Shining Stars of Aviation


History is hardly new at the Canada Air and Space Museum in Ottawa, but the eclectic display of vintage and modern aircraft was enhanced on May 30 by the presence of living history – specifically, the 2013 inductees into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF).

... Bennett (BCom'51), 84, a St. John’s, NL, native and son of a decorated Royal Flying Corps pilot in WWI, took his first lessons in a Piper Cub as a teenager. He graduated from the RCAF Flying Training School at Centralia, Ont., got his wings and commission as a pilot officer in 1950, and joined 438 City of Montreal Reserve Squadron. He earned his private and commercial licences in short order, as well as a commerce degree from McGill University, and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. He paid his way through university by flying Douglas DC-3s in Quebec. He left the RCAF as a flight lieutenant in 1956 but rejoined in 1958, taking a second release in 1964.

Read full article: Canadian Skies, June 6, 2013