Chris Hadfield, Canada’s very own orbiting troubadour performs live at Vintage Wings of Canada, June 18, 2016. Register today for this exclusive space-limited event! For more information, click here.
This inaugural edition of the Vintage Wings of Canada newsletter, ‘The Roundel’, marks the beginning of a larger effort by Vintage Wings to provide everyone with regular and up to date information. Our intent with this first issue is alert you to important activities around the hangar, including updates on the aircraft, a heads up on upcoming activities, and some information on how you can enhance your experience with us.
Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators
On the night of July 7-8, 1941 a shy 22-year old New Zealander by the name of James Allen Ward did something so incredible as to defy all logic and perhaps even the Newtonian laws of physics. It also earned him respect, glory and the Victoria Cross. Follow this link to our home page to learn more.
It’s the end of 2015. Time for reflection and soul-searching. In a world of increasing danger and social change, perhaps lessons from our veterans of the Second World War can help guide us to a better time. Follow this link to learn more
In Canada, it has become a Christmas tradition for nearly forty years to listen to a recording of on Christmas Eve. For the past six years, it has been our tradition to tell people of this remarkable story and lead them to the radio play. It is a story that can be listened to a hundred times. Follow this link to learn more:
Day or night, the Canadian North holds forth in natural spectacle—a unique and story-telling backdrop for an aviation photographer like Stephen Fochuk. Follow this link to see some of his images of bush flying in and around Yellowknife, Northwest Territories:
With another Remembrance Day upon us, it is not only our moral duty to remember the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, but also to rediscover those who are long forgotten. To bring them to life again. To share their stories with younger generations. To make good on our promises. Here is the story of one young father in Ottawa who imbued in his children a sense of duty and history by connecting them with A Ghost in the House. Follow this link to learn more:
These days, we call it closure, but in 1942, Gertrude Rouleau simply wanted her lost son’s personal effects and the memories they contained. Though it took more than three years to hunt them down, the RCAF was finally able to bring them to her door. Follow this link to learn more: Click Here
In 1942, the promise of better airborne radar detection equipment was about to make ineffectual systems like the Douglas A-20 Turbinlite Havoc a thing of the past, but the RAF was willing to give it one more and equally ineffective try. Follow this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/vZ6Sxm
Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators,
It has been nearly a month since the last Vintage News Story. New limitations on our old servers meant we had to revisit how we send our stories to 16,000 subscribers worldwide. We hope to once again pick up the pace and deliver stories of our aviation past and the people who bring it to life.
The 75 Anniversary of the Battle of Britain is upon us. In 1940, the Royal Air Force knew it was a pivotal point in the history of England and had the foresight to send two fine portrait artists to capture the face of courage. The combined oeuvre of Erik Kennington and Cuthbert Orde is staggering. Their portrait work allows us to see the dignity, determination, courage and youth of an entire generation who laid their lives upon the altar of freedom. Follow this link to learn more.
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