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Bellanca Aircruiser

Bellanca Aircruiser Restoration Nearly Complete Thanks to Historic Photographs

With the re-opening of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada set for spring 2022, a lot of prep work is taking place. While the museum was being constructed, the archives were put into temporary storage in Magellan Aerospace and …

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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 …

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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 …

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Elsie MacGill

Elsie MacGill – Queen of the Hurricanes

Elisabeth ‘Elsie’ MacGill was determined for a career in aviation from the start. Beginning her studies in the 1920s, she became the first woman in Canada to graduate with an electrical engineering degree, and would go on to be first …

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