Origins

| February 17, 2020

On the day I graduated from high school in 1975, my plans for postsecondary education were directed toward a career in Aerospace Engineering. It would be four years before I came to realize how the end of hostilities in a conflict half a world away had changed all that before it even left the starting […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 5: The Shepherd

| December 26, 2019

The story you are about to hear was written by Frederick Forsyth as a Christmas gift for his Wife Carrie who wanted a ghost story. A former RAF pilot himself, the dutiful Husband veered wide of the usual terrestrial hauntings and delivered what you will hear tonight. The Shepherd is set on the Christmas Eve […]

Lest We Forget — Of Death and Doodlebugs

| November 3, 2018

This picture has been all over the internet lately, purported to be a photo of a Spitfire about to tumble a Vergeltungswaffe 1 (Vengeance Weapon 1), AKA V1, AKA Buzz Bomb, AKA Doodlebug. While it is a perfect depiction of a manoeuvre performed by RAF pilots during those dark times when the V1 “buzz bomb” […]

Raise Your Glass, Aim Your Rifles High

| April 9, 2017

At 05:30 hours a century ago this very day, four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force launched an action that in four days accomplished an objective British and French forces had spent years and thousands of lives failing at. By 12 April 1917, the impregnable German stronghold of Vimy Ridge was in Allied hands. Before […]

Canada Day 2014

| July 1, 2014

Today is Canada Day here in the Great White North, and as such offers me yet another opportunity to educate the world in the history of the nation. I’m even more inspired to invoke the Truth because this year marks Mrs. LFM’s induction as a Canadian citizen, and my exposure to the government supplied knowledge […]

Lest We Forget – Poland 1939

| November 11, 2010

Peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary As a student of military history I have long been aware of the German shenanigans with respect to Poland that finally dragged British Prime Minister Nevil Chamberlain kicking and screaming into a declaration of war […]

Lest We Forget – Family Ties

| November 11, 2010

I was born in 1957 and most of what matters to me in life was shaped by growing up surrounded by people who lived through, and/or served in some capacity during, World War 2. Of the next door neighbours, one couple consisted of a British engineer who had flown bombers for the RAF, and his […]

Some Magickal Things Can Only Happen on Hallowe’en

| November 1, 2010

Yesterday, Mrs. LFM was able to capture an amazing phenomenon – that with his magick ball in his teeth, our dog Milo can fly!

The History of the “F” Word in Canada

| January 8, 2009

On 30 September 1907, the Aerial Experiment Association was signed into existence at Halifax, Nova Scotia for the purpose of, “…carrying on experiments relating to aerial locomotion….” Signatories to the Association’s Charter were Alexander Graham Bell, G. H. (Glen) Curtiss, F. W. (Casey) Baldwin , J. A. Douglas McCurdy, and Thomas Selfridge. Pictured above are […]

Centennial of Powered Flight in Canada

| January 8, 2009

Anybody who reads what I write knows by now that I have an intense interest in aviation that I cultivate through the virtual world of Microsoft Flight Simulator, reading the trade journals, and going to airshows as often as possible. Yes, there was a time when I sat at the controls of the real thing, […]