Photo Essay: Great Canadian Anomalies – Part 3

There are “air shows,” there are “aviation conventions,” and there are “Fly-Ins.” Then there are those other aviation gatherings that don’t quite fall into any of the above categories; aeronautical get-togethers of like-minded souls whose main purpose is to get “up close and personal” … and perhaps, just perhaps, become airborne in one of the winged marvels that are the objects of their desire.

Last summer, I attended three of these aeronautical anomalies, all located in Canada’s “Golden Horseshoe” (surrounding the western edge of Lake Ontario). These events would have been special at any time, but last year they held extra significance as 2009 celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of powered flight in Canada.

Part 1 of my photo essay featured Canadian Air & Space Museum’s “Wings & Wheels Festival” in, and around, the historic de Havilland factory at Toronto’s Downsview Airport.

Part 2 featured Canadian Aviation Heritage Museum’s “Flyfest,” just outside Hamiton, Ontario—featuring one of only two Lancaster Bombers still flying.

In Part 3, below, I take you to Tom Dietrich’s 2009 “Tiger Boys” Open House for friends and family at Guelph Air Park in Ontario. I’ve been flying their antique aircraft for more than 15 years, and this event was particularly special: Ed and Kathy Lubitz brought in their Silver Dart Replica (Canada’s first aeroplane) to celebrate Canada’s Centennial of Flight.

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All photographs Copyright © 2009 Michelle Goodeve


About the Photographer

When Michelle Goodeve sold her first article to the late, great Sport Flying magazine, she was barely into her twenties. Nevertheless, Michelle not only took her own photographs, she also created surreal, multiple-image pictures for the piece in her home darkroom.

Since that time, Michelle has rarely left the house without one of her beloved Nikons around her neck; first film, then the digital D80, and her current love, the D90, which she’s equipped with her favourite “piece of glass,” the extraordinary Nikon 18 – 200 mm zoom (allowing her to shoot ground or air-to-air shots without having to change lenses).

As for the darkroom, that’s been replaced by a 17”, Photoshop-equipped laptop that goes with her everywhere. And it’s not unusual to find Michelle hard at work into the wee hours of the night, fine-honing her images, as close as she can, to perfection.

But we’ll let her images speak for themselves …

Michelle is a Co-Founder and the Creative Director of Why Fly. Learn more.


  1. Fantastic photos!

  2. Wonderful wonderful shots as usual !!!

  3. Classic photos that warm the heart of anyone remotely interested in airplanes. I can sense the thrum of flying wires and the combined smell of dope and engine exhaust.

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