British Columbia, Canada
 Aircraft Companies,
 and Airplanes
 ca: 1920's to 2012

Site Index

Aircraft Section Home Page

Airline Companies
Queen Charlotte Airlines
Associated Air Taxi
Conair Aviation Ltd.
BC Air Lines Ltd.

BC Airways Ltd.
Pacific Western Airlines Ltd.
Trans Provincial Airlines Ltd.

Western Straits Air
Westinghouse Airways
Air Caledonia
Canadian Pacific Airlines
Pacific Airways Ltd.

Helicopter Companies
Okanagan Helicopters Ltd.

Transwest Helicopters (1965) Ltd.
Vancouver Island Helicopters
Northern Mountain Helicopters
Quantum Helicopters Ltd.

Aircraft Repair Shops
Associated Aero Services

Aircraft Sales Company
Vancouver Aircraft Sales Ltd.

Airport-Seaplane Bases
Patricia Bay, Catalina Graveyard

Sea Island

Pilots - Owners Bios
Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights
Robert Benjamin "Bob" Gayer
Arthur John "Jack" Moul
Ashton James Ward "Jim" Spilsbury
Ronald F. "Ron" Connelly
Leslie George "Les" Kerr
Francis Russell "Russ" Baker
John Francis "Jack" McMahon
Edward Percy Hector Wells
William Frederick "Bill" Waddington

BA Concord and RAF Red Arrows
May 1985, taken from QE II

Bristol Type 170 Freighter
First Around the World Flight

Corporate Jets
BC Tel-Telus

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The Coast of BC had been served by Ferries,
Steam Boats, River Boats, etc., for decades,
But after the War, in the 1940's-50's,
The Airplane era entered the picture big time.
There were some smaller operators before this time,
but with all the ex RCAF guys around,
they all wanted to keep flying.
Some started their own Companies,
Some others, flew for their friends Company.
RCAF was, and still is, a big time provider of pilots,
and a whole slew of the planes as well.

Some of these pages were created from Photos,
and Information from Mr. Grant Walker,
the son of the Photographer,
T. R. "Bud" Walker.
With Grant's photos and stories,
this got me started on the project.
With research from various Web Pages,
Books, Old Newspapers, etc.,
I've tried to compile some of the history,
of only a small handful of Companies,
and areas of that time.

Corrections and additions are always welcome.
Full credit of contributors is always given.

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and permission to use them must be acquired
from the contributor.
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Some info I already had online prior to this.

From my Kemano page

Info on CF-GPO and CF-OBM,
2 Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) planes

Queen Charlotte Airlines, (QCA) Canso PBY, CF-FOQ,

 and BC Airlines, CF-FJG, s/n 825, also N6572K, N209B
which was a RC-3 Republic Aviation Corporation Seabee
BC Airlines was taken over in 1969 by PWA

PWA bought Queen Charlotte Airlines Ltd,
founded by Jim Spilsbury, which operated from 1943-1955.
It was the 3rd largest airline in Canada in 1955.

Associated Air Taxi was also bought by
Central BC Airways Ltd.
founded and owned by Russ Baker.
1953 this became Pacific Western Airlines, PWA

Grant Walker as a young boy

Bud Walker and Associated Air Taxi's Goose

Grant Walker sent me photos from his father,
Thomas Raymond Walker's collection,
that encouraged me to build these pages.
I have had other pictures and info sent to me,
and add names of contributors to each photo sent.

Thomas Raymond "Bud" Walker


Since Bud's pictures, I have expanded the site
with other researched material

Please enjoy all the old Photos and Stories,
Use the Airplane Icons below
to view all the pages in this compilation.
Note- Right Forward Airplane will take you
through all the pages in the index,
except the individual Pilots / Owners Bio Section,
Since some of these guys
 were involved in many companies.

If by any chance these photos are copyright,
and you want them removed from this site,
please contact me ASAP.
I do not purposely use copyright photos.

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Created Jan 11, 2012
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