Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Gander Day 2014

Gander Day will be be celebrated  on Aug 1-4 and we are expecting it be the normal success as we have become accustomed. In preparation we here at GAHS will be adding a new section on our website in the War era to commemorate the event. Thanks to the Gander Beacon and Frank Tibbo, the new added section will be dedicated to the Sir Frederick Banting aircraft accident in 1941 . This long forgotten item in Canada's history has been neglected for too long. It is our intent to readdress this event of it's importance to the history of Gander Airport.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Airport in the News Again

This week’s Beacon announced that the GIA International Lounge is on Canada’s Top Ten list of endangered places by Heritage Canada’s National Trust. The GIAA is not replacing the present terminal because it wants a new terminal so let’s address the elephant in the living room. The present place is too expensive to maintain, realizing present income. The solution is simple. In order to keep the present terminal they need more money. So you either increase the taxes (not a good idea), or somehow give them more money to offset the high maintenance costs. The problem is now in the hands of the Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments. The choices are, an airport that is financially viable without change or an airport financially viable by destroying a heritage treasure.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Website Alteration

For those of you who are frequent visitors to our mothership http://www.ganderairporthistoricalsociety.org , you may have noticed we have discontinued the 'Guest Book' from the home page. It was felt there are adequate avenues to communicate via this blog or through our web-mail. If this brings about problems that might arise, we will put it back up again.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Introducing Lisa Daly, Aviation Archaeologist

We are pleased to announce that Lisa Daly, a PhD student at MUN dealing with World War II in Gander, specializing in Aviation Archeology, will be contributing her research papers for our purposes here at GAHS as well as having an input on our website. Lisa is a welcomed addition in assisting us in bringing more of the Airport’s history to light. She has been researching plane crashes in Nfld. and Labrador, especially at Gander Airport since 2011. Her papers and photos are made available for viewing on her MUN website . She also keeps a blog called ‘Plane Crash Girl’ which is worth the read. Lisa's presence will certainly add to the GAHS's credibility as an historical society.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gander Lake Dive For Plane Wrecks

It looks like Tony Merkle’s Gander Lake Dive project for crashed WWII aircraft is starting to fall into place. An article published by the Gander Beacon this week, and carried by the Evening Telegram , gives more in-depth information on exactly what Tony is looking for. All permits have been issued so exploratory work will soon commence. From reading the article one must agree that Tony’s team of divers might just find something. Whether the condition of the wrecks will be salvageable is something we will have to wait and see. It is interesting to know there are still three missing airmen that were aboard one of the crashed airplanes being sought . The Military’s involvement in retrieving the remains of the airmen will certainly be a priority for them. We plan on relating up to date reports as they are made available to us.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Our Newest Board Member

The GAHS would like to welcome Dean Cull as our newest Director to our Board. Dean is retired and living Gander. He will be passing along his experience in aviation as a licensed commercial pilot, airline dispatcher, Manager of Hemeter Aviation and Manager of Irving Aviation. With his life time work at Gander Airport, Dean has a keen interest in the airport’s activities and keeping it’s history preserved for the future. He will be an asset to our group and we look forward to working with him.