Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

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Special Message

We have the unpleasant duty of announcing the death of a  collegue from Gander Academy.
It has just been learned that Campbell Pritchett passed away in
Oviedo, Florida, on 15 November.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

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04 July 2022

In principle, Gander, being a properly organised and legally constituted town only since 1959, there could be a mayor only since that year.  However, someone else had the idea of being mayor long before that.  So here is the story of the mayor nobody knew about!

Gander's First mayor
07 Aug 2022

When one thinks of "Old Gander, the images that come to mind are either piston engine wartime bombers and fighters or, later, the commercial aircraft that were first piston engine or jets.  But perhaps this usual typology overlooks another type of airplane that was neither piston-engine nor jet engine. In fact, during the period of overlap between the two, another type of engine was being produced – the turboprop.

Neither Piston nor Jet
16 Nov 2022

The story of the Royal Air Force Ferry Command is fairly well known.  However, in 1942, after one year of operation,  the boss of Ferry Command, AVM Bowhill, told the story of how the RAFFC had started,  how it worked,  what it had accomplished done and hat it hoped to do, It is an excellent summary.

Early article on Ferry Command