Journal Report

Dear CAHS National Members:
Journals Volume 55 Numbers 1 (Spring 2017 cover date) and 2 (Summer 2017 cover date) are scheduled to be in the mail, together in the same envelope, through next week. we will also be emailing the digital version to online members immediately on confirmation of this by the mailing house, if not slightly beforehand. Although we’ve had the pre-press work completed on 55-1 since mid-late February, and on 55-2 since early April, with the inside pages of both printed within a week or so of each of those dates, a persistent technical issue with the new digital press used to produce our colour covers was not fully resolved until the end of last week.

With that our printers rescheduled the colour printing and bindery operations ASAP and we can anticipate consistent colour printing results going forward. This also lets us get back to the editorial and layout work in progress on Journals 55-3 and 4 to complete the 2017 publication year.

Although completion will be later by a few months than that previously reported, we have definitely “moved the needle” in the right direction on catching up production. I anticipate having both remaining 2017 number through proofreading and into print within the first two or three weeks of May, and work resuming on the first 2018 cover-date issue (Volume 56 Number 1, Spring 2018 within the weeks following that. This will have us in a good position to have the Summer 2018 edition in print by early August, in keeping with its actual cover date. The Fall edition will then follow on schedule in the first weeks of October and the Winter edition through January 2019.

Meanwhile, here is a preview of the contents for the soon-to-be-mailed Spring and Summer 2017 editions…

Journal 55-1 (Spring 2017):

CAHS 55 1 sidebar bannerHome on the Range – Chezzetcook Air-to-Surface Weapons Range
A collection of stories reflecting the experiences of Royal Canadian Naval Aviators on the range on the coast of Nova Scotia starting in the early 1950s. Compiled by Leo Pettipas.

In Brief: RCN Carrier Aviation
A photo essay featuring mostly colour images unearthed while researching potential additional photos for the above article and the RCN Air Branch coverage in the previous issue. Compiled by Terry Higgins, with Bill March.

The Curious Case of Ernest Lloyd Janney and the Mysterious Disappearing Canadian Aviation Corps (Part 3)
Hugh Halliday’s fascinating reconstruction of the life and times of Janney continues with Janney’s return to North America and the resumption of shenanigans. Includes a couple of rare photographs of the Janney ELJ-5 aircraft.

Historical Snapshot: Bellanca + Canoe – Attachments of Canoe to Bellanca Pacemaker Photographic Seaplane
Based on RCAF Test and Development Report No H23, author Carl Vincent paints a picture of one of the primary occupations of the RCAF’s bush pilots in uniform of the pre-Second World War era, and a seemingly minor equipment trial that may have resulted in increasing their comfort and safety at remote locations.


Journal 55-2 (Summer 2017):

CAHS 55 2 sidebar bannerThe Curious Case of Ernest Lloyd Janney and the Mysterious Disappearing Canadian Aviation Corps (Part 4)
Janney continues to get himself in trouble even when out of uniform and now on civvy street. In this instalment author Hugh Halliday tracks our unreluctant hero through a scheme or two involving surplus military aircraft and great (mis)adventure.

NASA’s Super-STOL Buffaloes: Part 1 - The Road to AWJSRA
A historical appreciation of the Canadian-content contributions made to NASA’s powered-lift research and technology efforts in the 1960s and ‘70s. Part 1 is about the developments leading up to the Augmented Wing Jet STOL Research Aircraft. By Terry Higgins.

In Brief: Canadian Aircraft in South Vietnam
A collection of rare photographs from the personal albums of Norman Malayney and Richard Dumas populate this photo essay (which continues on the back cover), with notes on the history of some of the individual aircraft compiled by Terry Higgins.

The Highest Speed of the Avro Arrow: Reconciling Assorted Claims
Dr. David Waechter shines new light on an old subject, drawing on material found in papers belonging to his late father, Avro Engineering Aerodynamicist Ralph Waechter.

From the High Arctic to Vietnam:
Reflections of Squadron Leader Harley Lang (Retired)
Based on personal interviews, veteran journalist Gord McNulty relays more than six decades of recollections from the widely varied career of a very experienced aviator.

With thanks!