First of all, in these pandemic-restricted times, it is heartening to see the membership renewals continue to come in. We hope you are enjoying the members-only side of the website as much as the site's traffic monitoring suggests.
It is equally encouraging to see so many newsletter subscribers become CAHS National Members, and so many new members join us seemingly out of the blue! This is, in many cases, a product of newsletter sharing. Please continue to share this newsletter with your aviation-minded friends and associates.
If, as a subscriber, you enjoy the content of our newsletter and website, we're especially confident that you will enjoy our flagship publication, the CAHS Journal. Follow this link to take you from subscriber to member with just a few clicks. The Anywhere-Online membership, which gives you access to all digital editions of the Journal through to the end of the year you join, is just $25.00! The cost of Traditional Membership (which includes the print edition by mail) varies according to mailing destination. Anywhere-Online members can upgrade to Traditional at any time.
Terry Higgins, Creative Director, Website Administrator,
CAHS Journal Managing Editor and Graphics Director,
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
The latest print edition Journals, 57-1 and 57-2, are now on their way to Traditional Members mailboxes. Take note, however, that Canada Post still appears to be experiencing delivery delay issues with some destinations, some of the time.
In the meantime, both Traditional Members and Anywhere-Online Members are reminded that they can immediately and always access the digital editions of these and every other Journal published sincce 2010 on our website's members only area.
From Volume 57 onwards, the CAHS Journal digital editions now include colour reproduction of photos and artwork on all inside pages, providing that originals were supplied by our Journal contributors in colour, of course. Print editions will continue to be printed with B&W reproductions of this colour content in place.
In the Works
We are also in layout with Journals 57-3 and 57-4. The digital editions will be posted individually on completion of the editorial process, while the print editions will be mailed together a little later this summer.
Select this link to check the website's Journal area for ongoing updates in between Newsletters. Instructions for logging in to the Members Only area are also provided (in red text) on that page.
The Trio of Shirlee Smith-Matheson books are still on exclusive offer in our e-shop. This offer has been extended, and the final date to place an order is now 15 June.
This compelling collection of stories chronicles aviation anomalies from the shores of Labrador to the British Columbia coast, and beyond our aerial borders to describe Canadian participation in bringing resolution to far-reaching aviation mysteries and disasters.
We are offering this book for $19.00 (GST included) plus $6.00 shipping per copy in Canada.
The publisher's retail price is $21.95 plus GST (plus shipping if purchased online).
From the perils of First World War aerial dogfights to the daring antics of his post-war barnstorming stunts, the adventures of Captain Freddie McCall, flying ace and maverick Calgarian, come to life in Shirlee Smith Matheson’s book.
We are offering this book for $8.00 (GST included) plus $6.00 shipping per copy in Canada.
The publisher's retail price is $9.95 plus GST (plus shipping if purchased online)
With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of aviation icon, Frank Henley on May 4, 2021. With an aviation career spanning more than 50 years that stretched over both military and civilian aviation. Frank Henley played an influential role in developing Arctic routes, aerial mapping and planning and building Hydro-Quebec’s infrastructure for air operations. He was inducted into both the Quebec Aviation Hall of Fame and Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and was honoured as a recipient of the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy and the Order of Canada.
The following review is reposted here because we did not provide the correct contact information for purchasing the book the first time around. It has since been corrected on the website in the footer of the review page.
With apologies to author/publisher Chris Weicht for our error
The CAHS e-Newsletter Team
Book Review: Red Star Over Canada
Doug Rollins, a researcher and writer of aviation history, provides an in-depth and thorough review of Red Stars Over Canada for readers interested in rarely covered subjects, northern flying, political intrique, or all of the above!
Question One: The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service was created on 5 September 1918 to fulfill what need?
Dancing in The Sky, (Hunt) Page 246.
Question Two: What was the first plan by the Japanese to launch a balloon filled with incendiary bombs?
Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Boat Stations, (Weicht) Page 181.
Question Three: What was hte cost to the Allied countriess in the air war against the European Axis countries in the Second World War?
No Prouder Place, Pages 179-180.
The Answers Will Appear in the June Newsletter:
More Canadian Aviation Moments
– In the News and Around the Web –
RCAF Veteran of the Second World War Celebrates His 103rd Birthday
Happy Birthday George Kelley!
George Kelley, an airplane mechanic for the RCAF during the Second World War. When he was stationed in England he helped to ready planes for the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day and helped to repair aircraft that returned damaged from battle. George is a Life Member of the Jervis Bay Memorial Branch #53 of the Royal Canadian Legion. On May 31, 2021, George celebrated his 103rd birthday! We would like to encourage any family or friends of George to send him birthday wishes/cards. Please visit theTurnbull New Brunswick CAHS Chapter Facebook pagefor details on where to send your birthday wishes.
Photo via the CAHS New Brunswick Chapter)
J. Oliver Sturk (22 April 1928 – 23 April 2021)
J. Oliver Sturk passed away peacefully the day after his 93rd birthday after a brief stay in the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Sturk worked as a Defence Scientist at the Department of National Defence for 35 years, followed by 22 years at the Chemical Warfare Laboratories. Fulfilling a long-time dream, Sturk became a pilot after retirement, going on to travel cross-country to attend aircraft shows and becoming a Member of the Aviation Society and the Aviation Museum of Ottawa. To read his full obituary, please click here.
(Thanks to John Henderson, CAHS Ottawa, for this news item)
A Virtual Chapter Virtual Event!
First Annual Virtual Art Show
– Announced by the CAAA Chapter of the CAHS –
The CAAA will present a virtual art show on the theme Help From Above - Humanitarian Aviation, in August of this year. The show is open to all members of the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association and of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. Accepting any media, including photography and digital. For more information, please click here.
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!
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