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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!
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.
(*All articles copyright of their respective publishers)
CAHS National News
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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 Dubé 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
||Details (speaker, location)
||Held at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
|| 22 November
|| Held at Western Canada Aviation Museum
||Ron Pickler on his time in the RAF
||Held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
||Garrett Wilson on Saskatchewan bush pilot Walter Johnson
||Caitlin McWilliams, "Flying Billboards: Canadian Nose Art during the Second World War"
||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:
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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