They were heavier than the air that they were designed to fly
in. They were bold and innovative—at times they were dangerous
and unpredictable—and they were often as memorable as the
larger than life human personalities who dared to use them. They
were the airplanes.
The plane evolved in step with human understanding of flight.
While initial plane designs were often clumsy and inefficient,
these early flyers paved the way for much more sophisticated
designs later on. Planes would soon prove to be an invaluable
tool in exploration, warfare, transport and travel.
As airplanes became more commonplace in Alberta and
elsewhere, the map of Alberta began to change. Aerial surveys
could bring Albertans a greater understanding of the
geographical and geological layout of their province, while
commercial airlines allowed for more rapid travel throughout.
Suddenly, remote Alberta towns and villages were only hours
away, instead of days.
Here are the stories of some of the planes that played a role
in the development of Alberta’s aviation industry. Each aircraft
stands as a testament to the human innovation that created it,
as well as a legacy to the Alberta dream of flight.
The Wellington Bomber Incident – Vera Dowling
Vera recalls an incident in which she had to deliver an unsafe Wellington bomber to another airbase.
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