British Columbia, Canada
 Aircraft Companies,
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ca: 1920's to 1970's

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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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Pacific Airways Ltd.

Company started in 1921 by Major Ronald R. MacLaren
sold to Western Canada Airways May 1, 1928

Western Airlines later became Canadian Airways Ltd.

Major Donald R. MacLaren, D.S.O., M.C. and Bar, D.F.C.
He was the Owner, and Pilot Manager,
He was a Royal Flying Corps WWI Ace

He was also President of the New Aero Club of BC,  in Vancouver,
It was the First airplane club in BC, and had 200 members.

He bought one of the HS-2L’s in Baltimore.

Photo of Vancouver Harbour taken by Pacific Airways Ltd.
Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA

Photos like the one above, were taken by
The new Fairchild and Eastman Aerial Cameras at that time

The Curtiss HS-2L,  Flying Boat he used, had a 400 hp Liberty engine.

Company Based in Vancouver

Planes they used:

G-CACM- Curtiss HS-2L

G-CAEP- Curtiss JN-4A

G-CAFE- Curtiss HS-2L

G-CAFH- Curtiss HS-2L

Wing Commander, Major Donald Roderick MacLaren
b-  May 28, 1893, in Ottawa ON
d- July 4, 1989, in Vancouver BC, age 96
buried in Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby

Enlisted in WWI, occupation- surveyor
Became 4th ranking war ace

Awarded D.S.O., M.C. and Bar, and D.F.C.
He was also awarded the 'French Legion of Honour'
 and 'Croix de guerre' both from France.

Superintendent of Canadian Airways Ltd. until 1937,
Became an Airline Executive with Air Canada after that.

He also Established the Air Cadet League of Canada in 1941.
First Squadron in Winnipeg.

wife (1)- Verna Gladys Harrison
b- Jan 13, 1894 Tiberton ON
d- Nov 9, 1968 in Sidney BC, age 74
daughter of Richard Frank Harrison and Flora Ann McIntyre
shown married to her in 1921 census
she was living in Calgary when they wed.
They had 2 sons

wife (2)- Alice Bryden

Father- Robert James MacLaren
b- Jan 23, 1865 in Cobden ON
d- Jan 1, 1952 in Vancouver BC, age 86
next of kin for Donald, 2798 Yales st., Vancouver
1911- Real Estate in Calgary AB
Retired Oil Geologist when he died
1901 and 1911 family in Calgary AB
Family moved to Vancouver in 1912

Mother- Mary Jane MacLaren, nee MacDonald
b- Feb 10, 1868 in ON
shown Mary J. in 1901 census
Jeanie in 1911 census
Catherine in Robert's death cert
Her father- Donald MacDonald living with them in 1911, b- June 1827 in ON

Grandfather- Robert MacLaren, b- ON
Grandmother- Jane Bain, b- Scotland

sister- Isabel MacLaren
b- Sept 20, 1891 in ON

sister- Jennie MacLaren
b- Jan 11, 1896 in ON

brother- Roy MacLaren
b- Jan 1897, ON
1921, living with mother and father in Vancouver


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