The World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s 2009 season is in full swing. With the first two tour stops (Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat) behind them, the drivers and outriders are gearing up for the races in High River June 19 - 21st.
Congratulations to Reg Johnstone, the Bashaw Flash, and his outriders Butch Stewart and Wayne Wright, for winning the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, driving the Blue Wave Energy outfit. This is the second time in Reg’s career that he has won at Medicine Hat. This win puts Reg in second place in the World Standings.
Best of luck to both Reg and Jason Johnstone as they travel the circuit this season.
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From the Editor's Computer
In 1958 the Avro Arrow burst onto the aviation scene, and Canadians were hailed as taking the aerospace industry to unprecedented levels. The Avro Arrow, with a top speed of 1,650 mph, was the most sophisticated and fastest fighter plane the world had ever seen.
Then, just when Canada was poised to step into her own, the whole project was cancelled in 1959 by Prime Minister Diefenbaker and the 6 planes and all blue prints were destroyed. Note, they were not shelved or reworked, but totally destroyed.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada, and the 50th anniversary of the end of the Avro Arrow project, instructors and students from the Aircraft Structures program at NAIT are at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin to help to refurbish a full-scale model of the legendary Avro Arrow. The model should be ready for display in July.
How many of us, just as we are on the brink of completing a successful project in our own lives, allow fear to cancel our good effects as the government allowed fear to shut down the Arrow Project? How would our lives be different if we revived some of our past “almost” successes and showed them to the world?