2014 Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Dinner in Calgary

As Cmdr Chris Hadfield said in his speech, too often fame and celebrity is bestowed on those who don’t deserve it. Hadfield, that Canadian commander of the International Space Station who stole our hearts with his tweets, spaced-out songs, and gorgeous photos of Earth, was absolutely right when he said this year’s inductees deserved to be feted to the max in this era of celebutantes.

Chris and DMC_edited

Clive Beddoe, Lorna de Blicquy, Fred Moore, and Bob Engle characterize the kind of vision, passion, and tenacity Hadfield says should command our respect and admiration.

Blain and DMC

Me with Blain Fowler, Chairman of the CAHF Operations Committee.

I couldn’t agree more. In fact, two of the inductees – de Blicquy and Engle – are in my upcoming book as pioneers of northern flight. Such a pleasure to be in the same room as them (or their spirits, as deBlicquy was honoured post-humously). It was also pretty neat to see Chris again, be surrounded by the luminati of aviation history, and have a chance to get fancied up.

For more info on the inductees and evening, please visit cahf.ca 

Aviation author selfie: Anne Gafiuk, me and Elinor Florence

Aviation author selfie: Anne Gafiuk, me and Elinor Florence

 

Me with hall of famer Rosella Bjornson (first woman jet pilot in Canada), and author Anne Gafiuk

Me with hall of famer Rosella Bjornson (first woman jet pilot in Canada), and author Anne Gafiuk

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