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|Creator||Wilson, John Armistead, 1879-1954.|
|Title||John Armistead Wilson fonds|
MG 30 E 243
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
John Armistead Wilson (1879-1954) was a civil servant and aviation pioneer. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Wilson was trained as an engineer, but became interested in the potential of aviation while in the Department of Naval Services in World War One. As secretary of the Air Board (1920-22) and later controller of civil aviation (1922-41), Wilson guided the national policies which led to the use of aircraft in the remote regions of Canada. Later he was closely involved in planning the Trans-Canada Airways, the flying-club movement, air mail service and transoceanic flying. He was director of the selection, surveying and construction of aerodromes used by the RCAF for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and other wartime needs.
This collection consists of general correspondence concerning the development of aviation in Canada and important figures in aviation history, among other aviation-related things.