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Canada History: Jan. 22, 1949: The passing of a WWI ace

Sadly, many Canadians will not recognise the name Frederick Robert Gordon McCall of Calgary, but he was among the top fighter plane aces of WWI. Captain Frederick R.G. McCall  ended the war with 35 confirmed and 2 unconfirmed victories, two »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Fighter jet procurement: U.S. says Canada unfair, may pull F-35 out, but still wants Canada to buy U.S. jets

The ongoing multi-year saga of Canada’s attempt to replace its ageing CF-18 fighter jets took yet another bizarre twist today. Every country making such enormous multi-billion dollar purchases  seeks to have domestic benefits in terms of manufacturing of components. Canada »

Arts & Entertainment, Internet, Science & Technology

60th Anniversary: Black Friday for the Arrow and progress for flying replica

An “Arrow” will fly again! It was on Friday February 20th, 1959, that what was arguably the world’s most advanced jet interceptor programme was cancelled, and not only cancelled but viciously so. The completed planes were ordered destroyed, and even »

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History Canada: Oct. 5, 1944 – RCAF downs the first German jet

The D-Day invasion of Europe was months past but the fighting in and over Europe was increasingly bitter and deadly. In the skies, the Germans had introduced an astounding new weapon, the jet fighter, far faster than any Allied plane, »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Avro Arrow: legendary jet replica languishes

The CF-105 Avro Arrow retains a vivid place in the minds of Canadian aviation and aerospace buffs. The sleek interceptor symbolizes Canadian innovation and what could have been, should have been, Canada’s leading place in aerospace. After an outstandingly promising »

Internet, Science & Technology

Historic Avro Arrow test model recovered

Postwar intercepter: Conspiracies, myths, legends An early test model of the legendary Canadian Avro Arrow intercepter, has been brought to the surface from the bottome of Lake Ontario where it had lain for over 60 years. The CF-105 Avro (A.V. »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Fighter jets: Canada’s fleet to continue till the 2030’s

(Story open for public comments-scroll to very bottom to read/submit) Imagine Spitfires and Me 109’s being their countries front-line fighters for 40 or 50 years into the 1990’s. Not quite the same scenario, but Canada’s CF-18’s, some of which date »

International, Politics, Society

Canadian fighters finish Romanian mission

Not a “show of force”, a Canadian contingent of jet fighters was more a demonstration of NATO co-operation as well as being visible response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. The mission by Canadian planes and personnel, which is now ended, involved »

International, Society

Canada remembers: 75th anniversary Battle of Britain

It was a glorious day in Canada’s capital Ottawa this Sunday, the 20th, as the sun shone down on crowds gathered for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The air war over the channel and England itself lasted »

Society

History: Sept.10,1939, it’s WAR for Canada

Everyone hoped it would not come to this, but the storm clouds had been brewing for years The Munich Agreement of September 1938, signed by England, France, Germany, and Italy, had allowed Nazi Germany to occupy the “Sudetenland” portion of »