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"The City of Edmonton"

Like many other First World War fighter pilots, Wilfrid Reid (Wop) May wanted to form his own commercial flying company after the war. Wop May and his brother Court founded an air service named May Airplanes Ltd. in the spring of 1919 with the help of the city of Edmonton.

Edmonton asked the Mays to assist them in promoting flying in Edmonton and across the province of Alberta. To do this, the May brothers agreed to pay $25 per month for rent on the city’s Curtiss JN-4 Canuck named, "The City of Edmonton." In exchange, the May brothers agreed to keep the JN-4 in good running condition and not allow any unqualified pilots to fly it.

Gordon CannamAfter May Airplanes was established it offered cargo delivery, advertising and policing work. Like other companies at the time, May Airplanes found opportunities to demonstrate their aircraft at summer fairs in Red Deer, Camrose, Lloydminster, North Battleford, and Prince Albert.

The flying company closed in 1924, since there was not enough activity to keep it in the air.


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