Sgt. William Stannard – 487 Sqn RAF – Miraculous Escape — Aviation Trails

There have been many instances of incredible acts of bravery and bizarre cases of survival that would normally seem impossible. Flt. Sgt. Nicholas Alkemade falling from 18,000ft without a parachute is just one of very many. Another such remarkable event occurred on May 3rd 1943, when twelve Lockheed Venturas attacked a Dutch Power Station near […]

Sgt. William Stannard – 487 Sqn RAF – Miraculous Escape — Aviation Trails

May 5, 2020 Blog

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BLOG 1 Al Martin 63A Hundreds of you have been enjoying our recent item covering the wonderful photos of the great Al Martin. Here’s another of Al’s always-interesting shots. So far as we know, only two Miles Gemini light twins ever came to Canada. One (G-AJKS) returned to the UK, the other became CF-HVK. Al spotted “JKS” at Toronto Island Airport some time around 1950. Here’s the story:

First flown in 1945, the Miles Gemini 4-seat light twin looked promising. Then, as the initial surge in postwar Great Britain’s recovery cooled, Miles folded in 1947. About 150 Geminis were built. Initially, G-AJKS came across on a Miles demo tour. Its arrival was impressive, since it came aboard the RCN aircraft carrier, HMCS Warrior. Once Warrior was about 20 miles off Nova Scotia, demo pilot, Jim Nelson (an ex-RAF American), flew the little Gemini off the deck to Halifax. Can you imagine pulling off such a…

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Nick Lees: Edmonton aviation groups throttle ahead in plans for Battle of Britain celebrations — Edmonton Journal

Planning to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in September is Edmonton’s non-profit 700 Wing RCAF Association and the Alberta Aviation Museum. “The battle saw the Royal Air Force (RAF) thwart the invasion of Britain by Nazi Germany from July 10 to Oct. 31, 1940,” said Erwin Loewen, immediate past-chairman of 700 […]

Nick Lees: Edmonton aviation groups throttle ahead in plans for Battle of Britain celebrations — Edmonton Journal

Calgary Municipal Airport (PDF version) — Preserving the Past II

Research by Clarence Simonsen Calgary Municipal Airport Click on the link above Excerpt Calgary TCA “McCall Field” and the Canadian “Speedbirds” Undated color Post Card image was likely taken in postwar, showing [background north] No. 4 Hangar used by the RAF from 18 June 1941 to 10 March 1944. The white [with blue trim] painted […]

Calgary Municipal Airport (PDF version) — Preserving the Past II

The Book Is Alive (No Apologies) + New Projects + Surviving in Canadian Book Publishing + A Reminder about the Ultimate history of the Bell 47+ A340s in Formation + Pandemics Today and Yesterday — CANAV Books Blog

Be sure to check out Pierre Gillard’s wonderful aviation blog. Keep up to date with what’s going on anywhere from St. Hubert to points around the world where Pierre travels: http://www.pierregillard.com/blog/index.html How are the airlines doing these days? Here is a very good overview: OPINION: Aviation is being reshaped, and governments are in control How […]

The Book Is Alive (No Apologies) + New Projects + Surviving in Canadian Book Publishing + A Reminder about the Ultimate history of the Bell 47+ A340s in Formation + Pandemics Today and Yesterday — CANAV Books Blog