From the looks of things, our partners and members have been just as busy as CAHS National and Chapters this fall. Many of the announcements and events listed below are time sensitive, especially with Remembrance Day just around the corner, so without further ado, I will let you get on to the good stuff!
CAHS National President
Last call for papers! Next year’s CAHS Convention will be held in Saint John, NB in September 2012. The theme will be “First in the Air – New Brunswick’s Place in Canadian Aviation.” The conference will also explore the sub-themes of balloons, fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft.
Spring 2011 should have hit your mailbox or inbox by now, depending on whether you have opted to receive a hard copy or PDF. The Journal team says that Summer 2011 is in final layout and - fingers crossed - will be at the printer's shortly.
Be a contributor! Editor Bill March is looking for photos and write-ups of your local aviation heritage gems. This could include a volunteer-run museum, heritage society, or a community-maintained monument. Please get in touch with him by email or phone through his contact page by clicking here.
We have switched to a Facebook fan page from our closed group on the advice of a social media expert, so if you are on Facebook please come "like" us.
The CAHS is also alive and well in the Twitterverse and our list of aviation enthusiast followers grows weekly. If you are on Twitter, please search for @CanAvHistSoc - we almost always follow back! Even if you are not "tweeting" yourself, you can follow our posting profile on the internet by clicking here.
New on the website this month:
- The Canadian Air & Space Museum reached out to us for help publicizing their plight, and so we have featured some recent and historic photos of Downsview and CASM, along with useful links.
- As Remembrance Day is around the corner, we thought it was appropriate to highlight people and programs doing the important work of collecting, preserving, and celebrating veterans' stories.
Please note: all chapters welcome guests and visitors to their monthly meetings, and are always on the lookout for new speakers. Please visit their pages on www.cahs.ca to learn more about these exciting opportunities for learning and laughing!
November 8: Jim Jorgenson will give a digital presentation to the Vancouver Chapter on his recent visit to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton, the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton, Chicago and the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. He also has a few shots that member Tim Cole took of the recent Beech King Air 100 crash onto Russ Baker Way (Tim was in Aviation World when the aircraft crashed just a short distance away!) [Editor's note: In case you have not heard about this crash yet, here is a bit of backgrounder].
November 17: Ed McKeogh, retired RCAF pilot who flew with the Golden Hawks aerobatic team in the 1960's, will speak to the Montreal Chapter. His talk will describe events surrounding the production of 1800 F-86 Sabre aircraft by Canadair, during the Cold War era.
November 17: Norman Leach will speak on the Horten Ho229 Jet-powered Flying Wing Fighter to the Calgary Chapter.
November 19: Author Glad Bryce will speak on “First In Last Out”: The RCAF Women’s Division and Nursing Sisters in World War II, to the Toronto Chapter.
November 24: The Ottawa Chapter will hear as Major K.J. ‘Kozy ’ Kozak details the history and current operations of Ottawa-based 412 (Transport) Squadron as it celebrates 70 years of service, 1941 - 2011.
November 24: Stephen Hayter and Marc George will discuss the RCA Museum, Canada's National Artillery Museum, with the Manitoba Chapter.
Carl Mills: “The 400 Squadron memorial monument is now completed at the Museum at the Trenton Air Park. On the reverse side is the Honour Roll. We had an informal gathering of the troops.
All eight of the 400 Squadron dioramas were rescued from the Downsview air museum. We are in the process of forming the 400 Squadron Historical Society. We have many projects and the Society will manage the projects and fundraise.”
Norman Leach: “The Globe and Mail published a great article on the Education Programs at the Military Museums – and I even get a brief mention!”
Hugh Halliday had a letter to the editor published in the Ottawa Citizen: “Re: New street may commemorate 100 years of flight in Ottawa, Oct. 25.”To read it, please click here.
Readers Write Back
Stoney Jackson writes in with this news digest from the west coast:
"There was a Barker Field in Toronto many years ago. Perhaps they could rename Brampton Airport in Barker's honour? I just talked to Ted Coombes on Saltspring Island. He joined the RCAF in 1935. Ted just might be the oldest surviving RCAF member. The members of 44e (MH) Squadron (Pat Bay) Victoria Int. Airport like the change back to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Construction of the new helicopter hangar has started. The present 1940’s hangar will remain but the old administration building will be destroyed."
Doug MacKinnon, Dubai, UAE: "Mrs. Heather McGonigal of Transwest Air is being awarded the ATAC Paul Mulrooney Memorial Award of Excellence on Nov.14, 2011 in Montreal. As a matter of interest Mrs. McGonigal is our daughter. She is a third generation pilot with her grandfather being a WWII Wing Commander with 405 Pathfinder Squadron."
Researcher to Researcher
Dennis Paproski writes in with the following request for help:
"My request relates to two first cousins of my father, both of whom were bush pilots, probably in the 1920s or 1930s, and both of whom were killed in flying accidents. As I remember the oral history, they both flew in northern Quebec and possibly other areas in the North. But I don't know where or when their deaths occurred. In the original Polish, their surname is spelled Jasinski but records (in English) could as easily appear as Jazinski, Yasinski or Yazinski. In the James Bay area of Quebec is a lake by that name, which seems somewhat strange, unless it is connected to one of the two brothers. One of their given names could well have been Michal (Michael). Their parents were Karol and Josefa (Paprocka) Jasinski of Wynyard, Sask."
Announcements and Events
Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees:
- Nils Christensen (Viking Air - Victoria)
- Pierre J. Jeanniot (Montreal)
- AVM Harold "Gus" Edwards (Halifax)
- David Williams (Oakville)
- Belt of Orion Award goes to Leavens Aviation of Toronto
Congratulations to all those chosen for induction next year!
Calgary Mosquito Society Meeting
The Calgary Mosquito Society is holding a meeting Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at the new location of the Phoenix Foundation, 320 - 19 Street SE. Board member Jack McWilliam will be speaking on his recent trip to Windsor for the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association convention and will give a photo presentation on the progress of their Mosquito rebuild.
Aviation Art Gallery Opening
The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre (Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue, Que.) is pleased to invite you to the official opening of the Godfrey Pasmore Aviation Art Gallery, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1PM.
The CAHC has repatriated Mr. Pasmore’s incredible collection of 26 original paintings by some of Canada’s most renowned aviation artists, depicting the beginnings of aviation in Quebec, and is now on permanent display in the CAHC’s art gallery.
Vintage Wings of Canada is holding its Victory Gala November 12, featuring three aviation legends: Max Ward, Russ Bannock, and George Neal. Upon last check of the website (2:45pm MT Nov 8) there were only FOUR TICKETS LEFT! To book yours, click here.
Une semaine bien chargée à l'ÉNA!
À compter du 7 novembre 2011 jusqu'au 13 novembre 2011, beaucoup d'activités se dérouleront à l'École nationale d'aérotechnique. Tout d'abord, organisée par le groupe étudiant Aéro-ÉNA, une semaine du souvenir aura lieu dans les couloirs de l'école.
Avec le soutien de la Fondation Aérovision, une partie du Panthéon de l'Air et de l'Espace sera exposée afin de commémorer les pilotes canadiens qui ont participé au second conflit mondial. Pour plus de renseignements: http://www.pierregillard.com/blog/index.html
Last Call to Apply for 2012 Women in Aviation International Scholarships
Application Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2011
Just one week remains to apply for one of the many scholarships that will be distributed at WAI's annual Conference. For 2012, 68 individual scholarships valued at $470,431 will be awarded to WAI members.
"WAI's scholarships are open to women and men," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "The only qualification for all scholarships is that the person be a WAI member. Other specific criteria may apply to individual scholarships, so read the descriptions carefully."
The diversity of WAI scholarships mirrors the diversity of WAI members. Scholarships include funds for specific flight training activities, including many type ratings as well as for academic studies, help in making a mid-life career change and even learning to fly just for fun. Scholarships are available for students, pilots (all levels), engineers and aviation mechanics.
The scholarships will be awarded when Women in Aviation returns to Dallas, Texas, for its 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference scheduled at the Hilton Anatole from March 8-10, 2012. For more information, visit www.wai.org.
Canadian Air & Space Musem - Downsview Updates:
News from Nanton
- Wing part from Calgary-born Victoria Cross Recipient's Aircraft to be officially placed on display with the Ian Bazalgette Memorial Lancaster Bomber. For more information, please click here.
- "Huge cache of Bristol Hercules engines with spare parts discovered and recovered from a World War 2 bunker in Terrace, B.C." For more information about this story and Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) please visit www.57rescuecanada.com
A tribute to John Gillespie Magee – ‘The Pilot Poet’
Team members from Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) are currently putting the finishing touches to a weekend of events that are being arranged as a tribute to Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, ‘The Pilot Poet” who wrote the world famous aviation poem ‘High Flight’. Magee was one of many Americans who broke his country’s law on neutrality and crossed the border into Canada and volunteered to join the RCAF.
The events on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, 2011 will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mid-air collision over Lincolnshire, in which P/O John Gillespie Magee lost his life. This accident happened on 11 December 1941 while Magee was serving with 412 Squadron RCAF at RAF Digby and whilst he was dispersed to RAF Wellingore. He was just 19 years old and was buried with full military honours at Scopwick Cemetery near Digby aerodrome.
Save the Date: 2012 Canada West Aviation Expo
Building on from the success of the 2011 COPA Langley AGM & Conference and the YPK Pitt Meadows Airport Day held this past June, the following is advanced information for the 2012 Canada West Aviation Expo.
June 15-17 2012: there will be a General Aviation and Light Business/Commercial Trade Show all three days. On the Saturday the 16th there will be a Fly-In, and on Sunday the 17th we will hold the Annual COPA for Kids and Airport Day for the community.
Aviation Bits and Bytes:
Sending Good Wishes to Gord!
On behalf of the CAHS executive, Gord, I would like to wish you a full and speedy recovery! Your energy, good humour, and work ethic are all missed...
Gord and me at this year's annual convention in Edmonton.