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Aviation Dollar History

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Aviation Dollar History

2009-To be revealed at The Joe and Clarice Goodyear Business Achievement Awards Gala on April 22, 2009.

2008 - CF-105 Avro Arrow RL-201 50th AnniversaryThe Canadian development of the most advanced fighter-interceptor inspired such national pride in our aerospace community. It was a very clean design and many of its features were copied on today's F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.

2007 CF-101 Voodoo 50th AnniversaryThe CF-101 Voodoo was a supersonic all-weather interceptor aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Forces between 1961 and 1984. The Voodoo set a new benchmark in fighter-interceptor performance with numerous flight records.

2006 Vickers Vimy 25th AnniversaryThe aircraft in which John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic on June14-15, 1919.

2005 SpaceShip OneX-Prize required two flights beyond the "edge of space" in a vehicle carrying three people, or the equivalent weight, within a two-week period. Designed by Burt Rutan, the X-Prize made the qualifying flight on September 29, 2004. Five days later Rutan's team pushed the space plane to X-Prize victory and a new record of 367,442 feet in what was described as a "milestone for humanity".

2004 ConcordeIn 1976 the aircraft began commercial flights. This aircraft is 168 feet long, powered by four Olympus 973 engines enabling the Concorde to cruise at mach 2 speed. This year is the 30th anniversary of the first Concorde flight to land at Gander International Airport. The use of the Concorde was discontinued in 2003.

2003 Super ConstellationThe Lockheed Aircraft Corp. started the Constellation aircraft in the design stage. From 1946 to 1953 the Constellation had a number of design changes, the most notable being the L-1049 model, which was named the Super Constellation and thus nicknamed the "Super Connie".

2002 Clipper IIIManufactured by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Divison of the United Aircraft Corp., it first flew in March of 1934 and in 1937 a much-improved model S42B began service with the Pan American Airways. It made history by being the first commercial aircraft to cross the North Atlantic from West to East.

2001 The CanberraDeveloped for the Royal Air Force, the Canberra Bomber made the first Trans Atlantic Crossing by a jet-powered aircraft in record time of four hours and thirty-seven minutes. This year is the 50th anniversary of this flight. This coin also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Aviation Dollar.

2000 C130 HerculesIt is a familiar sight flying with a number of the World’s Air Forces using Gander International Airport. It has been in production for four decades, which coincides with the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce 40th Anniversary.

1999 Cormorant HelicopterThis helicopter is being built to meet very demanding Canadian search and rescue conditions. The reverse side depicts the new Newfoundland Bonding and Composites Limited Gander Aeroplex Center.

1998 Douglas DC-4The Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, California, developed the DC-4 in 1938. The reverse side celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Ltd. and features the Bell 47 Helicopter.

1997 NorsemanDesigned in 1935 by Holland native Bob Noorduyn. The first Canadian wheel/ski/float equipped bush plane. This coin honors the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Armed Forces 103 Search and Rescue Unit in Gander, NL.

1996 Douglas DigbyThe Douglas B-18A Bomber, also known as the Digby, was named after the British Bomber Airfield. Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1937 and purposely used for coastal defense during World War II.

1995 Boeing 737 Jetliner The Boeing AircraftCompany announced the 737 Jetliner in 1965 as a short-Range transport. This Series commemorates the role that Eastern Provincial Airways played in the economic and social life of Gander. In 1969 E.P.A. Purchased its first 737 Jetliner and over the years built its fleet to seven of these.

1994 B-25 Mitchell BomberThe B-25 was a medium Range aircraft, used primarily as a medium bomber and patrol Aircraft with various forces during WWII. More than two thousand were built during the war. It was very popular with the crew who operated it due to its relatively fast Speed and excellent maintenance record.

1993 Spitfire FighterThe "Spit" will probably go down as the best loved and certainly the best-known fighter aircraft ever built. These aircraft went Into action with the Royal Air Force at the start of World War II and had several different roles, including fighter bombers, night-fighters, rocket launcher and photo-reconnaissance.

1992 Old MiscellaneousThe DC-3 is remembered in this series. This workhorse was originally designed for the airline industry but was later adapted for military use due to its long range and load capacity. The DC-3 is affectionately known to many of its pilots as, "the Gooney Bird", "the Dak", and "the Three".

1991 Lancaster (Series IX)The Lancaster or "Lane", a famous World War II bomber, quickly became the primary night bomber for both the R.A.F. and R.C.A.F, with some 7, 400 in its fleet.

1990 Mosquito (Series IX)The "Dehavill and Mosquito" fighter aircraft was the main operational aircraft assigned to the R.A.F. 125th Newfoundland Squadron during 1944 and 1995.

1989 Harrow In-Flight Refueller (Series VIII)The Harrow In-Flight Refueller was the first of two such converted bombers to arrive at Gander. Converted for early attempts in Trans-Atlantic flight.

1988 Fox Moth (Series VII)This series commemorates the 50th anniversary of aviation history at Gander, featuring the Dehavill and Fox Moth. This Biplane was the first aircraft to touch down at what is now Gander International Airport.

1987 Hurricane (Series VI)A Hurricane squadron was based at Gander during part of World War II, when the fighter was the pride of the Allied effort.

1986 Special Edition - Arrow Air (Series V)A special edition dollar dedicated to the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, following the December 1985, Arrow Air Crash at Gander. Victims included 248 soldiers and 8 civilian crew members.

1985 Catalina Flying Boat (Series IV)The Catalina Flying Boat was commissioned for North Atlantic submarine patrols and later modified to become a successful water bomber. The Catalina is only now being retired from this service.

1984 Flying Fortress (Series III)The fames Flying Fortress is renowned as a World War II strategic bomber conceived for a purely defensive mission, (the protection of the North American coastline from foreign surface fleets).

1983 Liberator Bomber (Series II)The Liberator Bomber was the first of the thousands of B-24s flown by the Ferry Command in an effort to build up the allied air forces on the European continent.

1982 Hudson Bomber (Series I)The first series of trade dollars carried the Lockheed Hudson Bomber, mounted at Gander in tribute to pilots of R.A.F. Ferry Command. The Hudson was the first of the thousands of aircraft to pass through Gander en route to Europe during World War II.