Saturday, September 19, 2015

A new Canadian global website

Here is terrific news – a new website has been launched in time for the anniversary of the Battle of Britain - the first ever global Spitfire pilot database.

The site, which allows historians, aviation enthusiasts and genealogists alike to add pilot data including specific aircraft flown, images, comments, video, and pilot biography is being brought together by Canadian Kurt Turchan from Ontario.

His press release says that “ represents a new adventure in acquiring information and creating a centralized, user-friendly site that people interested in aviation history can access”,

“The Spitfire played a key role in the Battle of Britain and beyond, and is a key draw at air shows today capturing the imagination of would be pilots, enthusiasts, and history buffs. It is perhaps the most iconic aircraft of all time.”

He also wants to attract half a dozen digital curators from various countries. Andrew Pentland graciously allowed his database of Spitfire serials to be included in the site. Once a complete serial number database for the Hurricane is located, plans are to support this aircraft type as well.

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Since tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Governor General David Johnston will take part in the national ceremony on Sunday, September 20 at 12:45 p.m., on Parliament Hill.

During the ceremony, the press release says that the governor-general will inspect the guard of honour, lay a wreath and deliver remarks to pay tribute to the airmen who fought and died during the battle and to acknowledge those who continue to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force today.

Happy Researching!

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