Air Force

Pilots Down

Canada’s most up-to-date aircraft in 1939 was the Northrop Delta, manufactured under licence by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal. It was about the size of a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter—a large, single-engine, low-wing monoplane, powerful and fast. Although noisy and said to be nose-heavy, the Delta was a versatile aircraft and pilots generally spoke...
  • Plucked From The Sea: Air Force, Part 45

    June 25, 2011 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Frenchman Hubert Latham is rescued after ditching for the second time in the Channel, July 27, 1909. Latham died three years later, big game hunting in Africa. PHOTO: SCIENCE MUSEUM/SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY—10319353 On July 19, 1909, Hubert Latham took off from Calais, France,...
  • Dropping 'Fish': Air Force, Part 44

    April 15, 2011 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Bristol Beaufort, September 1941. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA160969 The Royal Canadian Air Force’s overseas experience with torpedo bombers differed greatly from the sporadic and often ineffective operations on the home front. Although the RCAF carried only one torpedo bomber squadron in its overseas...
  • Flying Torpedoes: Air Force, Part 43

    February 19, 2011 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Handley Page Hampden on a practice torpedo run off Vancouver Island, February 1943. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA144775 Military aircraft applications evolved quickly from 1910 onwards, including development of torpedo bombers as an anti-shipping weapon. Italy, Britain and Germany all deployed such aircraft during...
  • Not Forgotten: Air Force, Part 42

    December 12, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The names of more than 20,000 Allied airmen who have no known grave are inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial in southern England. PHOTO: NORMAN BRICE As the Second World War reached its conclusion, many problems confronted the victors, from disarming defeated enemies to repatriating millions...
  • The Search For The Magnetic Pole: Air Force, Part 41

    October 24, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Cansos were also used in support of other Arctic surveys. PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES On July 19, 1947, a Canso aircraft took off from Royal Canadian Air Force Station Rockcliffe on a quest to define the unsteady location of the North Magnetic Pole. The Arctic mission,...
  • Arctic Investigations: Air Force, Part 40

    August 25, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Canso noses up to the eastern Arctic shoreline. PHOTO: ERNIE WEEKS, CANAV BOOKS COLLECTION “It is considered that North West Air Command should examine the Northwest Territories in the interests of the safe and efficient conducting of air, land and sea rescue operations in...

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