Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

Messages and New Articles

18 Jan 2022

Airport pennants" became popular basically in the 1950s and 1960s.  Gander Airport have a few - and  they were not like all the rest.

Gander Airport Pennants
26 March 2022

Radio communication has always been very important in old Gander. There were the communication between army units, between the Canadian, RAF and American forces, between ground controlers and ferry flights, etc,  Sometimes forgotten are the amateur radio operators.  This article hopes to keep their story alive.

         Amateur Radio in Old Gander
06 May 2022


 I have often been asked about living accommodations in old Gander which evolved from a rough and ready construction site to a military base and then to a hub for commercial trans-Atlantic aviation. Each of these periods had its characteristics and requirements for different types of staff.  The objective of this article is to provide a brief overview of these periods and to describe summarily the residences that were available at different times.


                                                  Civilian Accommodations in Old Gander

01 June 2022

The website has already covered "official" communications in Old Gander, such as that used by the army, ferry operations, antisubmarine flying, civilian ground to air and the like.  Another article gave the history of amateur radio in Old Gander.  The present article aims to explain ordinary broadcast radio - where it started, how it progressed and how it got to where it is today, all because of one fellow ahead of his time.

              Public Broadcasting in Old Gander

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 think of "Old Gander, the images that come to mind are either piston engine wartime bombers and fighters or later, the commerial aircraft that were first piston engine of laater 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