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...
  • Mapping In Full Flight: Air Force, Part 28

    August 18, 2008 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Lancaster conducting a postwar aerial survey. PHOTO: ROYAL CANADIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY COLLECTION, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA172600 The Royal Canadian Air Force’s aerial photography and mapping, a staple of operations from 1921 to 1939, was suspended during the Second World War, except where it would...
  • Above Enemy Lines: Air Force, Part 27

    June 12, 2008 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Royal Air Force vertical reconnaissance photo reveals a massive breach in a dam in May 1943. PHOTO: IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM—CH 9750 Aerial photography changed dramatically during World War II, but even before the war an expatriate Australian named Sydney Cotton, had—with the encouragement of...
  • Cameras Take Flight: Air Force, Part 26

    March 11, 2008 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A photographer operates a camera in this frontal view of a Vickers Vedette, June 1931. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA062895 Almost from the moment the camera was invented, men sought to take it aloft. The first aerial photograph—taken from a balloon over Paris—was made in...
  • Canadians Against The Bolsheviks: Air Force, Part 25

    January 8, 2008 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Members of No. 47 Squadron of the RAF gather for a photo in Russia in 1919. PHOTO: RAYMOND COLLISHAW COLLECTION, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA203556 Historian Owen Cooke identified three levels at which a country interferes militarily in another nation’s conflicts. The first involves military advisers...
  • Lost To Friendly Fire: Air Force, Part 24

    November 1, 2007 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTOS: CANADIAN FORCES—PMR77-515; CANADIAN FORCES—PMR77-254 Some Allied aircraft were sometimes confused with enemy aircraft. The plane at the top of the page is a Westland Lysander. Below it is a German HS.126. Recent events in Afghanistan have acquainted Canadians with the expression “friendly fire.” The...
  • Tales Of Flight: Air Force, Part 23

    September 1, 2007 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTOS: D.M. SMITH/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA125359; CANADIAN FORCES—PL110312; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA065176 Clockwise from top: Flight sergeants imprisoned at Stalag VIII B prisoner-of-war camp pose for a photo; Flight Lieutenant Hubert Brooks; Canadian Red Cross parcels bound for prisoners of war. An article in the...

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