1674 – England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
1878 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
1942 – World War II: Nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.
1945 – US Marines invade Iwo Jima
1959 – Last flight of Arrow 201 and the end of the Arrow Program which was officially cancelled the next day.
1976 – Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford’s Proclamation 4417
1982 – First flight of the Boeing 757
1988 – First flight of the Boeing 737-400
2010 – Tiger Woods apologizes publicly for extramarital affairs
Happy Birthday to Todd Dussault, Gary Miller and Stephen Bluck
1621 – Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
1863 – A group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
1904 – Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
1909 – Geronimo, American tribal leader dies. (b. 1829)
1932 – Mounties enlisted World War I air ace/bush pilot [[Wop May]] to help them track Rat River Yukon – Albert Johnson, ‘the Mad Trapper of Rat River,’ killed by RCMP in shoot-out after 48-day 240 km manhunt in 40 below weather; charged with killing one Mountie, Constable Edgar Millen and wounding two others.
1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States. Cheers!
1959 – Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
1981 – Paris Hilton, American model, actress, and singer is born. Model? Actress? Singer?
Happy Birthday to my old friend Lyle Crump and Craig Fuller
1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1881 – The Canadian Pacific Railway is incorporated by Act of Parliament at Ottawa (44th Vic., c.1). A large part of it is currently on strike,
1903 – Traian Vuia presented to the Académie des Sciences of Paris the possibility of flying with a heavier-than-air mechanical machine and his procedure for taking off, but it was rejected for being an utopia, adding the comments: “The problem of flight with a machine which weighs more than air cannot be solved and it is only a dream.”
1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Many years later Steve Martin does a very funny tribute.
1956 – B-47 51-2059 (later RCAF X059) arrived at Cartierville where Canadair would modify it to test the Orenda Iroquois engine for the Avro Arrow.
1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
National Almond Day
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. While the B-17 is often thought of as the most prolific US bomber, the Liberator holds the record with more than 18,000 produced. That number includes those built under license by the Ford Motor Company in Willow Run Michigan.
The aircraft pictured is “Diamond Lil”, a B-24A flown by the Commemorative Air Force (B-24/B-29 Squadron) in Addison, Texas. Lil was the 18th Liberator built.
With less than a week to go before my official retirement I’ve started looking at how I’ll fill my days until the air show season starts in the Spring. I love plane spotting and I’ve run across a few places where kind spotters post advance warning of special aircraft coming and going through Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Today I took an hour to catch this gorgeous Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-8 lifting off on a long run to Anchorage Alaska.
While waiting there was time to also get a few shots of a Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8.
And a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER
I will certainly be spending more time along the fences.
On September 24, 1949 the North American T-28 “Trojan” made its first flight.
Nearly 2000 Trojans were built between 1950 and 1957 and were used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.
Many Trojans still fly today like the aircraft seen above flown by the Trojan Horsemen team at Oshkosh.
The high undercarriage and throaty growl from the Wright R-1300 or R-1820 radial engine make them impossible to miss at air shows all over the world.