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From sea to sea, by air: The first trans-Canada flight - Retired colonel John L. Orr

October 19, 2020 12:49 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

One hundred years ago, an intrepid group of Canadian aviators completed a significant nation-building effort – the first crossing of Canada by air. The flight began at Canadian Air Board Station Dartmouth, N.S., at 8 a.m. on Oct. 7, 1920, and touched down at Minoru Park Racetrack in Richmond, B.C., at 11:25 a.m. on Oct. 17 — having flown nearly 5,400 kilometres (3,355 miles) in 10.5 days and logging just over 49 hours of flying time.

This noteworthy accomplishment needs to be viewed in context. The First World War had recently finished, and a new combat arm, the Air Force, had been born over the fields of Flanders, the deserts of the Middle East and the trackless wastes of the Atlantic and North Sea. Canada played a significant role in achieving victory in the air as more than 20,000 young Canadian men took to the skies. Though they did so as part of the British Flying Services and not as part of a Canadian military air service.

Read the full article Posted on October 19, 2020 by Retired colonel John L. Orr on Skies Magazine...

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