Catching up after a long weekend at the Canadian International Air Show. Unfortunately I was not permitted to take photos while working but have had a little time to catch up and work on some photos from last week’s air show in Brantford put on by the Rotary. I worked with the great members of “Red Tail North” to put on a small display for the CAF Red Tail Squadron and assist pilot Bill Shepard who flew the P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” in the show.
1804 – The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
1878 – The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
1918 – The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1945 – First flight of the Hawker Sea Fury.
1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.
1958 – The peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1974 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player dies in a car crash.(b. 1930)
1975 – Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
1995 – Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
Happy Birthday to Clément Gosselin and Mark Williams
1472 – Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
1816 – Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer is born. (d. 1984)
1942 – Lieutenant Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace.
1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1971 – The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert. Bet that left a mark in a lot of underwear
2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author dies. (b. 1937)
National Handcuff Day
The North American Sabreliner (later sold as the Rockwell Sabreliner) is a mid-sized business jet developed by North American Aviation. It was offered to the U.S. Air Force in response to their Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. It was named “Sabreliner” due to the similarity of the wing and tail to North American’s F-86 Sabre jet fighter. Military variants, designated T-39 Sabreliner, were used by the U.S Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps after the Air Force placed an initial order in 1959. The Sabreliner was also developed into a commercial variant.
After huge air shows like Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun and large ones like Waterloo and Thunder Over Michigan, it was refreshing to attend the Ontario South Coast Air Show. A smaller, very friendly event where I knew all the performers and and a good number of the spectators. A lovely way to spend a Saturday.
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May 17, 1959. The RCAF Golden Hawks performed for the general public for the first time in Torbay Newfoundland. Led by S/L F. G. “Fern” Villeneuve, the team flew Canadair CF-86 Sabres in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.
The Golden Hawks thrilled hundreds of thousands of spectators through 1963. They were disbanded by an official statement from then defence minister Paul Hellyer on February 7, 1964.
Top picture: Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre “Hawk One” dedicated to Fern Villeneuve.
Bottom picture: 1961 team photo. Picture taken at RCAF Museum at CFB Trenton
Information taken from “A Tradition of Excellence” by Dan Dempsey
Oshkosh 2011. My first flying Harrier. The loudest air show experience I’ve ever witnessed.