Four aviators — Julie Payette, Vi Milstead Warren, Redford Henry “Red” Mulock, and Willy Laserich — were inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) at its annual induction ceremony and dinner, held earlier this month in Vancouver, B.C. The event was attended by more than 280 guests from across Canada’s aviation and aerospace community.
Inducted were Canada’s former Chief Astronaut Julie Payette, a pilot, engineer, and musician who has logged more than 1,200 hours flying and 25 days in space; inspirational female flight instructor Vi Milstead Warren, who also worked in remote and dangerous conditions as Canada’s first female bush pilot; World War I fighter pilot Redford Henry “Red” Mulock, who was recognized for his combat flying with a Distinguished Service Order and as a Companion of the British Empire who rose to the rank of RCAF Reserve Air Commodore; and Northern bush pilot Willy Laserich who flew more than 3,000 medevac flights and 100 search and rescue missions in Canada’s arctic.
The Hall of Fame encourages nominations from individuals from across the country. CAHF membership and nomination forms can be downloaded from the CAHF website. Entries are assessed by a Nominations Review Committee, independent of the Hall’s board of directors, on an annual basis.
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame is located in the hangar at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, south of Edmonton. Founded in 1973, its 200 members have come from all across Canada and have led extraordinary lives as military and civilian pilots, doctors, scientists, inventors, aeronautical engineers and administrators.