NeWest Press and the CAHS are excited to present Garry Ryan's new book, Blackbirds.
The cost of the book is $23.50 (including shipping and handling). NeWest will donate 10% from the purchase of each book ordered through this page until March 15th. Please place your order using the form below. (Note: you will receive your book in March once all orders have been processed).
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Blackbirds is the first in an exciting new series from Garry Ryan.
When young Sharon Lacey travels from Canada to England in the spring of 1940 in search of the father she never knew, she finds herself called to participate in a much larger and more dangerous mission. For at eighteen, she is a gifted flier in an England desperate for pilots to fend off the impending attack from Hitler's Luftwaffe. In the months that follow, Sharon will be tested in ways that will affect the rest of her life—should she survive.
With Blackbirds, award-winning mystery novelist Garry Ryan turns his hand towards historical fiction, vividly evoking the fear and uncertainty of wartime England, as well as the spirit and camaraderie and adventure shared by the men—and women—who stepped forward to defend it.
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During the summer of 1962, George Morley and Jeff Burch met and discovered a mutual interest in Canadian aviation history. Both lived in Toronto and decided to seek out other local enthusiasts. Through letters, phone calls, and an ad in one of the city’s newspapers, they began accumulating members for what would be dubbed “The Early Bird Club of Canada.”
Many of these founding members went on to become influential in aviation circles and produce significant works of history. They include (among others):
The first formal meeting of the group was held in Jeff Burch’s basement in February 1963. Soon they were holding sessions regularly and hosting speakers like Jock Forteith, helmsman on the R-34 airship, which made the first west crossing of the Atlantic in 1919, and F/O Hugh Halliday, RCAF, now a successful author.
They realized, however, that their name was too similar to the “Early Birds” group of pre-World War I flyers, and so refashioned themselves the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. The nascent “Early Bird Enthusiast” journal was also renamed the CAHS Journal. Annual dues were set at $2.
By 1964 the first official CAHS convention took place in Ottawa, which by then also had a chapter.
The rest, as they say, is history!
The CAHS was formed in 1963 and is the world’s premier organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Canada's flying heritage.
Who We Are
Our members are diverse and come from across Canada and around the world. Many have been actively involved in aviation themselves, are engaged in the writing and publishing of aviation history, or simply share a lasting enthusiasm for this richly varied subject.
- Collect and disseminate knowledge about Canada’s flying heritage
- Stimulate interest in and appreciation for this important field
- Support and encourage research projects
For over 45 years the CAHS has accomplished these objectives through
- A quarterly Journal
- Regional chapters from coast-to-coast
- Annual conventions
- Book launches and special events
- Research and writing awards
- Sponsoring museum displays
- Connecting researchers with aviation professionals
In 2001 the society’s contributions were recognized by Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame when it was named a Belt of Orion member.