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Wop May

"Wop" May, an outstanding pilotLike many other Canadian WWI Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots who returned after the war, Wop May established a civilian aviation company. May Airplanes limited was formed in 1919 with the cooperation of the City of Edmonton. Early in 1920, May-Gorman Airplanes limited was formed, providing many new aviation services to Northern Alberta. In August 1928, May established Commercial Airways limited in Edmonton.

May and his companies assisted the Health Board with a diphtheria outbreak and delivered the first airmail to the arctic circle for the Canadian Post Office.

He also managed the Air Observer School, which was a part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Edmonton during the Second World War. Additionally, May was well known for developing a search and rescue program during WWII to find and rescue pilots that went down along the Northwest Staging route.


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