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Presenting the CAAA 2021 Virtual Art Show

This art show is dedicated to Don and Liane Connolly for their many years of service to CAAA. Not only was Don the driving force behind the creation of CAAA, he served as President, edited our quarterly newsletter for several years (and afterwards remained a frequent contributor), and can always be counted on to provide artistic advice or an expert critique whenever requested. Liane was the CAAA Secretary-Treasurer for several years. Before COVID shut everything down, Liane and Don almost always attended the annual conference with Don presenting informative talks, much to the benefit of the members in attendance. To Don and Liane we'd like to say: "CAAA would not be what it is now without you and all your efforts through the years. Thank you."

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Humanitarian Aviation

Atlantic Destiny Rescue - by Wesley Lowe



Atlantic Destiny Rescue
by Wesley Lowe

On March 3rd, 2021, the scallop trawler Atlantic Destiny lost power after an engine fire 130 miles off Nova Scotia. The crew sent out a distress call when the ship began to take on water as it wallowed in heavy seas. The Halifax Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre dispatched a CH-149 Cormorant from Greenwood, NS and requested assistance from the US Coast Guard in Maine, which sent two HH-60 Jay Hawk helicopters to assist in the rescue. Working together through the night, the three helicopters and a nearby Canadian Coast Guard ship rescued all 32 crew members before the ship sank the next morning.

18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas



The Old and the New - by Avi Barzel



The Old and the New
by Avi Barzel

An illustration of an imagined preparation for a rescue mission showing the multi-role utility helicopter, the Bell CH-146 Griffon, in preparation for departure and the arrival of the newly acquired CC-295 Kingfisher (Airbus C295W) slated to replace the CC-115 Buffaloes and the CC-130H Hercules.

Traditional and digital media. Optimal sizes, 40 x 38 and 40 x 40 ins. The Griffon heli and the servicemen after an RCAF photo; the Kingfisher photo was taken at CFB Comox in British Columbia.
©2021 Avi Barzel.




Flying Nightingales - by Martin Myers


Flying Nightingales
by Martin Myers

Just after D-Day (June 13, 1944), three British Air Ambulance nurses flew into France on board three Douglas C-47 Dakotas. The nurses were members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). They were ordered by the British Government into the Normandy combat zone. This exciting achievement was the first time women had been sent on such a mission. Each plane flew into France carrying military supplies. A Squadron of Spitfires were sent to protect them. On the return flight to Blakehill Farm, Wiltshire, England, each plane carried 14 wounded soldiers and one attending nurse.

The three nurses were LAWC Myra Roberts, Cpl Lydia Alford and LACW Edna Birkbeck. They were given the romantic name "The Flying Nightingales" by the press who recorded their return.

This first casualty evacuation was a success! Less than a week later, June 18, 1944, 11 more Dakotas evacuated 183 casualties. By the end of the month of June these medical evacuation flights occurred regularly. They continued until May 1945.

Martin's Watercolour is based on a popular photo, featuring the first three nurses. They are in front of a 233 Squadron Dakota. The photo was taken on the day of the inaugural flight.

11 x 14 inches, Ink & Watercolour on Strathmore Drawing paper
DeHavilland Beaver DHC-2 - by Jake Fowell



DeHavilland Beaver DHC-2
by Jake Fowell

My first plane ride occurred sixty years ago in July 1961 in a DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, Registry number CF-OCH, while working at a job with the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests in Chapleau, Ontario. From our ranger camp on Racine Lake our job was to carry out timber management surveys and to thin areas of dense second growth jack pine that had grew up following a series of historically devastating fires in 1948 that destroyed thousands of acres of forest in the Chapleau fire district.

Rather than depicting a specific event my entry in the 2021 CAAA exhibition pays tribute to the countless aid missions carried out around the world by the ever dependable Beaver. I have chosen to present this iconic aircraft in a graphic style reminiscent of the classic comics of my childhood such as 'Steve Canyon' drawn by Milton Caniff.

Sources are from DeHavilland and US Army photo files found on the internet and prints of my own paintings.

The work measures 16" x 22" and is a mixture of paint, pencil and marker on paper in a "paste up" format which is in tribute to the newspaper comics published during the period 1947-67 that the Beaver was manufactured.

16 x 22 Inches, multi-media



We're First! - by Avi Barzel



We're First!
by Avi Barzel

Two of the three female rescue technicians in the Royal Canadian Air Force, with their CH-149 Cormorant helicopter. Search Team Leader Sergeant Ashley Barker from the 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Comox, British Columbia on the left, with Team Member, Master Corporal Katerine Hanak of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron in Gander, Newfoundland. The two SAR techs were the first women to jointly crew a Cormorant in the RCAF.

Traditional and digital media. Optimal size, 80 x 40 ins. After a 2020 RCAF photo, via
©2021 Avi Barzel.




Attacking the Flank - by Ken Mallett



Attacking the Flank
by Ken Mallett

Canadair CL415 super scooper in action.

16 x 20 Inches, oil on panel




Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service - by Martin Myers


Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service
by Martin Myers

The Saskatchewan Air Ambulance was the first non-military medical transport program in the world. It is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.

It began on Feb. 3, 1946 with one Noorduyn Norseman Bush Plane (also known as the C-64 Norseman). It had a crew of 1 Pilot, 1 Engineer and 1 Nurse. Because the Norseman was designed to land in difficult terrain, it was an excellent choice for the rescue work. In March of 1946, the Service acquired a second Norseman. In the first year, the Ambulance Service assisted in 250 patient missions.

The Code letters of the second air ambulance were CF-SAM. It is this second Norseman that is depicted in Martin's vivid Watercolour. Its 1st flight was on Oct. 4, 1946. It was in service until 1949.

This remarkable achievement, over rough Northern Saskatchewan topography, in all weather conditions, was truly a "life saver".

11 x 15 Inches, Watercolour on 300lb Arches paper.


Coming Home - by Avi Barzel



Coming Home
by Avi Barzel

Operation Solomon (mivtsa Shelomo) was a 1991 covert humanitarian airlift of Ethiopian Jews by the Israeli Defense Forces. Thirty-five aircraft transported 14,325 war refugees to Israel within 36 hours, using military Lockheed Hercules C-130s and civillian El Al Boeing 747s. One of the 747s broke records by somehow packing 1,088 people on one of the flights, on which two babies were born.

Traditional and digital media. Optimal size, 28 x 42 ins. After a May 25th, 1991 IAF photo from the National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography Department.
©2021 Avi Barzel.




Everyday Hero - SARTech by Layne Larsen



Everyday Hero - SARTech
by Layne Larsen

A SAR pararescue jumper, all suited/kitted up ready to jump.

15 x 20 inches / 38 x 50 cm, Graphite on Peterboro #79 illustration board



WAAF Nurses, Normandy - by Martin Myers



WAAF Nurses, Normandy
by Martin Myers

11 x 14 inches, Ink & Watercolour on Strathmore Drawing paper



Avian Heroes - by Avi Barzel



Avian Heroes
by Avi Barzel

On December 2, 1943, pigeons Winkie, Tyke and White Vision, were awarded the first-ever Dickin medals for rescuing an air force crew during World War II. Pictured is Canadian airman and Avro Lancaster radio operator, S. Jess, wireless operator of an Avro Lancaster bomber at Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK, with two pigeon boxes. Homing pigeons served as a means of communications in the event of a crash, ditching or radio failure.

Traditional and digital media. Optimal size, 20 x 20 ins. After a 1943 UK Government archived photograph of S. Jess, and a 2005 photo of the Avro Lancaster in flight at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight by Kogo.
©2020 Avi Barzel.




CC-115 Buffalo - by James 'Jake' Fowell



DeHavilland CC-115 Buffalo
by Jake Fowell

RCAF CC-115 Buffalo Search and Rescue aircraft 457 of 442 Squadron, Comox, BC.

The De Havilland CC115 Buffalo aircraft entered into service in 1967 and served the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) for 55 years. The final operational flight of a Buffalo occurred on January 15, 2022 by 442 Transport And Rescue Squadron, 19 Wing, Comox, British Columbia.

Since 1975 the CC 115 "Buff" flew countless search and rescue missions by 413, 424, 429, 440, and 442 Squadrons throughout Canada and was well suited for flying over mountainous and rough terrain. The largest single loss of lives in Canadian peacekeeping history occurred on August 9, 1974, when Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot down Buffalo CC-115 5461 while on United Nations support duty in the Golan Heights in the Middle East killing all nine CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) members on board.

The Buffalo will be replaced by the CC 295 Kingfisher aircraft.

10 x 14 Inches watercolour
on 140 lb Medium D'Arches watercolour paper
Framed and Matted: $400.00



Fire and Ice - - 424 squadron Griffon Helicopter Rescue - by Len Boyd



Fire and Ice
by Len Boyd

Dean Black from the Royal Canadian Air Force Association commissioned me to paint a dramatic rescue scene honouring Trenton's 424 'Tiger' Squadron with a painting of the rescue of a construction crane operator who was trapped above a building fire in Kingston, Ontario on Dec 17, 2013. The framed work is to be presented to the base very soon, but it can be seen now on Airforce Magazine's spring edition cover Volume 37/No.4.

All rights reserved RCAFA.

16 x 20 inches
Acrylic on stretched canvas



CC-115 Buffalo Panel - by Jake Fowell



CC-115 Buffalo Panels
by Jake Fowell


Two panels that tell the story of the DeHavilland Buffalo. See below for details of each panel:


24" x 30"
Watercolour, gouache, ink and collage



CC-115 Buffalo Panel One - by Jake Fowell



CC-115 Buffalo Panel One
by Jake Fowell



24" x 15"
Watercolour, gouache, ink and collage



CC-115 Buffalo Panel Two - by Jake Fowell



CC-115 Buffalo Panel Two
by Jake Fowell



24" x 15"
Watercolour, gouache, ink and collage



Canadair CL-415 Water Bomber - by Dave Mork



Canadair CL-415 Water Bomber
by Dave Mork


16 x 30 inches, Acrylic on board
Held by Artist

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