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Ottawa War Art Photographer | CF105 Avro Arrow

CF105 Avro Arrow

This model replica of the CF105 Avro Arrow was pictured at Zurakowski Park located in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. The park is named after Janusz Zurakowski (1914-2004) who was a long-time resident of Barry’s Bay and the Chief test pilot of the CF105 Avro Arrow. The Avro Arrow is often cited as Canada’s most famous Canadian-built aircraft, yet in the final analysis, was a cancelled project that never flew to defend the skies of Canada’s borders.

Ottawa War Art Photographer | The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5 (1954)

The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5, 1954

The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5, 1954

The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5, 1954

The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5, 1954

The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5, 1954

The Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5, 1954

Featured here is the Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5 (1954), which flew early in the Cold and Korenan Wars to battle against Russian MiGs. With a wingspan of 37 feet and an Orenda Series 14 Turbojet, the Sabre 5 not only looks forceful in the sky, but it sounds incredibly powerful too as its thrust pounds through the exhaust system. What a deep, heart pounding sound! The “Golden Hawks” were created in 1959 to honour the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada and the Vintage Wings of Canada Sabre wears the same metallic gold paint scheme to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight in 2009. An all out beauty to photograph in the skies. These facts, and many other interesting points about Canada’s war time aviation history, can be found at: www.vintagewings.ca

Ottawa War Art Photographer | A balance of darkness and brightness

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Memorial Museum

Performing two of my favorite photography effects straight out of the camera – a star light burst and a deep silhouette – on one of my greatest photography interests – war art, or something I personally call w(ar)t. This spectacular moment and opportunity was taken at 19:38 under clear skies and a rapidly setting sun. Located in the backyard of the Holiday Inn hotel in Trenton, Ontario, this monument is visible from Highway 401 – the Highway of Heroes – at exit 526. According to the plaque on site, “this plane was placed here by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Memorial Museum as a memorial to all those airmen and airwomen who served in the air forces of Canada”. As the plaque goes on to note, “it is especially dedicated to all those who gave their lives while in that service. WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM. Dedicated May 6, 1995”.

After reading the distinctly Canadian air force blue painted plaque I starting thinking about how I was taking this picture almost exactly sixteen years after it was erected, and that made me wonder in awe about all the sunsets and sunrises this war art has seen, and will continue to see to keep remembrance alive and in the air. At the time I took this photo, this monument would have enjoyed no less than 5,860 sunrises and 5,861 sunset moments. Just Beautiful!

HOLIDAY INN TRENTON
HWY 401 & GLEN MILLER RD
TRENTON, ONTARIO K8V 5R1