A World War II RCAF uniform from the York-Sunbury Museum in Fredericton, donated by J. Bruce Kelly.

The person who wore this uniform was one of thousands involved in aviation during the Second World War. Every community contains persons whose lives revolved around flight in some way.

J. Bruce Kelly
From the collection of the York Sunbury Museum
1939 - 1945
Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA
1984.2.2
© 2008, York-Sunbury Museum. All Rights Reserved.


In the hundred years since the first airplane flight took place over the frozen waters of Baddeck Bay, communities throughout the country have been involved in one way or another with the field of aviation. Larger centres, suburbs, small rural areas, bays and inlets have been used as temporary or regular landing sites.

The coming of air transportation opened up a new industry that required individuals to manufacture, fly and repair airplanes, as well as to provide services for those who chose to travel on them. Pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, flight attendants and ticket agents were only a sample of the many occupation paths introduced by flight. Wars promoted more rapid innovations and opportunities.

In every community there are people who in some way have been involved in the field of flight.

TASK:

(a)  Find a person in your community who is, or has been, involved in some way with aviation.
(b)  Interview that person, finding out how they became involved with aviation and  why they chose an occupation in aviation. Find out specific experiences that have had the greatest influence on them over the ye Read More

In the hundred years since the first airplane flight took place over the frozen waters of Baddeck Bay, communities throughout the country have been involved in one way or another with the field of aviation. Larger centres, suburbs, small rural areas, bays and inlets have been used as temporary or regular landing sites.

The coming of air transportation opened up a new industry that required individuals to manufacture, fly and repair airplanes, as well as to provide services for those who chose to travel on them. Pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, flight attendants and ticket agents were only a sample of the many occupation paths introduced by flight. Wars promoted more rapid innovations and opportunities.

In every community there are people who in some way have been involved in the field of flight.

TASK:

(a)  Find a person in your community who is, or has been, involved in some way with aviation.
(b)  Interview that person, finding out how they became involved with aviation and  why they chose an occupation in aviation. Find out specific experiences that have had the greatest influence on them over the years.
(c)  Share your research with the other members in your class.

Teachers are expected to introduce interview skills to students, have them gain competence in the use of recording devices, and organize the reporting process so that all students will become aware of the interviews undertaken by the other students in the class.

The class could produce a written compilation of their reports and/or develop a web site on which the information (with appropriate visual assets included) is made available to those outside the classroom.

© 2008, Heritage Branch, Province of New Brunswick. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

Students will be expected to:

access, process, evaluate, and share information

ask questions, observe relationships, make inferences, and draw conclusions

present information logically, concisely and accurately for a variety of audiences

relate to others in peaceful, respectful and non-discriminatory ways

demonstrate an understanding of the past and how it affects the present and the future


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