Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Ever, so slowly, the cogs of progress move forward… and what once seemed like an impossibility is fast becoming reality as the 621 Field moves toward resolution.
Yes, by this time NEXT YEAR, the Flight 621 Cemetery and Memorial Park will be in place, and the horror of the AFTERMATH of that terrible day, will finally, FINALLY, be undone.
AIR CANADA promised, and later refused to build an on-site memorial to the 109 victims of Flight 621.
Like it or not, that very memorial IS being built, RIGHT NOW.
As I tap away at this keyboard…
Without Air Canada's sympathy. Or support.
So… it's over Air Canard, your four decades of impasse and moral apathy failed in the end. The deadlock IS being overthrown~
Feelin' kinda' tiny… feelin' kinda small… in the grand ole scheme of things?
Too bad Air Canada wasn't a family owned biz, instead of being run by turnstile execs. A family would know the right thing to do, even now.
(Flight 621 crash arena photographed in summer of 2012.)
Posted by Never Was An Arrow II at 4:05 PM
Monday, August 20, 2012
DISASTER for CANADIANS at DIEPPE! Betrayed by a Crossword Puzzle, Ninnies, and the BBC :::: 70 Years Ago in Canadian History!!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
…and although their won't be any NHL teams in Hamilton, anytime soon, at least the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum keeps the city entertained!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
…as one of JAM's (Jet Aircraft Museum) 6 Silver Stars has port side landing gear ripped off upon landing.
The 'press' called it an incident, BUT it was an accident.
Well, because it sorta' landed HARD…100 feet or so…short of the runway, folks! On rough terrain, not ideal, and smooth runway tarmac.
Short of the runway! That's key!!
Shooting Stars or Silver Stars NEVER HAD tundra tires!
Likely the pilot discovered he was underpowered on the approach, tried immediately to compensate by spooling up the RR Nene 10 Turbojet…but this…or any other ancient 1950-60s jet engine just can't respond that quickly, folks…so…wham (a hard touchdown hit), port-side landing gear gets imbedded in the ground(!) while the rest of the aircraft slides 2000' before it stops.
Thankfully, pilot and passenger emerged uninjured from the crash.
C-FUPM, formerly 133346 of the RCAF, will never fly again~
Which is sad. I love JAM and their CT-133s, and most especially their Mako Shark!
Canadair CT-133 Canadian Shooting Stars are almost identical to American Lockheed T-33 Shooting Stars, because they were developed from them! Canadian licence-built CT-133 HOWEVER are powered by Rolls-Royce Nene 10 Turbojets, while American T-33's were powered by Allison J33s.
Canadair of Montreal built 656 of these T-33 variants, or 10% of all T-33s made! Most of those served with the RCAF. Some CT-133s still fly active-duty with the Bolivian Air Force, while many others have a new home with civilians, who hobby fly them.
A majority of electronic components for this aircraft, and the very engine itself (Orenda-built) were made by Toronto defence contractors.
Looks like WESTJET Maintenance is working with JAM on this one—
Posted by Never Was An Arrow II at 7:13 PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
TO CELEBRATE THE 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the museum is hosting the Hamilton Air Show this June 16 and 17 at 7825 Airport Rd. E. in Hamilton/Mount Hope , an air show…like no other!
There won't be another air show like this in Ontario, Canada for another 20 years!!
Here's the spectacular, star-studded line-up:
* HAMILTON SPORT PARACHUTE CLUB - Beech 18
* CANADIAN WARPLANE HERITAGE MUSEUM Mass Formation - Lancaster, Firefly & B-25, DC-3 & PBY, Beech 18 & Lysanders, Stearman, Chipmunk, Cornell, Tiger Moth, Fort & Finch
* GREAT WAR FLYING MUSEUM - World War I dogfight - Fokker DR.1, Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter, Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A
* VINTAGE WINGS of CANADA - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, Supermarine Spitfire MK. XVI, Hawker Hurricane Mk. IV, Canadair CL-13 Sabre "Golden Hawks" (Hawk One), Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk, North American P-51D Mustang and the Westland Lysander MK. IIIA
* HARVARDS - Mass Formation & Aerobatic Team Demonstration
* CP-140 AURORA - demo performance
* FOCKE-WOLFE 190 (WWII German fighter) - Never before seen at a Canadian air show!
* NORTH AMERICAN P-51 Mustang
* GM FM-2 WILDCAT (US Navy)
* DOUGLAS AD-4 SKYRAIDER (Korean War, and Vietnam) (US Navy)
* MATT YOUNKIN - Beech 18 Aerobatics
* CF-18 HORNET DEMO
* PETE MCCLEOD - Red Bull Aerobatics
* The SNOWBIRDS
* WORLD WAR II BOMBERS - B-29, B-17, B-25, Lancaster, Curtis-Wright Helldiver, B-24 Liberator (cancelled, crash landing a week ago), Grumman TBM Avenger (US Navy)
* FAIRCHILD REPUBLIC A-10 THUNDERBOLT IIs (2 -static)
Nope, the Province of ONTARIO will not see an air show like this…maybe…never again!
Come out, and join the Canadian Warplane Museum's 40th Anniversary Celebration!
What am I exited about?
Well all the participating a/c of course, but I've never seen a B-29 Superfortress before, or a Focke-Wolfe 190.
B-29s were the high-altitude pressurized bombers employed to drop the war-stopping A-Bombs on Japan. Could Lancs have carried the hefty A-Bomb? Yes. But NOT at the 32,000' feet height the B-29 could fly at!
The Focke-Wolfe 190 was a formidable foe for the legendary Spitfire and new, better Spitfires had to be developed…to counter-act this deadly German fighter.
Oh, and I can't get enough of the Hawk One Sabre in Golden Hawks colours! And the Lysanders, and the Lancaster, and the B-17, and the A-10 tank-destroyers, and the…
(B-29 photo courtesy of (? Unknown), © CWH 2012…compiled graphic)
Posted by Never Was An Arrow II at 4:31 PM
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Posted by Never Was An Arrow II at 3:20 PM
Monday, February 20, 2012
IN 1959, CANADA WAS on top of the world with aircraft interceptor and jet engine programmes so advanced that the Avro Arrow introduces almost 30 aviation firsts. Simultaneously, the Orenda Iroquois is also on stage, set to be licence-built by Curtis-Wright Inc. of America for a production run of 12,000 jet engines!
In spite of these incredible technological achievements, the Prime Minister of Canada, J.G. Diefenbaker, cancels both cutting edge projects and squanders Canada's chance to retain its technological lead.
Canada would never recover.
The CF-105 Avro Arrow Interceptor program, and the PS-13 Orenda Iroquois Engine program, become the last time CANADA reaches 'for the stars' and contributes seriously to military technological advancement as a NATO member nation.
Awesome photo courtesy of Marc-Andre Valiquette's Destruction of a Dream Volume 3! If you don't have Marc-Andre's four volume series about Avro Canada and the Avro Arrow…what…are you waiting for?!