Artwork for podcast History of Gander
Airport stories from the mid 1950s
Episode 1118th February 2022 • History of Gander • Jack Pinsent
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The weather office at Gander original purpose was to provide weather information for flights crossing the Atlantic now started to issue public weather information to the population of the province. The Airport Club continued activity in the town for social activities which enticed local non-professional musicians who worked in Gander to start up a very popular orchestra named the Solidaires. A revolution in the country of Hungary led to refugees fleeing to Canada, being flown through Gander. The residents of the airport town were called upon by the Canadian Red Cross to assist when the refugees arrived suppling them with provisions provided by the Red Cross. Disappointing news for residents when the airport authority advised that the original building at the airport, the Administration building was to be dismantled because of airport improvements. In addition, it was announced plans were to be made to build a new town in which the present living accommodations at the airport would have to be vacated to make way for a new terminal