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Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights
Slim was adopted so birth records are slim, no pun intended
d- Mar 1, 1989, at Matsqui BC
Thora and Slim Knights, 1952
1952, left- Slim Knights,
shaking hands with Russ Baker, right.
Slim was the Uncle of Grant Walker.
He married his dad Bud's younger sister, Thora Walker.
Slim was Operations Manager of
Associated Air Taxi
He lived at 2733 west 41st Ave in 1953.
He flew a single engine aircraft
on a daring mercy flight from Jervis Inlet
to Vancouver, end of Nov 1953.
Slim Knights and Jack Moul had a flying school
at Sproat Lake, on Vancouver Island.
After the war, In 1946, with
they started Port Alberni Airways.
ca 1948 they amalgamated with
Associated Air Taxi
Slim was a WWII pilot like Moul.
Slim was one of 5, that started
Conair Aviation Ltd.
From a blog online, (link below) his daughter, Karen,
adds this info,
based on an online film and pictures,
of Slim piloting a Stranraer flying boat,
taking off with temporary dollies under it.
Herman "Slim" Knights was my father and I think
this challenge was one of his favourites. Slim learned to fly in the RCAF. He
piloted a Lancaster in WWII, and on his return to Canada flew with Queen
Charlotte Airlines and Associated Air Taxi on the west coast before starting his
own company with fellow ex pow Jack Moul called Port Alberni Airways. After that
co was bought up by QCA and part of the group then rolled into PWA he was a bush
pilot for awhile and did a brief stint at PWA before being fired for supporting
the workers in a union dispute. He started 2 short lived companies at the old
Vancouver airport- KCR and Tas, and spent each summer flying air tankers for
Skyways. He ended his aviation career as one of the cofounders of Conair
I hope she doesn't mind me using this info
as a form of tribute to her father.
Slim deserves to be in the Aviation Hall of Fame!
As we read here, he also flew for Skyway.
H. J. Knights
Executive Vice President
Conair Aviation Ltd. Business Card
Bottom of Slim Knight's notepad
Grant thought he started Conair
with 2 others,
but records I have found, show 5 original owners.
Grant tells me Slim worked for Conair until his death.
Grant submitted this little tidbit
which kind of makes you wonder,
what were they thinking?
"I was told that (name withheld
because I don't want to be sued)
was the man that gave pilots LSD,
thinking it would help them hear radio calls better through the static.
I know this was tried because my uncle was given it."
Unknown left and middle, Slim Knights right
Robert B. "Bob" Gayer
, right- Slim Knights
on Boundary Bay Beach
Slim Knights on left
Photo of him and his crew
after a night bombing run over Germany
Photos and info above, courtesy Grant Walker,
from his father Thomas Raymond "Bud" Walker's Collection.
Slim Knights on right
Photo from Karen Knights, via Grant Walker, with thanks
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