When I worked the Ops Desk at the Windsor Flying Club, it was always a huge relief when we put the wing covers away for the season and said goodbye to winter ops. No more braving blizzards to secure wing covers; no more brushing snow off the entire fleet; no more engine and battery pre-heat and warm-up; no more shovelling the club's long taxiway. Anyone with a car and driveway can relate to this daily winter ritual, and by the time March rolls around most of us are ready for some sunshine. Putting the wing covers away for the season was the sign that spring was here, and it was always a welcome sight for our staff and customers (though I think our pilots were even more relieved than the staff since they have to deal with the weather on both the ground and in the air!).
It seems like spring may finally have made an appearance across the country, and with the melting snow and longer days come the promise of summer on the horizon. I'm sure many aviators across Canada are anxious to shake off their wing covers and start organizing fly-ins, air shows, vacations, and scenic rides with friends.
Goodbye winter ops - Hello springtime!
A brief reminder that the 2013 CAHS National Convention and Annual General Meeting will be held 11 -15 September and hosted in conjunction with our Chapter in Ottawa, Ontario. Preliminary arrangements are still in the works but keep an eye on www.cahs.ca and the e-Newsletter for upcoming details, schedule, and registration information!
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CAHS National News
2013 MacRitchie Scholarship
On 20 February, the CAHS presented the Douglas MacRitchie Scholarship to Jesse Proper, a student at Centennial College in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer degree program. Although the MacRitchie family was unable to attend the banquet, CAHS VP Caitlin McWilliams (third from left) represented CAHS National and CAHS Member Scott Maclagan (second from left) attended on behalf of the Toronto Chapter. As promised is a photo from the event!
In April, Caitlin McWilliams will represent the CAHS at the unveiling of a donor wall at Centennial College which will acknowledge the contribution of the MacRitchie Scholarship.
Membership Giveaway at RCAF Luncheon
The CAHS donated a one-year membership as a door prize for the 11th Annual RCAF Yuma (Arizona) Luncheon that was held on 8 February. CAHS member Roger Beebe was the host of the event and presented the certificate to the winner, Arnie Macauley of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Roger and his fellow co-chair, Gerre Beebe, recently wrote a very nice letter to Gary Williams to express their thanks to the CAHS on behalf of the Yuma RCAF Lunch Committee:
"We are writing as the chairpersons of the annual Royal Canadian Air Force Retiree's luncheon which is held annually in Yuma, Arizona. The 238 RCAF veterans in attendance were most appreciative of your draw prize of an annual membership. The addition of the CAHS Journals for distribution was well accepted. The CAHS brochures were also distributed.
A special thanks to Danielle for her taking the time to ensure we received the items on time."
Make sure to check out Roger's March feature on our web blog here!
CAHS Journal Update
Terry Higgins and his editorial team have been on a roll with Journal production, publishing three editions - Spring, Summer, and Fall 2012 - in a mere two months time! They have not given up the momentum and are currently working overtime to get issue 50-4 into your inbox as soon as possible. I have been in touch with Terry throughout the process and can assure you that this will be another stellar edition. This issue will not only bring us up to cover date, but its superior quality will attest to the value of our committed contributors and dedicated editorial team. It is very exciting time for the CAHS, and we appreciate your patience as we strive to produce and deliver a product worthy of being enjoyed by our membership.
As I mentioned last month, it is worthwhile to note that Terry and his team are also working on content development up through to edition 51-3 (Fall 2013). This means that it is very likely that we will have future editions out in quick succession!
Join the Conversation - @CanAvHistSoc
Our social media guru, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, is very active on our Twitter feed. Check out some of her recent Tweets and follow @CanAvHistSoc to share your news, links, and ideas!
New on the Blog
Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. In March, Roger Beebe took us through "RCAF Retirees in the Yuma Sun."
"The RCAF Retiree's Luncheon is held annually in Yuma, Arizona, and in February 2013, celebrated its 11th successful year. [...] The luncheon gives people a chance to renew old friendships and swap stories about their RCAF time and careers. It also allows us a time to honour our veterans and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Last year, we had a Second World War veteran in attendance but he passed on. This year, no Second World War veterans but some from 50s, lots from 60s and 70s and even few from after the year 2000."
In April, Bill Zuk gives us insight into the life of Arthur Bishop who passed away in February:
"Despite his own illustrious career as a fighter pilot, journalist, advertising executive, entrepreneur, historian and author, in the public’s eye, Arthur Bishop was inextricably linked to “Billy” Bishop. [...] When war came, at 18, like his father, Arthur enlisted and on July 30, 1942, at Uplands, Air Marshal W. A. Bishop, director of Royal Canadian Air Force recruiting, pinned his wings on his son. The striking resemblance of the two men, was clearly evident but Arthur did not trade on the fame of his forebear, rather he was determined to forge his own way."
Read the full blogs on the CAHS website!
Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.
CAHS Chapter News
CAHS Manitoba and the Springfield Flying Club continue their aviation film series on 11 April with Always, a remake of a classic Second World War film, and excerpts from the original film, A Guy Named Joe. Also note that their third annual "Films Take Flight!" event is in the works for 30-31 May with more details to come shortly.
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
||Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
|| Western Canada Aviation Museum
||Royal Canadian Legion
||Public Archives Building, UNB Campus
||Canada Aviation and Space Museum
|| 1 June
||Charlottetown Airport Terminal
||Royal United Services Institute
||Canadian Forces College
|| 9 April
||Richmond Cultural Centre
Further Chapter meeting details - including speaker listing 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!
Events and Announcements
Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame
In 2013, Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame will mark its 40th Anniversary since its formation in 1973. The first induction of Members to the Hall of Fame was held in Edmonton in 1974. The Hall of Fame is housed at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta; however, the 40th Anniversary will be celebrated in Ottawa on 30 May at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Four individuals will be inducted as Members, and the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence will recognize the contribution of Canadian Pacific Airlines.
To be inducted as Members are:
Victor R. Bennett, former Innotech Aviation chief executive
James “Stocky” Edwards, Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and command leader
Joseph Fernand “Frank” Henley, former executive of Maritime Central Airways, Nordair and Hydro Quebec
John Sandford, former president of de Havilland Canada
An invitation for the induction dinner in Ottawa will be available shortly. For more information on this year's honourees and the induction gala, visit the CAHF's website here or download the inductee information sheet here.
British Columbia Aviation Museum
Bomber Command Clasp Application
This Month in Canadian Aviation History
9 March 1942: First graduate of BCATP to command RCAF Squadron
S/L Lloyd Vernon Chadburn was the first graduate of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) appointed to command an RCAF squadron. He was born in Montréal in 1919 and grew up in Ontario. He graduated from the Number 2 Flight Training School in Ottawa on October 9th, 1940 as a Pilot Officer.
At 22 years old, Chadburn was the youngest squadron leader in the RCAF when he took command of 416 Squadron in March 1942. He also had only 250 flying hours, and his first victories as squadron leader were over Dieppe during Operation "Jubilee."
In June 1943, he was promoted to Wing Commander. Because of his age, experience, and humble disposition, Chadburn became somewhat of a celebrity and his military career was closely followed by the media.
On 13 June 1944, after flying Spitfires for over three years, Chadburn was killed over Normandy in a mid-air collision with another aircraft. He was 24 years old. His record includes 14 enemy airplanes destroyed (4 shared), 6 aircraft likely destroyed (1 shared), 6 aircraft damaged (2 shared), two E-boats destroyed, and another 2 damaged, as well as a destroyer damaged. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the French Croix De Guerre avec Palme and was made a Chevalier (knight) in the French Legion d'Honneur.
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The CAHS laments the passing of Arthur Bishop: fighter pilot, son of Billy Bishop, and prolific military history writer. Mr. Bishop passed away in his sleep on 21 February 2013 at the age of 89.
Information and anecdotes on his life, careers, and family can be gleaned from the following links:
- Obituary: Arthur Bishop
We are sad to announce the passing of aviator and aviation history buff Fred McCall of Calgary, Alberta. From his obituary:
He served in the Canadian Forces, first as a cadet, then in the RCA (1RCHA) as a gunner until his retirement in 1976. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Fred was an expert in air defence. He was honoured by the Governor General of Canada in 1976 with an Order of Military Merit. [...] Fred was passionately interested in building aircraft. He built a full-sized replica of his father's Curtiss "Jenny" or JN4 aircraft that now is part of the Mavericks display in the Glenbow Museum. He also built a full-scale display helicopter for the Whyte Museum in Banff.
The CAHS will also miss Ralph Webber, a long-time member of the CAHS Montreal chapter. Ralph played for the Montréal Alouettes (1946 - 1948). He was an Air Canada manager for over 40 years, in Windsor, Toronto, Montreal, Jamaica, London, ON, Bermuda and Saskatoon.
Lindsay Price, an active member of the Manitoba CAHS Chapter, recently passed away. Lindsay was a retired air force photo technician, and a dedicated volunteer with several organisations, including the CAHS. He was on the CAHS Manitoba chapter executive from 2010 to 2013, and assisted with videography and security at chapter meetings.
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