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Volume 6, Number 3 - 3rd Quarter 2005

LOGBOOK is a quarterly magazine covering the entire spectrum of aviation history, from the first flight to just yesterday. Civil, Military, Airline, General Aviation - We bring you the stories that have rarely or never been published before, told by the people who lived them. If the story is known, we dig to find additional information, documents and photographs to add to the knowledge about the topic. Short stories, sea stories, personal remembrances, in-depth information and simple hangar flying are the kind of unique aviation history you will find in the pages of LOGBOOK.

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Airmail - Canadian Style

Airplanes and dog sleds delivering the mail. Airplanes and dog sleds delivering the mail.
Airmail developed differently across the world, but in Canada, with its vast, sparsely settled distances and its brutal, icy winters, this development faced difficultie Although from its beginnings, the development of Canadian airmail was entwined with the growth of American airmail, Canadian airmail developed in its own unique way. Canada was not far behind the US when, on 15 May 1918, the first regular United States airmail service began between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. On 24 June 1918, Captain Brian Peck was the first pilot to fly the mail in Canada, flying from Montreal to Toronto in a Curtiss JN-4 Canuck. This plane, better known by its American name, Jenny, has been called the Model T of the aviation industry. It became America’s standard training plane in World War One. Together with the mail, Peck filled his plane with bottles of alcoholic beverages; the plane was so heavily loaded that it could not fly much above 40 feet. s that it didn’t in many other countries.
This is just one of the many stories related by author Herb Kugel.

Defending Illinois' Skies

A North American F-86E Sabre of the 170 Fighter Squadron - Illinois Air National Guard. A North American F-86E Sabre of the 170 Fighter Squadron - Illinois Air National Guard.
The United States Navy liked to brag that Illinois has never been attacked while they were guarding its shores. Albeit, the Navy never has had a presence much more than in a training or reserve proficiency role in Illinois. However, the United States Air Force (USAF), as well as the Illinois Air National Guard (ANG), can make the same statement with far more accuracy. They have the assurance that their role was much more of a deterrent force. In the 1950s, the USAF, and later the ANG, placed armed fighters in various locations throughout Illinois in order to defend Chicago, as well as St. Louis, Missouri, and other metropolitan areas with due seriousness during the Cold War.
Article by David R. McLaren

My Apprenticeship in Battle

U.S. Army Liaison Pilot Lieutenant Ernest E. Kowalik. U.S. Army Liaison Pilot Lieutenant Ernest E. Kowalik.
Ernest Kowalik entered the Army in July 1942, and was trained as a pilot. He took pre-flight at the Aviation Cadet Center, San Antonio, Texas, and had primary at Missouri Institute of Aeronautics in Sikeston, Missouri. In addition he had basic flight at Randolph Field, Texas, and Liaison Pilot training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Ernest became a Liaison pilot, assigned to the 88th Infantry Division, the first all-draftee division to see combat, and among the most highly decorated.
As related to John R. Bayer, Lt Kowalik tells his story of flying in combat as a liaison pilot. Great reading.