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Alf Stringer interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0117 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Alf Stringer RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-10 SUMMARY: Alf Stringer was born in Lance, Saskatchewan on July 26, 1921. Moved to Vancouver. Became apprentice mechanic for BCATP in World War II. Started flying school in Penticton with Carl Agar which later b;ecame Okanagan Helicopters Ltd. Left Okanagan Helicopters in 1963 and became manager of Vancouver Island Helicopters. Retired 1985.TRACK 1: Early life and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. ;TRACK 2: More about BCATP. Joining with Carl Agar to form flying school in Penticton. Starting in with helicopters.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0118 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Alf Stringer RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The transition from crop spraying to mountain flying with helicopters. TRACK 2: The early helicopter activities, the Mid-Canada Line and Alcan projects.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0119 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Alf Stringer RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The growth of Okanagan Helicopters and Stringer moving to Vancouver Island Helicopters Ltd. TRACK 2: Developing Vancouver Island Helicopters.;

Alma Gaudreau interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Alma Gaudreau RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-27 SUMMARY: Alma Gaudreau was born in Quebec in approximately 1895. Wife of Frank Gilbert. Bought plane in 1931 and (with husband) started flying school, Gilbert's Flying Service at Vancouver Airport. TRACK 1: De;scribes buying Aeronca aircraft in 1931 and learning to fly. Started renting aircraft out and eventually built up to a flying service at Vancouver. Discusses prejudice against women fliers. TRACK 2: ;Discusses early flying at Vancouver.;

Almer Michaud interview

CALL NUMBER: T4259:0009 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Almer Michaud RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-14 SUMMARY: Almer Michaud was born in 1926 (approx). Learned to fly with Gilbert's Flying Service, Vancouver, B.C. at the start of World War II. Bought out Frank Gilbert's interest in 1942 while serving as an ins;tructor with British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Reopened the Flying Service in partnership with his brother in 1945 and operated as Vancouver U-Fly until 1954. Renamed it West Coast Air Services.; Sold out in 1979. Currently (1985) a director of Time Air. TRACK 1: Discusses his learning to fly at Gilbert's Flying Service, joining the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and flying with No. 2; Air Service school. Returned to Vancouver in 1945 and operated Gilbert's Flying Service as Vancouver U-Fly then West Coast Air Services. The development of the business, 1945-53. TRACK 2: Discusses ;growth of West Coast Air Services into a charter and scheduled service operator. The closure of the flying school and sale of business in 1979.;

CALL NUMBER: T4259:0010 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Almer Michaud RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discussion of aviation safety and the follow up to the Dubin Report. End. TRACK 2: Blank.;

A.W. "Nick" Carter interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : A.W. "Nick" Carter RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-08-29 SUMMARY: A.W. "Nick" Carter was born in the Northwest Territories in 1894. Joined Royal Naval Air Service and learned to fly in World War I. Flew Sopwith Pups with No. 5 Naval Squadron, Sopwith Triplanes with ;No. 10 Naval Squadron and later flew Sopwith Camels. Joined Canadian Air Board after war. Moved to Victoria and went into business as a car dealer. Started Victoria Flying Club and later helped found ;Air Cadet League of Canada. TRACK 1: Discusses problems of learning to fly in World War I. His WWI experiences. Joining Canadian Air Board as station commander. Test flying aircraft and flying forestr;y patrols in Rocky Mountains. TRACK 2: Talks of Air Board activity; leaving Air Board and moving to Calgary and then Victoria. Activities of Aero Club of Victoria, and later activity with Air Cadet L;eague. [Note: A.W. Carter was blind when interviewed and in ill health, as well as partially deaf.];

Barney Boe interview

CALL NUMBER: T0319:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Flying in the 1930s PERIOD COVERED: 1930-1940 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Barney Boe tells the story of his Trans-Canada flight in a Fleet II aircraft in 1930. Anecdotes about learning to fly, 1930. TRACK 2: More on learning to fly. Early flying in the Lower Mainland of B.C. More on the 1930 Trans-Canada flight. Boe's personal philosophy on personal knowledge and experience. More on the Fleet II aircraft. Anecdotes about emergency landings on Stave Lake and Alkali Lake.

CALL NUMBER: T0319:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bush flying in British Columbia, 1930-1960 PERIOD COVERED: 1930-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Techniques of bush flying described. Boe's crashes in McLeese and Williams Lake. Quit flying, ca. 1960. General comments about flying. TRACK 2: Flight from Seattle to Chicago with W.E. Boeing, 1930. Description of Chicago Air Show, 1930. Comments about W.E. Boeing. Anecdotes about flying in B.C. (end of interview).

Bruce Brown interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-?] SUMMARY: In an oral history interview with Imbert Orchard, floatplane pilot Bruce Brown discusses his experiences flying to and around the Queen Charlotte Islands, and the dangers presented by high winds, low visibility, rough water, mountains, and unruly passengers. [Note: This summary is based on incomplete notes in the file.]

Bryan E. Mahon interview

CALL NUMBER: T4259:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Bryan E. Mahon RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-07 SUMMARY: Bryan E. Mahon was born in Vancouver in 1913. Flew gliders in the 1930s. Was a partner in Columbia Aviation Ltd., 1933-36. Went to work for Boeing Aircraft of Canada, 1936-44. Transferred to Boeing Ai;rcraft Company in Seattle in 1945 and remained with them until he retired at age 70. TRACK 1: Talks about his early involvement with aviation through gliding and Columbia Aviation Ltd. TRACK 2: Furth;er discussion of the Boeing primary glider. Discussion of the rise and fall of Columbia Aviation Ltd. Discussion of flying activities at Vancouver Airport during the 1930s.;

CALL NUMBER: T4259:0008 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Bryan E. Mahon RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discussion of working for Boeing Aircraft of Canada, the Blackburn Shark and the PB2B Canso. Discussion of his later career with Boeing Aircraft Company. TRACK 2: Some small snippetts during; post interview discussions.;

C. Gordon Peters interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0091 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : C. Gordon Peters RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-02-27 SUMMARY: C. Gordon Peters was born in Regina on February 21, 1920; died September 2, 1985. Educated in Vancouver. Became aircraft mechanic at Vancouver Airport and took many photographs over 50 year period. Wo;rked for: Aero Club of B.C.; BCATP at Vancouver. Boundary Bay. Caron, Saskatchewan. Abbotsford during war. Queen Charlotte Airlines, Okanagan Helicopters, and others post war. Finished as instructor a;t Pacific Vocational Institute. [No further documentation for this tape.];

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0092 - 0093 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : C. Gordon Peters RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-02-29 SUMMARY: [No content summaries available for these tapes.];

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0094 - 0096 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : C. Gordon Peters RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-18 SUMMARY: [No content summaries available for these tapes.];

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0097 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : C. Gordon Peters RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-07 SUMMARY: [No content summary available for this tape.];

Canadian achievements : whirly bird over the mountains ; Commonwealth wildlife : the water buffalo of East Pakistan

SUMMARY: 1. "Canadian Achievements" is a series which features the achievements of Canadians. This episode is about the life and career of Vancouver helicopter pilot and entrepreneur Carl Agar. 2. "Commonweal;th Wildlife" is a series about animals found in the Commonwealth. This episode is about the water buffalo of East Pakistan.;

Carl Clark interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Carl Clark RECORDED: [location unknown], 1986-02-03 SUMMARY: Carl Clark was born on February 12, 1912 in Saskatchewan. Became a mechanic for Winnipeg Aero Club in 1930. Joined Starratt Airways during Depression (1935). Went to Trans-Canada Airlines, 1938, and s;tayed with TCA and Air Canada until retirement. TRACK 1: Describes Winnipeg Aero Club in 1930. Effects of Depression. The Starratt Airways operation and early days of Trans-Canada Airlines. TRACK 2: ;Describes the transition to turbine equipment. The effect of war on airports. [Note: Mr. Clark was very ill at the time of the interview; had to use medication to maintain free breathing. Occasional u;se of puffer can be heard during interview.];

Cecil Coates interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Cecil Coates RECORDED: North Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-04-03 SUMMARY: Cecil Coates ran boat service in Kootenay Lake district, 1920s. Learned to fly with Dominion Airways, 1928. Became aircraft maintenance engineer. Worked for Canadian Airways. Started own business, Coates Aircraft, at Vancouver in 1935. Went bankrupt in 1952. Worked as storeman on Kemano project subsequently. TRACK 1: Early biographical information. Working on the Kootenay Lakes. Meeting Fred Dobbin and commencing flying. Training as an Air Engineer. Working for Canadian Airways on Vancouver-Victoria service. Commencing business as Coates Aircraft. Aircraft maintenance during WWII. TRACK 2: Wartime maintenance contracts and conditions. Post war transition to boat building. The collapse of Coates Aircraft. Comparisons of aircraft of today (1985) with those of pre war times.

Charles Perkins interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Charles Perkins RECORDED: Surrey (B.C.), 1985-03-29 SUMMARY: Charles Perkins was a member of the original Aero Club of British Columbia, 1915-16?. Instructor with Royal Flying Corps in Canada 1917-18. Gave up flying in 1918. TRACK 1: The first aeroplane in Vancouver. Organizing and financing the Aero Club of B.C. Training for the Royal Flying Corps in Toronto area. Reverts back to the Aero Club of B.C. and helping to build an airplane in "Scrimm's factory". Bridging the sloughs to get the plane to a field at Pitt Meadows. Moving to Texas to train Americans. Teaching stunt flying and talk about his accidents. TRACK 2: Control method in Curtiss aircraft. Early aircraft construction and flight characteristics. Description of "stunting". Difference between modern light aircraft and the Curtiss Jenny.

Charles R. Keown interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early aviation in British Columbia, 1925-1947 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-03-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Charles R. Keown discusses his aviation experiences. Learning to fly in Seattle. Accompanying pilot on air mail flight to Texas. Flying in Victoria, late 1920s to the war years. Flying for 1929 B.C. land survey. Comments on Lansdowne Airfield, Victoria. TRACK 2: Western Air Corporation. Comments about W.E. Boeing. Local fliers: Eddie Hubbard, Rawlings and Rhodes, the Eave brothers. Patricia Bay Airport. Local flying clubs. Government support. (End of interview)

Chuck Wilson interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Charles (Chuck) William Wilson RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-08-25 SUMMARY: Chuck Wilson was born in Victoria on July 22, 1925. Son of Haliburton (Hal) Wilson. Learned to fly post war at Aero Club of B.C. Worked as pilot for B.C. Central Airways and CP Airways. Retired as No.; 1 pilot for CP Air in 1985.;

Cliff Harrison interview

CALL NUMBER: T1028:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-07-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Cliff Harrison describes how he came to Ootsa Lake, and the good reputation of the land for agriculture. He discusses his father, who was a miner in the Kootenays and his memories of the; East Kootenays; the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1914, his experience working in a Hudson's Bay Company store in Kamloops; work for mining companies; reminiscences of Ootsa Lake in 1912, including ;that there was no doctor; how people had to help each other. He describes a few local characters and early settlers: Harry Morgan, Mike Touhy, Shorty Matheson, Cataline (Jean Caux), Barney Mulvaney, a;nd Skin Tyee, who was also known as Charlie Clutesi. TRACK 2: Mr. Harrison continues with more on local characters Skin Tyee and Florence Hinton. Mr. Harrison then recalls his experiences with Native Indians, and the introduction of aviation to the Ootsa Valley.

CALL NUMBER: T1028:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1966-05-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Cliff Harrison recalls how Indians came to have their legends via observations with no evidence, and the Indian legend of "Devil Man"; a story of a man dying of scurvy; and discusses trappin;g and selling fur in Kimsquit Valley. TRACK 2: Mr. Harrison recalls a bear story; anecdotes about what he did for amusement; and traveling through the Interior, including how he traveled.;

CALL NUMBER: T1028:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-07-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Harrison recalls trapping beginning in 1906, including how trappers came to the area; fighting in World War I and coming back to the wilderness in 1919; anecdotes about selling furs in a; fluctuating market; a trapping convention and basket social; Mr. Harrison's recollections of other trappers, including John Mikkelson, Jack and Arthur Shelford, Harry Morgan (who was the first white man in the area), Skin Tyee and Jimmy Morgan. TRACK 2: Mr. Harrison continues discussing trappers such as Jimmy Morgan. He tells a story about mixing flying with trapping, and starting a trend for other trappers learning to fly; miscellaneous events connected to trapping, including almost freezing to death; and impressions and anecdotes about wolverines.

CALL NUMBER: T1028:0004 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-07-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Harrison recalls growing up in the East Kootenay, including what life was like before the railroad; a detailed description of Captain Armstrong, a steamboat captain who navigated the Columbia River; the significance and details on the running of steamboats at that time; logging and wages. Harrison describes his arrival in BC in 1904, including his impressions. Harrison recalls various characters (and elaborates on what life was like at that time): Rufus Kimpton, Jim Brewer and a few more. TRACK 2: Mr. Harrison continues with more characters and events: the opening of the Paradise Mine; real estate promoter Randolph Bruce; "Bugroom"; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lake; Frank Stoddard, who had a hotel; several stories about blacksmith Sinc Craig,including one where he broke his leg falling into a grave at a funeral; Malcolm Cameron, the first policeman in the area, and how early pioneers were very law abiding, E.J. Scoville, who was the first magistrate and was also a champion speed; skater based out of Wilmer, and Jim McKay, the cattle baron at Athalmer.

Clifford Renfrew interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Clifford Renfrew RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-08-05 SUMMARY: Clifford Renfrew was born in Quebec in 1904. Moved to the Okanagan in 1912. Became pilot in 1928 with Lowell Dunsmere as instructor. Interested in aviation history of Okanagan Valley. The tapes presen;t Renfrew's account of history of aviation in Okanagan Valley. [No content summaries available for these tapes.];

Cominco -- aerial exploration

SUMMARY: TRACK 1: May be a radio program. Discussion of Cominco's aerial exploration activities in the north, starting in 1930. Stories about prospecting and flying. Also includes an interview with Bob Walton, Curly Summerville [?] and Doug Burt, interviewed by Dr. Joanne Pepper on August 17, 1977. TRACK 2: The interviews continue.

Cyril Charter interview : [Stoddart, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T3213:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Cyril Charter discusses: his background -- born in 1916 in China to medical missionary parents; moved to Canada, 1919; to Oyen, Alberta in 1921; describes the first aircraft he ever saw; anecdote about Captain Paddy Burke; joined an aviation club at his high school in Vancouver through urging of Robert Pike; Robert Pike's 'Vancouver AeroTeck' school; Cyril's attendance at the aviation ground school; did some janitorial work at the aviation school to pay his way; getting his flying hours so he could obtain a private pilot's license; helping build an airplane for Turner and Madill; took; night school courses and tried to make his way in the flying world, mid-'30s was a difficult to time to want to be a pilot; 1937 -- taken on as staff of Coate's Limited; going to work in the Yukon for Northern Airways in 1938 at age 22 as an air engineer -- worked there for 3 years, learned a lot, first real job in the 'bush'; working at Boeing, then joining the army; went up to Fort Smith in 1945 as a base engineer for Canadian Pacific Airlines; working in Yellowknife; in 1946-47 he was offered position of chief mechanic in the B.C. district with headquarters in Vancouver.
TRACK 2: Cyril Charter discusses: working as chief mechanic in Vancouver; plant at New Westminster (worked there before he was in Vancouver); closing of the plant at New Westminster, 1944; New Westminster plant was working on an operation known as Western Air Command; in any frontier boom, transportation always plays a vital role; more about his days with Yukon Airways; anecdote about Harry Oakes, the millionaire.;

CALL NUMBER: T3213:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Cyril Charter discusses: story about the mail carrier, the Steerman (cont'd); uses of the Steerman; story of a parachute deal and the dropper, Jack Rolle; long anecdote about adventure with Les Cook -- almost losing a plane, difficulties putting on a new prop, getting out of a deep canyon, fixing the engine. Going back up north before the Vancouver job opened up in 1947: good career decision to go up to Fort Simpson; getting to know Grant McConnachie; flood in the Fraser Valley in 1948 -- exciting period for Canadian Pacific. TRACK 2: Cyril Charter: CPA in the early '50s; almost taking jobs in Sidney and Honolulu, but fate intervened; the death of the Comet series; supervising an overhaul of CB [CP?], re-activating his pilot's license; supervising the Dew Line contract -- Fort Nelson and Norman Wells; stories about the Dew Line time in his life; over to England to buy Britannia aircraft [Bristol Britannia turboprop]; back to Canada in 1958 and went right on crew of the Britannia maintenance; then overhaul supervisor until retirement. With CP Air for almost 32 years, plus another 11 years with other aircraft services. Stories about events and happenings during his years in the aircraft business. Mentions his first ride in an airplane. (End of interview)

Cyril Charter interview : [Swartz, 1985]

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0022 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Cyril Gladstone Charter RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-09 SUMMARY: Cyril Charter was born on November 11, 1916. Pioneer aircraft engineer. Retired as maintenance supervisor at CP Air. TRACK 1: Discusses early life, Columbia School of Aeronautics, and Coates Aircraft.; TRACK 2: Working for Boeing Aircraft of Canada and moving to Northern Airways in Carcross.; CALL NUMBER: T4265:0023 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Cyril Gladstone Charter RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Operation around Carcross and Atlin in late 1930s. Moving to CP Air. TRACK 2: Blank.; CALL NUMBER: T4265:0024 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Cyril Gladstone Charter RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses Columbia School of Aviation, the Flying Seven. TRACK 2: Discusses Wells Air Harbour and Tommy Jones' repair shop. Boeing Aircraft of Canada.; CALL NUMBER: T4265:0025 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Cyril Gladstone Charter RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses early personalities in aviation around Vancouver. TRACK 2: Discusses early aircraft salvage jobs in Northern B.C. and Northern Airways.; CALL NUMBER: T4265:0026 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Cyril Gladstone Charter RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gives more information on Northern Airways. TRACK 2: More about flying in Northern B.C.;

Daniel McIvor : speech at Canadian Museum of Flight and Transportation

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Daniel McIvor RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-04-20 SUMMARY: Daniel McIvor was born on August 30, 1911. This tape contains a speech given by Dan at CMFT banquet on April 20, 1985. TRACK 1: Dan describes the development of fire fighting with water bombers and th;e forest industry's flying tanker operation. TRACK 2: Dan narrates a slide show on fire fighting and answers questions.;

Daniel McIvor interview

CALL NUMBER: T4210:0013 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Daniel McIvor RECORDED: Richmond (B.C.), 1985-04-10 SUMMARY: Daniel McIvor was an aircraft pilot and airline executive. RCAF 1940-45. L & M Air Services, Vernon, 1946-49. Pilot for Queen Charlotte Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, MacMillan Bloedel. Executive positions with PWA. TRACK 1: Dan's first flying experience at Fort William. Names of early fliers he associated with. Memorized eye chart to pass aviation medical. Commences building a home-built aircraft, but war intervenes. Joins RCAF. Describes readiness of RCAF for war, early confusion and activities as aircraft mechanic. TRACK 2: Obtains pilot's license in order to remuster as pilot. Flight training at Regina, 1940. Witnesses a mid-air collision. Completes training and sails to England via Iceland. Describes life on the troopship. Posted to Wellington bomber OTU in England but develops ulcers. Works as instrument fitter for a while then is returned to Canada. CALL NUMBER: T4210:0014 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Daniel McIvor RECORDED: Richmond (B.C.), 1985-04-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Upon return to Canada, manages to return to flying. Serves with #8 Bombing and Gunnery School, transfers to ferry flying. Describes the various aircraft flown. Demobilized in 1945 and tries various jobs in the Okanagan Valley. Becomes a commercial pilot and works for L & M Airways in Vernon. Describes charter flying work and effect of the 1948 Fraser River flood. Moves to Queen Charlotte Airlines when L & M goes broke. Resigns following incident at Zeballos when a Stinson is damaged in a windstorm. Joins Pacific Western Airlines. Experiments in waterbombing and fire control. Description of PWA activities of the 1950s. CALL NUMBER: T4210:0015 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Daniel McIvor RECORDED: Richmond (B.C.), 1985-04-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Transfers to MacMillan Bloedel as a pilot. Undertakes rescue operations near Vancouver. Early impressions of fighting forest fires. Extinguishing fires with paper bags of water. Start of waterbombing in B.C. Flying Sir Edmund Hillary around B.C. Works on firebombing in the Martin Mars for 7 years then returns to PWA as manager of small aircraft. Becomes manager of Hercules operation of small aircraft. Becomes manager of Hercules operation and finally organizes Boeing 707 cattle charters to Europe. TRACK 2: Blank.

Donald MacLaren interview

CALL NUMBER: T3217:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Don MacLaren discusses: background- born in Ottawa, moved to Calgary in 1898, went to McGill University in 1912, joined Royal Flying Corps in Toronto in 1917, with air force until 1920; locating seaplane station at Jericho Beach; fisheries patrol, forestry work done by seaplane station; 1924, he decided to go into business himself -- bought a seaplane, took over Jericho Beach station, bought a flying boat; at this time, the air board became the Royal Canadian Airforce; got fisheries contract from military; partner at the time of Ernest Rogers; cost of buying good new planes- Fokkers, Fairchilds, Junkers; decided to sell company to Western Canadian Airways, but he stayed on; opened base in False Creek area and business started- taxi service to anywhere in province, 2 trips a day to Seattle; passenger load of planes at the time; jobs done- carrying miners up north, ridding the hemlock of an inch worm, dealing with a spruce budworm up north, ambulance cases, photography for timber cruisers, fishery patrol, mail contract. TRACK 2: Don MacLaren discusses: getting the mail contract (cont'd); navigation in the 1920s and '30s; differences between types of planes; training he received at Long Branch; bush pilot business; the Aero Club of B.C.; anecdote about a military parade; Burns Lake operation. CALL NUMBER: T3217:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Don MacLaren discusses: the emergence of Canadian Airways; training pilots in Winnipeg; communication on airplanes in mid 1920s- no reliable radio; more about the Aero Club; Sea Island story; difficulty in convincing people that airplanes were a good form of transportation; H.R. MacMillan; near accident anecdote. TRACK 2: Don MacLaren discusses: difficulties with injured people in the bush; round-the-world flights; lack of training caused the downfall of some operations; problem of landing on glassy water; difference between bush flights and commercial flights; experiences in the Queen Charlottes; pilchard patrol story; relationship between CNR and the airline; Grant McConnachie; story about Paddy Burke. CALL NUMBER: T3217:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Don MacLaren discusses: more on the Paddy Burke crash story; no search-and-rescue formal operation until the war; McAlpin expedition; gliding; more on the Aero Club of B.C. (End of interview)

Earl Gerow interview

CALL NUMBER: T4210:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : R. Earl Gerow RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-03-04 SUMMARY: R. Earl Gerow was an early aircraft maintenance engineer who worked for Canadian Airways and Trans-Canada Airlines. TRACK 1: He describes the early flying activities at Burns Lake and his entry into aviation business as a mechanic. Bush flying activities of Canadian Airways 1930-36. The Paddy Burke search in 1930 and other significant aviation incidents. TRACK 2: Further descriptions of early bush flying operations around Burns Lake area with references to other operators. Transfers to Trans-Canada Airlines upon its formation and gains A.M.E. licence. Describes the changes from bush operations to airline and the development of Trans-Canada Airlines from 1938 onward. Air Canada today from the operations point of view.

CALL NUMBER: T4210:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : R. Earl Gerow RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-03-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Description of early airline service between Vancouver and Seattle. Description of accidents and incidents at Vancouver airport. TRACK 2: Blank.

Earl L. MacLeod interview

CALL NUMBER: T3215:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earl MacLeod discusses: anecdote about flying with Alan in the summer of 1923; first job at Jericho Beach was riding a three track tractor for the air board; describes first plane he ever saw; training to be a Royal Naval Air Service officer in Halifax; sent to central France; instruction in the air given through a one-way telephone from the instructor in the front cockpit to the student in the rear cockpit; more on his WW I service; story about narcotic trafficking; anecdote about bootleg retailers. TRACK 2: Earl MacLeod discusses: surveying in southern British Columbia mountain ranges; making a mosaic of the Vancouver Harbour for geodetic surveying; researching a timber disease for the Department of Agriculture in 1922 -- story about lead researcher Dave Davidson; trip to Harrison Hot Springs; recounts names of some of his more prominent passengers; use of his aircraft for Department of Fisheries; landing in the Queen Charlottes -- response to plane, story of taking Chief Edenshaw up in the air. CALL NUMBER: T3215:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earl MacLeod discusses: story of Major MacLaren; expansion of air mapping in the 1920s and 1930s; describes the rules established in 1914 by the Military Division No. II Victoria, which accepted responsibility for aviation in British Columbia; first airmail between Canada and the U.S. was in 1919; assisting Colonel E.L. Broom in organizing a Vickers Vulture around the World flight, flown by A.S.C. MacLaren and W.N. Plenderleith -- story behind this adventure; using pigeons in the early days of flying -- one pigeon on each plane in case of problems; records MacLeod set while flying; the Canadian Air Board -- carried out civilian duties under its auspices. TRACK 2: Earl MacLeod: reads a message carried by pigeon from Cultus Lake to air station in Vancouver; anecdote about a neighbour using a telescope to watch him land his plane; situation in Kamloops in 1921; convincing the government of the necessity of the Canadian Air Board; he helped select the base at Jericho Beach; Joe Hobbs. (End of interview)

Earl MacLeod interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0082 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. MacLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: Earl L. MacLeod was born ca. 1894. World War I flier. Stayed in RAF after war then came back to Canada and joined Canadian Air Board and later RCAF. TRACK 1: Discusses early flying in B.C. before and ;after World War I. TRACK 2: Discusses early pilots. [Duplicates T4265:0083 after first few minutes.];

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0083 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses trying to become a pilot in World War I and early training. TRACK 2: Discusses formation of Canadian Air Board.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0084 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Early Canadian Air Board activity. TRACK 2: Early B.C. activity and fishery patrols.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0085 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Fishery patrols and smugglers. Chilliwack Airport. TRACK 2: Blank.;

Early flying in British Columbia / Earl L. Macleod

The file consists of a photocopy of a memoir titled "Early flying in British Columbia - in retrospect - as recorded by Earl MacLeod." It contains the memoirs of early aviation in British Columbia and northern Canada for the Dominion Air Board and the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1919-1933, together with general information on Air Commodore MacLeod's career.

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