“COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM ~ OUR STORY”

You might remember that our Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler wrote a book chronicling the first 30 years of our Museum’s history.  We quickly sold out and after a number of people requested a copy, we reordered another series.  Of those, we have just ten left! If you’d like a copy, they are available in our Gift Shop for a $30 donation.  We hope you’ll consider purchasing...
COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATED 30 YEARS!

COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATED 30 YEARS!

On September 12th, our Museum celebrated our 30th Anniversary!  Approximately 100 guests, including retired and serving 19 Wing members, community officials, long standing members of the Museum Association, along with former curators and board members, first gathered in the theatre for speeches and presentations.         Two teams of volunteers were honoured for their work.  First was the group who helped Museum Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler with the publishing of his book Comox Air Force Museum, Our First 30 Years.  Jon Ambler, Carol Popkin, Allison Hetman, and Val Wilson were recipients of the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins.         The second group to be honoured with the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins included the team responsible for bringing a new display space to life.  It includes David Wilson, Mike Forbes, and Irv Fraser.  Irv’s wife, Karen, accepted his award.     Prior to this new display area, the space was a storage hallway; now with the creation of this new hallway display, the Museum is able to rotate displays in order to share some special items from our archives. As part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled this hallway display.     The cake cutting ceremony was done by Nancy Greene and Ted Gibbons.  At the time the Museum opened in 1987, Ted Gibbons was the Base Commander and Nancy was the Museum Curator.  We were happy they could do the honours once again!     Following the festivities, there was plenty of time for the guests to mingle as well as to spend time in the new hallway...
TYKO’S TAKE ~ RCAF AEROBATIC TEAMS

TYKO’S TAKE ~ RCAF AEROBATIC TEAMS

Tyko is back with more information about the RCAF Aerobatic Teams:   Sky Lancers The Sky Lancers were another European-based team. They were based at the 2 (F) Wing, RCAF Station Grostenquin, France and flew the Canadair F-86 Sabre. The team was started in 1955 and performed 20 shows in the 1955 season. Unfortunately, a tragic accident occurred on 2 March 1956 in which 4 of the five pilots were killed in a flight manoeuvre. Consequently the RCAF banned aerial demonstration teams for several years.     Fireballs The Fireballs were a Europe-based RCAF team from 1954 to 1956. The team operated all-red Canadair F-86 Sabres and participated in various shows across Europe. There all-red paint scheme did not last long, as a superior officer decided to take away the scheme due to the fact that people might mistake the team for communists.  ...

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN….

Though Battle of Britain Sunday is behind us, we thought you might enjoy the following article, “At the Going Down of the Sun” in Vintage Wings of Canada.  In it, you’ll find photos of the Spitfire that began its return to life here at our...

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