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Barkley-Grow

The Barkley Grow Model T8P-1 was a twin-engine, all-metal, low-winged transport monoplane with seating normally arranged for 6 passengers with a crew of two. Often mistaken for either a Beech 18 or Lockheed Electra, the Barkley Grow was designed around a patented "multi-spar" all-metal wing that provided exceptional bending and torsional...

Last Update: Thursday February 26, 2009

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Auster A.O.P.

On 1 March 1947, the Canadian Army Air Component was formed and 36 Auster AOP Mark MI aircraft were ordered to equip it. The British Taylorcraft firm had changed its name simply to Auster Aircraft Ltd in the post-war period.

Following the success of the Auster Taylorcraft in the Second World War, an improved and upgraded version of the aircraft...

Last Update: Saturday February 23, 2013

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Airship SS-Z

The SSZ and C classes of non-rigid airships were progressive improvements of non-rigid designs used by the RNAS and RFC for coastal patrol and defence in World War I.

The SSZ class was a non-rigid design with a boat-shaped control car featuring an aluminum covered wood (ash) frame employing a Rolls-Royce engine specifically designed for airship...

Last Update: Saturday February 28, 2009

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NRC Pterodactyl

In 1946, the RCAF conducted an extensive test program on a tailless "flying wing" glider known as the Pterodactyl developed by the National Research Council (NRC). The glider was constructed of wood and was of a U-planform. It had twin side-by-side cockpits each with its own windscreen / canopy.

It featured retractable undercarriage fitted with...

Last Update: Sunday March 01, 2009

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Airship SS-C

The SSZ and C classes of non-rigid airships were progressive improvements of non-rigid designs used by the RNAS and RFC for coastal patrol and defence in World War I. The SS "C" or Coastal Star class was a non-rigid design with a distinctive tri-lobe section envelope fitted with six ballonets. The control car was plywood covered and featured glass...

Last Update: Sunday March 01, 2009

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A.E.A. SILVER DART

The original Silver Dart was the result of the combined effort by men whose names have since played a prominent place in Canadian and American aviation. They were Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and long believer in powered flight; J.A.D. McCurdy whose pioneer work in aviation won him international acclaim; and Glen H. Curtiss,...

Last Update: Saturday February 28, 2009

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Airbus CC-150 POLARIS

Strategic airlift provides global reach for military forces, a capability of particular importance to Canadian Forces given Canada's worldwide commitments and interests. With a commitment to both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United Nations Canadian Forces must be able to provide a strategic airlift capability for relief operations...

Last Update: Saturday February 18, 2012

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Airspeed HORSA

The Horsa was first used in the airborne assault on Sicily. For the invasion of France Horsas went into action wearing both British and American colours and they played a notable part in the Normandy landings where over 20% of the total material delivered to the beach-heads by air was done by gliders. Horsas also took park in the invasion of Southern...

Last Update: Thursday February 26, 2009

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