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Canadian Wings: A Remarkable Century of Flight

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It's hard to imagine modern Canada without the airplane. In an immense, open country with many challenges to travel, flight has become an integral part of Canadian life, from bush pilots landing floatplanes on remote lakes to business travellers shuttling between cities and time zones. Here the rich resources of the Canada Aviation Museum provide a fresh look at the aviation heritage that made this possible.

Canadian Wings gives a full and copiously illustrated account of how ...

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Overview


It's hard to imagine modern Canada without the airplane. In an immense, open country with many challenges to travel, flight has become an integral part of Canadian life, from bush pilots landing floatplanes on remote lakes to business travellers shuttling between cities and time zones. Here the rich resources of the Canada Aviation Museum provide a fresh look at the aviation heritage that made this possible.

Canadian Wings gives a full and copiously illustrated account of how powered flight developed during its first century in Canada, as well as the contribution that Canadians made to the wider story of flight in the world. Vignettes and anecdotes bring famous Canadian fliers to life, from J.A.D. McCurdy and Alexander Graham Bell's Aerial Experiment Association to World War I aces Bishop, Barker and Collishaw, and from bush pilots "Wop" May and "Punch" Dickins to steadfast flyers-turned-boardroom-executives Grant McConachie, Gordon McGregor and Max Ward.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553654964
  • Publisher: D & M Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword: Aviation in Canada's Century     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction: A Museum in the Making     1
Taking Flight     13
The First World War     31
Barnstormers and Bush Pilots     49
The Second World War     71
Naval Aviation     93
Helicopters     105
Peace and the Cold War     119
The Development of Air Travel     137
Recreational Aviation     159
Training     175
Aircraft Manufacturing in Canada     193
Aircraft in the Canada Aviation Museum Collection     220
Bibliography     229
Photo credits     234
Index     235
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