Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: October 3

03 October

1963

The DH 106 Comet aircraft were retired from RCAF service.

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: October 2

02 October

1944

No. 435 (Transport) and 436 (Transport) Squadrons were formed in England.

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: October 1

01 October

1920

Refresher training began at Camp Borden, Ontario.

1924

Pilot E.A. Alton set out on the first recorded aerial mail flight from Estevan, Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, but unfortunately was aborted by a crash.

1938

The newly-formed Trans-Canada Air Lines began regular air mail service between Winnipeg and Vancouver.

1942

No. 149 (TB) Squadron was formed at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

1946

RCAF returned to a peacetime footing and many Regular Force personnel were reduced in rank.

1950

No. 411 Squadron (Auxiliary) was formed at Toronto, Ontario.

1953

No. 440 Squadron was reformed at Bagotville, Quebec, and equipped with Avro Canada

CF-100 fighters.

1954

Nos. 425 and 432 Squadrons were formed at St. Hubert and Bagotville, Quebec, and equipped with Avro Canada CF-100 fighters.


On this day in Canadian Aviation History: September 30

30 September

1941

Maritime Central Airlines was formed at Charlottetown P.E.I. by Carl Burk and

Josiah Anderson.

1945

Squadrons 121, 167, and 170 (Ferry) squadrons were all disbanded.

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: September 29

29 September

1954

The new Downsview Ontario plant of DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd was opened by the Right Honourable CD Howe.

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: September 28

28 September

1952

Nos. 416, 421 and 430 Squadrons flew in stages from Canada to their new base at Grostenquin, Germany, where they formed No. 2 Fighter Wing.

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: September 27

27 September

1940

S/L Ernie McNab became the first RCAF ace during WWII.

On this day in Canadian Aviation History: September 26

26 September

1978

DHC3-T Turbo Otter first flew at Namao near Edmonton, Alberta.

2002

Air Canada Douglas DC-9 makes final flight to place of honour at the Canada Aviation Museum.