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Military bases at Gander become a civilian airport town
Episode 710th December 2021 • History of Gander • Jack Pinsent
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Buildings on the four military bases are converted into residential dwellings as well as new business start up including how the increase in airport activity affects the towns population. An incident occurs with a TWA Superconstellation occurs after departing Gander for Europe. The navigator, while taking a star shot with through an astro-dome with a sextant, was lost overboard when the astro-dome broke. The difference in air pressure in the planes interior environment was so much higher than the outside pressure at altitude, the navigator was unfortunately ejected from the flying airplane to fall into the ocean some four miles below.The incident was originally explained to us on our webpage http://www.ganderairporthistoricalsociety.org/_html_4658/Hollywood.incident.htm by Dr. Lisa M. Daly PhD. Aviation Archeologist