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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