Dear CAHS Member,
As you will see below under “Airshows and Aviation Events,” the CAHS has begun marking the dates of various aviation-related events across Canada. Hopefully this will inspire you to do some weekend travelling to your local airshow, but also consider visiting some venues you may not have known about before.
Some exciting new features to help connect CAHS members across the country!
We have also debuted an open Flickr group (similar to that of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, seen here) where members can share photos and videos as they attend air shows, expos, Chapter meetings, or the Convention. All you have to do is join Flickr (which is free!), then join the group “Canadian Aviation Historical Society” and you’ll be ready to upload photographs!
The website address is http://www.flickr.com/groups/cahs. To get us started, I’ve uploaded a few of my own photos from last year’s Hamilton Airshow (see, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to submit!)
Flickr also includes a "Discussion" feature where members can connect, debate, and swap stories. This will be a great forum for you to share your personal aviation-related experiences and stories with other members. You can reply to posted discussion topics, or start your own.
Two introductory discussion topics have been posted and await your comments:
I hope that this will evolve into a great place for members to connect and take an active part in celebrating our aviation heritage in a fun and interactive way!
This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
16 May 1942: Canadian Pacifc Airlines Formed
Canadian Pacific Air Lines was created in May of 1942 with ten bush airlines bought by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. From its inception, Canadian Pacific Air Llines struggled to compete with its rival, Trans Canada Air Lines (later Air Canada).
In 1968 Canadian Pacific Air Lines was renamed as CP Air and boasted a colorful orange, red & silver livery.
In 1987, Canadian Pacific Air Lines was bought by Calgary based Pacific Western Airlines, a merger which formed Canadian Airlines International. In 2001, the financially troubled Canadian Airlines was finally acquired by longtime opponent Air Canada.
For more on the history of this Canadian airline, pick up your Fall 2011 CAHS Journal and read "Canadian Pacific Air Lines: The Four Cultures" where Williams J. Cameron discusses his former employer's corporate history.
CAHS National News
Your membership forms for 2012 were included in the recent Journal mailout (Fall 2011). Filling out the renewal form and returning with payment will ensure you receive the 2012 Journal issues with no interruption.
2012 CAHS Convention
Registration forms are now available! If you did not receive one yet, please download the form HERE, contact Chapter Presidents, or consult the website.
Don't forget that our 2012 Convention will be held at the Delta Brunswick (click to view in Google Maps) in Saint John, New Brunswick from Wednesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 8. The hotel has a block of rooms at the rate of $100/night. When you call (1-888-890-3222) simply mention you are with the CAHS to get the discounted rate.
For more details on the convention including a listing of featured topics, special activities, and location highlights, visit the "Events" page on our website here.
It's here! By now you should have received the Fall 2011 issue of the CAHS Journal. The CAHS Journal is designed to offer interesting and thought-provoking content, and this issue is no exception. Articles include:
"Shenstone: An Unparalled Career" (Wayne Saunders)
"Canadian Pacific Air Lines: The Four Cultures" (William J. Cameron)
"The 2011 CAHS Convention" (Richard Goette and Rachel Lea Heide)
Richard Goette also penned the Guest Editorial and raised some questions to the membership:
"Is Canada still an air-minded nation? Is aviation making a "comeback" in the minds of Canadians? How do our reflections on history play a role in rekindling interest in and excitement about aviation?"
What do you think? Share your thoughs on our new Flickr discussion page here! (Be sure to sign-up first to comment!).
On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 368 of our followers!
On the website: Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Wayne Saunders offers an introduction to his recent Journal article with "Shenstone: An Unparalleled Career (Part 1 - The Pre-War Years)."
In his preface Wayne writes: "The name Beverly ‘Bev’ Shenstone may not be one that everybody interested in Canadian aviation history will have heard. But it should be [...] This biographical study attempts to redress the situation. It aims to raise awareness of Shenstone’s impressive accomplishments, both in Canada, and internationally."
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.
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
Full meeting details are available on our website at www.cahs.ca or click below on the city name.
||Speaker / Topic
||Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
||Bruce W. Gowans
||The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
||"Films Take Flight" Film Festival
||Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
||Major Jean-Paul Peart
||Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
||Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum)
||"Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"
Remember: Your local Chapter needs YOU! Are you a student working on an interesting research paper? An aspiring author? Pilot? Veteran? World traveller? Astronaut? If you have something unique and aviation-related to share, contact your local CAHS chapter and inquire about becoming a speaker!
It's a boy!
The CAHS extends its congratulations to VP Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail on the birth of the CAHS's newest member, Andre Barrett Pagnutti. He was born 17 April 2012 and weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz. Here he is on a lovely blanket made by President Gary Williams' wife, Wendy. Congratulations Danielle; he's adorable!
Events and Announcements
Films Take Flight: Canadian Aviation History on Film
The Canadian Aviation Historical Society and the Western Canada Aviation Museum will co-host this film festival from 24-25 May. The festival is intended to share some of the exciting adventures of the heroes and heroines of the air showcased in a number of documentary and featured productions. Come see some of "Canada’s lost aviation film treasures!"
Aaron Kim Johnston (award-winning filmaker/producer/writer) will be narrating and describing the action behind-the-scenes of the two motion picture feature films. For the full program, visit their website here.
Thursday, 24 May
Friday, 25 May
Clips from The Arrow miniseries (Starring Dan Aykroyd & Christopher Plummer) with commentary by Aaron, and a screening of There Never was an Arrow (1980 CBC documentary) followed by selected films from the Museum archives, including the homemade Manitoba Aviation (1928)
Airshows and Aviation Events: May - June 2012
See below for what is scheduled for the next two months! Click on the event name to be re-directed to their website.
|| Snowbirds Display
|| Winnipeg, AB
|| Snowbirds Display
|| Quebec, QC
|| June 2012
|| Waterloo International Airshow
|| Waterloo, ON
|| Snowbirds Display
|| Kapuskasing, ON
|| Kawartha Klassics Fly-In & Antique Car Show
|| Lindsay, ON
|| Owen Sound Wings & Wheels
|| Owen Sound, ON
|| Capitol Classic Wings & Wheels
|| Rockcliffe, ON
|| CFB Borden Canadian Forces Day
|| CFB Borden, ON
|| Hamilton Airshow – CWHM 40th Anniversary
|| Hamilton, ON
|| Thetford Mines Snowbirds Display
|| Thetford Mines, QC
|| Haute Voltige Laurentides
|| Mont-Laurier, QC
|| Canadian Owner & Pilots Association AGM & Fly-In
|| Hanover, ON
|| Snowbirds Display
|| Bagotville, QC
|| Orillia Air Show
|| Orillia, ON
Museum and Restoration Initiatives
Alberta Aviation Museum
The Alberta Aviation Museum continues to appeal to the public for donations to send candidates from 12 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets to compete in the annual Schools Aerospace Challenge. The Challenge is designed to encourage young adults to become involved in the exciting high technology world of aerospace.
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
The "Murray Peden Tiger Moth" is now on display at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. Please visit the "News" section of their website for information and photos. They have also released their Spring/Summer Museum Newsletter, available for download here!
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
During the month of May, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is remembering Operation "Manna" through its exhibits and children's programs. Speakers include author of "A Bad Penny Always Comes Back," Glen Mitchell.
The Museum has begun restoration work on the Canadaire North Star, focusing on the cockpit and engine #2. Click here for a full status report on their progress!
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has been extremely busy! On 17 April, during the initial flight of the Lancaster for the season, the outer right wing tip lower attachment bracket failed which allowed the outer wing tip to move in flight. The crew landed safely and the Museum hopes to have the Lanc ready in time for the Hamilton Airshow.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
A Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer is their latest acquisition. Read a news story about the aircraft here.
The museum is hosting the first of four fly-in days on 27 May. Download the poster here! Be sure to keep updated on the CWHM through their regular e-flyer, available here.
National Air Force Museum of Canada
On 9 May, the single remaining operation Boeing 720 made its final flight, travelling from Saint-Hubert to CFB Trenton. The 720, C-FETB, is now on loan to the National Air Force Museum of Canada. Read more about this rare aircraft, modified to test engines for Pratt & Whitney, here.
Vintage Wings of Canada
A reporter from the Edmonton Journal recently did a spot on Vintage Wings and its owner, Mike Potter. Read "Dreams take flight with vintage wings" here!
New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:
For candid reports on activities and goings-on around their facilities check out some of the recent entries on their blog:
Western Canada Aviation Museum
On Sundays in May, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be conducting tours under the theme "Made in Manitoba" which focus on Manitoba's aviation connection.
From 21 - 23 May, the Boeing Stearman from Vintage Wings of Canada will be visiting the museum. For a small admission fee, visitors can sit in the cockpit and ask questions. Visit their website here for more details!
The Military Museums of Calgary
The Military Museums of Calgary is hosting a new exhibit that highlights personal stories of Canadian airmen. Another exhibit, "Ring of Fire: Canadians in the Pacific and the Second World War," runs until 3 June and focuses on the heroes of the Canadian navy, army, and air force who help to turn the tide against Japanese forces.
Bits and Bytes
Northern flying legend Arnie Schreder, who retired as Buffalo Air's chief pilot in 2010, passed away peacefully at his home in Kelowna on 5 May at the age of 69. A memorial service was held at the Buffalo hangar in Yellowknife, attended by over 200 people.
We just received news that G. Edward Rice, CAHS National President from 1997-2004, passed away on February 28, 2012. An obituary is pending and will be prepared by Bill Wheeler, Sheldon Benner and George Topple to be published in the national newsletter and the Toronto Flypast.
Whether you are a long-time subscriber who has missed an issue or you just signed up and want to get aquainted with the CAHS, note that all National e-newsletters (including this one) are indexed online on our website! Click here to view past issues.
May 2012 - Issue 19
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Special thanks to the following supporters:
North Wright Airways Ltd.
Clearwater Fine Foods
AC Family Network
Alberta Genealogical Society - Edmonton
Bomber Command Museum
Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
Experimental Aircraft Association
Fondation Aérovision Québec
Rockcliffe Flying Club
Vintage Wings of Canada