My Late Dad Met the CDS in 1983

Captain’s blog: Stardate 202003.21. Thanks to the coronavirus, all my classes are online for at least two weeks, and that includes my Star Trek class. In other news, back in 1983, my late dad (Major Reg Thompson) flew a CP-140 Aurora to Korea and it carried a VIP. Here’s my late dad chatting with the late General Ramsey Withers, Chief of the Defence Staff, onboard the aircraft. The late general went to Korea to participate in a ceremony commemorating the ceasefire that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula, and he gave dad his 1000 hours on the CP-140 pin as well as a medallion. Definitely one of the highlights of my late dad’s career. He also holds the distinction of being the pilot that delivered the first CP-140 to the Canadian Armed Forces on May 29, 1980.

Dad and CDS painting

My Late Father, Major Reg Thompson

Captain’s Log: supplemental. This entry has nothing to do with Star Trek, although my late father liked the original series.

This oil painting of my late dad, Major Reg Thompson, was created by digital artist Andres Salvatierra. Hope you like it as much as I do! By the way, A few months ago I wrote to the Royal Canadian Air Force Chief of the Air Force Staff, Lieutenant-General Mike Hood, about my late father, regarding his service in the Air Force. The general said this: “I have it on good authority from a member of my staff who had the honour of flying with your father, Brigadier-General Scott Howden, that Reg was indeed legendary, an inspirational leader and exceptional pilot in the Maritime Air community. I want to acknowledge your late father for his superb 35-year service to our great Air Force…”