The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, a CAHS Museum Member, is undergoing the biggest renewal in its history right now. Their new facility, on the eastern end of Winnipeg James A. Richardson International Airport, will open in May. It replaces the historic Trans-Canada Airlines hangar, which was unfortunately torn down to make way for a new maintenance hangar for the RCAF's new CC-295 Kingfisher aircraft. Even in the aviation history business, renewal is a fact of life.
The CAHS has also found itself in a period of renewal. We introduced a digital version of the CAHS Journal several years ago, and many "traditional" (paper copy) members have switched, as it's less expensive, provides instantaneous delivery, and is also searchable, an invaluable feature for research. Many others still prefer to receive a paper copy of the Journal, and we are pleased to continue to provide them. Of course, traditional members also have access to all digital version editions published since 2010.
COVID brought a dramatic change to many chapter meetings, with the introduction of online meetings. Zoom, and similar apps, allow chapters to present speakers from outside their geographic area, to members and others who can't physically get to our meetings. The opportunity to meet members from across Canada at a chapter meeting is an additional benefit at a time when our conventions were being cancelled.
The CAHS offers more to its members now than at any recent time in its fifty nine year history: the newsletter you are reading now, Zoom meetings at chapters across the country, a YouTube channel where many of the chapter presentations are available to view at your convenience, our very enjoyable annual conventions, and of course our Journal. You can help ensure the CAHS continues for the next generation of members by encouraging your friends to join, and by bequeathing a legacy gift. Please consider including the CAHS in your will.
Click the button above or, if you have a smartphone, simply point its camera app at the on-screen QR code to donate via mobile.
From the Desk of the Journal Editor
Photos and other imagery
This montage, sampling nearly six decades of CAHS Journal covers, illustrates the evolving style of imagery used.
Since its inception more than half a century ago, our Journal has used all manner of graphical imagery as part of its overall content. Early editions featured artful pen and ink drawings throughout, with photographs and maps introduced as early as Volume 2 Number 1. We have published our fair share of original scale line drawings as well – many of which are still sought out by model makers in both the physical and digital "3D" realms.
While the limitations of the reprographic technology available to such relatively short-run 1960s-era publications are evident in the tonal quality of the images, all such "visuals" were nonetheless a fundamental element. Things have improved appreciably over the years. Each decade came with advances in the quality norms for publications such as ours. All involved in its production – from contributors through editors and designers to printing services – did their best to keep up. Accent-colour covers were introduced in the mid-1970s, while full-colour cover art featured for the first time in the next decade. Meanwhile, occasional increases in the number of photographs, maps, and scale line art all contributed to the overall package.
While the tired old axiom "every picture is worth a thousand words" may not be true in all cases, the more general "every picture tells a story" usually is. Especially if the pictures are themselves accompanied by accurate, informative captions. In the present-day iteration of our Journal, we strive to use as many contextually relevant photographs as possible as supporting material for the works produced by our authors.
In parallel with the academia that may produce or at some future point rely on the textual content of our publication, the visual content has an import all its own. It completes our overall coverage of the history, immersing us in Story, imprinting more permanent mental images of both the general patina and detail specifics of an increasingly distant past, locking us onto contextual realities beyond words. The visual helps us retain more of any given narrative or exposition.
In this era of an overwhelming mass of textual and visual media available just a few milliseconds away on the other side of a search engine query, our job as stakeholder specialists in our genre is to help maintain some semblance of historical quality. As the signal within the noise, subject matter specialists such as the CAHS will become even more important as the digital age continues ever onward – our terabytes of golden wheat shining through potential yottabytes of chaff.
In the decades (dare I say centuries?) to come, our CAHS.com should be at least one of the destinations online seekers will arrive at in their search for any aspect of Canadian aviation history. We aim to become increasingly more relevant in this realm even in the near term. With the number of Anywhere-Online members continuing to increase in stride with the frequency with which they access the growing inventory of digital-edition Journals on our site, things seem to be trending in the right direction. A reputation for informational accuracy, accompanied by the solid visual content we deliver, can only help in this excessively media-rich environment.
Our feature authors often supply photos (especially), maps, and other illustrations – along with informative captions. However, we do find the need to complement the visual aspects of the overall presentation from time to time. The usual approach is to reach out to our network of both official and unofficial sources to pull in what additional materials we can. Although always worthwhile, the process can sometimes become a tedious and drawn-out affair. Getting it right can take time. However, we are lucky to have such a network, and the whole process is generally a very rewarding one. We are also fortunate enough to occasionally receive photos and other illustrations "out of the blue" from interested parties far and wide. Once digitized and properly filed by subject, such contributions can often save us a lot of time and energy.
As a CAHS member, newsletter subscriber, or occasional reader, can you help us in this endeavour?
If you possess photos or other visual material that may be aviation (especially Canadian aviation) history-related, please consider letting us have them – even temporarily to scan and return if requested into our digital archive – for future use. Maybe you have a family heirloom or two, a photo album, a box of pictures, or a collection of papers that could help your organization's history or family legacy live on, accurately portrayed, in our Journal pages? Alternately, if you already have such imagery in digital form and want to join our network of contributors, I'd love to hear from you.
Please contact me at the link below with details before actually sending anything in. Any and all related correspondence will be welcomed.
Terry Higgins, Creative Director, Website Administrator,
CAHS Journal Managing Editor and Graphics Director,
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
From the Desk of the Treasurer
The CAHS is excited to have partnered with author Chris Weight to offer CAHS friends and members a discounted price for seven books in his Air Pilot Navigator series. Please check out the descriptions, pricing, and links below. The CAHS is also launching access to the Retired Airline Pilots of Canada (RAPCAN) Archive. If you are a CAHS member, you can access this research tool for free in the Members Only section of our website. Non-members can purchase a copy for $15 (or join the CAHS for as low as $25 and access the RAPCAN archive, as well as digitized Journals back to 2010, for free).
You can still browse all the aviation books for sale by Shelia Serup, Carl Vincent, Shirlee Matheson, Tim Cole, Deana Driver, Joel From, Terry Higgins, and others. Click on the montage image below to find out more information about the books. It also isn't too late to order a copy of our 13-month, full colour, bilingual 2022 CAHS Aviation Art Calendar.
Do you have an aviation historian enthusiast in your family circles? Mother's Day and Father's Day are fast approaching. Have you considered buying any of the books that the CAHS is offering as a gift? We can mail your purchase directly to you, or we can send the book to your recipient with a note included on your behalf. Correspond with our Treasurer Rachel Lea Heide (hyperlink Treasurer Rachel Lea Heide to an email form) to make specific requests and arrangements. The National Executive and Board thanks everyone for their financial support of the CAHS through your membership, donations, and merchandise purchases.
Cordially, Dr. Rachel Lea Heide,
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
Retired Airline Pilots of Canada Archive
The introductory price of $15 for this 2000+ page digital publication is for a limited time, after which the regular price will be $20.
If you have been considering becoming a CAHS National Member (starts at just $25), once your registration is complete, you can access this publication, along with every CAHS Journal digital edition published since 2010, for free.
North by Northwest is the first volume in Chris Weicht's very thorough narratives on aviation in western Canada. This ca. 300-page book is illustrated throughout with mostly rare photographs. The CAHS is able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
Pacific Airway is the second volume in Chris Weicht's Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. Illustrated with rare photographs, this ca. 300-page book has a forward by Harbour Air Seaplanes President Greg McDougall. The CAHS is able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
Air Route to the Klondike is the third volume in Chris Weicht's Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. Illustrated with rare photographs, this ca. 300-page book has a forward by Alkan Air President Barrie Watson. The CAHS is able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
Trans Canada Airway is the fourth volume in Chris Weicht's Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. Illustrated with rare photographs, this ca.375-page book has a forward by retired Air Canada Captain William L. Marr. The CAHS is also able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
Yukon Airways is the sixth volume in Chris Weicht's extensive Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. Illustrated with rare photographs, this ca.400 page book has a forward by CAHS author, Fokker Super Universal restorer, and pilot Clark Seaborn. The CAHS is also able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
First Flight West is the sixth volume in Chris Weicht's extensive Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. Illustrated with rare photographs, this ca. 250-page book has a forward by Barry Marsden, Chairman of Conair Group and Cascade Aerospace. The CAHS is also able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Stations is also part of Chris Weicht's extensive Air Pilot Navigator series about narratives on aviation in western Canada. Illustrated with rare photographs, this ca. 300-page book has a forward by LtGen A.M. DeQuetteville. The CAHS is also able to offer this book via our e-shop at a flat rate of $50 + $20 shipping in Canada.
There are now less than two dozen left from our initial print run. Always popular, always fresh, open up a new, colourful window on aviation history each and every month of the new year. Get yours directly from our e-shop today.
The Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Organizing Committee is excited to announce the return of the Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show! Scheduled for 16 to 18 September 2022, the Air Show will return to visitors in its usual format with exhibition booths, static aircraft and outstanding aerobatics!
Historical and Scientific Research Flights of Convair 580 C-GRSC
Convair C-GRSC started out as a commercial airliner in the 1950's and after several conversions, became the important flying platform for the crews in their historical and scientific research of Remote Sensing. In this video, former members of the crew share the ground-breaking research they and the plane did as a team.
Jack joined CAHS National as member number 2576 in September 1981 and became the 46th paid Life Member.
He was a Toronto Chapter Director and its Vice-President for 5 years before he became a CAHS National Director starting in the Summer of 1988. He then served 5 years from 1992 to 1996 as the CAHS National President. The design and development of the first website for CAHS National was organized by Jack.
JOHN H. GOW (Jack) died after a brief illness, January 21, 2022 in his 90th year and in the kind care of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Born in 1932 to first-generation Scottish immigrants, he loved all things plaid and deep-fried; no fish and chip shop went untested. Jack was a proud graduate of the University of Toronto's Business Administration program in 1962. A gentleman of his generation, and in memory of his father who was a passionate gardener, he bought a rose for every woman in his life each Christmas. Never short on conversation, he only really wanted to discuss airplanes or jazz, practicing, and playing with an amateur Oakville jazz band was the highlight of any day or week for Jack. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the colleagues he collected in his many years of work. Jack leaves behind his wife Doreen O'Shaughnessy, daughter Valerie (Maureen) with his first wife (Shirley). Pop to Darrin (Angela), and Grandpa to Luke. He was predeceased by his daughter Sharon (Martin) and was Grandfather to her sons Michael (Berlinda) and Joe (Shereen) and Great-Grandpa to Darian, Meadow, Diamond, and Silver. The family will gather at a future date to share memories. Should you wish to make a donation in Jack's memory, please consider the Oakville Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS), or a charity of your choice.
by Sheldon Benner
Canadian Women in Aviation
and Northern Lights Aero Foundation
Canadian Women in Aviation and The Northern Lights Aero Foundation 2022 Superheroes in Aviation Conference is set to take place June 22 – 25 in Edmonton, Alberta at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. CWIA and NLAF encourage interested attendees to get their tickets as soon as possible as seats are limited for the conference.
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) is looking to open their doors in May 2022. After a completely new construction, the RAMWC is excited to welcome back visitors with programming, new exhibits and much more.
Artist Jim Bruce donated three paintings to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada at the beginning of March 2022. Pictured above are the three paintings which depict a DC-3, a DC-4 and a Viscount. The paintings will be displayed close to the Vickers Viscount CF-THS in the new location set to open in May 2022.
Terry Slobodian (Left), President and CEO along with Robert Arnold, holding “At the Blast Fence”.
Sandra Chewka (Left), Head of Collections and Archives, along with Robert Arnold, holding “Going Home”.
Terry Slobodian (Left), and Robert Arnold, holding “Pre-Flight”.
Canadian Aviation Moments
Question One: How long was the observer course that was given by the IRFC (Imperial Royal Flying Corps) training plan in Canada during the First World War and how many had graduated by the end of the war?
Dancing in The Sky,
pg. 252 (Hunt)
Question Two: What airplane was the Consolidated 0-17 Courier a development of?
Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Boat Stations,
pg. 241 (Weicht)
Question Three:What did Russ Hubley, a star wartime gunner and DFC winner on 405 Squadron, think of the groundcrew?
No Prouder Place,
pg. 244 (Bashow)
The answers will appear in the May 2022 Newsletter
Here are the answers to March's Canadian Aviation Moments:
QUESTION 1: What did the ground crew of the IRFC (Imperial Royal Flying Corps) First World War training plan in Canada do to make the aircraft easier to start in the morning during the winter?
ANSWER: “Modifications were made to make the aircraft easier to start in the morning and less likely to develop problems during flight. These included covering the bottom three-quarters of the radiator with felt-covered beaver board, adding anti-freeze to the radiators, and wrapping exposed water hoses with felt and cloth. Some squadrons drained the engines of both radiator fluid and oil every night, heating them up before returning the fluids to the engine in the morning. This made early morning starting easier, but otherwise made no appreciable difference to the performance of the engine. One mechanical alteration was made and incorporated into new machines. The oil gauge was moved from the rear to the front seat, thereby shortening the connecting pipe between the engine cylinders and the gauge.”
FromDancing In The Sky, pg. 214
QUESTION 2: For what was the only Canadian Vickers Vista seaplane taken on strength by the RCAF used?
ANSWER: “On September 17, 1926, the RCAF ordered two Vistas from Canadian Vickers. The Vista was powered by one 60 hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet engine and had a wingspan of 29 feet, 6 inches. However, its poor performance in test flights reduced the order and only one Vista was completed. G-CYZZ was shipped to Jericho Beach and put to use at the seaplane school, but due to the aircraft’s extremely sensitive controls, its use was restricted to taxiing practice. Wing Commander Harry Bryant remembered that wing fabric was removed from the outer wing panels to prevent the aircraft from becoming airborne. As Murphy’s Law suggests, there is an exception to every rule. During a high-speed taxi practice Pilot Officier A. Oda. Keith managed to encourage the Vista to fly. In under nine months of constant exposure to saltwater the Vista’s duralumin hull developed a dangerous degree of corrosion The aircraft was scrapped in May 1931, and apparently it was not missed.”
From Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Stations, pg. 239
QUESTION 3: What did Sir Arthur Harris C.O. of RAF Bomber Command, at the end of Second World War, say about the groundcrew and the many non-combat casualties?
ANSWER: “At the end of the war, Sir Arthur Harris acknowledged his Command’s many non-combat casualties and paid tribute to the groundcrew and their many contributions and sacrifices. Few people realize that, whereas some 50,000 aircrew…were killed in action…some 8000 men and women were killed at home in training, in handling vast quantities of bombs under the most dangerous conditions, in driving and dispatch riding in the black-out on urgent duty…natural causes…included the death of many fit young people who…died from the effects of extraordinary exposure, since many contracted illnesses by working all hours of the day and night in a state of exhaustion in the bitter wet, cold and miseries of six war winters. It may be ignored what it is like to work in the open…20 feet up in the air on the aircraft…this was on wartime aerodromes, where such accommodation as could be provided offered every kind of discomfort.”
From No Prouder Place, pg. 244
Select a chapter to discover what they have been up to since the last newsletter.
Many of our Chapters remain very active on Zoom with presentations every bit as good as they would be if we did not have pandemic restrictions to deal with!
If you would like to become a Corporate Member or Museum Member - or if you know an organization that might like to join - we are always happy to receive new applications. Please use the hyperlinks above to learn more about our corporate members and partner organizations.
Please feel free to forward to friends and family members, or encourage them to sign up on our website to receive the newsletter directly for FREE.
We hope that you enjoy receiving this monthly newsletter and find the contents informative and enjoyable. If you no longer wish to receive it for any reason, please use the unsubscribe option below to have your email address removed immediately from the mailing list.
The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS)
P.O. Box 2700 • Station D • Ottawa • Ontario • K1P 5W7