Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Stations
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.
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The history of Canadian military aviation is rich with topics which have yet to be explored. One of these areas which “begged” for further study was the role played by the Air Force on Canada’s west coast during the inter-war period. Fortunately, Chris Weicht, with the publication of “Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Stations”, has filled in this gap in Air Force history.
Concentrating primarily on the history of the Air Station at Jericho Beach, the author explores the unique circumstances that drove flying boat operations on the west coast. He chronicles the activities conduct- ed by the fledgling Canadian Air Force, and, after 1 April 1924, the permanent Royal Canadian Air Force. The picture he weaves is one where a handful of men, in a few outdated and underpowered machines, establish a legacy of perseverance, ingenuity and dedication undertaking missions which would not be out of place in today’s headlines. Among the first in the world to fly such missions as fisheries, forestry and anti-narcotic patrols, these individuals provided peace-time support for Canada while still maintaining a military capability that would prove invaluable during the Second World War. In effect, they “paved the way” for the multi-role service which our Air Force is expected to provide for the nation into the 21st century.
Chris Weicht traces the story of the west coast flying boat stations through peace and war, bringing to life an exciting part of our history. It is, however, much more than a history of places; it also deals with the aircraft, the pilots who flew them and the men and women who supported these operations. As such, the book will be of interest to those with a desire to delve deeper into this aspect of our Canadian aviation heritage.
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