Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

Messages and New Articles

05 November 2017
November weather in Gander can be unpredictable  and even treacherous. November 1955 was no exception.

Seaboard and Western "Geneva Airtrader" goes off the runway

15 November 2017
In 1954 what seemed to be a perfectly operational airplane ran off a runway in Gander. What happened?
An Air France Constellation runs off a Gander runway

11 December 2017
The local history of the different airlines that used Gander Airport has pretty much been lost.  .This article hopes to throw some light on the operations in Gander of Pan American World Airways

Pan Am in Gander

21 December 2017
During the war American presence was very important to the ferry effort. But was Gander just a side show with ordinary folk as commanders. Or were these officers made of sterner stuff who went on to even greater things. This article by Darrell Hillier tells who they were.

US Commanders

31 December 2017
At the end of the 2nd World War, an American magazine put out a special  oissue.  It was eagerly read by people in Gander.

"Yank" Magazine - Gander, Newfoundland

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