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Grant McConachie

Grant McConachie on his Fokker Universal Grant McConachie was an important builder of the new aviation industry that developed in Canada after the war.  Painting by Robert Banks

In 1931, McConachie flew in the Western provinces and into the North carrying freight, airmail and passengers, taking advantage of unique opportunities created by air transportation.

He took Professor William Rowan (University of Alberta) and the professor’s Canadian bush pilot, Grant W. G. McConachiemigratory birds up in his airplane so that Rowan could study their flight patterns as the birds  were released in different places.

He barnstormed in the summers, and hauled fish from Cold Lake to Bonnyville where they were loaded onto the train.


A framed dissertation about "The Beginning" by Ray Munro. Inscription in the left lower corner is "To Cliff with Happy Memories of 280 Squadron - Sam Luberman - Edmonton March 8, 1983." Read More...


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