Vintage warbirds

At their most essential, they are wooden or tubular alloy skeletons wrapped in paper-thin fabric or sheet-metal skins—riveted tin cans powered by internal combustion engines, driven by propellers and flown on a wing and a prayer. Belching fire and smoke, coughing and kicking as if in protest at being awakened from slumber, they come to...
  • Radar wars

    December 18, 2018 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A daring mission by a Canadian-crewed Wellington bomber raised the stakes in the Allies’ battle for air supremacy They called it the Wizard War, a battle of scientists and technicians—American, British, Canadian—striving to stay ahead of their German counterparts waging the first electronic war in...
  • Our first Air Force

    October 5, 2018 by Tom MacGregor
    Formed, disbanded and resurrected, 401 Squadron has been at the heart of Canada’s air defences for a century. Much of the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron can be seen in a quick glance around Klersy’s, the unit’s lounge in its hangar...
  • Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

    February 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER...
  • Airman on set

    September 7, 2017 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The film Captains of the Clouds often runs on TV movie channels. It is a favourite of those who like aviation movies. Where else can you find Billy Bishop playing himself? In 1940-41, the United States was neutral, but Hollywood was anti-Nazi and pro-British. Britain,...
  • Air support for the Canadian Corps at Vimy

    April 1, 2017 by Hugh A. Halliday
    As the Canadian Corps prepared for the attack on Vimy Ridge, it was assisted by I Brigade, Royal Flying Corps. Four squadrons of Corps (army co-operation) aircraft mapped the German defences and located enemy artillery batteries; by April 9, 1917, 180 of 212 hostile batteries...
  • The first air war at sea

    February 18, 2016 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Early in the First World War, flying boats, seaplanes and airships were thrust into battle over the ocean The airplane was barely 11 years old when it went to war. By the age of 15, it had matured into a formidable weapon. When not delivering...
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