This Day in History – April 14, 1912 – The Sinking of the Titanic

TitanicSinkingAt 10:25 pm Eastern Time on April 14, 1912 two wireless operators in Cape Race Newfoundland hear the morse code for CQD (Come Quickly, Danger) and the position of the RMS Titanic. The great liner on her maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York has struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and is sinking.

Only 711 survive out of a total of 2,224 passengers and crew.

Today In Aviation History – March 25, 1958 – First Flight Avro CF-105 Arrow


March 25, 1958.  Test pilot Jan Zurakowski took off from Malton Airport near Toronto in an Avro CF-105 Arrow for a 35-minute maiden flight.  In less than a year the program would be cancelled and all aircraft destroyed.

Picture above of the full-size replica of RL-203 built by the Toronto Aerospace Museum (now Canadian Air & Space Museum).  Replica currently in storage awaiting a new home.


Greeting an Olympian


At the airport yesterday taking part in an orientation course for the next batch of greeters at YYZ.  I knew the 2014 Gold Medal winning Canadian Women’s Hockey Team was arriving but I couldn’t stay to see them (the place was packed),  I did, however, catch this shot of the family and friends of forward Natalie Spooner anxiously awaiting her arrival.


This Day In History -1952 -Ascension of Queen Elizabeth


February 6, 1952.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became Queen  of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms (including Canada). She was a pillar of strength during World War II providing equal parts of resolve and solace to England and all the Commonwealth countries.  Although her role has diminished, she remains a strong symbol of grace and dignity.

I’m no Monarchist but long may she reign because the gaggle of young heirs in the wings doesn’t  inspire much confidence.

This Day In Aviation History – Blue Angels

January 23, 1990. Mid-air collision between two Blue Angels McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18 aircraft during a practice session at El Centro. One airplane, Angel Number 2, piloted by Capt. Chase Moseley (ejected) was destroyed and the other, Angel Number 1 piloted by CDR Pat Moneymaker was badly damaged but managed to land safely. Both pilots survived unharmed.