Windsor Conference in the News by Jeff Bolichowski

Windsor flight school made history
The Windsor Star by Jeff Bolichowski

All that remains today of Windsor’s Second World War flight school are an old hangar and a far-reaching legacy.

Today the southwestern corner of Windsor Airport is loaded with hangars, parking lots and a go-kart track. But at the peak of the Second World War it was a bustling military post that saw thousands of aspiring young fly boys master the basics of flight and the first women take to the tarmac to lend a hand at a flight training centre.

The legacy of the former Number 7 Elementary Flight Training School is one historian Caitlin McWilliams, a native Windsorite, feels has been lost over time. She shared it again, though, during a presentation Saturday at the 6th Annual Windsor Military Studies Conference at the west-end armouries.

“I feel like I needed to be told because so many people don’t know about it,” said McWilliams, 23, a University of Windsor history grad and research assistant with the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.

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