Life in Gander
With the war being over families began to arrive in Gander as jobs were plentiful. Housing was provided for by the then, Department of Transport who ran the airport. Military barracks were converted into apartments. Most of the building were provided heat from four coal burning heating plants that provided steam, pumped through over head pipes into a large percentage of buildings. Other military buildings became schools, churches, and commercial establishments.
People come from all parts of Newfoundland but also war veterans with their war brides, as well as families from other countries to work for their national airlines which had now begun to set up offices at the airport.
The airport had suddenly became a cosmopolitan town, that looked like a military base, built cheek by jowl with the airport's runways. For those who lived and grew up there, aviation became a part of their life's blood. We will attempt to portray this era though words and pictures.