My fondest memories of London involve the people I met in my ten years of residence here. From my college classmates, to the people I met while working at various places, especially CFPL, now known as the NewPL. Some of these people are in the same industry as me and are now also in Toronto, so really, I still have part of London with me. The friend in the pic, Andria, is one of those people who is now is Toronto with me. We're still very close.
"THE ILLEGITIMATE BABE"
THE ILLEGITIMATE BABE THE NICK NAME ON THIS PLANE
Out of 1000 Canadian built planes A total of 28 Mosquito's crashed or were lost en-route or went missing due to icing problems, damaged oil coolers, oil temperature Gage failures ( causing pilot to shut down the engine) RADIO FAILURES when right engine was shut down as it supplied the power. oil leaks, carburetor icing or mechanical failure.(One near MONT JOLI QUEBEC crashed after motor failure AND ONE NEAR SEVEN ISLANDS (SEPT ISLES, one blew up in the air over GOOSE BAY LABRADOR on a test flight. ( The pilot survived being blown out but the blast opened his parachute) an engineering officer with him was killed.
That was the reason for the London Base to correct these faults. One big problem was gas fumes in the body causing several to blow up in the air. A couple of openings were made in the fuselage with air scoops to evacuate these fumes which corrected the problem. The icing problems were also solved and a small compressor that the valve was freezing up and exploding in the air ( at times ) was replaced by a better model and was placed in the engine cowling where it was hot.
The crews that flew these Ferry runs were THE BEST CREWS one could ask for as many of them had finished ACTIVE TOURS OF DUTY in ACTION in these same type of planes. Others had completed delivery of many different types of planes and were thoroughly checked out on the Mosquito.
Still some were going missing between Gander and Iceland
15th of Dec. 1944 22 were dispatched , via the southern route, 6 were stranded in the north , 2 disappeared 40 minutes from BELEM BRAZIL. 2 landed on one engine as the other had failed due to damaged oil cooler failure only noticed when the plane reached hot weather.
Springbank Park & Storybook Gardens
Very long park. If you are a jogger then enjoy. No statues, monuments or historical excitement here. Occasional wafts of the Thames are disgusting. Kids enjoy feeding the geese while avoiding stepping in their feces.
Storybook gardens has a few things to interest the young kids like a small train ride and animals.
London International Airshow...
London International Airshow and Balloon Festival!
Takes place in June of every year.(I will post the date when I hear)
If you enjoy aviation, this is the place to visit. Aircraft from around the globe descend on London Ontario every June. Ranging from fighter planes,to rescue helicopeters, and even trick planes. A great place to bring children, there is many activities to see and do for them.
This particular picture is one of the Thunderbirds, they are a squadron of acrobatic flying jets. They are amazing to watch when they fly so close together, its remarkable! A must see!
"The Forest City"
Located 2 hours southwest of Toronto. London is a city that is growing every day. It is said to be a student city as the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College are located here. The downtown is popular with all the students because of the many clubs, but there is plenty to do if you prefer a more easy going or family related trip. There is the London Knights if your a sports fan, although tickets are usually sold out. There is also Storybook Gardens in the Summer if you have a family with young children.
"Snow, Beer And Hockey"
Most people know Canada as Snow, Beer and Hockey!
Well London is no exception. In the winter we get a fair amount to a heavy load of snow. Were home to the John Labatt Brewery and were huge Hockey Fans. Our team finally won the prized Canadian Hockey League trophy, The Memorial Cup!