Aviation in Alberta dates back to the first decade of the 20th
century. Alberta has had an important role in the history and
development of aviation in Canada and the world. Explore the
exciting history of the early pioneers and war heroes, such as
Wop May, who helped start commercial aviation in Alberta and
open up the north as never before.
hosted some of the first official military pilot training
programs that produced thousands of Second World War pilots and
navigators at airfields across the province. Albertans were also
among the most influential commercial and passenger aviators and
innovators in Canada, and still play an important role in the
ever-changing world of military and commercial aviation. This is
demonstrated by the Foundation's partner, the
Museum, whose collections are featured throughout this website.
Discover how Alberta, its geography and its people played a
major role in aviation experimentation and the development of
the airplane as an important military and commercial tool.
Albertans and their ideas helped develop the province and the
nation, and are still working to strengthen today’s airline
- The History—This section
will create an understanding of the events and advancements in
each of the major periods of Alberta’s aviation history.
The People—This section
will focus on the contributions that individuals and groups
made to aviation innovation and development in Alberta.
- The Planes—This section
showcases the planes that were used by individuals and by the
military during the various historical periods discussed in
the History section.