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John Francis "Jack"
b- Aug 3, 1914 in Edmonton, AB.
d- Nov 21, 2008, Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver BC.
Married Patricia McMahon,
nee Cooney, May 21, 1945
at Our Lady Immaculate RC Church, Limehouse, London, UK.
They had 2 sons, 2 daughters.
Jack was the son of Frank and Rose McMahon.
They had 2 sons and a daughter.
Jack McMahon siblings:
Thomas "Tom" McMahon
Rosemarie Burton, nee McMahon
Father- Frank McMahon outside house
on 116 Ave in Edmonton
Father- Frank McMahon, 4th from the right
with an Orchestra in Edmonton, ca 1910
Jack McMahon at Edmonton, ca1917?
RCAF pictures of
from Jack's personal Autobiography
Cadet Ball, at Saanchin Agricultural Hall
Friday Mar 14, 1941
Jack McMahon in the middle
Jack's story of the photo below
Some of Jack McMahon's crew from Squadron 425
Memorial for lost aircrew at Tholthorpe
Aircrew at Tholthorpe
Jack McMahon Bio
Jack joined RCAF in 1937
Member of the Alouette Squadron 425.
He was stationed in England where he met and married Patricia
Following the war Jack returned to Canada
eventually settling in Vancouver BC.
He spent a lifetime career in the Aviation
He extended his passion for aviation and learned to fly Helicopters.
Transwest Helicopters in
Burnaby BC. in 1965.
took the company over around 1985,
and had until his death around 2001.
Transwest was sold by Tim McAvoy's wife to a European buyer,
and is still in operation at the Chilliwack airport.
After a distinguished flying career,
Jack worked as a helicopter broker until 2006.
I had a phone call
from Jack's son, Denis "Denny" McMahon,
who contributed the pictures above,
and the following information about his father.
"As a youth he
rode the rods across Canada,
and worked in a camp clearing land in the 1930's.
He joined the RCAF in 1937 and was posted to
the Queen Charlotte Islands, Jericho, and McLeod AB.
before he went overseas in 1944.
He trained at Dishforth Yorkshire,
and then was posted to Tholthorpe
where he was made a pilot of a Halifax bomber.
He was nicknamed the 'old man' by his much younger crew."
"After the war Dad
returned to Canada
and moved out to Vancouver in 1947.
It was just after this time, around 1951, that he became involved
in the early aviation business at the South Terminal Vancouver Airport,
and first worked for
Associated Air Taxi
He went on to form his own company named
Vancouver Aircraft Sales Ltd.
and this later changed to Western
It was at this time in the mid fifties
that Denny McCartney worked for my Dad."
"My father knew
all the people on your website very well
and I recall meeting a few of them when I was young."
Below directly from Jack's Autobiography:
"After this time I joined Can
Arc Helicopters as Operations Manager,
and after retiring from the business I became a helicopter broker,
and founded a company by the name of "World Wide Heli (Services)" (in 1985)
that I operated quite successfully from my home for many years. "
the company served the Aircraft Industry as a broker,
and derived its revenue by arranging the sale
for various aircraft companies,
of any equipment which may be surplus to their requirement,
or on the other hand find aircraft that may be required to
fulfill a possible contract.
He charged 2% commission for this service.
Jack in his basement office, Mar 3, 1971
He describes in his bio, he worked for
Associated Air Taxi,
Western Air Motive Charter and Maintenance Co., Incorporated 1952,
both based at the South Terminal in Vancouver.
In the 1950's he made trips to Wichita Kansas
where the Cessna factory was located.
He sold Cessna until the late 1950's
until he also became interested in the Mooney Aircraft,
made in Kerrville Texas.
He sold Western Air Motive Charter in 1963,
and became a mutual funds salesman for a short time.
In 1964 he bought the controlling interests
of an inactive Calgary Aviation company
and moved the business to the West Coast
keeping the name Transwest Helicopters
because of the advertising value.
Jack McMahon on wing
in front of a Flying Service hangar
pilot of a fixed wing airplane
Jack McMahon in Pilot's seat
of a "Marwell" Cessna 180
Marwell was a Construction Co.
in Vancouver, (assume this Co's plane)
beside "Marwell" Cessna 180
Jack at Vernon Airport
This was one of his earlier charter trips.
flying his friend Joe Whitehead
to the Municipal Engineers
10th annual convention
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