Four new Members were inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at its annual dinner and ceremonies, held on June 7, 2018, in the Sunwest Aviation hangar at the Calgary International Airport. Their induction brings to 232 the total number of individuals who have been honoured for contributions to Canadian Aviation. The Royal Canadian Air Force was well represented at the gala event, and two former RCAF pilots were inducted as Members.
Pilot and military leader, General Paul Manson, O.C. CMM, CD, began his career with the RCAF and retired as Chief of the Defence Staff in 1989. In active retirement, he was instrumental in raising funds for building the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. In December 2017, in recognition of “his leadership and steadfast support,” the General Paul Manson Meeting Room was dedicated at the Canadian War Museum.
Test pilot Dr. John Maris, CD, began his career as a pilot with the RCAF. He left the air force holding the rank of major, to devote full time his company, Marinvent Corporation, which he serves as president and CEO. Among John’s many awards the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy in 2005.
The other two inductees in 2018 are the late Bush pilot, airline builder and entrepreneur, Mr. John Bogie, and Dr. Greg Powell, O.C., internationally recognized for his work as an emergency medicine physician, who was a co-founder of STARS – the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service.
Two additional aviators with RCAF backgrounds received special…