1988: Nine-year-old flying ace soars into history
A video camera inside the plane verifies that Emma is in fact doing all the flying -- solo.
For the nine-year-old who got her first taste of flight at age six, it's all part of a great summer vacation. At the end of the historic flight, Emma talks about her reluctance to fly back home to Medicine Hat, Alta. She will be a passenger on that leg of the journey, and it turns out Emma gets motion sickness when she's not piloting the plane.
• The distance from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, N.L., is 5,097 kilometres, or 2,752 nautical miles.
• The publishers of the Guinness Book of Records eliminated the "youngest pilot" category from the book because they did not want to encourage unsafe flights.
• Emma's family suffered backlash from those who believed her to be too young to attempt such a feat.
Also on July 24:
• 1958: The national CCF convention in Winnipeg accepts a Canadian Labour Congress proposal to found a "people's political movement." The New Democratic Party comes into being in 1961.
• 1984: Federal party leaders John Turner, Brian Mulroney and Ed Broadbent meet in the first televised election debate conducted in French.
Program: Sunday Report
Broadcast Date: July 24, 1988
Guest(s): Emma Houlston
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Brian Dubreuil
Last updated: November 4, 2014
Page consulted on November 4, 2014
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