Archive Aircraft

01 Dec
0

Curtiss Stinson Special

It wasn’t until 1917, 15 years after the Wright brothers, that many people in Alberta saw the “magic contraption” known as an airplane. And it came not at the hands of Canadian, but an American.  And the pilot would turn out ...

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10 Dec
0

Vickers Viking IV

In the early 1920s, the Canadian North was a vast, largely unexplored tract of land thought to contain an unlimited abundance of natural resources. Getting around this uncharted wilderness took time by canoe or sled; a more efficient means of ...

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30 Dec
0

Fokker Universal

The first bush planes in Canada were war surplus HS-2L biplane flying boats, which were restricted to use in the short summer months. Something better was needed, a high wing monoplane capable of operating on wheels, floats or skis. Luckily ...

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15 Nov
0

Fairchild 71C

By the late 1920s, daring bush pilots like Wop May had proved the value of aviation to the North, but their frail open-cockpit aircraft were barely up to the task. The American company Fairchild, which made cameras for aerial photography, ...

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01 Nov
0

Cranwell CLA4

During the First World War, Edmontonians were introduced to aviation through the visits of the great American aviatrix, Katherine Stinson, and newspaper stories documenting the daring dogfights in the air over France. A generation of young people dreamed of flying, ...

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