Flying Club

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    Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
    Ottawa 31 May
    Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
    Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
    Manitoba 24-25 May
    "Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
    Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
    Regina 10 May    
    Toronto 6 May    
    Vancouver 8 May Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum) "Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"

    Remember
    : Your local Chapter needs YOU! Are you a student working on an interesting research paper? An aspiring author? Pilot? Veteran? World traveller? Astronaut? If you have something unique and aviation-related to share, contact your local CAHS chapter and inquire about becoming a speaker!
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    Dear Member,

    Happy holidays and cheers to the coming new year! On behalf of the CAHS, I would like to thank all of our members who, over the holidays, gave the gift of a CAHS membership, and extend a very warm welcome our new members who received a membership as a gift!

    Below you will find the last National e-newsletter of 2012. The CAHS has big plans for 2013 including - among many things - a revamped and interactive website, our Journal caught up to cover date, and our 50th anniversary celebration! In the coming year we are also exploring ways to expand the accessibility, reach, and exposure of the CAHS. If you have suggestions or ideas on how to build on these components, the Executive would love to hear from you!

    I hope you have enjoyed a safe and joyous holiday season. From all of us at the CAHS, have a very happy New Year and all the best for 2013!

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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History

    1 December 1945: A.V. Roe Canada Ltd is Formed

    A.V. Roe Canada Ltd was established in 1945 when the U.K. based Hawker Siddeley Group acquired Victory Aircraft Ltd and their facilities in Malton, Ontario. The Avro plant opened with about 400 staff, most of whom had been kept on from wartime production.
    In 1949, Avro Canada flew the Avro Jetliner - their first aircraft under the new company. Over the next decade, the company was responsible for manufacturing some of the most famous flying machines in Canadian aviation history including the CF-100 Canuck, CF-105 Arrow, & even the VZ-R Avrocar.
    Within thirteen years of its inception, Avro Canada transformed into an industrial giant. At its peak it was the third-largest company in Canada and had over 50,000 employees.
    Avro Canada was dissolved in 1962, and the Malton plant used for various initiatives until its demolition in 2004.

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     CAHS National News

    President's Message

    Read the latest message from the CAHS President, Gary Williams, by clicking here! (PDF)

    Journal Update

    They're here! December has been a great month for the CAHS Journal and by now you should have received both Volume 50-1 (Spring 2012) and 50-2 (Summer 2012). My issues actually arrived in my e-mail inbox just one week apart!

    As you may know we have been working hard to catch up the production dates to "cover dates" while, at the same time, incorporating revised editorial processes and standards. Such a miraculous turnover could not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our Journal Editor, Terry Higgins, and our committed Journal Editorial Board.

    An update from Terry
    on forthcoming issues:

    Journal 50-3 (Fall 2012) is in the final post-proofreading stage of preparation. However the holiday interregnum, both here and at the printers and mailing house, presented a minor and unavoidable interruption. I will have it within the printer's workflow by Friday, 4 January or Monday, 7 January at latest. Timing from printer intake to mailing house delivery to Canada Post should be very similar to that experienced for 50-2 (a week or two at most).
     
    Journal 50-4 (Winter 2012) is well advanced and should be within the printers workflow before the end of January, with similar production/delivery timeline expectations. The selected final content for Journal 51-1 (Spring 2013) is in editorial and layout development, and is therefore anticipated to be on time (early/mid April 2013 delivery).

    Remember the CAHS rule: You will always get four Journals for every year you have paid your dues, no matter when they might arrive! If you have any comments or questions, contact Terry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
     
    2013 CAHS National Convention
     
    Plans are underway for our 50th Anniversary Convention in Ottawa this coming September. Details will be forthcoming as they become confirmed. In the meantime, the 50th Anniversary Committee needs your help if:
    • You are a CAHS Chapter and will be organizing an event marking the 50th Anniversary, let the Anniversary Committee know so that widespread advertising can take place through the newsletter, website, Facebook, and Twitter
    • You are a long time CAHS Member and have stories and/or pictures from the early years, the Anniversary Committee would love to hear from you
    • You have any ideas of how to commemorate the 50th (events, writings to publish, items to create and sell, etc), please contact the Anniversary Committee
    • You can volunteer to be a committee member and help share the workload
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    Membership Renewal Form

    For members who need to renew their membership, either print out, complete, and mail in the attached Membership Renewal Form, or click here to renew immediately online via the CAHS website. Alternately, members wishing to change to a traditional membership (within which a printed copy of the Journal is sent in the mail instead of the online version via e-mail) can also do so via the CAHS website by clicking here.
     
    If you are uncertain as to the current status of your membership and want to prevent missing any single issue of the CAHS Journal, please inquire with Rachel Lea Heide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">membershipinfo@cahs.ca.

    Keep connected with the CAHS online

    On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National"

    On Twitter: Our Twitter account, @CanAvHistSoc has gone over 600 followers!
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    On Flickr: Join our Flickr group here. Share your aviation photos and view others' favourite shots!

    On the website

    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Bruce McLeod and Mark Whittaker offer insight into the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre and its recently finished replica of a 1926 Fairchild Model FC-2 "Razorback."

    They write: "The Fairchild FC-2 [...] emerged on 27 October 2012 from the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre's workshops (at the Old Cow Barn on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University) after over 12 years of work. Built from scratch with original plans, and supplemented by the creativity, ingenuity, craftsmanship and enthusiasm of volunteers in the restoration team [...] this full scale 1926 'multi-tasker of the skies' aircraft is the first of several aviation projects currently underway at the CAHC."

    Read the full blog on our website!

    Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.


     CAHS Member News

    Mathias Joost was recently able to present Carl Vincent with his McIntyre Research Award. The Mac McIntyre Award is the annual CAHS Journal article award for outstanding research. The recipient is determined by a vote submitted by the readers of the Journal, and Carl's article "The North American Saga of Spitfire L1090" was chosen as the winner at the past CAHS Annual Meeting / Convention. Congratulations, Carl!
     
    The Manitoba Chapterof the CAHS and Lyncrest airport invite you to the Soaring High Aviation Film Fest, a new activity starting in January. Each month, Bill Zuk will guest host an evening featuring two aviation-related feature films and documentaries. On 10 January, grab some popcorn and catch Fly Away Home (1996) followed by Flight (1996). The subsequent dates are 7 February, 7 March, and 11 April.
     
    I would personally like to thank the CAHS Toronto Chapter for inviting me to speak at their November meeting. The Chapter was a great host and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with members about Canadian nose art during the Second World War. Not only was it a fun time, but I also received an aviation-themed gift from the Chapter afterwards!

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

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    Chapter Date Location
    Calgary 17 January
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Manitoba 31 January
      Western Canada Aviation Museum
    Montreal 17 January
    Royal Canadian Legion
    New Brunswick  March 2013 TBA
    Ottawa 31 January
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    PEI  2 March Charlottetown Airport Terminal
    Regina 10 January
    Royal United Services Institute
    Toronto  9 February
    Canadian Forces College
    Vancouver 8 January
    Richmond Cultural Centre
     
    Further Chapter meeting details - including speaker listing and meeting times - will be posted to www.cahs.ca when they become available. Be sure to check your Chapter's personalized meeting webpage and event calendar for the most up-to-date information!

    Events and Announcements

    Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame - New Inductees

    On 30 May 2013 in Ottawa, Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame will induct four new members and honour one Belt of Orion recipient at its 40th annual gala dinner and ceremony. 

    The new members will be:

    • Victor R. Bennett, former Innotech Aviation chief executive
    • James “Stocky” Edwards, WWII Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and command leader
    • Joseph Fernand “Frank” Henley, former executive of Maritime Central Airways, Nordair and Hydro Quebec
    • John Sandford, former president of de Havilland Canada

    Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd. will be presented with the Belt of Orion award.

    In a press release issued earlier this month Tom Appleton, CAHF chairman of the board, said, “The CAHF is proud to honour these four individuals and a pioneering airline for their significant contributions to Canadian aviation, and to Canada’s development as a nation. Our 2013 inductees come from backgrounds that span the width of Canada’s professional aviation industry, as well as its internationally renowned air force.”

    For more details on this event and the inductees, visit the CAHF's website here.


     Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    Bomber Command Museum of Canada  

    On 27 December, the Bomber Command Museum of Canada was featured on CBC National News who reported on BCATP instructor Gordon Jones and his new biography written by Annie Gafiuk. The Museum recently held an event to launch this book, and Mr. Jones has been flying flypasts for the Museum for over twenty years. You can order the publication through their website here.

    View the Museum's most recent newsletter here.

    Canadian Air and Space Museum

    The Canadian Air and Space Museum continues to run a campaign to raise $500,000 with the hope it will be put towards building a new museum at Toronto Pearson Airport. So far they have reached just over $20,000, so they still have a long way to go! Help by donating online here or sending a cheque, and remember that all donations over $5 receive a 'thank-you' in return (admission tickets, books, DVDs, etc). For updates on the campaign, join the Museum's mailing list here.
     
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    In honour of astronaut Chris Hadfield's launch to the International Space Station, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is hosting an "Off in Space" program during the holidays. Families can learn about space, etc through printmaking, games, and workshops until 6 January.

    Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

    The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre is trying to raise interest in the restoration of their 1941 Westland Lysander (which would make it the only flying example in the Pacific Northwest). The Museum has just about everything needed to restore it to flying condition, so spread the word by checking out their website or 'Like'-ing the project on Facebook.

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has began planning for its 2013 airshow (15-16 June), and recent additions to the line-up include a newly restored de Havilland Mosquito from the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. You can already purchase tickets for the airshow here!

    Click here to view the Museum's most recent newsletter.

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:

    Western Canada Aviation Museum

    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays in January, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be hosting guided tours of their collection of cold weather transport airplanes. As always, the tour is free with a paid admission.

     Bits and Bytes

    Chris Hadfield Blasts Off!
     
    On 19 December, 53-year old Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfieldsuccessfully blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month visit in space that will see him become the first Canadian to command the ISS.
    While in space, Chris has been posting statuses and photos to his Twitter account! Follow him at @Cmdr_Hadfield as he posts about the mission and answers questions from followers.
    Chris is travelling with his guitar, and one highlight of his journey (though there have been many!) has been his recording of a Christmas carol, "Jewel in the Night," all the way from space. The song was written by his brother, Dave Hadfield, and you can listen to it in YouTube here, and read the lyrics here.
    Vintage Wings has a few fantastic posts on their blog written by his brother, Dave Hadfield, as he reflects on the days leading up to the launch. Through heart-warming text and intimate photographs, his posts offer a first-hand look at what it is like to be part of the family of an astronaut.

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