By Peter Pigott
Flying Canucks tells the interesting tale of aviation in Canada via this choice of 37 biographies of significant aviators in our nation's background. As early as 1908, having learn the Wright brothers' invention, alberta farm boys and mechanics in Quebec villages have been developing huge kites, trying to fly them. inside of a decade, Canadian air aces, like Bishop and Barker, swept the wartime skies over Frances, piloting lethal machines in mortal strive against. throughout the 20s, that very Canadian breed of adventurer, the bush pilot, ventured over the desolate tundra, providing medication and missionaries, mail and Mounties to distant groups so far as Ellesmere Island and Ungava Bay. participants of the Royal Canadian Air strength fought with contrast in the course of the moment global battle. Titles corresponding to The Saviour of London and The Angel of Ceylon appear like wartime hype, however the ability and braveness that these pilots displayed part a century in the past set them aside nonetheless. For the six Canadian airmen who received the Victoria pass, there have been millions who flew into the beef grinder that used to be the Allies' strategic air offensive over Europe. This publication chronicles the exploits of just a couple of women and men -- however it actually celebrates the spirit and unravel of numerous courageous Canadians who're proud a part of aviation during this kingdom.
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In London and Ottawa, the mass production of aircraft and training of pilots became major concerns. In May 1915, with America neutral, Curtiss opened his aviation school at Long Branch near Toronto. At the same time under the management of John McCurdy, Curtiss Aeroplanes & Motors began making aircraft at a factory on Strachan Avenue, Toronto. On the whole North American continent, only Curtiss possessed sufficient experience, trained personnel and capital to begin operations of this magnitude.
Posted by the newly formed RCAF to Edmonton, Alberta, Dickins was made responsible for the testing of its British-made Siskin fighters, in winter conditions. He experimented with methods of keeping their Jaguar engines heated, and fitted skis to the wheeled aircraft. He also carried out extensive photographic work, even being on hand to record the famous cross country flight of McKee and Godfrey in 1926. With his experience in flying in adverse conditions in the North, it wasn't long before Dickins left the RCAF to join Western Canada Airways (WCA) and fly mail and prospectors.
Others were desperate for news — whether in newspapers or letters — and met the pilot, clamouring for both. One bush pilot liked to tell of the time when he dropped a load of letters tied in a bundle over a small village. On the way down the strings broke and the letters fluttered through the forest like flocks of ptarmigan. He later heard that the whole village spent days hunting for them. Another remembered dropping what he thought was frozen meat to a remote camp at the onset of winter. He later learned that it was a collection of records for the camp s victrola.