Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Gathering Storm

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for October is Rest (Sleep, Relaxation). I will be emphasizing the relaxation part of it, as I find a museum to be quite relaxing, and I'll still be in this series by then.

Carrying on where I left off yesterday, what was initially an experimental technology in the first  years of the 20th century would soon see many uses- in combat and in civilian life.

Here we have a customized plane that never really got off the ground. Robert McDowell built his monoplane out of interest. It would make a few hops, spend some time as an ice scooter, and wind up in the museum's collection decades later.

Close by and a whole lot of technological advances later, this is the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.

Heading back the way I had come, I passed by display panels and exhibits on dressing for combat in the air. Some of the lessons of the First World War, a time of open combats and cold conditions high in the air, would be passed down to the Second World War.

With the coming of the Second World War, planes would change too. This is a reproduction of a fighter of the time, built by members of the RCAF for the country's centennial in 1967.

The Westland Lysander started production in 1936. These planes would be used for observation and rescue more than combat, as it was quickly seen that other fighters were superior to them in performance.


  1. I don’t find museums to be relaxing. They are interesting and suitable for short visits.

  2. The planes look so "primitive" don't they?

  3. Hello,
    The Twin Otter looks like a nice plane, great photos. Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. @Iris: it is!

    @italiafinlandia: thanks.

    @anvilcloud: I can spend hours.

    @David: quite behind the times.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: I think it is.

  5. ...I've flown on a De Havilland.

  6. Those early days of flight are very interesting!
    Have a blessed day!

  7. Now I'm imagining how a plane could be used as an ice scooter! What an image!

  8. This has been a great series, William.

  9. Now you are getting into some airplanes that look a bit more sturdy than the ones we saw before.

  10. The history of flight is fascinating!

  11. @Tom: small world, hmm?

    @Lea: I agree.

    @Barbara: very unusual.

    @RedPat: much more to come.

    @Sharon: yes, that's true.

    @Marie: I think so too.

  12. These are impressive! That Westland Lysander is a pretty plane!

  13. Interesting to see the planes, thank you for an excellent series.

    All the best Jan

  14. Aviation fashions have certainly changed through the years.

  15. Museums can be very soothing since there are so many subjects and information for perusal. I will work on the next month theme too

  16. William - it is incredible how quickly plane technology developed! When man puts his mind to something ... (for better or for worse).

  17. Los avances tecnológicos, hace que estos aviones sean piezas de museo. La tecnología avanza cada vez más.

  18. Fascinating plane display and awesome photos ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~ Xo

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. It would have been so cold in some of those early planes:)

  20. @Jeanie: it is.

    @Jan: indeed.

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Gemel: they have indeed.

    @Roentare: I haven't quite gotten to getting that post together yet, but it'll come.

    @Joanne: they stand out to me.

    @Angie: that is true.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Rosie: yes, indeed.