If you have not yet viewed the Convention report posted towww.cahs.ca,you can do so by following this link. The report was compiled by Gord McNulty and includes a detailed review of each day of the event with some stellar photographs by Bill Zuk and Jim Bell. A reminder that next year’s - and the fifty first convention - will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, 4 - 7 June 2014 and organized in partnership with the Regina Chapter of the CAHS.
Due to rising costs and the need to keep a balanced budget, at the recent AGM, the Board of Directors recommended, and the membership approved, a membership fee increase starting with the 2014 set of Journals:
All hard copy rates have increased by $10
Canadian address fees are now $50/year
American address fees are now $60/year
All other International addresses now cost $70/year
We have also discontinued the two-year membership discount. Instead, we have established a Family Rate: for an additional $25 on any membership type, you will receive your copy of the Journal, and you can sign up an additional two people (family or friends) to receive the PDF version of the Journal sent to their email inboxes.
The rate increase takes effect when renewing for 2014, and renewal forms will be sent out with the Fall 2013 issue. You can also review these rates near the front of the latest Journal. In the meantime, for those people still renewing for 2013, the old membership rates are being accepted!
Christmas is just around the corner, and this year you might consider giving the gift of a CAHS Membership! Visit the “Join the CAHS” page at www.cahs.ca for more details. Don’t forget you have the choice between a Traditional, Online / Student, or Family membership. They're also priced just right to use as a Secret Santa gift!
Alternatively, why not wrap up some back issues of the CAHS Journal? Single issues would make great stocking stuffers, and complete annual volumes (four issues) are also available for the aviation enthusiast! Back issues can be ordered through our website here.
Another way you can support the CAHS this holiday season, while also honouring a beloved pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life, is by making a donation to the CAHS on their behalf. All pledges support the CAHS’s work of celebrating and preserving Canada’s aviation heritage. Visit our donations page here to learn more about how you can give this gift this year. Don’t forget: We are a charitable organization and issue tax receipts!
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A range of awards were distributed at the 2013 Convention and the recepients deserve special recognition!
Gary Williams announced Wayne Saunders as the winner of the “Mac” McIntyre Research Award for his Journal article, "Shenstone: An Unparalleled Career, Parts 2 and 3," and Larry Milberry the winner of the C. Don Long Best Article Award for his article, "Fred W. Hotson: An Exemplary CAHS Personality Remembered."
Gary also announced two very deserving winners of the Bill Wheeler Award for outstanding commitment, dedication and long service to the CAHS: Bob Winson of the Toronto Chapter and George Fuller of the Montreal Chapter. In addition, Tim Dubé recognized two Ottawa Chapter members with honorary life memberships in the Chapter: Hugh Halliday and Paddy Gardiner. Congratulations to all of these gentlemen!
At the Convention, artist Helene Girard offered to donate half the purchase price of her splendid "Martin Mars" painting back to the CAHS. Member Christopher Terrywas the lucky guy to take it home! During a trip to British Columbia to visit some CAHS friends, Christopher and his wife visited the Mars flying boats at Sproat Lake, guided by Tom Irving, General Manager of Forest Industries Flying Tankers Ltd. They took a tour of "Hawaii Mars," marvelling at the flight deck and the unique enginnering of the aircraft. Christopher says, "I have enjoyed many days of sheer delight in the years during which I have been involved with the aviation heritage community and 24 June 1994 at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island with Neil, Carolyn, Simon, Victoria, and Tom is right up there among the very best. That's the main reason why I bought Helene's "Martin Mars." Thank you both for your support!
Attendees of the 2013 Convention were VIP guests at this year's Wings Over Gatineau. Click hereto download a PDF slideshow of some professional images taken by Richard Allnut.
I have received numerous stories and ancedotes from members since the 2013 Convention, and I would love to publish more in upcoming issues of the CAHS e-Newsletter! If you have some photographs, a special memory or story, or comments on a great presentation you took in, please send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share them with the rest of the membership!
The Spring 2013 issue arrived in mailboxes late September. By then, the Journal Editorial Board was already well into the Summer 2013 issue! It has now been sent to the post office and should start popping up in mailboxes very soon!
In this issue:
Forest Dusting with Flying Boats: The 1929-1930 Operations of Western Canada Airways Limited A detailed account of the pioneering days of forest dusting – the application of dry chemicals by aircraft – in the Vancouver environs. Includes interesting notes on the materials used, and statistics on the operations’ effectiveness. By Alastair Reeves
Second World War Aviation Archaeology in Newfoundland and Labrador Dr. Michael Deal of Memorial University’s Archaeology Department summarizes his team’s work at a selection of archaeological sites that came to be as a result of the busy Second World War aviation activity in Newfoundalnd and Labrador.
Mr. Brown’s Secret Trip The aviation aspects of the Molotov Mission – the intercontinental, transoceanic round trip that delivered Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov to high offices in Great Britain and the United States in 1942 – are detailed in this article by Paddy Gardiner.
Historical Snapshot: From IRA to MBE - John Joseph Gilmore Irish author Guy Warner presents a brief biography of his fellow countryman, engineer, pilot, and Ferry Command civilian go-to guy at Gander Airport, John Joseph “Joe” Gilmore.
A New CAHS Occasional Feature
CAHS Journal managing editor and graphics guy Terry Higgins, who also happens to be an illustrator of historical aviation subjects for publishers and aviation-related model-hobby companies, presents three colour profiles of aircraft related to several of this edition's feature articles. These profiles are featured as centre-spreads in the Summer 2013 issues of the CAHS Journal.
One page is dedicated to the de Havilland Fox Moth that first flew with the Newfoundland Government Air Service from the mid 1930s through to 1941 when it was taken over by the RCAF at Gander Airport. In RCAF hands, with its Newfoundland Civil Registration markings still intact, it was used for a variety of tasks including search and rescue, crash salvage, and civilian mercy flights. The colour profile represents the aircraft in its later stage of its long career. These illustrations, together with a number of photos and a detailed history of the aircraft's service in Newfoundland, appear in Carl Vincent's Canadian Aircraft of WWII. The 1945-era illustration is published here for the first time.
The second page features a pair of Liberator GR.V (Can.) aircraft of 10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron, RCAF that had participated in the convoy battles of September 1943 with positive results. Liberator 586 was used by two different crews to sink one U-boat each on 19 September 1943 (U-341) and 26 October 1943 (U-420). The archaeological site of Liberator 586s crash features in Dr. Michael Deal's article "Second World War Aviation Archaeology in Newfoundland and Labrador". The Liberator 595 illustration accompanies Mr. Vincent's chapter, in the above mentioned book, on this uniquely Canadian maritime patrol version of the Liberator, the GR.V (Can.). Terry's illustration of Liberator 586 is published here for the first time.
The artwork is presented within an attractive "CAHS Journal blue" page design, including a title/historical notes footer block, that may be suitable for framing (if you're compelled to purchase a second copy of the Journal to remove it from of course!). With his editor's hat on, Terry envisages the new feature as the first of an occasional series of profile illustrations. Other profile illustrators are invited to submit their work for consideration. If interested, please contact Terry Higginsat email@example.com.
Our social media guru Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail recently ran a contest through our @CanAvHistSoc Twitter account to reach 1,000 followers - and we succeeded! Congratulations to user @AnthonyFloyd who won one of our beautiful 2014 CAHS 50th Anniversary Calendars! Click at right to view a larger image he posted to Instagram of his winnings.
If you have not alread noticed, our CAHS Chapter logos have received a bit of a facelift! Visit www.cahs.ca to view the nine new images which feature different historical aircraft and a colour scheme that is consistent with our journal and CAHS blue.
"A hearty thumbs-up is in order for everyone who made the CAHS 50th convention in Ottawa a five-day aero-extravaganza enjoyed by approximately 90 people. […] From excellent historical presentations at the convention headquarters at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel in downtown Ottawa, through to closing day events including the 73rd annual Battle of Britain Parade and Flypast and the CAHS Banquet and Awards, the program more than lived up to expectations. A 50th anniversary silent auction enriched this year’s event. Good weather prevailed for an exceptional Wings Over Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow at Vintage Wings of Canada on 14 September, where afternoon sunshine ensured impressive flying demonstrations."
"The session [at the CAHS Convention] by Edward Soye, dealing with the Fokker trophies of the First World War and the first CNE Airshow, was all new information for me. I was particularly interested to learn that one of the Fokkers obtained from the war was to be assigned to my alma mater, the University of Alberta. […] I inquired about the U of A Fokker D.VII to Dr. Rod Macleod, professor emeritus of history at the U of A. [who wrote] "I suspect the aircraft were never delivered. Certainly there is no indication in the university archives that they were ever here." […] While there seems to be doubt about whether the University of Alberta received a Fokker D.VII in 1920, and if it did, its whereabouts appear to be unknown."
You can read the full text for each of these articles here at www.cahs.ca!
Upcoming CAHS Chapter Meetings
See below for your next Chapter meeting or visit your Chapter's personalized page at www.cahs.ca. If you have an especially brilliant speaker, write a short review to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share it with the membership!
Location / Guest
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Western Canada Aviation Museum
Guest: Former Winnipeg International Airport employee Peter Banman
Royal Canadian Legion
Guest: Lewis Poteet and Martin Stone, co-authors of a book on aviation slang
Public Archives Building, UNB Campus
Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
Charlottetown Airport Terminal
Royal United Services Institute
Canadian Forces College
Guest: Richard R. Pyves on "Night Madness: A Rear-Gunners' Story of Love, Courage, & Hope in WWII"
Richmond Cultural Centre
Guest: Gordon Wilson, author "NORAD and the Soviet Nuclear Threat"
Chapters are always on the lookout for new speakers and welcome guests and visitors to their monthly meetings.
Further Chapter meeting details - including speaker listings and meeting times - are posted to www.cahs.ca when they become available. Be sure to check your Chapter's personalized meeting webpage and event calendar for the most up-to-date information!
A Call to Action!
The CAHS needs your help! Our new Membership Secretary, John Chalmers, has put out a challenge to all CAHS Members to help raise membership and keep a balanced budget. Think of what we could achieve if all current CAHS members recruited just one new member!
"Fellow CAHS Members,
Since attending my first CAHS national conference in Regina in 2005, I have benefitted from being a national member of CAHS. One of the great benefits is having friends and contacts across Canada who share an interest in our aviation history. Thus it was discouraging to learn at the AGM that attendance has declined in recent years. It is a situation faced by many worthwhile and charitable organizations - keeping membership up. What can we do about it?
In thinking about that situation, I would like to toss out a challenge to all members -- recruit just one more member in the months ahead. If we can do that, our membership will double by next year's annual convention in Regina! Wouldn't that be a great way to begin our second half-century of the Society?
Recently I was contacted by someone working on his late father's service as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, and who asked for a little help in the work he was doing. When we met for coffee, I took along a membership form and told him why he should sign up! He did! At a recent speaking event to fellow aviation enthusiasts, I took along CAHS membership brochures, and several attendees took one home. I hope that results in more members joining our ranks.
Best wishes in helping to build our membership. We can all help! I look forward to seeing you at the 2014 conference in Regina.
The British Columbia Aviation Museum will be hosting author Anne Gafiuk on 20 November. Anne is the author of “Wings on High River.” The event is sponsored by the CAHS and the BCAM, and more details are available on their website and on this promotional poster. Last month the museum hosted Chris Gainor, author of “Who Killed the Avro Arrow?”
The Bomber Command Museum of Canada will have their Memorial Wall on display at the Canadian War Museum until Remembrance Day. More can be read about the Memorial Wall on their websitehere.
Jim Munro, who is working on a film project titled “Ghosts from the Whirlwind," is trying to locate any sections/elements to the “lost” Westland Whirlwind Cannon Fighter which is known to have been flown into Elgin Field, Florida, USA by Peter Twiss in January 1944. You can contact him email@example.com
William (Bill) Bartlett (CAHS Member #5290) of Toronto passed away in September. Mr. Bartlett flew on Halifaxes during the Second World War.
Phil Gray of Toronto (CAHS Member #5153) passed away in October. Mr. Gray did operational flying on Avro Lancasters during the Second World War with 186 Squadron, 3 Group, RAF. By invitaton he flew with Fighter Command, 1953 to 1954 in West Germany. He is the author of the book “Ghosts of Targets Past” covering his exploits of flying Lancaster bombers during the Second World War.
Member Clayton Glenn passed away at the end of September. Clayton graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1943 and joined Trans-Canada Airlines (Air Canada). In 1946 he was seconded to Canadair, taking an active part in the design and flight testing of the North Star aircraft and later acted as TCA technical representative to A. V. Roe in Toronto during the design of the Avro C-102 Jetliner. For many years he gave an annual lecture at Oxford University on aviation economics. In the late '70s he introduced personal computers to Air Canada. After his retirement as vice-president, he provided aviation consulting services for many governments worldwide, such as China, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
Ottawa Chapter member Charles Kadin, who was also one of the founding members of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, has passed away. An excerpt from a memorial post on their website here reads: "Charles' art career began in 1949 with training at Central Technical School in Toronto, but his love for aircraft and automobiles was kindled during his wartime childhood in Toronto. A member of the American Society of Aviation Artists since a chance meeting with Keith Ferris in the early 1980's, Charles was extremely proud to have been elected a Fellow Member of ASAA in April 2012. One of the original founders of the CAAA, Charles was serving as its president when the CAAA was awarded the prestigious "Belt of Orion" award by the Canadian Aviation Historical Society in 2002. His energy, his willingness to contribute to the group and share his knowledge of art, his thoughtfulness and his humour are all greatly missed."
More information on these and all CAHS initiatives can be found at www.cahs.ca
The CAHS is incorporated as a Canadian Registered Charity under a Federal charter B/N Registration Number: 118829589 RR 0001