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Central Northern Airways and the Formation of Transair

Central Northern Airways and the Formation of Transair

In May 1947, a group of Winnipeg-based businessmen acquired the Canadian Pacific Airlines franchise for routes in Manitoba and northwestern Ontario to establish a new company – Central Northern Airways (C.N.A.). Key names within the C.N.A. ownership circle were E. Milton Ashton and F. Roy Brown, both well-known figures in Canadian flying circles each having …

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Mannifrank Brown

Mannifrank Brown

The name “Brown” is well-known and celebrated in Canadian aviation history. This is due principally to what has been described elsewhere as “The Curious Tale of Two Roy Browns” – Arthur Roy Brown of Carleton Place, Ontario, famous for having played a role in the downing of Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), and Francis …

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Bob Starratt

Bob Starratt and the Red Lake Gold Rush

When Robert Starratt arrived at Hudson, Ontario, with his wife Iris and their children in April 1926, the town was little more than a train station isolated in the forests of northern Ontario.  Gold, tons of it, had been discovered the previous year, locked in the 2.5 billion-year-old rock of the Canadian Shield and thousands …

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Konnie Johannesson

Konnie Johannesson – Winnipeg’s Golden Boy

The first airplane to fly over Winnipeg took off from the Dufferin Avenue fairground on a July afternoon in 1911.  Among the observers was 14 year old Konrad Johannesson.  Konnie, as he was known to friends, snuck away from the crowd to get a close look at the Curtiss Pusher ‘flying machine’ and, before he …

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