Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley



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23 January 2018
The Gander runway system and features have changed over the years.  This article compares the modern day Gander approach map with that  of Trans Canada Air LInes in 1950

Gander approach map

09 February 2018
I have on occasion been asked if things were really simpler in "Old Gander . When I say yes, that in certain ways it may well have been, I sometimes get asked for a concrete example. Well, I finally have found something to answer the question!

When times were simpler in Gander

13 February 2018
A bomber from Gander to Europe crashed in Greenland. If they don't get help, the crew will  probably loose their lives on a frozen, windsweeped plateau.  But they had a guardian on stand-by in Gander!,

An unsung Gander hero - Abner C Knee

02 March 2018
In 1947,  a "mechanical brain" guides a plane across the Atlantic; This was over 40 years before Vic 20 and Commodiore 64 computers were on the market"

Pilotless plane flies across the Atlantic from Gander
18 March 2018
Sometimes on seeing an envelope, one is immediately able to give it context and possible meaning. But other letters, on the contrary, "just don't click", and lead us to wonder what in heavens was that all about??

A funny RAF "Novo" pump

01 April
2018

There were many roads in old Gander that  marked our memories, such as Foss Avenue on the RCAF/Canadian side or the road around the runway towards the RAF side and the old terminal. One other such road was Fleet Street leading north from the Army side.


06 April
2018

The old "Airport Club" down on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of the hospital was torn down on 08 March.  Was this just an ordirary old building or something special?

Gander's Airport Club
20 April 2018
A "First Day Cover" from Gander points out an agreement that brought American forces to Newfoundland.  How did this affect Gander?

Gander FDC