The Yarmouth International Airport began as a WWII RAF training base. In 1936, the Department of National Defence selected the present airport site as a base for Maritime patrol aircraft. Construction began in 1937, and by the time the base was completed, Canada was at war. Yarmouth International Airport had a number of roles during WWII. It was used for air crew and naval gunner training and as a base for a Royal Canadian Air Force anti-submarine and fighter squadron. After the war, the airport was transferred to the Department of Transport. In 1964, Maritime Central Airways began Yarmouth’s first passenger service. The following year, the airline was replaced by Trans Canada Airlines, the forerunner of Air Canada. – Yarmouth International Airport booklet.
Documents included with this package are from folder YMS-4-167:
1- Historical Account of Yarmouth Airport. Covers the airport construction, descriptions of aircrafts, professional development and more. Source: Robert Romkey, author.
2- Yarmouth International Airport booklet. Covers services, Board of Directors, Vision, opportunities and more. Source: Yarmouth Airport Commission.
3- Yarmouth Airport Official Opening program and invitation. Dated Monday, August 4, 1986. Source: Transport Canada, Yarmouth Airport Complex.
4- Yarmouth Airport Consultative Committee meeting minutes. Dated January 20, 1983. Source: Airport Advisory Committee.
5- Yarmouth Airport post war period. Description regarding the future of the airport after 1945. Source: Robert Romkey, Yarmouth airport manager.
6- Transport Canada letter, referencing flight services station, runways, development, Air Canada, Beacon Aviation, Airconsol Aviation and public facilities. Dated 1984. Source: Transport Canada.
7- News articles (Folder 1)
7.2 – Articles about Air Canada and their services at the Yarmouth airport. Sources: The Yarmouth Vanguard and The Chronicle Herald.
7.3 – Articles regarding improvements, expansions and construction at the Yarmouth airport. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard
7.4- Articles about a bomb scare on a flight. The account of a flight going from Madrid to New York was re-routed to Yarmouth, NS because of a potential bomb threat. Sources: The Chronicle Herald and the Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.5 – Articles about the Tri-County Flying Association and the Flying Club. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.6 – Articles about air services. Includes details on Air Nova, Air Atlantic, shuttle services and flight routes. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.7- Articles about the issues with seagulls and planes in flight. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.8- Articles about the Yarmouth air shows. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.9- Articles about a conflict between the firefighters and airport. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.10- Articles about emergency drills. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.11- Articles about recognition of personnel. Includes articles about Hilda and Lewis Duddridge (pilots), John Amos, Bob Romkey (Yarmouth airport manager), John Pittman (Yarmouth airport manager), Raymond Dease (Yarmouth airport manager), the airport crash crew, Art Crowell and Art Crowell Jr (father-son air traffic controllers), David Jaworski (Shelburne resident who became a member of the Nova Scotia Seat Belt Survivors Club).
7.12- Articles about emergencies. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.13- Articles concerning issues and complaints. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
7.14- Misc articles. Includes; Reunion for WWII veterans planned for 1983, life at the Yarmouth airbase during WWII, photos of airplanes and a photo of the runway. Source: The Yarmouth Vanguard.
8- 1984 Yarmouth International Air Show program
Yarmouth airport archival package
All material found in these packages is owned by the Yarmouth County Historical Society and is housed at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives (22 Collins Street, Yarmouth, NS). Credit must be given to, Yarmouth County Archives.