2022 Lecture Series: Lecture 5 – Pioneers of Bush Flying

With a new airport, a rapidly growing aviation club, and eager investors, the aviation industry experienced explosive growth. Early bush pilots became internationally famous. Canadians tuned their radios for the latest updates on Wop May’s Mercy Flight to Fort Vermillion, and his aerial hunt for the “Mad Trapper.” Punch Dickins brings the RCAF to town, and the skies of northern Canada are increasingly filled with the buzz of aircraft, beginning Edmonton’s establishment as the “Gateway to the North.”