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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.
So honoured to be asked to provide an article to the good folks at Hartzell Propeller reliving my prize ride with Mike Kahuna Stewart and the rest of Team Aerodynamix at Sun ‘n Fun last month in Lakeland Florida.
Special shout out to Ian who did all the work to make this happen
This day in 2005 the Airbus A380 made its first flight at Toulouse France.
Not my favorite airliner (still a 747 fan) but there’s no denying it’s a very impressive piece of technology.
At 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.
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.