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

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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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William Frederick "Bill' "Waddy" Waddington
b- Feb 12, 1921 in Cumberland, BC
d- June 21, 1989, Cowichan Hospital, Duncan BC
son of John Waddington and Emily Mary Amelia Lyon
both born in England

married to Barbara Florence Whittome

Waddy Waddington flew for BC Airlines,
and he was the Captain of a twin engine seaplane,
that flew The Queen and Prince Philip,
to a private fishing lodge in the Cascade Mountains,
at Pennask Lake, BC, 30 miles from Merritt,
 for a 3 day holiday fishing trip,
 during a 44 day trip to Canada, in July 1959.

I found a record back in the time that showed they had a problem
at the lodge with Bats.
an exterminator made several attempts to remove them,
and just a day or so before the Royal Family visited,
they sprayed cyanide poison to get rid of them!
After they got rid of the bats, they had to spray for the mosquitoes.
The Queen might have been pregnant at the time as well.
One rumour stated Prince Charles was conceived there.

His co-pilot on that famous flight, was Johnny Boak
John Edward "Johnny" Boak
b- Jan 28, 1922 in Victoria BC
d- Apr 22, 1968 Richmond BC, age 46, in an airplane accident
former RCAF pilot, had flown 15,000 hrs.
son of Eric Wesly Boak and Dorothy Edsel

Family legend says "Waddy" was the first Civilian Pilot to fly the Queen.

from his daughter-
"Waddy was also a RCAF pilot, but I believe somehow was flying for the RAF in India and Burma during WWll.  He was the Chief Pilot and Manager of Forest Industries Flying Tankers (the Martin Mars) for many years. He picked up the planes as Dan McIvor did not have his pilot's license at the time, but he went back to BC Airlines until his buddies were killed and the program was going to be lost, so Waddy took over in approx 1961, until his retirement. "

As an aside bit of trivia,
 the Royal Family came to Terrace BC on this same trip.

The lodge was built in 1929 by James Drummond Dole
otherwise known as the Pineapple King.
today it is owned by Pennask Lake Fishing and Game Club


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