Sun, Jan 17, 2010
WW1 Veteran, Female Astronaut, Flight Instructor, And Northern
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four Canadians
at its 2010 annual dinner and ceremony at the River Rock Casino and
Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., June 10.
This year's inductees' achievements span over 90 years of
flight. From flying in two world wars, in space and in
remote, dangerous conditions, within military, medevac, private and
commercial sectors, this year's inductees epitomize the Canadian
spirit represented by the CAHF.
The 2010 inductees are:
- Julie Payette (1963 - ), a multilingual pilot, musician and
singer who epitomizes the talents and education of Canadians
selected as astronauts. She logged more than 1,200 hours as a
pilot, before becoming the chief astronaut of the Canadian Space
Agency from 2000 to 2007. Julie has now spent more than 25
days in space where she supervised a spacewalk for space shuttle
Discovery, operated the 'Canadarm' robotic arm, served as mission
specialist on a number of operations, and as flight engineer aboard
space shuttle Endeavor.
- Vi Milstead Warren (1919 - ), a pilot and role model for women
in aviation. She achieved the rank of first officer working
for the Air Transport Authority in WW2 flying more than 47 types of
aircraft. Following the war, she worked as Canada's first
female flying instructor, before breaking new ground as Canada's
first female bush pilot flying in some of the country's most remote
and dangerous conditions. In 2004, she was inducted as a
Member of the Order of Canada.
- Redford Henry "Red" Mulock (1886-1961) of Winnipeg, who
distinguished himself as one of Canada's most highly skilled
pilots, earning the Distinguished Service Order in his first year
of service with the Royal Naval Air Service during WW1. His
extraordinary career trajectory continued as he rose in rank and
responsibility through the Royal Air Force. As group captain
he led a bomber group, and following the war was honored as a
Companion of the British Empire, going on to join Canadian Airways
Ltd and rising to the rank of air commodore in the RCAF
- Willy Laserich (1932 - 2007), who earned admiration as both an
individual and as a pilot during his career. He maintained a
perfect safety record for 50 years, but was also known as someone
who could take calculated risks. He continually campaigned
for better air services and facilities for the people of the
Northwest Territories. He flew more than 3,000 medevac
flights, more than 100 search and rescue operations and saw six
babies born aboard his aircraft.
Since its establishment in 1973, 196 individuals have been
honored for their achievements in advancing Canadian aviation and
space endeavors. All inductees have played integral roles in
Canada's strong aviation history; roles that contributed
significantly to Canada's technical and commercial growth.
These four honorees bring the total to 200.
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