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Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Names Inductees for 2008

Nov. 30, 2007, Wetaskiwin, Alta. - Pioneers in manufacturing, innovation and Space to be honoured in Toronto ceremony.


November 30, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 30, 2007, Wetaskiwin, Alta. – Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) has named three aviation pioneers as Members, to be inducted in 2008. The 2008 inductees are Frederick Kearns (1924-1987), former president and chief executive of Canadair Ltd.; Marc Garneau (1949 -), a prominent astronaut, naval officer, engineer and former president of the Canadian Space Agency; and Hubert Pasmore (1898-1999), founder of Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. (Canada). The Hall’s Belt of Orion, awarded to aviation and aerospace organizations, goes this year to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.

Fred Kearns –
His determination and dedication to the aerospace industry transformed Canadair into an internationally recognized and highly regarded manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft with great benefits for Canada’s reputation and economy.

Marc Garneau –
Throughout his long and distinguished career as an astronaut and executive,
he has inspired countless young Canadians, contributed to the growth and
development of the Canadian Space Agency and brought honour and recognition to Canada.

Hubert Pasmore –
Under his outstanding leadership, Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. (Canada) became one of Canada’s leading military and commercial aircraft manufacturers during the interwar period, producing many unique aircraft types that would contribute to the development of Canada.

Belt of Orion:   Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum –
For over 35 years, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario has interpreted Canada’s proud aviation history through its restoration and preservation of its outstanding collection of airworthy aircraft and other artifacts, and gained international acclaim for its vintage aircraft flying program.

To celebrate the contributions of these distinguished Canadians, the Hall will hold its 35th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony at the Granite Club in Toronto on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The new members will join a roster of 200 men and women aviation pioneers who have been previously honoured since the formation of CAHF in 1973.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame is located as part of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, south of Edmonton. Members have come from across Canada and have led extraordinary lives as military and civilian pilots, entrepreneurs, scientists, inventors, aeronautical engineers and administrators. 

The Hall’s mission is to increase the public’s understanding and interest in aviation history by making its displays, archives, records and artifacts accessible to current and future generations.  The heroism and courage, embodied in the Members of the Hall, serve to encourage the spirit of adventure in the people of Canada, nationwide. A non-profit organization, CAHF relies on the support of memberships and contributions from individual and corporations.

Notice of 2008 Induction Ceremony

May 28, 2008, Toronto, Ontario:  The 2008 Induction Ceremony and Dinner for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame will be held at the Granite Club, Toronto.

For information and tickets, contact Mary Oswald, 780-469-3547 or e-mail  oswaldm@shaw.ca , or contact Justin Cuffe, Curator of the Hall of Fame at 780-361-1351, ext 241, or e-mail  cahf@telusplanet.net .