Written by Caitlin McWilliams on 17 May 2012.

CAHS Newsletter #19: New Photo-Sharing and Airshow Features!

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Dear CAHS Member,

Some exciting new features to help connect CAHS members across the country!
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.

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 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:
  • "How did you become a member of the CAHS?"
  • "Is Canada still an air-minded nation?"
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!
Blue skies,
Caitlin McWilliams

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
Membership Renewal
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.

CAHS Journal

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!).

CAHS Online
On Facebook: Like us at "Canadian Aviation Historical Society - National" for regular updates on CAHS news and aviation tidbits.

On Twitter: Follow us at @CanAvHistSoc along with 368 of our followers!
On the website: Visit 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 or click below on the city name.
Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
Ottawa 31 May
Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
Manitoba 24-25 May
"Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
Regina 10 May    
Toronto 6 May    
Vancouver 8 May 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"

: 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!

Member News
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
  • 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)
Friday, 25 May
  • Aaron will recall the making of For the Moment (1994) (Starring Russell Crowe) followed by selected films from the Museum archives, including Amelia Earhart in Newfoundland (1932)

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.

  May 2012  
19 Snowbirds Display Winnipeg, AB
30 Snowbirds Display Quebec, QC
  June 2012  
3-6 Waterloo International Airshow Waterloo, ON
6 Snowbirds Display Kapuskasing, ON
9 Kawartha Klassics Fly-In & Antique Car Show Lindsay, ON
10 Owen Sound Wings & Wheels Owen Sound, ON
9-10 Capitol Classic Wings & Wheels Rockcliffe, ON
9-10 CFB Borden Canadian Forces Day CFB Borden, ON
16-17 Hamilton Airshow – CWHM 40th Anniversary Hamilton, ON
20 Thetford Mines Snowbirds Display Thetford Mines, QC
22-25 Haute Voltige Laurentides Mont-Laurier, QC
23-24 Canadian Owner & Pilots Association AGM & Fly-In Hanover, ON
27 Snowbirds Display Bagotville, QC
30 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!

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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.

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.


Bob Haney is searching for a photo of every B-25 that was in service with the RCAF, and currently has about half of them. If you have photos (preferably with an identification number), contact Bob at

Terry Judge, an Ottawa area CAHS member, is continuing a project started in the 1960's by previous CAHS members to create a central database of the Canadian Civil Aviation Aircraft Registry. He is converting previous records to digital format, updating them, and creating a bilingual web site. Due to the scope of this project and the need to access Transport Canada or Library & Archives Canada records at various locations across the country, Terry needs volunteers in these locations to help with the research and cataloging of aircraft records. Contact Terry at the following addresses for further information. By email ( or by snail-mail at 8 – 900 Elmesmere Road, Gloucester, ON, K1J 7T6.

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Current Events

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.

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