CAHS Newsletter #21: Early Convention Registration Extended!
Dear CAHS Member,
One of the significant events that has occurred this summer was the unveiling and dedication of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London, United Kingdom. The impressive bronze statue commemorates the loss of 55,573 Bomber Command airmen in the Second World War, and honours those of all nations who lost their lives in the war’s bombing campaigns. Almost 20% of the airmen being honoured by this Memorial were Canadian.
The 30-minute ceremony began as Her Majesty the Queen unveiled the nine-foot high sculpture in front of thousands of people from all over the world. Close to 5,000 were Bomber Command veterans, widows, and family members. The dedication concluded with a flyover by the RAF’s last flying Lancaster which dropped thousands of poppies over Green Park as an act of remembrance. (If you missed the telecast, you can read the Orders of Service by clicking this link).
View stunning (stunning!) photos from the Daily Mail here
View the official photos of the statue and the unveiling ceremony here
The Memorial comes after five years of campaigning by the Bomber Command Association and for many the acknowledgement is “long overdue”:
It is also significant that many Canadian institutions donated time, money, and manpower to the creation of the Memorial. One, the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, contibuted eight-hundred pounds of aluminum which now forms the ceiling above the sculpture. A team of eleven museum representatives attended the dedication.
Read more about the aircraft which provided this aluminum, 426 Squadron Halifax LW682 (OW-M), here
The Telegraph has some great news coverage of this historic event. The following short videos are available online:
Below are some notable events that occurred in July during early days of Canadian aviation (note some great pioneering ‘firsts’!). Click highlighted text to read some descriptive news articles about the landmark event or the individuals' later career.
15 July 1910 The first airplane flight in Manitoba takes place.
23 July 1913 H. W. Blakeley makes the first night flight in Canada at the Dominion Livestock Show and Fair at Brandon, Man.
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On the website:
Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. This month, regular contributor Mathias Joost looks at the history of the Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, built by Canadian Car and Foundry (CC&F) in Montreal.
Mathias writes: "The Loadmaster was an aircraft whose benefits from its lifting body design could apparently not overcome its most unusual design. It also could not compete with surplus Second World War Dakotas going for $5,000, which Canadair was refurbishing for Trans-Canada Air Lines, Canadian Pacific Airlines and other customers. In addition, newer designs offering greater speed and comfort. The Loadmaster was simply not the right aircraft at the right time."
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.
At the recent Hamilton Airshow, CAHS National Director Richard Goette gave his last personal copy of CAHS Journal 49-3 to Ice Pilots, NWT's Mikey McBryan! Thanks for the great exposure, Richard - We appreciate the gesture!
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
The month of July (and August) will see NO chapter meetings. They will resume again in September. More details are available on our website atwww.cahs.ca.
(This great photo by Mike Johnson can be found on his Flickr page here)
Events and Announcements
From the Turnbull Chapter of the CAHS:
for more information or to RSVP.
Airshows and Aviation Events: July - August 2012
See below for what is scheduled for the next two months! Click on the event name to be re-directed to their website.
Update: The Alberta Aviation Museum has redirected some of its budget to send Sherwood park's 12 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets to the U.K. to represent Canada in the Schools Aerospace Challenge. Read more about the decision here.
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Read a news article review of the Museum's recent garden dedication honouring Murray Peden and twins Bruce and Douglas Warren here.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum The Canada Aviation and Space Museum's website has recently featured some great multimedia bits revolving around the museum and its staff and acquisitions:
Watch a video of the installation of their newly acquired CT-114 Tutor.
Watch and listen to"Voices From the Museum", a documentary film series produced by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in collaboration with Outsiders Films Inc. It focuses on eight men who have left their mark on Canada's aviation history, including a NATO flight instructor, a Spitfire pilot flying in West Africa, an engineer working with computers and the Avro Arrow, and the Director of Flight Ops with de Havilland Canada. Check out the fascinating series and interview list on the Museum's websitehere!
The aircraft of Vintage Wings have been busy touring the country, fundraising, and making the air show circuit. Heather Fleck, Assistant Chief Pilot at Vintage Wings, reported on their journey to the recent Hamilton Airshow. Check out the post (with photos) here.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum supports the upcoming debut of "Barker's Battle" - a play about Manitoba First World War fighter ace and civil aviation pioneer William Barker - opening soon during the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. It will be playing at the MTC Warehouse (Tom Hendry) Theatre from 19 - 27 July.
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July 2012 - Issue 21
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North Wright Airways Ltd.
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AC Family Network
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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
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