Fall 2014 Booklist + Important new title: A Life in Canadian Aerospace 1942-1992

Richmond Dust Cover for blog

Howdy, stalwart CANAV readers, and a big welcome to CANAV’s Fall/Winter Booklist for 2014-15.

Download your copy of this important list [this list now is defunct, contact larry@canavbooks.com for copies of our current lists] and have a close look at it. You’re certain to find some wonderful new reading here — real brain food for the serious aviation fan! Besides our new 2014 title, A Life in Canadian Aerospace (see below), check out how our collectible “Aviation in Canada”  series is shaping up from The Pioneer Decades to the Noorduyn Norseman.

Note all the good deals, including 1/2 price on CANAV’s famous RCAF trilogy Canada’s Air Force at War and Peace (hey … what a gift selection in the RCAF’s 90th anniversary). Also … check the list for important new books by Chris Hadfield (space), Tim Cook (Canada in WWII), Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (bush and Arctic flying) and David New (RCAF WWII). Make sure to check out our free book offer on p.4. Good reading, all the best, and keep in touch

Larry Milberry, publisher

New Release – Just in time for the holidays!

**[now out of print, sold out]

Good news for all CANAV’s avid readers … we have just published an important new Canadian aviation title: A Life in Canadian Aerospace 1942-1992.

Here is a book to enrich any keen reader’s understanding of Canada’s legendary aviation industry from WWII to modern times.

R.D. “Dick” Richmond’s personal story, A Life in Canadian Aerospace 1942-1992  sets a new standard for the aeronautical autobiography. Dick tells his story from boyhood to joining the National Research Council early in WWII as a fresh aeronautical graduate. He works on such NRC R&D projects as re-engining a Fairey Battle with a Wright Cyclone. Moving to Fairchild, he has such challenging assignments as proving target-towing gear for an RCAF Bolingbroke, and producing (overnight) skis for rescuing some Ferry Command Hudsons stranded in Labrador.

The war over, Dick joins the design team for the Fairchild Husky bush plane, works on the Burnelli “flying wing” at Cartierville, then does landmark work on the prototype North Star. This is all new, fascinating history in which any CANAV fan will revel.

Other topics from the 1950s include Sabre III speed record flying in the California desert and the T-36, Canadair’s ill-starred twin-engine trainer developed with Beech for the USAF. Dick also works on the Argus and CL-41, before taking over development at Canadair of the Sparrow missile for the Avro Arrow.

With the demise of the Arrow, Dick joins Canadian Pratt & Whitney, where he is  involved with the PT6 and JT15D and their many uses, the Sea King for the RCN, Turbo Train, etc. In 1970 he joins Douglas Aircraft of Canada to head the DC-10 program. Next, he is at Spar on the seminal Canadarm program to the point of initial flight aboard “Columbia” in 1981. The latter part of Dick’s career has him back at Canadair working to salvage the Challenger. Such other programs as the CL-215 and Dick’s key role in getting the Canadair Regional Jet on the road to success also are included. In these chapters the book provides exclusive “insider’s” commentary about the controversial Canadair/DHC government takeover and how this ultimately was resolved by Bombardier.

A Life in Canadian Aerospace 1942-1992 takes you more intimately inside Canada’s aerospace industry than any book yet has done. It is beautifully-produced with many significant photos (you know how it goes with a CANAV title, right). Specs include: 190-page, 7×10-inch, hardcover,  dust jacket, detailed index. Canadian orders: $54.60 all-in (book $40.00, post $12.00, tax $2.60). USA and overseas CDN$57.00 all-in. If ordering, you can use PayPal (larry@canavbooks.com) or mail a cheque (any Canadian or US bank) to: CANAV Books, 51 Balsam Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4E 3B6.

Drop me a note if have any questions about this special new CANAV title. All the best as usual and I hope you’ve had a fine summer (or winter, if you’re Down Under) … Larry

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