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Old 26-09-16, 03:06
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Hello friends, i am in Comox now for a while.. For my good friends who like me have no idea where it was , then it's on Vancouver Island in BC. I know there is an Air Force museum .
Anyway , are there interesting HMV and collectors in the area ? Any armour or Carriers ? Cheers . Robert
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Old 26-09-16, 03:48
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Welcome to the Comox Valley... Courtenay, Cumberland and Comox

The Air Force Museum just outside the gate is a good place to start. They have a compound full of aircraft and a few military vehicles. One of the guys there that would be familiar with HMV in the area would be Rob Roy, who has posted here on MLU in the past. Some years ago he had a very nice deuce restoration and may know of others. My pile of salvage M37s would not exactly be what you would be looking for. If you have the time, check out the museum in the Comox Mall. (HMCS Alberni?) Also one of the members here (Roberta?) has a carrier and is involved with the displays from time to time. If you have a lot more time and interest, there is a good Military Museum in Nanaimo, a little over an hour's drive away. Further south in Victoria is the Ashton Armoury with their vehicle collection and the Canadian Scottish Museum at the Bay St, Armoury a bit over 3 hrs hard drive away. Outbound traffic is sometime outrageous in 'rush' hour, especially Fridays.

I'm not at home this week but will see if I can think of anything else. Hope someone else chimes in. Still lots to see around the area if you have the opportunity. Head up to Cumberland and hit the local museum to larn about the coal mining history of this area. Its 20 minutes up the road. Campbell River is about 30 minutes north and has a few sights around town. Their museum is pretty good and would give some local background, especially the Ripple Rock video in the theatre.

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Old 26-09-16, 03:51
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And if you are really adventurous i can put you in touch with a guide to take you to Yorke Island. Google it.
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Old 26-09-16, 03:53
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Very nice thank you Jes. I will be here in and out ( fly in , fly out ) for several months . So yes , i will visit all those places. Again, many thanks. Robert
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Old 26-09-16, 03:55
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Roberta , are you on here ? I own a Carrier and and i cannot stop dreaming of Carriers . Any chance i could see yours ? Thanks Robert
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Old 26-09-16, 04:04
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Robert, I'll try to hook up with you in the next few weeks, since you'll be around for more than a few days maybe we can show you some of our part of the country. My home is in Black Creek about 20 minutes from the main gate at the base... I'm away until at least next week but internet is everywhere.

Harry mentioned York Island and its one that I completely forgot but would recommend. We used to visit on the way by and landed on the roof of the gun emplacement. An old family friend served their as a naval gunner and told some stories.

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Old 28-09-16, 05:22
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Robert, I'll try to hook up with you in the next few weeks, since you'll be around for more than a few days maybe we can show you some of our part of the country. My home is in Black Creek about 20 minutes from the main gate at the base... I'm away until at least next week but internet is everywhere.

Harry mentioned York Island and its one that I completely forgot but would recommend. We used to visit on the way by and landed on the roof of the gun emplacement. An old family friend served their as a naval gunner and told some stories.

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Old 26-09-16, 04:08
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Roberta , are you on here ? I own a Carrier and and i cannot stop dreaming of Carriers . Any chance i could see yours ? Thanks Robert

Robert, try to pm universalgrl, as that is her user name... Roberta is right on your doorstep.
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Old 28-09-16, 03:31
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thanks Harry and Jes. I work in HQ and live on Base.
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Changing the subject to another part of your work, fielding any calls about the diver who might have found a lost dummy nuke?

FWIW, we had a little excitement after the papers had a story about supposedly illegitimate boundary lines on maps.
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Old 10-11-16, 01:42
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Friends,

Tomorrow, when my eyes align with my sockets , I will tell you more about our brave and dedicated men and women in uniform who protect our coasts and patrol the oceans looking for foreign warships, submarines, smugglers and polluters .

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Old 11-11-16, 01:53
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Friends,

I have to run to Vancouver for a tasking so a quick message for today.

I went for a 6 hour maritime patrol lately with members of 407 ( LR) Sqn .

It was an awesome experience and I will tell you more when I return on Monday/Tuesday .

Don't forget Remembrance Day tomorrow.

Hug a Vet if he is your dad or mom and thank him/ her for me !

Cheers.

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Old 15-11-16, 23:02
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Here is the sequel to what I started before working all week end long in Vancouver.

My hosts were a CP-140 Aurora crew from 407 ( LR ) Sqn.

The view from the cockpit of the mountains of the interior of Vancouver Island was spectacular.
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Old 15-11-16, 23:08
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Default Spectacular view s from the cockpit

Here we have another view of the mountains inside Vancouver Island , enroute to Tofino .

And then we see CFB Comox and the airfield from 10,000 '

In the last shot a place called Goose Spit in Comox proper .

That is were the RCAF Marine Rescue Boats and Marine Detachment are .

It is here where the RCAF aircrew Sea survival courses are held.
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Old 24-11-16, 07:20
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Hi Robert. Welcome to the Island. I live in Victoria and am the local President of the MVPA. We have a active club here and would love to get in contact with you. Please feel free to contact me at tdclark@shaw.ca

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Old 28-11-16, 18:24
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Hi Tom,

I will try to call you this week . Had a hectic schedule last week sorry I did not call sooner.

To all radar aficionado's here are a few shots of one of our surveillance radar installations here in Comox.

You see the radome from the outside .

Then from the inside .

The projector and the antennae proper.

In the last shot , behind the antenna you see the ladder that goes on top for the maintenance of UHF/ VHF radio aerials and position lights.

This was my first time inside a functioning radar . It is due to be decommissioned in the next few days .
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Old 28-11-16, 20:09
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Great pictures. You sure are getting a chance to get around and see the sights. If I recall, that location was an original Pine Tree Line site started up around 1954. Some of the other concrete structures were there at the north end of the runway a few years ago. There used to be an excellent web site with history and pictures from the sites across Canada, but unfortunately, the site owner passed away and the site went with him. Comox was well represented in photos there.
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The Air Force has a tradition of following Santa on Christmas Eve all the way from the North Pole to little kid's homes on their radar screens.

This year is no exception.

So, I wish you all on MLU a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May all of your big boy dreams come through and your significant other not mind at all.

Cheers from Comox BC Canada.
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Hello my new friends from Vancouver Island , i am back with some goodies ( HMV related of course ) from back East. Will contact you in the next few days . I haven't found room for that M152/M37 hot water cabin heater but next time promise . Weather looks like solid VFR for the next few days so i should be out flying . I will be available for delivery when the clouds and the icing come back at the end of the week. Cheers.
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[QUOTE=Jes Andersen;231667]Great pictures. You sure are getting a chance to get around and see the sights. If I recall, that location was an original Pine Tree Line site started up around 1954. Some of the other concrete structures were there at the north end of the runway a few years ago. There used to be an excellent web site with history and pictures from the sites across Canada, but unfortunately, the site owner passed away and the site went with him. Comox was well represented in photos there.[/QUOTE]

The page might not necessarily be gone.
1) If you have the URL, go to the Internet Wayback Machine Archives site. They are a massive webpage archiving movement (more than a project by now). Their robots scan millions of pages a day and take a snapshot. The results are searchable on a calendar type interface. But you need the URL to start.
2)Sometimes Google and others will have previously searched and scanned pages, and that can be a start if you don't have the URL.
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Thanks Terry, I do have the URL on another desktop at home. When I get back up there. I'll look for it. The site in question had lots of great pictures and information about the Pine Tree Line across Canada. Lots of stuff to take you away for hours. I'll see what I end up with...
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