Airplanehunter.org is made up of aviation experts, project managers, video producers, writers, camera operators, professional divers, veterans, researchers and aviation museum directors. Our objective is to honour our veterans with the recovery and restoration of classic historical aircraft. We are the TimeKeepers of History, building a video library for the future.
Our team leader is Karl Kjarsgaard, who is world renowned for his endless dedicated search to recover aircraft from the war. On the team from the RCAF is Chris Charland and his wife Colleen and Scott Knox from The ReBuild Shop. Many others contribute time and effort to this important educational project.
Halifax 57 Rescue
Karl is a former Air Canada Senior Captain with over 20,000 hours of flight time. He has been involved in searching and recovering World War II Halifax aircraft since 1990. Karl was instrumental in the recovery of Halifax NA337 from Norway and Halifax LW682 in Belgium.
Setting up roots in Nanton, Alberta, he became a Director of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada where his goal is to find and rebuild a second Halifax for Western Canada. The NA337 aircraft from Norway is now part of the RCAF Museum in Trenton Ontario, Canada. He is
presently recovering a Halifax off the coast of Sweden and his work includes the delivery of plaques and material for the building of monuments in London and Lincoln England, Richmond Virginia, Florida, Colorado and at the RCAF Command Centre in Ottawa Canada.
Halifax 57 Rescue - Director
Chris is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and is an expert on aviation, warbirds and Halifax Aircraft. As a writer and documentarian for the RCAF, Chris has been a part of the organization since 2001.
Colleen Charland has helped Chris on many of the important aspects of Halifax 57 Rescue's projects.
Host / Co-Producer
Lilly is a 4th year Ryersen student studying communications and is working as one of our hosts for the Airplane Hunters Show. Her segments include airshows promoting our recovery project in Sweden, and she has co-produced videos on Halifax NA337, the C17 and the C30 aircraft at RCAF Trenton 8 Wing.
Knox Tech, Ottawa
Scott is in charge of restoring the aircraft wings required to build the second complete Halifax for the Nanton, Alberta museum. Working at his warehouse location in Ottawa, Scott works with co-host Shelli and a small team of volunteers reconstructing this formidable challenging component of the project.
Kendra is from Calgary and works as our host with Karl Kjarsgaard at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton Alberta. Watch Kendra as she experiences sitting in the cockpit of a running four engine WWII Lancaster.
20th Century Aviation Magazine, USA
20th Century Aviation Magazine was created by a North Carolinian named John Richard (aka "J.R.") Hafer. He was a general aviation pilot and flying enthusiast.
Originally an Internet blog, the online publication morphed into a non-profit organization shortly after John T. Stemple was recruited as a contributing photojournalist and military aviation historian. Mr. Stemple is an aviator who was born in Dayton, Ohio, a city that is recognized as the "Birthplace of Aviation". He contributed much material to 20th Century Aviation Magazine related the thousands of Americans who voluntarily joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force during the Second World War. His research activities and conversations eventually resulted in 20th
Century Aviation Magazine partnering with Karl Kjarsgaard and Bomber Command Museum of Canada. The mutual goal was to honour the aforementioned men and women. Shortly before J.R.'s passing in 2018, 20th Century Aviation Magazine ceased activities.
John Stemple is currently working as the USA Representative and writer/researcher for