CAE Book Makes the Cross-Country Trip from Manitoba to CANAV

CAE Book arrival 18-8-2015 P1090300Bully for Friesen Printers of Altona and their friends at Day and Ross trucking for getting the CAE book (all 5 tons of it) delivered to CANAV at noon today!

Here is your publisher and author (moi) in the warehouse with the first book out of the box. Aviation in Canada: The CAE Story, as I see it, probably is my best effort since 1981 – tops among about 35 various titles (my expert bibliophiles will know what I mean). But …  The CAE Story is not a book for the faint of heart. It’s an in-depth history for the in-depth reader.
CAE Book arrival 18-8-2015 P1090304Who got to celebrate first today with The CAE Story? A bunch of fired-up Milberry types on the front porch of CANAV Books world headquarters — 51 Balsam Ave. in Toronto. This was actually a pretty fantastic little crowd to help me get such an important ball rolling.

For all you keen fans with your CAE book orders already in the CANAV “system”, your copy will be in the mail this week. For those of you who haven’t placed your order, you can purchase your copy online. Thanks as always for your great support and let me know what you think, OK!

All the best!

Larry

BREAKING NEWS: CAE hot off the presses!

CAE cover

Friesen Gardens

 Friesen Printers in Altona has a 350,000-sq.ft. main plant with a well manicured frontage that even includes some commissioned art. All throughout the front offices is a wonderful collection of original Canadian art.


Friesen Printers in Altona has a 350,000-sq.ft. main plant with a well manicured frontage that even includes some commissioned art. All throughout the front offices is a wonderful collection of original Canadian art.

Begun in earnest in May 2011, CANAV’s history of CAE Inc. finally got on press on August 5, 2015. As usual, this included a trip for me to Friesens Printers in Altona, 115 km south of Winnipeg through glorious Manitoba farmland. In spite of some evident storm damage, the wheat, soya bean and sunflower crops were looking great and already some harvesters were in the fields. As I drove through Morris en route to Altona, a big PT6-powered Air Tractor was spraying some nearby fields, racing down its lines at crop level, then pulling up like a fighter plane to align for its next run.

Also as usual, I travelled to Winnipeg by WestJet, going each way in a comfy Boeing 737-700. These flights were pretty well at capacity – no surprise, eh. People are on the move in Canada more than ever, if WestJet is any indication. Needless to say, WestJet did not disappoint. I got an affordable fare and – out of the blue — an upgrade!

Friesen Trip 2015 Lobby

A visit to Friesen has many fascinating sides to it. The inviting main lobby, for example, includes displays of some of this year’s glitzier books.

Friesen Trip 2015 Ancient equipment

These printing industry artifacts from a century ago contrast with a late-20th Century artifact – one of the first Apple “desktops”, below. Dinosaurs from two different centuries, right?

Friesen Trip 2015 old time Apple desktop_LR

At 0830 on August 5,  my customer service rep, Aron Friesen, got me started with a short briefing as to how the CAE job would go. Then he introduced me to lead pressman Vern Zacharias, who was ready to show me the first of 12 ½ forms for approval. Looking over the sheet, it was clear that this job was off to a great start. By the end of Vern’s 12-hour shift, the first half of the job was done, including the dust jacket and endpapers. At supper time, the evening crew took over to print the backside of the many forms. The job was nailed down soon after Vern returned for his shift next morning.

Pressman Vern Zacharias checks a 16-page form just pulled from his press.

Pressman Vern Zacharias checks a 16-page CAE book form just pulled from his press.

The publisher stands by a pallet with about 2200 sheets. Then, the pallet is flipped by a specialized gizmo, so the backside can be run through the press with yet another 16 pages of CAE history.

The publisher stands by a pallet with about 2200 sheets. Then, the pallet is flipped by a specialized gizmo, so the backside can be run through the press with yet another 16 pages of CAE history.

Friesen Trip Altona 8 ... 4-6 August 2015 Flipping a slid for printing stage two

Here I am approving the endpapers. The whole process can keep a publisher going, but I wonder if this could have been my last such visit to Altona? Friesen has perfected the remote proofing operation to such a stage, that it’s really no longer so important to have the publisher on site.

Here I am approving the endpapers. The whole process can keep a publisher going, but I wonder if this could have been my last such visit to Altona? Friesen has perfected the remote proofing operation to such a stage, that it’s really no longer so important to have the publisher on site for such a job.

I’ve seen a lot of change at Friesen since they produced Air Transport in Canada for me in 1997. This year, for example, I saw the company’s flashy new 8-colour press. Meanwhile, there was some spacious empty concrete in another corner of the plant. The big, still-modern press that had been there in 2014 was gone – sold overseas. Nothing sits too still in any such a plant, where having the latest technology is not an option.

Friesen Trip Altona 10 ... 4-6 August 2015 new Manroland R900 8-colour press

Friesen’s impressive 8-colour Manroland R900 73” press. It prints both sides of a huge sheet in a single run.

Friesen Trip Altona 11 ... 4-6 August 2015 73

Here’s the 73″ sheeter which turns rolled paper into custom-size sheets. This is how costs are kept down for both manufacturer and customer,

Friesen Trip 2015 73

A mountain of sheeted paper, ready for the press.

Always a highlight for any visitor to Friesen Printers is the company’s “Wall of Fame”, where the covers of many recent books are on show. Of course, I always look to see if CANAV still is on show. Sure enough, there this year among covers about Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, hockey, boatbuilding and the paleo diet was Vol.2 of our Norseman series. Fun, eh!

Always a highlight for any visitor to Friesen Printers is the company’s “Wall of Fame”, where the covers of many recent books are on show. Of course, I always look to see if CANAV still is on show. Sure enough, there this year among covers featuring Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, hockey, boat building and the paleo diet was Vol.2 of our Norseman series. Fun, eh!

It’s always a pleasure to deal with this great company: check out Friesens online for more information about them.  Also, by now there are several informative CANAV Books Blog items covering  various trips to Altona, including for AinC: Evolution of an AirforceAinC: Bombing and Coastal Operations,  and AinC: Noorduyn Norseman.

As the schedule now looks, Friesens will be shipping the CAE book to me on August 19 (it still needs to get into the bindery). So I’ll start mailing out books the week of August 24. Get in your order for this beauty, which looks in many ways to be about the highlight of CANAV Books’ little efforts since 1981.

Cheers and have a great summer and fall, eh … Larry

Summer/Fall Newsletter 2015 and … Introducing Aviation in Canada: The CAE Story

CAE cover

Dear Reader,

I hope that all goes well with you so far through mid-2015. At CANAV things are hopping, the excitement being all about being our new CAE history. Any fan of Canada’s great aviation heritage will revel in this exclusive production, the largest so far in our 7-vol. “Aviation in Canada” series.

CAE Mailing Piece

If you have the other titles, you’ll know what to expect (in case you haven’t yet treated yourself to the series, there’s still stock). FYI, The CAE Story is not an official company history. However, neither were our world-class bestsellers Canadair: The First 50 Years, De Havilland in Canada and Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story.

Order your autographed copy of The CAE Story online today!

If you’re looking for some great summer reading, be sure to peruse the new CANAV general booklist. Check out such hot additions as Fangs of Death (439 Sqn), Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation, A Life in Canadian Aerospace and My Life and Times at Canadian Airlines. Other great selections? Air Transport in Canada remains in print and still at a $60 discount. This mighty publication (1040 pages) is the world’s single heftiest aviation history title. Only a handful of Hugh Halliday’s Typhoon and Tempest: The Canadian Story remain, so if you want some truly exciting RCAF WWII reading, don’t miss out on this wonderful production — a real icon in the category of books honouring our wartime air and ground crew. Also down to the last few original copies is CANAV’s highly-touted Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story.

Another beauty that you’ll be sure to enjoy (and a bargain at $50) is Canada’s Air Forces on Exchange. Content-wise, this is one of the more far-out of Canadian aviation titles, e.g., in the “who knew” category. Here you’ll read about Canadians on exchange (or contract) from the USA and UK to such other nations as France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway on such types as the B-29, B-52, B-57, C-17, C-97, C-141, Britannia, F-4, F-5, F-102, F-106, Gladiator, Lightning, Mirage and Nimrod. With hundreds of photos this book will open your eyes to an important (if little-known) aspect of RCAF history. Some of the excitement includes Canadian pilots ejecting from the F-100 and F-105, chasing a UFO in an F-94, bombing Mau Mau in Kenya, ditching in the Mediterranean in a Hastings, ferrying a Javelin from the UK to Singapore (one Javelin is lost in the Bengali jungles), ferrying a B-57 from the USA to Pakistan and an RF-4J from the factory in St. Louis to Japan, test flying the EuroFighter in its early days, flying Tornados in Saudi Arabia and crewing on secret missions in the WB-50, WB-57 and SR-71. This may sound like “Believe It or Not” stuff, but it’s all solid history!

Besides building up your personal library, you also might consider donating a CANAV volume to your local public/school library. Needless to say, a set of “Aviation in Canada” wouldn’t likely be turned down! A positive way of spreading the word and making a difference, eh. Final reminder … be sure to check out CANAV’s free book offer on p.4 of the main booklist.

Need to get in touch?

CANAV Business Card

As always, feel free to call or email any time for further info: (416) 698-7559 or larry@canavbooks.com.

And, as usual … good reading to one and all!

~ Larry Milberry, publisher

A Few More Norseman Tidbits for the Fans

RCAF Norseman 3528Check out this lovely period photo showing RCAF Norseman 3528 at Watson Lake in the Yukon on June 15, 1944. Whatever task 3528 was about, in these few moments the crew was not too worried. Who would know there was a war on, eh, with the fellows having knocked off for some fun in the cool, fresh water under the wing of their big yellow bird.

Earlier, Norseman 3528 had been on strength at 124 (Ferry) Squadron based at Rockcliffe, but in August 1942 had be reassigned to Northwest Air Command for duty in the Yukon, mainly supporting the Northwest Staging Route and CANOL Pipeline projects. In the Yukon, 3528’s usual pilot into 1943 was a pre-WWII northern legend, F/L Carl Crossley. See Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Vol.1 for the Crossley/Norseman story.

And what of 3528 in the end? It’s not a happy tale. Moments after taking off from Fort Simpson, NWT on July 10, 1945, it crashed. Crewman LAC Sidney B. Ladell freed himself from the wreck, but powerful currents in the Liard River carried 3528 away with pilot F/O Charles T. Wheeler trapped in the cockpit. He was never seen again. (DND PL25434, click to see full screen) CF-DTL  refuelling at Green's dock, Red Lake (ON)  26-7-2009 (M. Léonard)One of Canada’s best-known Norsemans in recent years has been CF-DTL, owned by Gord and Eleanor Hughes of Ignace, Ontario. Since the 1980s, it’s been a regular summer visitor across the North. Having begun as RCAF 2484 in 1941, postwar CF-DTL had served the Department of Transport and Wheeler Airlines, until wrecked at Moosonee in 1965. Rebuilt by Lauzon Aviation, it flew again for years in the Quebec bush. Gord and Eleanor eventually did their own restoration of this historic Norseman, and still care lovingly for it. While visiting Red Lake from France for the 2009 Norseman Festival, Michel Léonard photographed CF-DTL with Gord up top refuelling.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame honours new inductees

Hall of Fame 2015

 

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice Business Aviation Hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.

To be honoured by CAHF in 2015 are Arthur Roy Brown, DSC, James Stuart “Jim” McBride, George Edward Miller, O.M.M., CD and Owen Bartley “O.B.” Philp, C.M., DFC, CD. This  year, the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence goes to AeroVelo Inc.

For more information click here.

CAHS National Convention 2015

cahs agm 2015CANAV blog fans please take note … the Canadian Aviation Historical Society’s annual convention takes place in Hamilton this June. The theme of this year’s convention is “Celebrating Canada’s Aviation Industry” and sessions will explore the rich history of Canada’s civilian and military aerospace industry. The convention is open to everyone – university students, professionals in aviation or heritage industries, historians and aviation enthusiasts of every kind. This is Canada’s top annual aviation history event, so please try to get it onto your calendar. Just take a look at the schedule of events of events that the society has lined up for you! Download the registration form and check out the President’s Letter. For further info, including how to become of member of Canada’s premier aviation historical organization, visit cahs.ca. Hope to see you in Hamilton! … Larry

Norseman Updates: Finnish Norseman Pushed Outside

Finnish Norseman OH-NOA, which is mentioned in Norseman Vol.2 (page 121 and earlier on our blog) now is freezing outside at the Finnish aviation museum. Blog follower Henk van Capelle sent us this excellent photo and reports: “I visited Tikkakoski in Finland on 9 March 2015 and found OH-NOA dumped in the snow behind the museum. So, unfortunately she is no longer in safe storage and is likely to deteriorate further. She is in a rather sorry state.” (click on any image to see it full screen). Finnish Norseman OH-NOA, which is mentioned in Norseman Vol.2 (page 121 and here) now is freezing outside at the Finnish aviation museum. Blog follower Henk van Capelle sent us this excellent photo and reports:

“I visited Tikkakoski in Finland on 9 March 2015 and found OH-NOA dumped in the snow behind the museum. So, unfortunately she is no longer in safe storage and is likely to deteriorate further. She is in a rather sorry state.”

*Click on any image to see it full screen.

US Military Norseman

Photo 2 0U4A3887 Paul Bigelow One of the really eye-catching sights at the National Museum of the USAF at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio is this Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman in its flashy Alaska Air Command colours of early postwar days. I featured Sheldon Benner’s photo of this Norseman in Vol.2. Now, here’s a fresh view of it taken this March by LtCol Paul Bigelow, USAF. In other news, the Canadian Warplane Heritage in Hamilton awaits the arrival of Norseman CF-GSR, acquired from Ernie Nicholl’s Huron Air; and CF-GLI, the salvage of which is covered in Norseman, Vol.2, now is in the Netherlands. It will be restored to flying condition. Airworthy Norsemans CF-FQI, CF-LZO and N78691  have been  on the market since 2014.

CF-MPL Accident and Memorial

A clipping from the Kapuskasing Northern Times of June 2, 1965 reporting the tragic end of CF-MPL. (Ellis Culliton Collection)

Norseman CF-MPL in RCMP service. The colour scheme was standard RCMP Air Division dark blue with yellow. (John Henderson Collection)

A clipping from the Kapuskasing Northern Times of June 2, 1965 reporting the tragic end of CF-MPL. (Ellis Culliton Collection)

A clipping from the Kapuskasing Northern Times of June 2, 1965 reporting the tragic end of CF-MPL. (Ellis Culliton Collection)

One of the tragedies reported in CANAV’s 2-part Norseman history involves CF-MPL. On May 27, 1965 Percy Bradley, an ex-RCAF pilot, was on a trip to a fishing lodge in CF-MPL with passengers Palma Leclair, Elma Mulvenna, Victor Prendergast and John Wright. Severe weather suddenly engulfed them. As a precaution, Bradley decided to land on Powell Lake south of Kapuskasing, but crashed in thick bush. He, Leclair and Mulvenna lost their lives. Prendergast later reported: “Mr. Bradley … decided to try a landing, but when we were about five feet off the water, he realized the lake was too short and attempted to pull out. The pontoons hit the tree tops … and the plane stalled and went nose first into the bush.” Searchers needed two days to reach the crash. One of the RCAF’s new CH-113 Labrador SAR choppers from Trenton rescued the survivors.

Ontario Provincial Air Service pilot Ellis Culliton photographed the accident site from his Beaver. It’s clear that CF-MPL crash violently and that it was very good fortune that anyone survived.

Ontario Provincial Air Service pilot Ellis Culliton photographed the accident site from his Beaver. It’s clear that CF-MPL crash violently and that it was very good fortune that anyone survived.

In 2010 members of the Kapuskasing Flying Club visited the crash site to survey the wreckage and set up a temporary marker. These good citizens have returned since to do further work, everything being done reverentially. Here are a few of their photos.

The main wreckage of CF-MPL after the fuselage was righted and the starboard wing raised out of the muck. Note how the standard RCMP colour scheme still was in use in Percy Bradley’s time.

The main wreckage of CF-MPL after the fuselage was righted and the starboard wing raised out of the muck. Note how the standard RCMP colour scheme still was in use in Percy Bradley’s time.

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The temporary marker that the KFC party set up at the crash site.

Above and below: KFC team members study the main wreckage, then pose in a group for the historic record.

Above and below: KFC team members study the main wreckage, then pose in a group for the historic record. Standing are Jack Pope, Michel Jauvin, Rene Larabie, Richard Drolet, Roger Isabell and Oneill Lapointe. Bob Pellow is in front wearing the red cap. Miro Spacek was behind the lens.

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