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Gord Watt is a CAHS Manitoba exec member.
In 1964, Gordon Watt left behind a comfortable life as a mechanic’s apprentice in Guelph, Ontario to pursue his dream of flying. He first moved to Sudbury...
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In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the 435 Squadron, a key air unit used for supply missions during the Burma Campaign in the Second World War, the Canadian Forces unveiled a C-47 Dakota aircraft painted in the colours used during those missions.
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Our March meeting will take place on Thursday 27 March, 7 pm, at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. Our speaker this month is Robert Arnold. Robert specialises in the history of the Vickers Viscount, an aircraft that has great significance for Winnipeg. For many years, the hangar that now comprises most of the Western Canada Aviation Museum was the main maintenance base for Trans-Canada Airlines' Viscount fleet. Robert has spent many years gathering information and photos of the Viscount. Some of his photos and research can be found on this great website, dedicated to preserving the history of one of the best turboprop airliners:
http://www.vickersviscount.net/. This is also a timely presentation for CAHS national members, as the most recently published Journal has an article about Bev Shenstone, a Canadian aeronautical engineer who was involved in the Viscount's introduction into service with British European Airways.

We return to our normal format after our third successful film festival. Admission is free, coffee and doughnuts are provided, and everyone is welcome.
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This sounds pretty cool. If you're going to be in southwestern Ontario in June, it might be worth a visit.
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A memorial to a wartime RCAF pilot, who spent part of the war in Stalag Luft III, and helped dig the tunnels for the Great Escape.
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The citizens of France, through their Ambassador to Canada, invite Canadians to nominate veterans of the Second World War for the Legion of Honour. Veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy (06 June 1944) and the Battle of Normandy (to 31 August 1944) are sought, for this honour, especially those who may have been awarded gallantry medals (Distinguished Service Order - DSO; and/or Distinguished Flying Cross/Medal - DFC/DFM; Military Medal - MM; George Cross, etc...). Please give every consideration to submitting your nomination as soon as possible.

More information can be found at the rcafassociation.ca website here, including a nomination form which must be received by Veterans Affairs Canada no later than 31 December 2013.

These honours will be bestowed upon living veterans as part of the 70th anniversary commemorative events of 06 June 2014.
Legion of Honour · 22066612 Ambassade de France au Canada. L'Attache de defense. Ottawa, le 8 novembre 2013. Madame, Monsieur, Dans le cadre de la commemoration du 70eme anniversaire des debarquements de Normandie et de Provence, la France souhaite honorer les anciens combattants qui ont ...
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Watts was shot down three times. Once he was rescued from a life raft in the North Sea. Another time, his plane crash-landed at an emergency airstrip on the English coast. He returned to the air af...
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Our regular meeting, planned for Thursday 29 May, is cancelled due to a schedule conflict with our intended speaker. It will be rescheduled for autumn. Instead, we hope you will come to our book launch event this Thursday.

On Thursday 22 May, in co-operation with the Western Canada Aviation Museum, we will host the book launch event for “Northern Lights: Arnold and Gail Morberg and the Calm Air Story”. Our guests will include author Doug Whiteway, along with Barbara Huck and Frances Russell. Books will be available for sale, at a cost of $25. WCAM is providing refreshments. The book is 168 pages, and costs $25. The book will be available for sale at the meeting. I'm not providing a link to the page, because my virus scanner detected malware on the publisher's site. However, WCAM has a page on the book launch, and it's safe.
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This sounds like a worthy project for aviation history fans (nothing to do with CAHS, though).

Dear Friends,

     As a founding member and Director on the Board of the Calgary Mosquito Society since its very first meeting, I would like to ask you to join us for...

     THE GREAT MOSQUITO VICTORY DRIVE!

    On 15 October 2008, Richard de Boer gathered us in a conference room at the Calgary International Airport and we all created an organization which helped save two precious Second World War combat aircraft in Calgary.  We have almost reached our goal and we need your help to secure this deal permanently.

     If everyone can donate $ 100 or more to our cause, we will have fulfilled our official City of Calgary financial requirements before the deadline of August 2014 and, thus, the rare wooden de Havilland Mosquito bomber and Canadian-built Hawker Hurricane fighter will be preserved forever in Alberta. 
 
    Please consider donating online in just a few minutes through ATB Financial who will add 15 % of your donation to our cause, and make our dream come true!

    The results will be quite amazing: your $ 100 donation will become $ 115 through ATB Financial, and the City of Calgary will match this amount 1 to 1 so the CMS will receive $ 230 in your name.  But this is not over yet: you, the donor, will receive a tax receipt of 50 % of your donation so, $ 50 will get back to your pockets while we get $ 230 in total.  In the end, everybody wins!

 
   ATB FINANCIAL = https://www.atbcares.com/causes/124-813195658RR0001

    You can also send cheques or money orders directly to our organization at http://www.calgarymosquitosociety.com/donation.htm

The Calgary Mosquito Society
c/o Richard de Boer, President
# 1021, 3235 - 56th Street N.E.
Calgary, AB, T1Y 2X7
Canada

Website: http://www.calgarymosquitosociety.com/


    Let us all make this project worthwhile by securing our legal obligations to the City of Calgary once and for all.  We are almost there and we can make it happen!

    Yours sincerely,


    Dr. Stéphane Guevremont
    Director on the Board, CMS
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The CAHS National Convention will take place in Regina from 4 to 7 June this year. Organisers are planning a trip to 15 Wing Moose Jaw, home of the Snowbirds and the No 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, as well as a visit to the outstanding Western Development Museum. There will also be two days of presentations on various aspects of Canadian aviation history. CAHS Regina Chapter is currently seeking people to present at the convention. Check out the convention webpage for more information. I know there are already several CAHS Manitoba members planning to attend, so carpooling and hotel room sharing is possible.
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Our third annual aviation history film festival, Films Take Flight, will take place on tonight and tomorrow, 27 & 28 February, 7 pm at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. Each evening, we will show a classic aviation film accompanied by some archival or historic film footage. For these two evenings only, there will be a $5.00 per person, per evening, admission charge. See the attached poster for additional information. As always, everyone is welcome to attend. We will have refreshments for sale as well.
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D Day tour around the Netherlands, Belgium, and France (not associated with CAHS).
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The Canadian Aviation Historical Society is Canada's premier organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Canada's flying heritage.

The CAHS publishes a quarterly Journal, featuring well researched articles on all aspects of Canadian aviation history, as well as photos and artwork. We also host an annual convention, featuring speakers and tours of local aviation attractions.

The Manitoba Chapter meets monthly (except June, July, August, and December), on the last Thursday of the month, usually at the Western Canada Aviation Museum (www.wcam.mb.ca).

Meetings are free and open to everyone. We provide the coffee and doughnuts. A silver collection is taken.