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Just checking in folks, it's been awhile since I've had anything to contribute. As always y thanks to each of you for the outstanding images shared in this thread.
My family and I spent sometime yesterday afternoon with an old friend, and while I don't have images to share yet I will in the future. This fellow is one of the true gentlemen of aviation, he is the founding president of both the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford International Airshow. What an amazing experience to sit in his home and listen to his recollections and stories of the 50+ years these organizations have been around.
And to top the afternoon off, he let us have a look at some of the documents he's collected over the years. He has a collection of programs from each of the years of the Abbotsford airshow, what a great look into the history of our community. Each of these programs is a reflection of what was important and happening in the community each year.
And then there was the look at his personal log books, spanning an amazing array of aircraft flown. He first flew as a part of the Dutch Airforce in Tigermoths, Harvards, Oxfords, Spitfires, and the Meteor. His log book then goes onto reflect his time as a flight instructor in Canada, and a bunch of his students are now well recognized aviators in their own right. And then there's a bunch of time flying the Hercules for Pacific Western Airlines. And I think I saw early 737 and L-188 time.
And speaking of holding history in your hands, it seemed an amazing privledge to hold and leaf through his pristine copy of the 1947 version of the Spitfire pilots manual.
Folks, when you have the opportunity to spend time with these folks who've come before us, take it! You'll never regret learning from the experience of these people. They have so much to offer, of we're just willing to listen.