aviation

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Elizabeth Muir’s recent book Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight, shines a light on the often little-known contributions of Canadian women in aviation. Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail delves into Muir’s reasons for writing the book, and the surprising things she learned.
Tell us about your book. If I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, Polar Winds is an engaging look at a century of aviation in the North using as many northern voices as possible. It’s not just about the typical bush pilots you find in books and movies (although they certainly exist and make appearances!) but it looks at “balloonatics” during the Klondike gold rush, air tourists to the North Pole, military flyers during the Second World War and Cold War, as well as passengers, base managers, air mechanics, and so on. I tried above all to shine a light on the experiences of women, indigenous people, and others who are often left out of aviation history.