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Wings Across Canada

An Illustrated History of Canadian Aviation

by (author) Peter Pigott

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2002
History, General, General
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From the eccentric Fairey Battle to the lethal-looking CF-18, from modern airliners that have no defects (and no character) to the classic North Star (which had both), here is the ultimate line-up of the aircraft that have served Canadians in the last century. With over one hundred photographs of fifty historic planes, Wings Across Canada is a retrospective of Canada’s aeronautical technology. This book does not compare the planes, nor claim that all are "classics" in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, it is a celebration of a love affair with aircraft that all served a purpose in their own time.

About the author

As the son of an airline employee, Peter Pigott grew up at the edge of airports around the world, including Santa Cruz, Bombay, London and Montreal. He attended the University of Montreal Teacher's College (B.Ed.) and Loyola College in Montreal (B.A.). and then went on to receive a M.A. from the University of Vermont in Burlington USA and a diploma in history at Oxford University in England.

Pigott joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and has served at embassies in New York, Hong Kong, Vienna and The Hague. He returned to Ottawa in 1993 and began his writing career, specializing in books about aviation.

Also by Peter Pigott: The Official History of Aviation in Hong Kong, Flying Canucks! Famous Canadian Aviators, Hong Kong Rising: The History of a Remarkable Place, Gateways: Airports of Canada, Flying Colours: Commercial Aviation in Canada, Flying Canucks II: Famous Canadian Aviators

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Editorial Reviews

"…the book offers an interesting and sometimes amusing read about great planes and the stories behind them."

Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS)

"A celebration of a love affair with aircraft that all served a purpose in their own time."

"(In Wings Across Canada) there are wonderful anecdotes and scraps of history…best of all are the evocative photos of old-time air pioneers posing proudly in front of the early rattletraps on various lonesome trundras and frozen lakes. It's a country for airplanes, Canada."

The Gazette (Montreal, QC)

"…a spirited celebration of a wide array of aircraft that have served our nation through war and peace."

Toronto Sun

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