CAHS National January Newsletter

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Hello Visitor,

 
   
 

Welcome to the January edition of the CAHS National Newsletter. We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

 
   
 

 CAHS National News

 
   
 

52nd CAHS AGM

Call for Presentations – Aviation History Convention

The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) is holding its 2015 convention in Hamilton, Ontario, from 17-21 June, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The theme will be "Celebrating Canada's Aviation Industry" with sessions exploring civilian and military topics.

This convention is open to all – university students, aerospace industry professionals, academics, military personnel, professionals in aviation or heritage industries, and aviation enthusiasts of every kind. International presenters are also welcome. Our focus will be on history, but we welcome proposals addressing the current aerospace industry and those utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches. Presentations should be 30 minutes in length and may be formal academic papers or informal talks. Power point will be available.

As part of the CAHS 52nd Annual Convention, the conference will include a trip to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for its annual Father's Day weekend flying event plus other aviation-related events and activities. Held near the Hamilton International Airport and only a short distance from Canada's primary aviation hub, Toronto Pearson International Airport, a variety of exciting local and regional (Toronto/Niagara Falls) activities promise to make your trip worthwhile.

If you are interested in participating in our convention, please send a short proposal and a short biography (one page each max.) to Richard Goette and Jim Bell at CAHSHamilton2015@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2015.

Please feel free to forward and post this message widely!

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard Goette
CAHS National Vice-President
2015 Convention Co-Chair

Jim Bell
CAHS National Secretary
2015 Convention Co-Chair

 

Call for Presentations PDF DownloadTo download a copy of the Call for Presentations, please click here.

 

Check the CAHS website for further information about the convention that will be coming in the months ahead.

 

 

 CAHS Online

     
 

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Did you not get a copy of Polar Winds for Christmas? Have friends been talking about how much they enjoyed Danielle's book? Due to popular demand, the CAHS is making Polar Winds available during the month of January. Order here by 31 January.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the CAHS by purchasing a copy of Polar Winds. The CAHS will receive all proceeds from the sale of Polar Winds copies bought through the CAHS website.  A BIG thank you to Danielle for making her book available to the CAHS as a fund raising initiative.

If you are an author and would like to make your book available to the CAHS membership as a fund-raising initiative, please contact Treasurer Rachel Lea Heide via email to discuss such an opportunity.

 
     
 

 CAHS Chapter News

   
 

gaining altitudeThe CAHS Calgary Chapter is hosting a special lecture on January 21, 2015. If you are in the area, you won't want to miss "Gaining Altitude, The Mosquito Reborn" with speaker April Butler. For more information, visit the CAHS Calgary Chapter page.

 

 
     
 
 
     
 
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
 
 

 Chapter

 Date

 Location

Calgary

15 Jan.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Manitoba

29 Jan.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Montreal

15 Jan.

Royal Canadian Legion

New Brunswick

28 Mar.

Moncton Flight College, Dieppe, NB

Ottawa

29 Jan.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

PEI

 No regularly scheduled meetings until further notice.

Regina

20 Jan.

Regina Armoury - officers' mess

Toronto

07 Feb.

Canadian Forces College

Vancouver

 12 Jan.

Richmond Cultural Centre 

 

 

 
 

 Canadian Aviation Moments

 
 

 

Were you able to answer the questions posted in the December newsletter for Canadian Aviation Moments? Here are the correct answers:

Question: What were the paper chasers used in 1945, and give an example of the type used?
Answer: "An anti-balloon force was established in the four western provinces that would respond to "Pieces of paper," the code name for sightings of balloons in the air or the discovery of landed balloons. The first call in the case of a balloon sighting was to be to the RCAF, which was tasked to "intercept balloons and destroy them in the air excepting when over populated areas, where balloons will be kept under observation until a suitable area for destruction is reached." The interception force was concentrated in southern British Columbia, where the majority of sightings were occurring. The fighter squadrons of Western Air Command took turns stationing two aircraft at Patricia Bay and two at Tofino in a condition of constant readiness.
Source: Windsock – Jan/08


Question: What airplane represents the first experiment in aviation by the Canadian military?
Answer: "After 300 flights, the Silver Dart and an improved version known as the Baddeck No. 1 were demonstrated to the Canadian Army. Ultimately the Silver Dart crashed and was written off while under trial. While not selected for service, the Silver Dart represents the first experiment in aviation by the Canadian military." Note: The Silver Dart was taken on strength and struck off strength in 1909.
Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft – Page 261


Question: What was Nickelling?
Answer: "The bombing was still tentative and non-confrontational, but leaflet raids known as "Nickels" proliferated throughout the autumn of 1939. The squadron continued with daily bombing attacks, and during the first week of October, Grasseto, Civitavecchia and Formia were hit. Nickelling [dropping propaganda leaflets] was completed over Sezia, Leghorn and Pisa."
Source: No Prouder Place: Page 26 and Page 142


The Canadian Aviation Moments were submitted by Dennis Casper from the Roland Groome (Regina) Chapter of the CAHS.

The Canadian Aviation Moments questions for January are:

Question: What is the only wartime combat squadron to have operated in Saskatchewan?

Source: Windsock – Volume 20 Number 8 – Page 4


Question: What stage did Avro skip in manufacturing the CF-105 Avro Arrow? How many aircraft were taken on strength? How many aircraft were fitted with the Iroquois engine, and what plane was the engine tested? How many aircraft were in production when the program was terminated?

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft – Page 251


Question: What percentage of the combatant force in RAF Bomber Command were killed in accidents?

Source: No Prouder Place – Page 184

 

 
 

 In the News

 
 

The DHC-2 Beaver Plane: A History of Adventure in Northern Ontario

by Dale Hainer

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Orginial Beaver Serial #2 Photo credit: Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Editor's Notes: Outdoor Writer Dale Hainer has had many fly-in fishing adventures by bushplane into the far-reaching corners of Northern Ontario. Read Dale's story about his visit to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, a museum in Sault Ste. Marie-Algoma that is dedicated to the history and preservation of these aircrafts and the pilots who fly them.

The success of Northern Ontario tourism is owed, in part, to the design and development of the DHC-2 de Havilland plane. The aircraft is a Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) plane that needs very little land, water or snow to land on or take off from as compared to conventional aircraft. It can be fixed with wheels, skis or floats, allowing it to land almost anywhere in the remote northern landscapes.

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This de Havilland Beaver aircraft is owned and operated by Lauzon Aviation. Photo credit: Dale Hainer

After WW2, de Havilland Canada (DHC) researched a new plane market. They polled many pilots including WW1 "Ace" and highly decorated Canadian pilot, CH "Punch" Dickins (1899 – 1995). Compiling that input, DHC began design and construction on a rough, tough, hard working, STOL, commercial "flying truck" which was affectionately and aptly named the "Beaver."

The prototype DHC-2 Beaver was tested in flight by Canadian WW2 flying Ace Russell Bannock (1919 - ) in Downsview, Ontario in August of 1947. With a nodding approval, the very first production Beaver was delivered to the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests (presently Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests) in April of 1948.

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A de Havilland Beaver bushplane owned and operated by Watson's Skyways.
Photo credit: Dale Hainer

Production soon increased when orders came in from the US Army as our tough little Beaver found use in the Korea and Vietnam conflicts. The US Military ordered over 960 units and designated the plane as the L-20A and U-6A.

Back in Canada, bush pilots endeared the large loading doors, powerful 450 horsepower Pratt and Whitney rotary engine, STOL capabilities on land, snow or water and a unique engine oiling system that could be serviced while in flight. Many pilots will tell you that the best thing about the Beaver is the refuelling port which is located under the wing of the plane, offering shelter to pilots refuelling during inclement weather.

De Havilland Canada continued production of the DHC-2 Beaver until 1967. In all, 1692 were built. Viking Air of British Columbia has acquired all original patents and now services and produces parts for the Beaver as well as new productions of the larger Otter series.

Self professed "Plane Spotter" and aircraft historian, Neil Aird of Kingston Ontario fell in love with the Beaver. He made it his personal mission to research and discover the whereabouts or fate of every DHC-2 ever built. "I have an extreme fondness for bush planes, aircraft that fly in the world's wild places, particularly in Canada's North" says Aird. "And I consider the Beaver plane as Canadian as the ubiquitous red or green canoe on a remote lake." Aird's website, devoted to the DHC-2 Beaver, records finding 1270 of them at present. "808 Beavers are still in active service, 35 are in museums and many are in storage" claims Aird.

At the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, the original first production Beaver plane has found its final stop. Curator Todd Fleet explains that "the Department of Lands and Forests (currently Ontario MNRF) did make purchase of the first Beavers that were built and sold. Serial number 2, on display here, is the flagship of attention to visitors of the museum."

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Beaver is owned and operated by Lauzon Aviation. Photo credit: Dale Hainer

Every year, more than 28,000 people visit the museum in Sault Ste. Marie. With a modest admission fee, groups find hours of nostalgic entertainment. "Many of our aircraft are hands on displayed and can be boarded," says Fleet. "3 theatres also offer visitors the ability to experience point of view flights over Ontario wilderness and an exceptional 3D experience in the wildfire theatre."

One noted event is the annual Bushplane Days Festival in September where patrons get to see actual forest fire-fighting water bombers and helicopters in action.

2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the CBHC as well as the 90th anniversary of Canadian air service. "Many special events took place at the museum this year commemorating these two milestones," says Fleet. For information visit www.bushplane.com.

Editor's note: ShawTV produced a video here on the 25th anniversary of the CBHC. Click here to watch the video.

DHC-2 Beavers are still prominent on the horizons of Northern Ontario. Air Services and Outfitters keep a keen eye for any sales of Beaver planes as a preferred carrier to remote locations. A good condition Beaver can fetch a current price $300,000 -- 1.5 million dollars depending on replaced engine power. The tough little Canadian designed Beaver opened up Ontario's north to many hunters and anglers seeking a solitude experience and continues to be a great part of that today.

Click here to read the original article that appeared on the Northern Ontario Travel website.

 

 
   
 
 

More Recognition for Stocky Edwards

Retired RCAF Wing Commander James F. "Stocky" Edwards recently received another award. Thanks to the Comox Valley Record and reporter Scott Stanfield for this photo and story. Stocky was inducted as a Member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013. Stocky's wartime adventures are recounted in his autobiography, Kittyhawk Pilot, co-authored with Michel Lavigne. A video about him from the CAHF web site can be seen here.

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James (Stocky) Edwards, a decorated Second World War fighter pilot and Comox resident, was appointed as a Knight of France's Legion of Honour at a special recognition ceremony Friday, November 28, 2014 at 19 Wing Comox.
French Consul General Jean-Christophe Fleury presented the award to recognize Stocky's actions during D-Day and the Battle of France. Fleury said the award is the equivalent to the Order of Canada, of which the 93-year-old Stocky is a Member.

Canada's highest scoring ace in the Western Desert Campaign, Edwards earned respect for his quick reflexes, flying abilities and shooting instincts while serving with 260 Squadron in the Western Desert Air Force in North Africa in 1943. During the war he flew Spitfires after first piloting a Kittyhawk. On June 6, 1944 he and his squadron helped protect the Allied forces that landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Stocky is credited with shooting down 13 enemy fighter planes and destroying a number of enemy transport vehicles.

"The French people will never forget the act of valour by Canadian soldiers," Fleury said, noting the sacrifice of more than 45,000 Canadians during the war. "Thank you so much for fighting on our side for freedom and democracy. Thank you for fighting against prejudice and ignorance. And thank you for making my land a free country."

Lt.-Gov. of B.C. Judith Guichon and former Lt.-Gov. Iona Campagnolo were among the attendees at Friday's ceremony. "This highest award of honour, until recently, had been awarded only to about two dozen Canadians for their outstanding contribution," Guichon said. "During this year of the commemoration of D-Day, the Legion of Honour has been awarded to veterans who actively participated in the liberation of France. This is a recognition of the close relationship and co-operation by the Allies that led to the final victory that ended the horror of World War 2."

To read another great article about Stocky Edwards on the RCAF website, click here.

 

 
 
 
 

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members and Honour a Belt of Orion Recipient

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4th, 2014, in Toronto.

The annual black-tie event is an annual highlight in Canadian aviation and particularly for CAHS members in the Toronto area, provides an excellent opportunity to attend the induction ceremonies.

To be honoured by CAHF in 2015 are:

roy brownArthur Roy Brown, DSC: Known to most Canadians for his decisive involvement in the epic action of 21 April 1918 resulting in the demise of Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron", Brown had an outstanding record of service in the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force. He was an outstanding combat leader who persevered on active duty despite poor health and injuries. He never lost a member of his flight because of the care he took in introducing newcomers onto operations. Postwar, his steadfast interest in flying led him to found a highly successful aviation company operating in northern Ontario and Quebec westward to Manitoba throughout the 1930s. In poor health and suffering the medical effects of his wartime crashes, he died at the young age of 50 in 1944.

jim mcbrideJames Stuart "Jim" McBride: From initial roots in the technical side of the RCAF, Jim McBride used his entrepreneurial talents to build successful franchises for the marketing of Piper aircraft and Hughes helicopters across Canada. From modest beginnings in the charter business supporting Manitoba Hydro in its major power projects in northern Manitoba, he went on to develop profitable and innovative air transport businesses culminating with the rescue and turnaround of the Winnipeg based regional carrier, Transair. Later he developed aircraft franchises and helicopter based charter operations in support of the resource industry in western Canada.

george miller 300George Miller, CD: combined several careers in Canada's aviation world and his accomplishments have cemented his reputation as an outstanding leader. His 35 years of service in the RCAF/CF were marked by many superlatives, chief amongst them his selection as the 1973 leader of the "Snowbirds" aerobatic team. Many of the signature elements of the current team's identity and operational approach were implemented during his tenure ranging from the nine aircraft formation to the team's distinctive branding. His post air force career included running air shows in Ottawa, the significant and sustained development of the Langley Regional Airport into a major part of the airport infrastructure of British Columbia and the leadership of a new formation team active in the Lower Mainland, the "Fraser Blues".

o b philp 300Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp, C.M., DFC, CD: Widely acknowledged as the driving spirit behind the founding of the acclaimed Snowbirds air demonstration team, "O.B." Philp was a revered and decorated air force leader. His wartime service included operational flying in both Europe and Burma. As Base Commander at CFB Moose Jaw, he created the nucleus of an aerial demonstration team for Canada that finally won official recognition as 431 Aerial Demonstration Squadron in 1978 - the Snowbirds. The International Council of Air Shows acknowledged him as the "Father of the Snowbirds" in 1984. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1993 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the military history of Canada. He died in 1995.

Belt of Orion Award for Excellence: AeroVelo Inc.
The AeroVelo story is one of the most remarkable accomplishments of Canadian applied aeronautical engineering during the entire history of manned flight in this country. The team of researchers and engineers who make up AeroVelo were the first to accomplish two of the seminal feats of human powered flight: the first flight of a human powered ornithopter in 2011 and the first flight of a human powered helicopter in 2013. Both accomplishments have resulted in significant international and Canadian recognition. The flight of the human powered ornithopter was certified as a "first" by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and won the McKee Trophy in 2011. The human powered helicopter flight won the coveted "Sikorsky" prize established for such an accomplishment by the American Helicopter Society 33 years ago plus a prestigious FAI award and the 2013 J.A.D. McCurdy Award from the Air Force Association of Canada. AeroVelo Inc. will be represented at the Hall of Fame inductions by Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson.

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Todd Reichert, left, and Cameron Robertson are the two principals of AeroVelo Inc.
and the creative minds behind the human powered helicopter.

Ticket Information: Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

780-361-1351 ext 278; cahf2@telus.net

 

 
 
 
 

McKee Trophy Restored to Original Appearance

Story and photos by John Chalmers, CAHS Membership Secretary johnchalmers@shaw.ca

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame has seen the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy restored to its original appearance. The trophy was established in 1927 by Captain James Dalzell McKee of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who in 1926 flew with Squadron Leader Albert Earl Godfrey of the Royal Canadian Air Force from Montréal to Vancouver in a Douglas MO-2B seaplane. McKee was so impressed by the services of the RCAF and the support he received in Canada that he established the award called the Trans-Canada Trophy, known commonly as the McKee Trophy.

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The Douglas seaplane with its original engine, shown at
Wabamun Lake, west of Edmomton, on its trans-Canada flight,
with Godfrey and McKee on the wing. (RCAF photo)

It is awarded to a Canadian for outstanding promoting of aviation in Canada. The trophy was originally deeded to the Department of National Defence. It has been awarded 77 times from 1927 to 2012, and since 1971 has been administered by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).

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Complete, the trophy stands three feet high.
Individual small brass plates on the base name
all individuals who have received the trophy.
A wooden base replaces the original.

In October 2014, CASI loaned the trophy to the Fort McMurray Airport Authority for display at the annual Oilsands Banquet, an event that honours community achievement each year. The McKee Trophy has suffered damage in years past and had not been repaired. The angel's right wing was broken off and the floats on the biplane were insecure. Duct tape provided a solution to display the trophy in Fort McMurray! With small pieces of duct tape I fastened the angel's wing in place, secured the floats and taped the little airplane to the angel's hands so it would not fall off if someone were to bump the table on which the trophy was displayed.

After the Banquet, the trophy was shipped to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. I then took the trophy to Ed Zawada, a retired jeweller in Edmonton, who still does custom work and repairs.

Ed replaced the guy wires between the wings and the supports on the tail section of the trophy's replica of the Douglas biplane. The mounts for the airplane's floats were replaced or restored. All that work required delicate soldering of the components.

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Ed Zawada inspects the trophy's seaplane before starting restoration.

Reattaching a wing on the angel presented a special challenge. The angel and the wing were made from metal that could not be soldered. Thus, with dentist-like precision, Ed used pins to attach the wing. The result is that the wing is reattached and Ed finished the job so well that by looking at the wing one can not see that any work has been done. Canada's oldest and most revered aviation trophy now looks like new and will be displayed at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame until CASI requires it to be returned the next time it is presented.

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The trophy's angel holds aloft a replica of the first
seaplane to make a cross-country trip across Canada.

What became of McKee and Godfrey after their famous flight? Born in 1890, Godfrey enjoyed a long and successful military career and died in 1982 at the age of 91. He was a veteran of two wars, an ace with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, credited with 14 victories as a fighter pilot. He was decorated with the Military Cross and the Air Force Cross. He rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshal while serving with the RCAF during the Second World War. In 1977, Godfrey himself was awarded the McKee Trophy. In 1978 he was inducted as a Member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. He died in 1982.

McKee learned to fly with the United States Army Air Corps during the First World War. On June 9, 1927 both men were separately piloting Vickers Vedette flying boats in preparation for another record-setting flight. Sadly, McKee's aircraft crashed on landing at a lake in Québec, and he was killed at the young age of 34. But the name and contributions of the young American to Canadian aviation are remembered in the McKee Trophy.

What became of the little seaplane that flew 3,600 miles across Canada from Montréal to Vancouver in nearly 35 hours of air time? It was powered by a 420-horsepower Liberty V-12 liquid cooled engine. Later, after its historic flight, the engine was replaced by a 425-horsepower Pratt & Whitney air-cooled nine-cylinder Wasp radial engine and the aircraft was acquired by the RCAF.

The Douglas biplane has flown into the annals of history, disappearing with its fate unknown, but remains immortalized in Canada's oldest aviation award – the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy.

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After the cross-country flight of 1926, the Douglas seaplane, first known as an O2-BS type, was fitted with a radial engine and then known as a model MO-2B. (Aviation and Space Division, National Museum of Science and Technology, no. 6952)

For further reading – more information about the fascinating story of the McKee flight can be found in these issues of the CAHS Journal:

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With restoration complete, the 88-year old
Trans-Canada McKee Trophy looks like new.

Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter 1964
p.107 "The McKee Flight" by K.M. Molson

Vol. 4, No.1, Spring 1966
p.30 Drawing: Douglas MO-2B via K.M. Molson

Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1976
p.14 "The McKee Trophy: Background and Purpose"
p.16 Drawing: Douglas MO-2BS by D.E. Anderson

Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall 1976
p.76 "President's Message" by F.W. Hotson
p.90 "McKee Trans-Canada Flight" by A.E. Godfrey

Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1978
p.19 McKee Winners I Have Known" by Z. L. Leigh

 
 

 Reader's Feedback

 
 

 

After seeing the questions from Gordon Bartsch in the December newsletter, William Walton sent this in:

mouth of stark river snowdrift nwtIt was interesting to see Gordon Bartsch's’ name again. I enclose a couple of pictures back when as Chuck McAvoy’s engineer (McAvoy Air Service), I was helping Chuck with the salvage of the PWA DC-3. I was on the aircraft when it initially fell through the ice and the subsequent salvage.  

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Gordon and Chuck after the repairs in Calgary.


William also sent this in:

As a former member of 418 Squadron, I wonder how many past members have seen this photo. 

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This request for help came in from David Nicholson:

I am looking to build a 1/5th or 1/6th scale model of the Bellanca Aircruiser. My intention is to build a true scale aircraft in colours that were used in a in northern Canada. I have read on-line that there is a flying example of this aircraft in the Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon and one under restoration at the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg. Due to the rarity of this air craft there are few details of its construction to be found easily. If anyone has photos or construction details for this aircraft I would love to see them. If all goes well I will be taking the model to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red hook New York for the annual Mid Hudson R/C Jamboree! If you have never been it is a magical air museum where most of the exhibits are flown! They concentrate on the early days of flight and the golden age of aviation. They have some of the oldest flying aircraft in the world and several accurate replica aircraft from World War 1.

Thanks for any help.
David Nicholson
506 214 0731
dqm999@live.com


 

 
 

 Skyward

 
     
  John R. Ellis, R.C.A.F. 1941-45, B.A.SC., 5T1, P.Eng., CAHS No. 18

The CAHS lost one of its original and most respected members with the death of John Robert Ellis at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Nov. 23, 2014, at the age of 94. John's contributions to Canada's aviation history were substantial and he played a significant role in the growth of the CAHS for many years. He authored two publications of great value to CAHS members and aviation researchers: the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register G-CAAA to C-GAXP, 1920-1928; and the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register 1929-1945. John compiled the registrations from Department of Transport files in the National Archives. Former longtime CAHS Journal Editor Bill Wheeler remembers the registration data as a useful and popular item in the Journal. John's wife, Joyce, made a stellar contribution to production of the Journal for years, typing articles for the Journal on a Selectric typewriter. Larry Milberry, publisher of CANAV Books and Toronto Chapter member, said John and Joyce were "leading people, especially how they created the civil registers for the Society. I have leaned on their good work for many years. We would be at a loss without such fantastic citizens."

John attended Upper Canada College and upon graduation joined the RCAF in 1941. After leaving the service, he enrolled at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1951 with a degree in metallurgical engineering. In this capacity, he was employed by the Canadian General Electric Company in Toronto, Guelph and Peterborough for 29 years. He was a member of the American Aviation Historical Society as well as the CAHS. John was detailed, precise and sharp in all of his work. Some of us will recall that John adjusted more readily and rapidly than others to the computer era.

In retirement, John worked in the U.S. aviation industry for six winters in Wichita, Kansas, a hub of American aircraft design and production often described as "The Air Capital of the World." He was a dedicated birdwatcher and a member of the Canadian Wildlife Bird Observatory in Prince Edward County. He was also a volunteer in the Medical Library of the Peterborough Civic Hospital, helping the librarian to computerize the entire library collection. John was a friend to many, who will remember him for his friendly personality, lively conversation, warm hospitality and willingness to lend a helping hand. We extend our deepest condolences to Joyce and the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit or St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Peterborough, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.comstockfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 


 
  happy new year cahs

Thank you to all who donated to our "New Year" financial appeal! If you would like to donate, we would appreciate your help financially. Donations can be made online through Paypal or can be mailed in by downloading and mailing this form. All amounts will receive a donation tax receipt.

The next Journal will commence the printing and mailing house process the first week of January.  You will find your membership renewal date on the envelope above your name on the mailing label.  Memberships can be renewed before then by mailing in this renewal form or going to our website and paying through Paypal.

Do you have past or current business contacts from within aviation/aerospace industries? Have you ever thought of approaching these contacts about becoming a corporate sponsor of the CAHS? Managers of corporations are more likely to be interested if people they already know professionally make the suggestion and explain how sponsorship helps both the company (by providing exposure and a donation tax receipt) and the mandate of the CAHS (by covering costs of publishing aviation history in the Journal and on the website). Please download the Corporate Membership form and talk to your contacts about helping the CAHS preserve and disseminate Canada's aviation history.

The CAHS thanks you for your continued interest and support.  We are looking forward to 2015 and wish you and your families the best in the New Year!


 
 

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