Written by Caitlin McWilliams on 20 June 2012.

CAHS Newsletter #20: National Announcements & Summer Chapter Meetings Memo!

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Dear CAHS Member,
I hope that you will forgive the minor delay on this month’s newsletter. This weekend my dad and I attended the Hamilton Airshow for Father’s Day (and his birthday) and I thought that this year’s event - which also celebrated the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s 40th anniversary – deserved a special mention in this month’s CAHS newsletter.
My dad and I have spent Father’s Day at CWH since 2006 (which may not sound like very long but hey, I’m 24!). From 2001-2011, the Hamilton Airshow was on hiatus and in its place CWH held “FlyFest” - a weekend of fly-bys and static displays. It was a unique and compelling experience because all of the aircraft – including the Lanc – were accessible to the public. Though a relatively modest event which drew a few thousand people or so, we revelled in its sense of intimacy and spontaneity.
This weekend, however, close to 100 aircraft and crowds in excess of 20,000 helped CWH celebrate its 40th anniversary. The Hamilton Airshow was revived in 2011 and this year’s show was even bigger, louder, and more successful than the last. CWH does not receive any government funding and their airshow has become an important fundraiser for the museum.
My dad and I greatly anticipated the event, yet the show far exceeded both of our expectations. The 6-hour program (see it here) opened with a mass formation tribute to CWH’s collection. Exciting performances from bombers, modern and vintage fighters, parachutists, and stunt aircraft followed and wowed a very enthusiastic crowd. Heart-stopping appearances by the Snowbirds, Matt Younkin, a CF-18 Hornet, and Pete McLeod contrasted well against the majestic and impressive warplanes. The show culminated in a historic and awe-inspiring formation as the CWH’s Lanc and B-25 flew together with B-17 “Chuckie” and B-29 “FIFI” (who reside in the U.S).
The overwhelming success of the Hamilton Airshow reflects positively on the growth of the Museum, the support of the local community, and the future of air displays in Canada (not to mention the desire for genuine, family-friendly entertainment!). Airshows play a key role in preserving Canada’s aviation heritage and educating Canadians about their flying past. They illustrate the growth of aviation and help inspire a greater appreciation for the vital role of aviation in shaping our country. It is an unfortunate reality, though, that many Canadian airshows are being forced to postpone indefinitely, in part because of our current economic climate. For 10 years this was the case with the airshow in Hamilton and it is impossible not to be proud of its newfound success. Congratulations to all involved on another successful year (and thanks for reorganizing the parking situation!).
Did you attend the Hamilton Airshow, or any other aviation-related events recently? Share your photos on our Flickr page here or e-mail them along with your stories to!

Blue skies,
Caitlin McWilliams

This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
12 June 1944: P/O Andrew C. Mynarski killed after crew shot down over Cambrai, France

On this day in 1944, Andrew Mynarski died after trying to rescue tail gunner Pat Brophy from their flaming Lancaster bomber. For his heroic efforts, Mynarski was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

27 year-old Pilot Officer Mynarski of 419 “Moose” Squadron was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster detailed to a target at Cambrai in France. On this night, the aircraft was attacked and fire broke out. The crew was ordered to bail out, but Mynarski saw Brophy trapped in the rear turret. He crawled through twenty feet of burning hydraulic oil to try and free him but Brophy eventually waved him away. Mynarski retreated and jumped from the plane, hitting the ground hard. French farmers brought him to a German field hospital, but he succumbed to injuries suffered as a result of the fire. Brophy survived the crash.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is housed at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, and is one of two airworthy Avro Lancaster bombers in existence. In a ceremony on 24 September 1988, the restored bomber (detailed with Mynarski's Lancaster markings) took flight carrying the fire axe Mynarski used in trying to free Pat Brophy.

(*All articles copyright of their respective publishers.
Lancaster Photo: Bill Zuk - CAHS Flickr)

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! Some items of note:
  • If you did not receive one, please download the form here or contact your local Chapter.
  • The early bird date for sending in registrations is 25 July.
  • Click here to download the full speakers list
Begin planning your trip now by visiting the following web sites for information:

For more details on the convention including a listing of special activities and location highlights, visit the "Events" page on the CAHS website here.

CAHS 50th Anniversary Committee

From CAHS National:

"In 2013, the CAHS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the CAHS National wants to make sure that this milestone is appropriately marked, both at the convention (which will be in Ottawa, the site of the first convention) and throughout the entire year. In order to accomplish this, the 50th Anniversary Committee needs your help if:
  • You are a CAHS Chapter and will be organizing an event marking the 50th Anniversary, let the Anniversay Committee know so that widespread advertising can take place through the newsletter, website, Facebook, and Twitter
  • You are a long time CAHS Member and have stories and/or pictures from the early years, the Anniverary Committee would love to hear from you
  • You have any ideas of how to commemorate the 50th (events, writings to publish, items to create and sell, etc), please contact the Anniversary Committee
  • You can volunteer to be a committee member and help share the workload
Contact Rachel Lea Heide at for more information.
CAHS Journal

By now you should have received the Fall 2011 issue of the CAHS Journal. This Journal mailing includes the billing notice for your 2012 CAHS National dues, unless you signed up for a two-year membership in 2011. Note that if the expiry date states "31 Dec 2011," then your membership is valid until the end of 2011 and you will receive all four of the volume 49 Journals.
  • Did you enjoy the articles this issue? Find the topics interesting? Have comments about the content? Excited for the next issue? Share your thoughts on our new Flickr discussion page here! (Be sure to sign-up first to comment!) or e-mail our interim editor, Terry Higgins, here.
An announcement from the CAHS President: "As you might be aware, our current editor, Major Bill March, has been exceedingly busy this last year with his full-time job with the Armed Forces and a deployment to Afghanistan for several months. 2012 is turning out to be just as busy, so Major March will be turning over the controls to our excellent graphics manager (and publisher of Aviaeology), Terry Higgins. We also have a set of well-known guest editors to work alongside Terry, and an editorial board at the ready. Thank you to all who have put in extra effort to maintain the Journal’s high level of professionalism, and to you, our members, for your patience."
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On Flickr: Join our Flickr group here. Share your aviation photos and view others' favourite shots!

On the website: Visit to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Bill Zuk offers a glimpse into domestic Canada-US wartime relations with his feature on covert aircraft transportation across country boundaries at Emerson International Airport.

Bill writes: "1940. Much of the world was at war but the Neutrality Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Aug., 1935 was designed to keep the United States out of a possible European war. The law specifically banned shipment of war materiel to belligerents... The Neutrality Act allowed purchase of war material but disallowed their movement out of the United States. Foreign pilots could not come to the United States to “fly away” aircraft while American pilots could not fly the planes to international territory unless…"
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

Chapters usually take a break from meeting during the summer months and resume again in September. The month of June saw only two Chapter meetings:
12 June: Former RCAF test pilot Colonel (Ret'd) R. A. "Bud" White discussed aircraft crash sites and the RCAF's altitude record attempt flights.
14 June: Paula Rein of the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives taught attendees how to use the Archives systems and databases.

Full meeting details are available on our website at or click on the city name above. Be sure to check the website / future newsletter issues to find out when your Chapter resumes meeting.

Events and Announcements

George Fuller wrote in to let us know that a Parks Canada National Historic Site plaque will be unveiled on Saturday morning, 30 June, adjacent to the active airport and floatplane facility at Lac-à-la-Tortue, near Grand'Mère, Shawinigan, Québec. It will commemorate the birth in 1919 of Canadian bush flying at this, the country's first commercial air harbour. For further information please contact him at

Canadian Skies magazine recently published a special issue titled "RCAF Today." Offcially endorsed by the RCAF, it offers exclusive stories about Canada’s air force and its people, missions and aircraft. Order your copy on their website today!

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.

  June 2012  
16-17 .Hamilton Airshow – CWHM 40th Anniversary Hamilton, ON
17 AWings 'n' Wheels, Aerospace Museum of Calgary Calgary, AB
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
July 2012
1 Canada Day Flypast
Ottawa, ON
7 15 Wing Armed Forces Day Open House CFB Moose Jaw, SK
13-14 Peace River Regional Air Show Peace River, AB
14 Northern Skies Air Show 2012 Yellowknife NWT
17 Snowbirds Display Inuvik, NWT
19 Snowbirds Display Norman Wells, NWT
21 Princeton Air Show Princeton BC
21-22 Alberta International Air Show Lethbridge, AB
22 Snowbirds Display Whitehorse, YT
23-29 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2012 Oshkosh, USA
25 Snowbirds Display Watson Lake, YT
28 Nelson Flightfest 2012 Nelson, BC
28 Boundary Bay Air Show Delta, BC
28-29 Whitecourt Hometown Heroes Air Show Whitecourt, AB
28-29 Fort McMurray Air Show Fort MacMurray, AB
31 Snowbirds Display Fort St. John, BC

Museum and Restoration Initiatives

Alberta Aviation Museum

The building that houses the Alberta Aviation Museum at the City Centre Airport has been recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Read about the distinction here!

Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Join the Bomber Command Museum of Canada as it pays tribute to former RCAF pilots Bruce and Douglas Warren. The identical twins were born in Nanton and became two of the most outstanding of Nanton's citizens who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during and after World War II. On 7 July, the museum will honour them with the official opening of a new, permanent display in the museum, Lancaster Engine Runs, and the Dedication of a beautiful Memorial Garden. Read more here.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum has lots of family activities for June and July!

  • 23 and 24 June and 7/8/9 July: Special exhibits and programs highlighting Canada's first airmail deliveries
  • 1 July (Canada Day): A variety of activities and workshops, including a flypast by the Snowbirds and rocket launch by the Ottawa Rocketry Group. Admission is free all day!

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary with a massive airshow! The Hamilton Airshow ran 16/17 June and saw performances by a wide-range of aerobatic, vintage, and jet aircraft from across the country. Check out some photos from the event here!

National Air Force Museum of Canada

The 2012 Spring edition of the National Air Force Museum of Canada's newsletter, “The Logbook”, is now available online. Read about their newest collections and upcoming events here.

Vintage Wings of Canada

The Ottawa Business Journal recently did a spot on Vintage Wings and its owner, Mike Potter. Read the full article, "Life After Cognos," here!

The Stearman and Mustang from Vintage Wings are making their way out West for the summer! The Stearman has already started her journey, and the Mustang starts her journey June 18. You can follow their progress via their SPOT tracking devices:

You can read more about the Stearman’s journey on their blog here (photo source) or in the Winnipeg Free Press here!

New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:

Western Canada Aviation Museum
On Sundays in June, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be conducting guided tours of the Bush Gallery - a tribute to float planes, Northern flying, and the men and women who flew them. Read more about the museum and its tours here.
Also check out this short piece (with video) on the Museum from the Winnipeg Sun!


We receive requests each month from independent researchers and associations looking for help with projects. If you have a research question or are looking for information on a topic, send the details to - the CAHS community is a great resource!

Anne Gafiuk is looking for correspondence written by Second World War RCAF personnel. She would love to hear your stories at (

Larry Gray is looking for photos of RCAF/CFB Summerside airbase on PEI. Contact him at

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