Written by Caitlin McWilliams on 19 July 2012.

CAHS Newsletter #21: Early Convention Registration Extended!

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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”:

The response to the statue itself, however, has been overwhelmingly positive, stirring emotions and memories for many surviving Bomber Command vets:

It is important to note that fourty-two Canadian Bomber Command veterans flew overseas to attend the dedication:

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:

I hope you enjoy your July e-newsletter. Make sure to send in your early-bird registration forms for the 2012 CAHS Convention by 25 July!

Blue skies,

Caitlin McWilliams

This Month in Canadian Aviation History..
July Through Three Decades of Flight

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.

31 July 1913
Alys McKey Bryant becomes the first woman pilot to fly in Canada, over Vancouver, in a Curtiss-type pusher biplane.

7 July 1919
For the first time in Canada, a forest fire is spotted from the air—by Stuart Graham and W. Kahre, aboard a Curtiss HS-2L. (Click to read about their later life adventures).

12 July 1927
For the first time in Canada, airplanes are used to dust crops with fungicide to control wheat rust.

July 1937
Flying a Lockheed Electra, J. H. Tudhope and J. D. Hunter complete the first dawn-to-dusk trans-Canada flight, between Montréal and Vancouver, in 17 hours and 35 minutes.

1 July 1938
Lucille Garner and Pat Eccleston are Trans-Canada Airlines’ first flight attendants.

(*All articles copyright of their respective publishers)

CAHS National News
2012 CAHS Convention

The early bird date for registrations has been extended to 25 July. All entries recieved before this date will be entered in a draw for one night's accommodation, so get your forms in today!
  • Registration forms are available online here or contact your local CAHS Chapter.
For more details on the convention, including a listing of special activities, location highlights, and links to plan your trip, visit the "Events" page on the CAHS website here.
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On the website:
Visit 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.

CAHS Member News

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 at
(This great photo by Mike Johnson can be found on his Flickr page here)

Events and Announcements

From the Turnbull Chapter of the CAHS:

"The Turnbull Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society cordially invites you to attend the ceremony commemorating the centennial of powered aviation in New Brunswick with the dedication of the Wade-Myles Park and Cenotaph and the reaffiliation of 410 (City of Saint John) Squadron, RCAF, with the City of Saint John. Thursday, 6 September 2012 [coinciding with the CAHS convention]." Contact 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.

  July 2012  
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
  August 2012  
1 Snowbirds Display Kelowna, BC
4-5 SkyFest 2012 Quesnel, BC
4-5 Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Saskatoon, SK
4-6 Prince Albert Centennial of Flight Prince Albert, SK
10-12 Abbotsford International Air Show Abbotsford, BC
18 Tillsonburg Regional Airport Air Show Tillsonburg, ON
18-19 Val D'Or Air Show Val D'Or, QC
22 Snowbirds Display Yarmouth, NS
25 - 26 Atlantic Canada International Air Show Summerside, PEI
25 - 26 Aviation Calgary Expo Calgary, AB
29 Snowbirds Display Tillsonburg, ON

Museum and Restoration Initiatives

Alberta Aviation Museum

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.

Upcoming events in July & August:

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 website here!

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will host its third Fly-In Day on 19 August. landing fees are waived and all visitors occupying an aircraft receive free admission to the Museum!

Vintage Wings of Canada

New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:
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.
Western Canada Aviation Museum
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.


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!

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