It’s one of the more anticipated acts of the air show. As the CF-188 leaves the chocks, pulls out of the ramp area and taxis to the runway, heads turn to admire the jets’ magnificent paint scheme- a mural adorning both sides of the hornet, the entire top of the fuselage, both wings and tail. The painted image commemorates the United Kingdom’s 75th Anniversary of “The Battle of Britain.” As the fighter prepares for take-off, in the background, the audience hears those famous words uttered by Winston Churchill; “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. The crowd is exuberant as CF-18 Demo Pilot Capt. Denis “Cheech” Beaulieu performs square loops, multiple high-speed passes and tight turns before propelling the jet skyward. With safety the paramount concern, the demo accomplishes its goal of illustrating the aircraft’s capability and proficiency as well as the pilot’s ability and precision.
How this whole story really started?
A comment left on this post in 2014 by George Nadon’s daughter.
This is Mark’s answer to Archie who wrote this comment on the blog…
ARCHIE SAYS, YOUR UNCLE TOM WHITE & I GREW UP NEXT DOOR, AND “GEORGE” ALWAYS READ THE FUNNIES TO US FROM THE WPG TRIBUNE ON SATURDAY.
I MOVED TO VICTORIA IN 66, & IN THE 80S THE PHONE RANG, PERSON SAYS, HAS ANYONE READ YOU THE FUNNIES LATELY! I ANSWERED GEORGE WHITE YOU WERE THE LAST GUY TO DO SO.
YOUR ARTICLES ON YOUR DAD’S EXPERIENCE ARE GREAT AND HEARTWARMING.
Mark wanted me to post his reply to Archie.
Thanks for the comments on the stories and pictures of my dad’s experience with RCAF 403 Wolf Squadron during the war.
That’s a good story about the “Funnies”.
Pierre has put together a great site here to share this kind of information.
I remember the McKays’ and McKay Island from my visits to Kenora…
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Shared by his children.
Read between the lines
More about George…
Then take the time to read the comments.
I know Georges Nadon is in front of a Spitfire and not behind… Just playing with words this morning.
I know what type of Spitfire is pictured here and probably know when this picture was taken.
Who was Georges Nadon, the man behind the plane, and how do we find out how brave a man he was since he talked so little about the war?
I was wondering why he named that plane Henry.
So I asked his children. One wrote me an e-mail and wrote back with an anecdote from his father.
Un moment donné en Europe, un squadron leader venait d’atterrir et mon père atterrissait tout de suite en arrière de lui sauf que le leader ne s’est pas tassé pour donner assez de place à mon père pour atterrir avec aisance. Ils ont failli avoir une collision.
Le leader a commencé à engueuler mon père mais mon…
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That was enough to change plans from this…