The anniversary of a major milestone in the province’s rich aviation history was celebrated this week.
Friday, January 11th, marked the 81st anniversary of the first flight landing at Gander.
Newfoundlander Doug Fraser touched down at Gander Airport on January 11th, 1938. He didn’t realize he was making history at the time. As the story goes, he was flying overhead, with two British Air Ministry officials on board, noticed the construction of the airport below, and decided to land his Fox Moth Voade for a better look.
It was the first of thousands of flights to land at Gander which became known as the Crossroads of the world.
81 years ago today, Jan 11,1938, the first airplane landed at Gander airport piloted by Doug Fraser. He was passing overhead, seen the construction going on and decided to put down to have a look. He didn’t realize he was the first aircraft to land there. https://t.co/hFjE0qij3K pic.twitter.com/Pw3YwKm27l
— GAHS (@GahsYQX) January 11, 2019