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After a bit of planning and organizing, our trip to tour the Boeing Plant in Everett and visit the Museum of Flight in South Seattle became a reality. With a very successful tour in May of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria and the Heritage Air Museum in Sidney, the plan next was to head to the Boeing facility and the Museum of Flight in Seattle. With the help of Pierre Lauzon from the Museum of Flight, who just happened to visit our Comox Air Force Museum in June of this year, the wheels in motion began.  We contacted him about our plan and he was more than helpful with ideas and assistance. We left October 1st for the first leg of our journey and were able to secure accommodation, which was within walking distance right across the street from the Boeing plant.  The plan was to visit the Boeing facility on Friday morning, October 2nd, then head to the other museums surrounding  Paine Field the balance of the day, which included the Flight Restoration Centre, the Flying Heritage collection and the Museum of Flight Restoration Centre.  Unfortunately the Museum of Flight Restoration Centre was not open on Friday so we missed our chance to tour that facility which we have to leave until next time. As most of us who were around when the Boeing 747 was first launched in the late 1960s, we marvelled at the size of that aircraft.  How could this huge piece of metal actually fly?  Even more amazing was to watch this aircraft being built and comprehend the size of the building... read more

Take an F18 for a Test Flight

You may want to start with an Ultralight, and get a few hours under your belt before trying some RedBull Style stunts or flying the F18, but the choice as yours. With 36 different aircraft and 24,000 airports to choose from the sky is the limit for your flying adventure! The Comox Museum Flight Simulator has been upgraded with great new programs to bring even more realistic flight simulation to the popular library feature. Check out the library to read up on your favourite plane, or if you really want to be challenged, check out the F18 User’s manual (it’s thick, give yourself sometime if you really want to learn about this jet!). With upgraded controls, foot pedals and new ultra realistic backgrounds the thrill of flight can be yours - all that is missing is the G-force! Many thanks to museum volunteer Len Phillips for spearheading the installation and ongoing upgrades to this fun attraction - rumour has it he is working on the... read more


As you might imagine, The Blitz had an impact on the daily life of the British people.  To counter some of the concerns that arose, the concept of rationing was implemented.  There were three main types of rationing. Food Rationing:  Before the War, Britain imported approximately 55 million tons of food; a month after the War had started, this dropped to about 12 million.  “At a time when food was in short supply because of shipping losses and the problems of importing foodstuffs from other countries, the British government did remarkable well in terms of feeding the nation.” ( Blitz Families ~ Penny Starns )  The Ministry of Food was established and basic food rations were introduced in January of 1940.  Rationing amounts fluctuated slightly depending on availability, but the basic rations per adult included: Bacon, ham or meat 4 oz (100g) to the value of 1s 2d (roughly 6p) weekly.  Sausages were not rationed but difficult to obtain; offal was originally not rationed but sometimes formed part of the meat ration. Butter 2 oz (50g) weekly Cheese 2 oz (50g); sometimes this rose to 4oz (100g) and even up to 8 oz (200g) weekly Margarine or cooking fat 4 oz (100g) weekly Milk 3 pt (1800ml), sometimes dropping to 2 pt (1200ml) weekly; in addition one packet of household skimmed and dried milk was available every month. Sugar 8 oz (200g) weekly Preserves 1 lb (450g) every two months Tea 2 oz (50g) weekly Eggs, 1 egg a week if available but at times dropping to 1 every two weeks.  Dried egg powder was available and restricted to 1... read more


The “Blitz”, shortened from the German blitzkrieg, lightning war, was the period of sustained strategic bombing of the United Kingdom by Germany during World War II.  It began on September 7, 1940 and continued to May 21, 1941.  The September 7th attack “… also marked the real beginning of a new phase of the air war over Britain and in that sense was a turning point in the conflict … The great London raid … was both the forerunner of, and the first step in, the Night Blitz, which was to affect many cities and towns, villages and hamlets across Britain during the following nine months.” ( The Night Blitz 1940 - 1941  by John Ray ) As to why this intensified Blitz occurred September 7th and not earlier, there has been some discussion.  The first German attack on London actually took place by accident.  On the night of August 24, 1940, Luftwaffe bombers aiming for military targets on the outskirts of London, drifted off course and dropped their bombs on the centre of London, destroying several homes and killing civilians.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed it was a deliberate attack and ordered that Berlin was to be bombed the following evening.    It may be that the September 7 Blitz was in retaliation.  Many historians believe that this “… changed the course and eventual outcome of the Second World War. ” ( The Blitz Then and Now ed. W.G. Ramsey ) Initially, day and night raids took place, but as German daylight losses continued to be very high, there was a change to predominantly night raids by long range bombers... read more

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