For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services

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This book tells the story of Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, Air Schefferville, Delay River Outfitters and more. Drawing on interviews with Laurentian's owners, pilots and ground crew, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores this innovative company's colorful 60-year history from its founding in Ottawa in 1936 with Waco biplanes through the 1990s when it operated twin-engine turboprops. This book is filled with lively flying anecdotes from the cockpits of world-famous bushplanes, including the de ...

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Overview

This book tells the story of Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, Air Schefferville, Delay River Outfitters and more. Drawing on interviews with Laurentian's owners, pilots and ground crew, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores this innovative company's colorful 60-year history from its founding in Ottawa in 1936 with Waco biplanes through the 1990s when it operated twin-engine turboprops. This book is filled with lively flying anecdotes from the cockpits of world-famous bushplanes, including the de Havilland Beaver and Otter, the Douglas DC-3 and the Grumman Goose. From daring rescues and close calls, to the filming of Hollywood's Captains of the Clouds, Laurentian's pilots did it all. Interlaced with these fascinating accounts are stories of back-country air tourism, the mineral and hydro-power boom in Québec and Newfoundland-Labrador and tales of flying into fishing and hunting camps in remote regions of Ungava. With an exciting collection of photographs - many never before published - this is a long-overdue book that will appeal to all who enjoy the romance of flying on the frontier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896941578
  • Publisher: Robin Brass Studio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is a researcher and writer who comes from a family of aviation enthusiasts. She has an M.A. in history from the University of British Columbia and has written articles for several Canadian publications, including The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine. She is an active member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 A New Company for a New Age 11

2 Warner Bros. and the War Effort 25

3 A Growing Fleet and a Going Concern 35

4 A Favourable Time for Flying 51

5 Losing Altitude 68

Paint Schemes and Markings over the Years - a Photo Essay 80

6 New Blood and Nouveau Quebec 82

7 Tales from the Boardroom and the Bush 101

8 Great Canadian Bushplanes 129

9 Change in the Air 144

10 Outfitting Dreams 158

11 Laurentian's Last Flight 174

Afterword 185

Appendix 1 Aircraft Operated by Laurentian Air Services 187

Appendix 2 Aircraft Bought and Sold Laurentian B.M. Aviation 199

Notes 207

Sources 217

Index 220

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