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FOREWORD

Al MacNutt's recollection of life in the cockpit attest to his fascination, bordering on obsession, with aviation. He was ill-equipped when he followed his brothers into the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second world War. But he persevered among his better-education colleagues, studied hard and finally conquered the fine art of flying an airplane. You could, perhaps, call it luck that the air force graduated him into a surplus of new pilots, luck that the Royal Navy was just down the street, looking for pilots.

Al's determination to be the best flyer in the business kept him striving to that end. It took him through the rigors of mastering the Navy's Seafire over Britain, then through the rough and tumble of his own flying school. Adversity, tinged with good fortune, landed him in the jet age with Canadair and the RCAF Auxiliary, thence into aerial survey in the Arctic and foreign lands. He went on to test airlines and their pilots, and retired after years as a forest fire bomber pilot in western Canada. It has been a career laced with exciting ventures, adventures and some misadventures over the tundra, jungle, desert, mountain and ocean.

Throughout his 50-years in the cockpit, Al had is ups and downs in business. His memoir, however, will leave you with no doubt that he has landed and taxied to the ramp abundantly rewarded for his stubborn pursuit of excellence in aviation.

Norm Avery

 

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