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Canada Space Agency Has New Head

September 3, 2020 marked the announcement of the first woman president of the Canada Space Agency since the organization was created in 1989. Lisa Campbell served as assistant deputy minister at Veterans Affairs Public Services and before that was assistant deputy...

Murder at Metis Beach

Richard J. Dawes: Dreams of a Quiet Life Dashed – Part 1   With nine victories to his credit, First World War ace Richard Jeffry Dawes D.F.C. said goodbye to dogfights with RAF 45 Squadron, and returned to Canada in August 1918. The days of Sopwith Camels...
Up in the Air – in a Cessna 172

Up in the Air – in a Cessna 172

Highway 148 at Luskville, Québec With photos by John Frazer Crook     Airborne Getaway   After countless hours of aviation history research, I needed something to perk me up. Like going joyriding. “Come fly with us,” my friends said. Who could resist on...
Mo’s Fly-in on the Ottawa

Mo’s Fly-in on the Ottawa

Stitched panorama of RVA chez Mo / Mo’s Fly-in 2011 by Jean-Pierre Bonin ©   [wowslider id=”2″] Slideshow of photos from Jean-Pierre Bonin’s album of RVA Chez Mo Fly-in 2015. To see the whole album, with complete aircraft identification,...

Welcome to Flights of History

A while back, as I was researching family genealogy, I took a detour into aviation history. Stories about my uncles, both bush pilots, captured my imagination. As pioneer aviators in the 1920s and 1930s they would have faced endless challenges flying in remote areas...

Sheard Day? Our August Holiday’s Name

“What do you mean, Sheard Day? Never heard of it!” Maybe you should have. It’s all because of Joseph Sheard that people in many parts of Canada have the first Monday in August as a civic holiday. The story goes that around the time of Confederation – that was in 1867...