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Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame opens in Edmonton

They were intrepid and resourceful pioneers who took to the skies: carrying passengers, mapping new territory, hauling necessities, discovering hidden gold and carrying out daring rescues. The CBC Digital Archives salutes some of the many bush pilots who made monumental contributions to the exploration of uncharted Canada.

"Their deeds will last as long as this nation endures." Ray Munro, an accomplished bush pilot of some reknown in his own right, uses these words to describe the founding of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in Edmonton. In this clip, CBC reporter Wendy Brunelle pays tribute to the pilots who opened up Canada's North by gathering stories from different generations of bush pilots, including Punch Dickins, Stan McMillan, Max Ward and Clem Becker.
• The Aviation Hall of Fame was incorporated Aug. 2, 1973. It was decided that its members would be comprised of all those who were recipients of the McKee Trophy, companions of the Order of Icarus, and all aerial combat recipients of the Victoria Cross. Also to be included among the founding members were Alexander Graham Bell and F.W. Baldwin for designing and building the Silver Dart, John E. Fauquier as representative of Bomber Command and George F. Beurling as representative of Fighter Command in the Second World War. The founding members numbered 79.

• The McKee Trophy was named for U.S. pilot Dalzell McKee, who established the award as thanks for the help he was given during a long-distance flight in Canada. He named it the Trans-Canada trophy, but the name was changed after McKee's death in a plane crash. The award was first made each year to pilots and then later to others who have contributed to the advancement of Canadian aviation. The first recipient was Western Canada Airways founder H.A. "Doc" Oaks in 1927.

Medium: Television
Program: Only Yesterday
Broadcast Date: Feb. 27, 1979
Guest(s): C.H. (Punch) Dickins, Stan McMillan, Ray Munro, Max Ward
Interviewer: Wendy Brunelle
Duration: 23:38

Last updated: September 18, 2013

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