Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley



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29 Sept 2020

In "Old Gander", there could be 1400 to 1500 airplanes arriving and departing in a given month.  These aircraft needed to be cleaned, serviced and often repaired before contining on. Sometimes passenger had to be sent out on another airplane as the first was held over for repairs up to and including a complete engine change.  Who did all this?

Allied Aviation in "Old Gander"
28 Oct 2020

Early Gander's wartime and peacetime "Aeradio" connected Gander to trans-Alantic aircraft and to aircraft control in centain other places.  For a long period, a midnight meal was supplied to on-duty staff  by the Eastbound Inn. But Aeradio moved around. We have obtained an example of "midnight meal tickets" used in those new areas. The mystery is to figure out in which building Aeradio was operating when these particular tickets were used.

Midnight Meal Mystery
16 nov 2020

During the war years, Gander Lake was an important area for flying boats and seaplanes, both for local uses or those to transiting for example to Europe or Russia.   This aviation activity on a large lake meant equally have a fair amount of nautical goings-on.
Wartime Gander Lake
26 Dec 2020

Was Gander always called  Gander?  Did civilians and the military give it the same name?  Did the Americans give the same name as did the Canaians and British forces?
Did name change over time?

The many names of Gander Newfoundland
21 Jan 2021

Hockey and just plain skating was popular in old Gander. But where did people go?  Was it just on the ponds? Did they just have open-air rinks?  Or was it something more classic?  In any case, if it was Gander, it wasn't ordinary!
Rinks in old Gander
06 March 2021

For 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.

Paul Bunyan to the rescue.
01 May 2021

On 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 airline companies.

American Overseas Airlines in Gander
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.

Gander 1940: Technical details