I start today with a model of H.M.C.S. Bonaventure, the last Canadian aircraft carrier.
As part of its NATO commitments, Canadian pilots were stationed in western Europe during the Cold War. Their assets included nuclear weapons.
The Avro Arrow was a Canadian designed and built interceptor fighter developed in the 1950s and scrapped by the Diefenbaker government in 1959. A short sighted decision, as the plane itself was an elegant and advanced design.
Here we have a surviving nose cone of one of them.
A photograph of two leaders who despised each other: John F. Kennedy and John Diefenbaker, taken in 1961 during a visit by the American president to Ottawa.
The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was as close as things got to nuclear war. A quote by Lester Pearson speaks to the profound tensions of the time.
It was Pearson who, years earlier as a foreign minister, would introduce a Canadian innovation for military forces: the idea of peacekeeping. A Ferret scout car is painted largely white to mark it as a UN vehicle, and is among the artifacts in this area.
I think there are still more nuclear weapons around than we want to believe...ReplyDelete
And there are other invisible weapons, too, it´s a scary world.
Two years ago people made fun of fake-coughing at others. Sad.
I dare not think what will happen if any of the nuclear weapons is used in future wars. Maybe, that will be the end of the world.ReplyDelete
I remember the time of the Cuban crisis very clearly. Looking back, those duck & cover drills were pretty much pointless.ReplyDelete
...I remember the Cuban Crisis too!ReplyDelete
I remember the Cuban Crisis, having safety drills while I was in school.ReplyDelete
Take care, enjoy your new week!
@Iris: it's a scary world at times.ReplyDelete
@Nancy: it would be a point of no return.
@Sharon: very much so.
@Tom: long before my time.
@Eileen: thank you.
We are in a crisis situation again.ReplyDelete
So it appears.Delete
I can’t imagine why Kennedy and Dief despised each other. Lol.ReplyDelete
I remember the Cuban Crisis, it was a scary time.ReplyDelete
Very much so.Delete
Crisis seems to be a constant state now. I was alive during the Cuban Missile Crisis but was less worried about the world then than I am now -- and only because I was too busy with babies and staying alive on a day to day basis back then to really even pay attention to the news. I am afraid our "leaders" count on airheads because it means they can get away with more.ReplyDelete
That seems to be the case.Delete
The Avro Arrow thing was very strange. I still don't understand it.ReplyDelete
It's an initiative that should have proceeded.Delete
Como en 1962, si no se impone la cordura, la paz peligra de nuevo.ReplyDelete
The ferret scout car is a strange looking vehicle.ReplyDelete
I was in college during Kennedy's tenure. The lone TV was in the common room and most of the dorm crowded in to hear the President announce the blockade of Cuba.ReplyDelete
I can imagine the tension.Delete
I went through the cold war as a kid. It was scary.ReplyDelete
Good information. I had no idea the contribution Canada made in the cold war.ReplyDelete
We did our share.Delete
Kennedy and the Cuba Crisis are from just before my own memories, I was just a little too young for such big things.ReplyDelete
It was years before me.Delete
I remember living through the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was young but I could tell how upset my parents were. It was a disturbing time.ReplyDelete
Upset is understandable.Delete
Good display and photos ~ always a crisis somewhere ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you lots of laughter in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)