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Edward Reynolds

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Edward A. Reynolds

An icon of the true pioneering spirit of aviators in Alberta, Edward A. (Ted) Reynolds from Wetaskiwin sought the thrill of flight by building and flying his own airplane. In 1919, Reynolds applied his mechanical background and built a light monoplane using wood for the fuselage and canvas covering for the wings. An aluminium cowling was placed over a Model T Ford engine that was installed backward and attached to the propeller to avoid the use of a flywheel. He used this monoplane to complete several flights in the three years that followed.

Reynolds’ name appears again in the history of flight in Alberta when he helped overhaul the engine of May and Gorman’s biplane, The City of Edmonton, so it could be returned in flying condition to partner Peter Lerbekmo from the Tofield area. In October 1927, Reynolds traded his Star automobile to obtain Lerbekmo’s entire share of the plane. Reynolds flew The City of Edmonton in the years that followed. He subsequently disassembled the biplane and put it in storage.

In 1980, restoration work began on The City of Edmonton. It is now on display in Wetaskiwin’s Reynolds-Alberta Museum along with Reynolds’ monoplane that was restored in 1990.

 

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