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...
  • Burma Campaign Veterans To Be Honoured

    July 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    It has been 65 years since the end of the Second World War, and this year’s commemorations in Ottawa for VJ-Day (Victory over Japan Day) will include special focus on Canadian veterans of the Burma...
  • Lancasters Hit Civvy Street: Air Force, Part 39

    June 19, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Many Second World War aircraft became object lessons in beating swords into ploughshares. Once the Cold War developed, many such ploughshares were hastily reconverted to swords. Such was the case of the Avro Lancaster in Royal Canadian Air Force postwar...
  • The Problems With Vampires: Air Force, Part 38

    April 24, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In April 1945 there was a new kid on the block. The De Havilland Vampire jet, which had been test-flown as a prototype on Sept. 20, 1943, was in mass production, and soon the Royal Canadian Air Force would acquire one for winter trials at...
  • The Roar Of The Meteor: Air Force, Part 37

    February 21, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Gloster Meteor Mk VIIIs at Kabrit, Egypt, in 1952. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES Although the first flights of German and British jet engine test beds occurred 21 months apart, the two nations introduced jet fighters into service at almost the same time—July 1944. But both...
  • Fighting German Jets: Air Force, Part 36

    December 25, 2009 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The Luftwaffe’s Me.262 fighter. PHOTO: U.S. AIR FORCE The original concepts of jet engines go back to 1910, but practical development only began about 1928 when a young Royal Air Force officer, Frank Whittle, began working on one; his first patent was filed in 1930...
  • The Forest Watchers: Air Force, Part 35

    October 20, 2009 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Vickers Vedette on an unknown lake in the 1920s. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES The Royal Canadian Air Force’s interwar role in “aid to the civil power” is most often associated with aerial photography and mapping. There was, however, another task that preoccupied the air...