Dr. Carl A. Christie joined the Centre in the late 1990’s as a Senior Research Fellow after taking early retirement from the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History, and moving to Winnipeg from Ottawa. Here he taught undergraduate and graduate military and aviation history courses to Canadian Forces' personnel on behalf of the Royal Military College of Canada and for three years led the University of Manitoba, CDSS graduate seminar, “Armed Forces and International Security”. In addition to helping mount and run the biennial Aerospace Power Forum, he has carried the Centre banner as a frequent contributor to air force and aviation history conferences, as well as to those of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, although he no longer makes regular presentations to the Chief of the Air Staff’s symposium or to the Command and Staff Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. His interest in aerospace matters made him the obvious CDSS representative on a provincial co-coordinating committee leading up to the Silver Dart centennial in 2009. His longstanding belief in the importance of continuing co-operation with the non-academic world - combined with his membership in the Air Force Association of Canada’s 500 Wing Winnipeg, the local chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the Officers’ Mess of 17 Wing Winnipeg, the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba, the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, and Vintage Wings of Canada - has made many people aware of the Centre and its important role.
Today, Dr Christie concentrates on finishing “Truly Royal: the History of the Canadian Air Force”, the major survey on which he has laboured for several years for the University of Toronto Press. We hope to see positive reviews, as we did for his previous book, Ocean Bridge: the History of RAF Ferry Command (UTP 1995 and 1997 in paper). At the same time, Dr Christie continues to broaden our contacts and brings pleasure to veterans and their families through his regular “Humour Hunt” column for Legion magazine.