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Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

cahfnewlogoFounded in 1973, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame pays tribute to the people and organizations that have pioneered and advanced aviation in Canada. The contributions made by more than 200 of Canada’s flying elite are presented through biographical panels, documents and aviation memorabilia – all displayed among selected vintage aircraft from the Reynolds-Alberta Museum aviation collection.


February 27, 2009
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Founded in 1973, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame pays tribute to the people and organizations that have pioneered and advanced aviation in Canada. The contributions made by more than 200 of Canada’s flying elite are presented through biographical panels, documents and aviation memorabilia – all displayed among selected vintage aircraft from the Reynolds-Alberta Museum aviation collection.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame is currently located on-site at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

The men, women and organizations inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame represent the very best of our aviation heroes, leaders and innovators. Come hear their stories at Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

They Led the Way!

2009 Inductees

luttman2 Charles Luttman (1908 – 2001) made outstanding contributions to the formation of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.  From its inception in the 1950s, he dedicated his energies and expertise to guiding it through its first 20 years of development, creating a stronger, more effective organization of aeronautical engineers through the consolidation of existing special-interest societies. He served the CASI as its first Secretary, retiring in 1973 and leaving it an internationally-respected organization.
marsden2 Barry Marsden, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and a commercial and airline transport rated pilot, co-founded Conair Aviation Inc. in 1969, becoming President and CEO in 1991. Under his leadership, Conair has become a world leader in the development of aerial fire control aircraft and systems and in the provision of aerial fire control services. In 2001 he formed Cascade Aerospace, capitalizing on the company’s maintenance and engineering capabilities. Cascade provides fleet management, heavy maintenance, component overhaul, major modification, and engineering services to OEMs, airlines & aircraft owners, including comprehensive fleet management services for the Canadian Department of National Defence’s C-130s. Both companies are headquartered at Abbotsford International Airport in Abbotsford, B.C.
stanreynolds2 Stan Reynolds, C.M. is a passionate collector, historian, pilot, philanthropist – all of these words and more are necessary to describe him. He returned to Wetaskiwin after the war and set up a very successful car dealership, and began collecting vintage vehicles, machines and aircraft. In 1986 he donated much of his collection to the province of Alberta. This was the largest single donation of artifacts by an individual in Canadian history. In 2000, he followed up on the initial donation to the province with 66 authentically restored aircraft. The impact of his philanthropy is limitless in ensuring that future generations will have the opportunity to view these aircraft and understand and appreciate a very significant part of our history.
tomlamb2 Thomas Lamb (1898 – 1969) began his bush-flying career in 1931, flying fish out of northern Manitoba.  He founded Lamb Airways in 1935 and contributed significantly to the exploration and development of the northern regions of Manitoba and the Arctic from his bases at The Pas, Thompson and Churchill.  He flew many missions to help the Inuit, and was a leader in the areas of fur management, commercial fishing, cattle ranching, lumber milling and cargo hauling.  His six sons also became pilots and worked with him in his businesses.