Member Profiles

Robert Cheetham Randall

Nickname: "Bob" Randall
Birthdate: November 2, 1908
Birth Place: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Year Inducted: 1974
Death Date: December 11, 2004

"His pioneer flights over unmapped mountains, and his dedication to purpose during the 1937 aerial search for six Russian fliers, despite adversity, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."

Robert Randall mastered the art of flying in the North and through mountain ranges. National Geographic recognized this and hired him to make photographic and supply flights over the unmapped territory of the St. Elias Range for their Yukon expedition. Randall also participated in the search for Russian pilot Sigmund Levanevsky and his five companions, who went missing on a trans-polar flight from Moscow to Alaska. During the construction of the ALCAN pipeline, Randall was loaned to an American company by Canadian Pacific Airlines to organize and manage their flying operations. He retired in 1969 with more than 30,000 hours logged.

Bernard Anderson Rawson

Nickname: "Barney" Rawson
Birthdate: October 27, 1907
Birth Place: Fort William, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1973
Death Date: July 4, 1996

"The application of his aeronautical talents towards designing the Great Lakes Airway and his airborne work to improve airport runway lighting systems, have substantially benefited Canadian aviation."

Bernard Rawson was employed by the U.S. Weather Bureau, and his flights marked the beginning of mass air analysis, permitting present-day, long range weather forecasting. In 1968, Rawson conducted marketing research for regional airline type aircraft for acceptable design parameters. The sales success of de Havilland Aircraft Company's Twin-Otter was due in part to his forcefulness as an officer of Miami Aviation Corporation. During a 45-year career, Rawson flew more than 100 aircraft types, from small trainers to giant passenger airliners. He amassed more than 20,000 hours without injury to passenger or crew, and he was the first non-military pilot in Canada to pilot a jet-fighter aircraft.

Thomas Mayne Reid

Nickname: "Pat" Reid
Birthdate: August 22, 1895
Birth Place: Ballyroney, County Down, Northern Ireland
Year Inducted: 1974
Death Date: April 8, 1954
Awards: DFM

"His mapping of this nation's northern frontier during pioneer air expeditions, and the dedication of his skills to seeking lost airmen, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."

In 1929, Thomas Reid flew a prospecting party from Fort Churchill, ON, to Coppermine, NWT on the Arctic Ocean, then up the Mackenzie River to Edmonton, Alberta, completing the first northwest passage by air. The expedition lasted six months and covered over 25,000 miles without the benefit of navigational aids or weather services. In 1931 he became western aviation manager of Imperial Oil Limited and that year led the Trans-Canada Air Pageant, a two-way transcontinental flight visiting every city in Canada, where landing was possible. The tour showcased the fledgling Canadian aviation industry, and displayed the latest in civil and military aircraft.

John Hardisty Reilly

Nickname: "Jack" Reilly
Birthdate: March 1, 1921
Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta
Year Inducted: 1974
Death Date: September 2, 2003

"His application of outstanding skills and dedicated perseverance, in those demanding areas of flight he chose to conquer, despite adversity, have resulted in outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."

John Reilly grew up on an airport running errands and refueling planes for many members since named to the Hall of Fame. He joined the RCAF in 1940 and was promoted to the captaincy of Coastal Command flying boats carrying out anti-submarine duties on Canada's west coast and in the European Theatre of Operations. Before retiring from the service as Flight Lieutenant in 1946, he completed the most advanced military instructor's course available, the senior administration course, earned his navigator's certificate and the most senior military pilot's license. Later on, aircraft under his control blazed new frontiers in Canada's north, often without the benefits of radio communication or navigational aids and during extended periods of darkness.

Moretta Fenton Beall Reilly

Nickname: "Molly" Reilly
Birthdate: February 25, 1922
Birth Place: Lindsay, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1974
Date Deceased: November 24, 1980

"Her dedication to flight, her self-set demands for perfection, the outstanding abilities she has developed despite adversity, have made her a guiding light in aviation circles for others of her sex to follow and have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation.

Moretta Reilly played a tremendous role in opening up the aviation field for women. In 1942, she joined the RCAF (Women's Division) as a photographer, and served in Canada as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) until 1946. She earned licenses to fly several types of aircraft and spent much of her time instructing others. She later became chief instructor in 1954 with Canadian Aircraft Renters at Toronto, Ontario and earned a captain's promotion with Southern Provincial Airlines. In this position she participated in the development of the airline's highly regarded air ambulance service throughout eastern Canada. In 1959, Peter Bawden Drilling Services at Calgary, Alberta hired Reilly as the co-captain of a DC-3 operating in Canada's north. In this position she became the first to pilot the aircraft in extensive periods of darkness and extreme weather conditions, often without radio communications and navigation aids.

Stanley George Reynolds

Nickname: "Stan" Reynolds
Birth Date: May 16, 1923
Birth Place: Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Year Inducted: 2009
Awards: C.M.
Death Date: February 09, 2012
Web Tribute - Reynolds-Alberta Museum

"His great success as a collector of vintage vehicles, machines and aircraft has resulted in his donating much of his collection to the province of Alberta and Reynolds-Alberta Museum, including the largest donation of vintage aircraft by an individual in Canadian history.The impact of his philanthropy is limitless and will benefit Canadians and their knowledge of aviation history for generations to come.

Stan Reynolds was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on May 18, 1923. His father, Ted Reynolds, was a pilot who had built a monoplane in the early 1920’s. While in high school he worked at his father’s garage after school, learning about cars and machines. He also learned about airplanes and collecting, and these would become his life-long passions.

His fascination with airplanes prompted him to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. He trained as a pilot and was posted to No. 410 ‘Night Fighter’ Squadron flying Beaufighters and Mosquitos. He spent time under the care of Dr. Tilley (also a CAHF Member) as one of the patients in the Guinea Pig Club being treated for burns suffered in a crash of his Mosquito night fighter.

After the war he returned to Wetaskiwin and built a 3-car garage with his savings. He started his first business venture selling used cars which he repaired and painted himself, and he studied for his auto mechanic and welder’s licences in 1946. He was 23 years old. . His used-car business grew rapidly - his motto was ‘Stan Takes Anything in Trade’ - and from 1948 to 1956 he was Alberta’s top auto dealer, operating 13 lots. He expanded his operations to include sales of new and used cars, trucks, farm machinery, industrial equipment, house trailers and airplanes.

In 1953 he opened a new, spacious auto sales building on Highway 2 on the west side of the city, which is now known as ‘The Auto Mile’. In 1954 he offered the first lifetime warranty on cars in Canada.

Reynolds was a perfectionist - everything he did turned out exceptionally well. As his business grew, he was able to pursue his interest in antique cars. His first, a 1911 Overland Touring car, was acquired as a trade-in which he decided to restore and keep. He saw that Alberta was losing an important part of its heritage when people discarded their old items in favour of new. In 1948 he began collecting, preserving and restoring antique cars in earnest, and in 1954 he expanded these interests to collecting antique tractors, steam engines, machinery and aircraft. Most of these appeared to be nothing more than junk, but he saw the possibility of restoring their beauty.

He never lost his passion for flying. In 1950 he received his pilot’s licence with float and night endorsements and bought a Cessna 170. Needing a proper airstrip, he built the Wetaskiwin Airport in 1952 on his land west of his auto sales building. At the official opening he flew his 1940 Tiger Moth, putting on a display of aerobatics for the crowd of 7000. He kept the airstrip licensed and maintained until he transferred ownership to the City and County of Wetaskiwin in 1970.

Reynolds’ interests were wide-ranging and his enthusiasm for exploring new ventures knew no bounds. In 1953 he incorporated Air Spray Ltd. for application of fertilizers and pesticides using two Stearman biplanes. That same year he formed Central Aviation Ltd. which ran a flying school and a training program for air cadets.

Stan at Wetaskwin Airport Opening He was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed car racing, and in 1947 he won the Canadian Model T Ford racing championship in Calgary in a 1916 Ford that he had rebuilt. Whenever he could spare the time, he would fly into remote areas to hunt and fish.

He was keenly interested in Indian artifacts, which he began to collect in his early teens around his parent’s farm, picking up arrow heads and other items. In 1965 he took an archaeological course with the University of Alberta and participated in the excavations at Peace Hills, just north of Wetaskiwin. He flew his airplane over the site and took photographs, then provided a bulldozer to restore the ground after the dig ended.

In the early 1950’s Reynolds was known across North America for his extensive collecting activities through his advertisements. He used his airplanes to fly over areas where old, unused items were abandoned. When he found an interesting item, he would land and make an offer to the owner. On one of these forays he located a derelict 1942 Hawker Hurricane which he acquired and restored to airworthy condition. This rare multi-million dollar aircraft, now on display, conveys an important story about Canadian military history.

By 1955 he had built his own museum, the Reynolds Museum, to share with the public some of the extraordinary items he had collected. In just a few years, he had amassed almost unimaginable numbers: 2,000 cars, 1,100 tractors, 500 trucks, 200 steam engines, 300 threshing machines, 800 stationary engines, and 125 aircraft, as well as military artifacts, Native American artifacts and toys.

He kept meticulous records of his collection, detailing everything he knew about each item. He knew that his collection represented an important part of Alberta’s social history as well as the technological progression of the machines that helped develop this province. Many of these articles would not exist today if he had not collected and preserved them.

In the early 1970’s, Reynolds envisioned an even greater, public museum to be built in Wetaskiwin. In 1974 he offered his collection to the Province of Alberta and in 1981 he made his first substantial donation. Experts selected over 850 important artifacts which would become the foundation for a new facility to be operated by the Government of Alberta to house, display and interpret these artifacts. Plans called for several theme areas: Transportation, Agriculture and Industry.

Reynolds has said that his interest in collecting was not for investment but to ensure that future generations would have the opportunity to understand and appreciate how the development of our country, and Alberta in particular, was impacted by early machines. His bequest ensured that these rare artifacts and the amazing stories they represent will be maintained for years to come.

The new museum opened in 1992, and was named the Reynolds-Alberta Museum (RAM) in honour of the Reynolds family. Reynolds has given additional gifts over the years, such as his extensive library of original early catalogues, manuals, books, magazines, etc., and in 1999, made one of his most significant donations: 66 historic aircraft. This was the single largest private donation of vintage aircraft to a public institution in Canadian history. He has continued to add to this collection which now totals over 88 aircraft, second in size only to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

Reynolds’ acts of generosity go far beyond his donations to the province of Alberta. When Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame was moved from Edmonton to the new Reynolds-Alberta Museum in 1992, he supplied the trucks and staff needed for the move. He loaned several of his personal vintage aircraft to supplement the exhibits in the new Aviation Hangar. He has absorbed the cost of restoring many machines for RAM, and supplies parts free of charge to RAM to assist them in the restoration of their artifacts.

Reynolds has served his community in many ways. He was an Alderman for the City of Wetaskiwin from 1952 to 1960. He has loaned planes and other artifacts to Wetaskiwin High School. He has loaned artifacts and antique cars for display during many events, and he has donated cars and other items to charitable organizations to be sold by them for their charitable purposes.

Reynolds has been recognized for his many accomplishments and contributions to the citizens of Alberta and Canada. This is a partial listing:

  • 1981 - Heritage Canada Foundation Community Services Award for preservation
  • 1986 - Citizen of the Year Award from the Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce
  • 1991 - Alberta Historical Foundation Award of Honour for Heritage Preservation
  • 1992 - Government of Canada Lescarbot Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to regional cultural activities
  • 1995 - Alberta Museums Association Contribution Award
  • 1999 - Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence
  • 2000 - Member of the Order of Canada, recognizing his lifetime achievements in heritage

Reynolds maintains his affiliation with many organizations, including the RCAF, the Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Alberta Museums Association, Antique Airplane Association, Guinea Pig Club, Historical Society of Alberta, Quarter Century Club. He continues to participate actively on RAM’s Advisory Board.

In the year 2009, the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight in Canada, Reynolds offered, to the province of Alberta, an additional 25 vintage aircraft conservatively valued at $3.5 million. This brought the RAM aviation collection to 113 in number.

Reynolds married Hallie Elgert, and they raised three daughters: Susan, Judith and Dianne. He still goes to work every day. He says he has too much to do and doesn’t think he will ever retire.

A quiet and unassuming man, Stan Reynolds’ actions speak volumes, and he has created an unparalleled record in the areas of curatorship, historical research, restoration and conservation, public education, and philanthropy.

Stanley George Reynolds was inducted as a Member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at ceremonies held in Wetaskiwin on May 30, 2009.

James Armstrong Richardson

Birthdate: August 25, 1885
Birth Place: Kingston, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1976
Date Deceased: June 26, 1939

"In the annals of this nation's flying history, no businessman gave more of himself for less reward to the everlasting benefit of Canadian aviation."

James Richardson was an astute businessman who foresaw the role aircraft had in opening up the mineral wealth in Northern Ontario. In order to be the first there, he established Western Canada Airways. Under his presidency, the company opened airways to mines from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In further investigating the Canadian Shield's mineral potential, he became a director and shareholder of Northern Aerial Mineral Explorations. He envisioned one single operating company to provide coast-to-coast air transportation and mail delivery under Canadian control. But his dreams were dashed when Trans-Canada Airlines was formed in 1937, taking over passenger and mail routes across Canada.

Robert Dick Richmond

Birthdate: January 13, 1919
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Year Inducted: 1995

"His long time leadership and unwavering dedication to the highest standards in engineering, manufacturing and management have made an enduring contribution to the Canadian aerospace industry and its international capabilities."

Dick Richmond obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree, in Aeronautical Engineering, at the University of Michigan in 1942. He applied to the RCAF after graduating and immediately reported to the Mechanical Engineering Division of the National Research Council. Richmond later joined Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. where he was involved in experimental modification programs and design of Husky Aircraft. In 1947 he accepted a position with Canadair as Section Chief of Aerodynamics where he led preliminary design in creating the Argus and Tutor Aircraft for the RCAF. Richmond joined Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in 1960 and guided the company in general management of engine and helicopter activities. Richmond is credited with establishing Canadair's Challenger business jet program as an international competitor. In the 1970's, as President of Spar Aerospace, he oversaw the development of the Canadarm for NASA.

Donald Howard Rogers

Birthdate: November 26, 1916
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1988
Death Date: July 19, 2006

"His exceptional abilities as a test and demonstration pilot and his talents in training pilots to STOL technology has been of lasting benefit to the Canadian aviation industry and to the nation of Canada."

Don Rogers served as an instructor for the RCAF at #10 EFTS Mount Hope, Ontario and was later posted to RAF Ferry Command. He joined Avro Canada Ltd. in 1945 as Chief Test Pilot of the C-102 Jetliner, the Lancaster "flying test bed" and the CF100, and was Flight Operations Manager for the Arrow test flying. He later moved to the Flight Operations department at de Havilland where he served as test, demonstration and training pilot on their STOL aircraft.

Lindsay Rood

Nickname: "Lindy" Rood
Birthdate: March 17, 1911
Birth Place: Berwick, Nova Scotia
Year Inducted: 1974

"His leadership, dedication to safety of flight operations and wide-ranging contributions to Canadian and international aviation have left an indelible mark on the airline industry and have been of significant benefit to Canada."

Lindsey Rood began his aviation career with the RCAF and later earned his wings as Pilot Officer in the RCAF Reserve. He later entered the commercial aviation field as a flying instructor and barnstormer in Nova Scotia, where he also earned his engineer's license. In 1937, he joined Trans-Canada Air Lines where he pioneered the Rocky Mountain routes between Lethbridge, Alberta and Vancouver, B.C.. Later in his career, Rood rejoined the RCAF at the outbreak of WWII and was asked to develop the Canadian Government Trans-Atlantic Air Service, designed to speed high-ranking government officials and secret cargo between Canada and the United Kingdom. He was named chief pilot of this service until the war's end when the service was taken over by TCA.

Frank Walter Russell

Birthdate: October 19, 1909
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1994
Death Date: December 15, 1994

"His ingenuity and dedication to the quality servicing and maintenance of aircraft over a span of 60 years has made him a respected player in the development of bush flying and has been of major benefit to Canadian aviation."

Frank Russell began his career in aviation with de Havilland of Canada in 1929. While there he assembled the first Tiger Moth built in Canada. In 1934 he accepted a position with Austin Airways as their first employee. He later moved to Sudbury and set up a new base for the firm to serve prospectors, mines, lumber camps and the communities of northern Ontario. During his career, Russell called on his engineering abilities many times in maintaining and repairing numerous types of aircraft. In 1955 he salvaged a grounded plane from a swirling river and prepared aircraft for rescue missions in the far north. He remained with Austin Airways for 41 years and in 1975 became Chief Inspector with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum where he supervised restoration on the aircraft there until 1982.

Richard W. Ryan

Birthdate: 1896
Birth Place: Goderich, Ontario
Year Inducted: 2011
Date of Death: November 17, 1992

Richard W. (Dick) Ryan, born in Goderich, Ontario in 1896, flew as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in the First World War. Afterwards he graduated from the University of Toronto and University of Alberta. Starting in 1923, he taught high school in Moose Jaw. In 1928, Dick helped establish the Moose Jaw Flying Club and served as Chief Flying Instructor. In 1934 he helped to establish Prairie Airways Ltd. which was absorbed by Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1942. During the Second World War, Dick served as manager of No. 3 Air Observer School at Regina which trained navigators for the BCATP. Postwar, Dick served as assistant to CP Air president Grant McConachie, and later as vice-president. He retired from the board of directors in 1965 and died at Penticton, British Columbia in 1992.

2011 Induction Video - Biography of Richard Ryan