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Aircraft like the Avro AnsonWhen the Second World War ended, there was a great deal of optimism about the development of aviation in Canada. The massive wartime effort of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan left behind a huge surplus, in all forms of equipment and facilities. Established air service companies purchased surplus aircraft. Pacific Western Airlines, for example, used Avro Anson aircraft it attained after the war.

Private pilots saw an opportunity when aircraft such as the Tiger Moths or the Cornels, which were common training aircraft at the Elementary Air Training Schools of the BCATP, were offered as surplus at the end of the war. The flying clubs that had been so strong before the war began their operations again.

The surplus of aircraft, equipment and airfields from the BCATP became an important element in the new aviation industry that developed in Alberta and Canada after the war.

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