– 1962: George Morley and Jeff Burch met during the summer and discovered a mutual interest in Canadian aviation history.
– They wanted to locate others with the same interest. An ad was placed in one of the Toronto newspapers (Star or Globe & Mail). There is some dispute as to which paper was used.
– Letters were sent to a few people they knew with similar interests and these were followed up with phone calls to anyone who didn’t respond.
– The first name of the organization was the “Early Bird Club of Canada.” The first ‘Journal’ was called – “The Early Bird Enthusiast.”
– Some early members were:
Harry Creagen, a WWI aviation enthusiast,
Charlie Catalano, well known among Toronto light plane pilot and aircraft owner, figured largely in Toronto chapter and was chapter president 1970 – 1983.
Sheldon Benner, Paul Regan, Larry Milberry (now publisher of CANAV Books)
Larry Taylor, Al Martin, John Beilby, John Ellis, Doug MacRitchie, John Griffen, Boris Zissoff, Terry Waddington, Roger Juniper and others.
– 1963: The first formal meeting of CAHS was held in Jeff Burch’s basement in February. First speakers were Jock Forteith, helmsman on the R-34 airship, which made the first west crossing of the Atlantic in 1919, and F/O Hugh Halliday, RCAF, now a well-known Canadian aviation author.
– The name was considered too similar to “Early Birds” a group of pre-World War I fliers so the members chose the name “Canadian Aviation Historical Society” to replace Early Bird Club of Canada.
– Annual dues were set at $2.
– 1964: The first official CAHS Convention took place in Ottawa. For a number of years the convention moved back and forth from Toronto to Ottawa. Now, it is hosted by chapters across Canada.