Exhibit: James A. Richardson – Father of Commercial Aviation in Canada

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    James Armstrong Richardson (1885-1939) is considered the father of Canadian commercial aviation because he understood early the importance of flight to Canada’s future and prepared for national air networks long before anyone else realized its national and international potential.

    This commemorative exhibit details how Richardson’s astuteness, integrity and energy laid the foundation for Canada’s modern air industry. His airline – Canadian Airways Limited – would become the basis for Canadian Pacific Air Lines, which in time and after many mergers would become Air Canada.

    The exhibit was created in conjunction with a new app to enhance the museum experience:

    Air and Space: Canadian Innovations

    A collaborative project between the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Air and Space: Canadian Innovations provides an engaging multimedia experience and reveals fascinating stories about Canadian aviation history.

    Funding for the James A Richardson – Father of Commercial Aviation in Canada Exhibit and Air and Space: Canadian Innovations app was generously provided by:

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