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“The Premier Firefighting Airplane” In 1965, Canadair revealed the CL-215 to the World at the Paris Air Show.  One of the only marine-based airplanes to be developed in over 20 years, the CL-215 was a revolutionary new design to solve an old problem: battling the remote forest fires of the Canadian wilderness and around the […]

Clash of the Titans.  In the early 1990’s, at the dawn of the Stealth Fighter era, two companies battled for one of the most significant contracts in American Air Force history.  Lockheed with it’s ultimately successful F-22 Raptor was pitted against an equally-capable prototype developed by Northrop under the prototype designation ‘YF-23’. In a  contest […]

Despite being shrouded in secrecy and falling victim to competing global interests, many historians still agree that the British BAC TSR-2 was one of the most advanced strategic bombers of its time.  Capable of sustained cruise at Mach 2.0 at 51,000ft and an effective range of 3,400nm, no other aircraft on the planet could match […]

On the 18th of April, 1942, the U.S.S. Hornet and U.S.S. Enterprise steamed towards Japan on a daring raid that would test the absolute limits of the American Navy.  Under direction from the American President, Franklin Roosevelt,  Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle committed to planning a retaliation attack on the Japanese capital in an effort to […]

In 2019, Mikey McBryan (best known from the documentary series ‘Ice Pilots’) was set a challenge by his fans: could Mikey and a team of talented volunteers restore an abandoned DC-3 to flying condition in 6 months in time for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day?  Mikey recently recalled the original condition of ‘DTD’ during an […]

Considering that over half of the Avro Lancaster bombers built were lost in combat over Europe during World War II, it was a rare occurrence to meet a surviving crew member immediately after the war, let alone chat with a veteran crew in modern times. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has produced many excellent videos […]

Before the Glass While a few airliners with steam-gauge cockpits are still flying worldwide, it’s easy to forget that the modern glass cockpits of today were once theoretical.  Most Tri-Stars and 4-engine airliners were very much reliant on analog gauges and the 3-4 person flight crews needed to operate them. This fantastic video on YouTube […]

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (TRIBUNE) — Legendary drummer Neil Peart of Rush has died at the age of 67, according to the CBC and Rolling Stone. Peart died Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California from brain cancer according to Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family.  A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. Rush […]

What do you believe is the number one thing that musicians are doing to ruin their chances at succeeding in the music industry? Is it: not practicing their instrument enough? Not putting together enough good music industry connections? Living in a city with no music scene? The answer to all of this is NO – […]