and New Articles
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However, sometimes exceptions are warrented.
Some of you may remember Dave Gilen.
Dave was a member of the RCAF back in the late 50s-early 60s.
However, most will remember him as a top-notch hockey player.
At one point he was transferred out of Gander but it was close to the play-offs.
Somehow it seems, Dave was suddenly needed for air force work in Gander.
Funny though that this rush period coincided with the playoffs -
and Dave had just happened to bring his skates!
For those who knew him, his 69th wedding anniversry is 23 September,
(Dave and Flo)
"North Atlantic Crossroads: The Royal Air Force Ferry Command Gander Unit, 1940-1945"
By Darrell Hillier
Tales of search and rescue, aircraft salvage, medevac missions, and VIP visits highlight the activities
of the Ferry Command Gander unit, notably the work of its aircraft maintenance department,
headed by the incomparable John Joseph “Joe” Gilmore.
Postwar, the boom in commercial air travel transformed Gander,
setting the airport on its way to becoming the crossroads of the North Atlantic.
Available on Amazon Canada
For more information visit https://crossroadsoftheworld.ca/
|06 March 2021
the longest time Gander was a busy airport. In wartime it was
imperative to keep the runways open for obvious military reasons.
After the war, civilian carriers took up the load. Help was needed when
a large aircraft could not be towed or moved with its own power.
|01 May 2021
this website we have looked in detail at major airlines such as Pan
American World Airways, Trans World Airlines and Trans Canada Airlines
(Air Canada). Now is the time to look at one of the shorter lived
|09 May 2021
The original construction of the airport during the late 1930s has been fairly well covered. The present article has for objective to add other details, especially with respect to the early runway lighting and aids to landing.
|30 May 2021
the nicest things are the smallest. Sometimes they come from
unexpected places. This is certainly the case with this item.
|09 July 2021
lot has been written about the very early history of Gander. But it
nice to see a short article written by an "outsider" with a
professional eye who comes upon Gander for first time. It is even
better when another professional takes the time to summarise it all.
|29 July 2021
airmen "up on the mainland" knew there much important mlitary activity
going on in Gander. But to most, it did not like look like the
choicest of postings. Someone needed to put their minds to rest.
|04 August 2021
now the sory of a pilot who could manoeuvre two-engine and four-engine
heavy bombers better than most fighter pilots could a small Spitfire.
But this chap got no medals, not even a recommendation. He never
saw combat. He did however manage to get himself court martialed and
was finally killed in a crash.
|20 Sept 2021
||Just a short, but interesting, article from a 1938 aviation magazineee about Gander in late 1938 when construction was underay.