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From the brave men and women who ventured into aviation when it was still in infancy, to the courageous souls who battled in war-torn skies, every hero has a story to tell. These are their stories.

The Birth of a National Air Force

The end of the First World War had brought many attempts to give Canada a national Air Force. Both the short-lived Royal Canadian Naval Air Service (RCNAS) in 1918 and the No.1 Canadian Wing, Canadian Air Force (CAF) a year later in England had failed to take roots. In Borden, the aerodrome portion of the…

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The Aerodynamics of Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal

Lilienthal’s worldwide fame is mainly based on his successful glides. Today we look at his first controlled and so reproducible glides in the year 1891 of a distance of 80 feed as the beginning of the successful human flight period. In 1893 Lilienthal covered a distance of 800 feet. Until his death in 1896 this…

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Goodyear Airship “Puritan II”

Old Goodyear blimp photo

With its W.W.II wartime tour of duty long since over, the control car (or gondola) of a U.S. Navy lighter-than-air airship, more popularly known as a blimp, is being restored in a hangar at the New England Air Museum. Designated K-28, it was built in 1942 by the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation of Akron, Ohio, to…

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Sikorsky S-16 Replica

Long before the VS-44, and even longer before the Blackhawk helicopter and the many other renowned aircraft bearing his name, Igor Sikorsky was a young aircraft designer in pre-revolutionary Russia. During this period he designed and built the “S” series of biplanes, of which the S-16 was the most successful. This fighter/scout aircraft was conceived…

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An Interesting Dog Fight


October 23, 1942 was a typical day for American troops at Esprito Santo, but for the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress it would become a most memorable day. Early that morning the Japanese began shelling the field. Lt. Ed Loberg, a former farm boy from Wisconsin, was ordered to take his B-17 up for…

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The U.S. Navy’s Rigid Airships

One of the more unique chapters in the history of naval aviation involved the operation of rigid dirigibles during the 1920s and 1930s. Though the U.S. Navy began procured and flew kite balloons and blimps even before the entry of the United States into World War I, it was not until naval aviators witnessed firsthand…

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Junkers Ju 87 “Stuka”

Believed to be invincible by the Luftwaffe, it was only after the Luftwaffe had superior fighter cover and air superiority was accomplished, for these dive-bombers that this was relevant. Of course in the early years of the air war over Europe there was not much opposition. The first flight of the (Ju 87V) was early…

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The History and the Aircraft of the Air Forces of Canada

These pages provide the stories of the short lived Canadian Aviation Corps (CAC – 1914), the Canadian Air Force (CAF – 1920 to 1923), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF – 1924 to 1966), the Canadian Forces Air Element (1967 to 1985) and, from then until now, the Air Force, which still remains part of…

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The Canadian Aviation Corps. (CAC)

The real birth of Canadian military aviation can be dated to early September 1914 when W.F.N. Sharpe and E.L. Janney paid Sir Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence, a visit at Valcartier where he was preparing the First Canadian Expeditionary Force for embarkation for Europe in October. By the 16th September Hughes had appointed…

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The First World War and Canada’s Aces

With the disbandment of the Canadian Aviation Corps, those who wished to fly had to serve with the British Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. At the beginning of the war only qualified pilots were being accepted and, as a result, civilian flying schools started up in Canada. Young men flocked to…

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