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The history of Gander airport, built in the wilderness of Newfoundland during the late 1930's on the speculation that air travel between Europe and North America would evolve, with the only infrastructure, a narrow gauge railroad. The completion took two years to build just as the world entered into WWII. The timeliness of the airpor's construction led the airport playing a vital military role in being the anchor point of transitioning bomber type aircraft to Europe. Immediately at the end of the war, because of the success of flying large bombers across the Atlantic, the idea of commercial air travel was pursued with the Gander airport again playing a vital role for the refueling of aircraft that didn't have the range to fly from one shore to the other. The requirement of people to service the needs of a busy airport led to another problem. There was no town for families to reside. The vacated military buildings built for the war effort were converted into livable dwellings and what was a military base now became a civilian town, located cheek by jowel to a very busy international airport. The airport town lasted until 1959 when a new modern town was built just a few kilometers to the North West of the airport.

This story is told to better describe the anthropology and events of the past

Episode 1 - Stuart McLean Launches History of Gander Podcasts

Episode 2 - Why Great Britain built an airport in Newfoundland

Episode 3 - Early Gander airport operations 1939

Episode 4 - Gander enters WWII as a military airport

Episode 5 - Routine of life at Gander as a military airport

Episode 6 - The war in Europe is over & Gander becomes an International Airport

Episode 7 - Military bases at Gander become a civilian airport town

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