Summertime… warm days invite lazy days of reading…
If you’re a lover of biographies, these four Canadian titles in our Research Library might interest you. If you can’t come in for a closer look, check your local library!
First up, A Biography of Carl F. Burke, M.B.E., Canadian Aviation Pioneer. Written by Al MacNutt, a professional pilot for 50 years, … “this story tells of the meteoric rise of Carl F. Burke from a $12.00 a week hardware clerk in PEI to fame and fortune in Civil Aviation in Canada. Assisted by the fierce loyalty of staff, tight financial control, lucrative contracts, clever planning and faultless timing, Burke soared to aviation prominence… ” This book was written with…”the assistance of surviving ex-employees, friends and family of Burke…
Interested in test pilots? Have a look at The Chosen Ones, Canada’s Test Pilots in Action by Sean Rossiter. Rossiter writes, “These test pilots, the chosen ones, flew the original aircraft designs produced by Avro and de Havilland during the golden age of flight test in Canada. It was a time when, initially with British support, Canadians built aircraft uniquely suited to the climate, topography, and vastness of their country. Testing them was a special calling. Many of those aircraft sold worldwide, often as a result of dazzling demonstrations by their test pilots, the men who knew them best. Theirs was a brief but intense heyday. Many of their tales appear here for the first time.”
Jack Schofield’s Flights of a Coast Dog, a Pilot’s Log offers the reader a look at some of the passengers he met while flying a seaplane along the coast of BC ~ …” loggers, fishermen, tourists and Native residents”… These were, “…adventurers and dreamers, entrepreneurs and eccentrics, independent individuals and misfits who were attracted to a life on an isolated float camp or in remote communities…” These stories definitely make for easy summer reading!
Also by Schofield ~ Coast Dogs Don’t Lie, Tales From the North Coast Sched. In the introduction, he writes, “Until 1980, British Columbia’s coastal communities were served by several small seaplane airlines based out of Campbell River in the south, Port Hardy on the mid-coast and Prince Rupert in the north. ‘Coastal communities’ is a phrase that needs some clarification: most of the stops along the routes of the Beaver, Cessna and Otter seaplanes of these little airlines were Native villages, logging camps, private float camps and sport-fishing resorts. They were all classed as whistle-stops, and anyone wanting to book a seat or space for freight on the regular scheduled flight had to call in and reserve. None of these places had road access, and coastal packets and steamships had long given up trying to compete with the daily airplane service offered by the seaplane outfits. Since the people living and working in the myriad inlets, bays, and coves along this mountainous coast’s beautiful waterways depended on seaplanes for transportation and supplies, they hailed airplanes as city folk might call cabs.
The ‘North Coast Sched’ was the name pilots hung on Gulf Air’s daily flight out of Campbell River. It didn’t go to the north coast, but only as far north as would permit its return before nightfall… to call the service a schedule was also something of a stretch; it was rarely on time at any of the stops owing to a variety of delays from weather, passenger snafus and other unexpected events…” This is a wonderful collection of tales!