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  1. S! All, I was reminded of this today and thought I'd post it here before I forget, since it may be of interest to some of our group who are able to get either to Vimy this summer or to Montreal over the winter: https://warflowers.ca The subjects of the exhibition are two members of my family: my great-grandfather Lt.Col. George Stephen Cantlie, original commander of the 42nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, and his daughter Celia, my great-aunt. He died before I was born, but I knew her a little when I was growing up; she died in 2007, aged 94. S! Maus
  2. Very sad news; you've been a great asset to JG1 and to the community in general. All the best with your new endeavours, and you know where to find us if you ever feel like coming back! S! Maus
  3. Looks like you all did a fantastic job the other day too -- sorry I wasn't there! I hope to join you all on Saturday, though I won't be able to make it to any practices this week since I have a show opening. S! Maus
  4. Congratulations to all, and especially to Snaggle on the Blue Max! A pretty medal ... S! Maus
  5. Wonderful to hear from you! I remember flying with you in Jasta 6 in the early 2000s, and look forward to doing so again once you get your gear set up. S! Maus
  6. I think part of the reason for the destruction of all existing aircraft was fear that the Soviets had got a spy somewhere on the inside; after the cancellation of the programme, it was thus considered best to get rid of everything. And when the Mitrokhin archive was released in the 90s, it turned out that the Soviets had indeed apparently got hold of some of the plans.
  7. Update on this story for anyone interested: they've found one! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/avro-arrow-found-unveiling-1.4280537
  8. Well, as he says in the story, it's those Navy show-offs who cultivate the slick Hollywood voice, not the quiet unassuming types of the USAF.
  9. Some of you have probably heard this before, but for those who haven't: https://youtu.be/eKzlmBOwQE8
  10. It got a thumbs-up from a veteran in Canada: http://globalnews.ca/news/3617564/calgary-veteran-who-survived-dunkirk-causes-a-stir-at-movie-premiere/
  11. A friend of mine works for the sonar company involved in this project to retrieve some remnants of Canadian aviation history: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/a-new-hunt-for-avro-arrow-models-in-the-depths-of-lake-ontario-this-time-the-search-will-be-different-1.4205184
  12. Thanks for the clarification! Do you mean 500m radius or diameter? If it goes vertically from 750 to 1250m, that sounds like a 250m radius. But then the phrase 'within 500m horizontal' in your description sounds like a 500m horizontal radius rather than diameter. Is it an oblate spheroid rather than a sphere? (I love that I'm getting to dig my high school geometry out of the cobwebs at the back of my mind. )
  13. 25 May 1917: the first Gotha bombers hit England, killing nearly 100 civilians in Folkestone. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/a-quiet-spring-day-then-126206/
  14. So, just to clarify ... the parameters for the friendly gun position and for the target are different, with no specific altitude designated for the target? In other words, acceptable area over the target is effectively a hemisphere of 1500m radius, whereas for the friendly gun position, it's a kind of cylinder hovering above the guns from 750m to 1250m in altitude, and 500m in radius? That's what this explanation seems to imply.
  15. It seems that 'coast to coast' here, as is all too often the case in Canada, doesn't include Newfoundland. But I did see the Vickers Vimy back in 2005 when they recreated the Alcock-Brown transatlantic flight ... and oddly enough when it flew past, I happened to be on set shooting a CBC drama about the Atlantic Ferry Organisation in WWII!
  16. Mitchell is spinning in his grave faster than a Spit's prop at full revs.
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39529403
  18. Interesting! It seems that the particular Nieuport they're talking about is this one: https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/10691-nieuport-11-rnas-no-2-flt-cmdr-k-s-savory/. No fuselage roundels at all. I wonder if there's any evidence for a plane having both types of roundels at once? On the other hand, the Vimy flight shown in the photos was pretty clearly not aiming for an exact replication of historical markings ... maybe it's simply a kind of nod to Canada's two official languages
  19. Some shots in the image gallery of Nieuport 11 and Pup replicas being taken to Vimy for the centenary commemorations this weekend. I'm puzzled as to why the Nieuports have British roundels on the fuselage but French ones on the wings. http://rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/article-template-standard.page?doc=rcaf-joins-the-vimy-flight-association-in-tribute-to-canadian-airmen-at-vimy/j0y9m3sx
  20. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-basement-flight-simulator-1.3926927
  21. I can do Saturday, but am also OK with postponing for the holiday if that's what people would prefer. S! Maus
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