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August/September 2016

Fly through nearly 100 years of aviation in Canada’s North. Our special Aviation Issue chronicles pioneering pilots in rickety bush planes in the 1920s, through the post-WWII heyday that saw the Arctic wilds open up to robust de Havilland bush planes, all the way to the airlines and jets of the present day. We interview Northern flying legends like Max Ward, Joe McBryan, and Fred Carmichael. Plus: Tim Edwards takes us through some of the ongoing mystery crashes of the North, and Katie Weaver profiles aviation-inspired art. And, in honour of the Queen’s birthday, we showcase her four visits to Canada’s North. 

In This Issue

Buffalo Joe at the best seat in the house, er, DC-3. Photo: Hannah Eden

Doing It His Way

For Buffalo Joe, it’s not about money or fame—flying’s a way to escape all that

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 17
2016
A makeshift hangar for a Fokker Universal on the coast of the Hudson Strait. Photo - Canada Aviation and Space Museum

A Voyage Into Wind, Ice And Fog

The cold facts of flying learned on the Hudson Strait Expedition

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 16
2016
Willy Laserich might have been the world's most decorated ambulance driver. He died in 2007 at age 75. Photo by Margo Pfeiff

Willy And The Bandits

The story of the NWT's beloved air maverick, in numbers

By Katie Weaver
Aug 15
2016
Bob Engle pioneered scheduled flight service across the North. Photo courtesy Roxy Engle

The Big League

Bob Engle and NWT Air connect the dots

By Tim Edwards
Aug 12
2016
Simpson Air’s Ted Grant is the Deh Cho’s biggest booster. Photo by Samia Madwar

Humane Brand Of Business

Ted Grant’s philosophy on flying

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 11
2016
The massive Antonov An-124 drew a crowd of admirers during its brief stay in Iqaluit last April. Photo by Frank Reardon

Just Plane Crazy

What drives some spirited photographers to brave the cold for hours outside Iqaluit’s airport?

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 10
2016
Dawn Bartsch made her career in the Yukon. Photo courtesy Dawn Bartsch

She Was That Good

How Dawn Bartsch proved 'em all wrong

By Katie Weaver
Aug 09
2016
Weldy Phipps pioneered tourism expeditions to the North Pole. Photo by Erik Charlton, (Flying to North Pole) [CC BY 2.0]

North Pole, Ho!

Weldy Phipps’s madcap tourism package

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 08
2016
The Fairchild FC-2 Razorback. Photo courtesy Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Last Of The Wild Razorbacks

Northern aviation buffs are saving a rare, abandoned bushplane from oblivion

By Katie Weaver
Aug 05
2016
The Bolkhovitinov DB-A, a Soviet long-range bomber prototype, disappeared in 1937 in an experimental flight over the North Pole from Moscow to the United States. Photo: Public Domain

Lost And Never Found

Enduring mysteries of the Northern skies, from missing people to missing planes

By Tim Edwards
Aug 04
2016