Archives Photos of the Day: Airplanes

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sitting in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport I decided to feature airplanes in this edition of the Archives Photos of the Day series. Even more fitting, it just so happens that today is the 92nd anniversary of the first trans-continental flight from one end of Canada to another.

On this day in 1920, Air Commodore A.K. Tylee of the Canadian Air Board and his crew aboard a DeHavilland D-H-9-A biplane landed at Minoru Park in Richmond after setting out from Halifax 10 days before. All in all, there was 45 hours of flight time. [Source: Vancouver History]

1929 – Group of men standing beside a DeH. Moyh airplane with Goodyear balloon landing gear.
VPL Accession Number: 9373. Photographer: Leonard Frank.

1931 – Wedell Williams Leaving Vancouver Airport in his Airplane. VPL Accession Number: 9398.
Photographer: Leonard Frank.

United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Seattle to Vancouver. Archives #CVA 1376-81.

(Left) 1940s – Thunderbird. Archives #CVA 1184-2779.
(Right) 1940s – Queen Charlotte Airlines. Archives #CVA 1184-2738.

1950 – New Westminster Salmonbellies lacrosse team at Vancouver airport.
VPL Accession Number: 84520. Photographer: Artray.

1955 – RCAF Vampire. Attributed to N.A. Mustang.
VPL Accession Number: 41318. Photographer: The Province.

Check out the History of Flight in BC for more information and historical tidbits.

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  1. Ken OhrnWednesday, October 17th, 2012 — 5:10pm PDT

    The last photo is a P-51 Mustang, notable for the bent propeller — probably caused by a wheels-up landing.

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