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Carrier Pigeons

Winging it in the Uncharted North: A Pilot’s Communications Lifeline At the Civil Government Air Ops Vedette bases in Lac du Bonnet, Victoria Beach, or La Ronge in the 1920s, working side-by-side with the pilots was a full-time pigeoneer, tending to a house-full of homing pigeons. Often, the pigeon house was the first permanent structure …

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The Plane that Started it All

“What happened to the Vedette? Are there still any flying?”  This single inquiry by founder Doug Emberley around the family’s dinner table set off a chain of events that led to the creation of the Western Canada Aviation Museum, the precursor to our Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. Finding a Vickers Vedette was high …

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