Tag Archive for aviation

Flying and the Loss of Elegance

I was a child the first time I flew in a commercial airliner. My mother and I traveled from central Ontario to Toronto, a short flight by the standards of the day, in mid-August. We flew in an Air Canada…

Money, Morality and SWA

Kyla Ebbert is the sort of woman who would never rate media attention unless she was involved in a serious crime or tragedy but she made national news in the US by committing a questionable fashion crime. In the summer…

The Not So Red Baron

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Forget today’s anemic, vanilla sex teenage vampires and campy zombies, this time of year my memory conjures up Snoopy and his ongoing battle with the Red Baron, popularized in the Peanuts comic strip and in the TV special It’s the…

The Dogfight Over Toronto’s Island Airport

On the morning of 2nd June 1917, Canadian air ace William Avery “Billy” Bishop flew his Nieuport 17 on a solo mission behind enemy lines to attack a German aerodrome. After the attack Bishop claimed he shot down three enemy…

Stuff, a Vietnam War Crusader

Ever since pilots started painting pictures of women on their airplanes they’ve been inspired by the great pin-up artists of their times. World War II era nose art painters for instance regularly copied the work of Alberto Vargas and George…

Jinkin Josie

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Jinkin Josie is a Republic EF-105F Wild Weasel. Wild Weasels are aircraft modified and equipped to attack enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Josie was flown by Captain Vern Harris and Captain Kim Pepperell of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron over…