People Places and Planes

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PEOPLE PLACES and PLANES People who Build, Restore, Fly and Never Stop Talking about Airplanes



ots of great stories in Mike’s new book: Here’s one about a visitor to 2015’s Abbotsford Air Show where Mike was given a ride in the mint B25 Mitchell, Maid in the Shade, and at the same show a Lambergini sports car that gave the author a ride to remember. No problem deciding which was the most impressive for this pilot/writer. A long forgotten history of the Mitchell had to be told of the retaliatory raid on Tokyo by 8 Mitchells flying off the deck of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier to provide a response to that day of infamy when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour on December 07, 1941. It was to be a small taste of what was to come.


Here’s a staggerwing Beech from the book that suffered a gear-up landing all for the sake of a little cotterpin, which evoked the author to recall an old poem:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost For want of the shoe the horse was lost For want of a Horse the rider was lost For want of a rider the message was lost For want of a message the battle was lost For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

Art Scholl With his souped-up Chipmunk

PEOPLE Robin (Red) Morris Setting Cross Canada Records


ome heroes of Canadian Aviation whom Mike had the good fortune to meet when he was employed with the Abbotsford Air Show—some interesting low down on the fast and famous.



ne of our favourite places is a “grassroots” airport where the history of aviation is front aand centre and restoration of classic aircraft and recreational flying is what’s happening —here’s the welcome from Langley airport’s gatekeeper DC3

Get an autographed copy of People, Places and Planes from Mike Davenport—there’s his email: at the bottom of the page.....