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Commercial Ventures

In the years following the First World War, Alberta witnessed an explosion of economic growth in the area of aviation as the real commercial potential of air travel began to manifest itself throughout the province.

Curtiss Jenny was used by "Wop" May and Frank CormanPilots and other aviation personnel had returned to Canada from their war service, and they brought with them ambitions of applying all that they had learned about aviation towards the creation of new entrepreneurial ventures. Over the 1920s and 1930s, many companies sprang up to compete for a place in the growing market of commercial air transport. Some companies, like May Airplanes Ltd. formed for the purposes of promoting air travel, and offered flying demonstrations at country fairs and other special events. Others, like The Edmonton Aircraft Company provided passenger or cargo air service between cities like Edmonton and Calgary, and to points in Alberta's north country.

Some of the commercial air ventures went on to become resounding successes, while others failed to find their niche in the market and were either swallowed up by a bigger company, or completely vanished away by the dawn of the Second World War. But whether or not the business flew or crashed, each one in its turn left its mark upon Alberta's aviation legacy.

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