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Photo by Émilie Smith
Max Ward took on the world with his airline, but it’s his time navigating the Northern wilderness he reveres most
August 2016
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to an Inuk woman during her 1970 visit to the NWT, and Jean Chretien (then minister of Indian and Northern Affairs) cracks a smile. Photo by Doug Griffin/Cp Images.
On her 90th birthday, we look back at Queen Elizabeth’s four Northern visits
August 2016
Grant McConachie was what you might call a shrewd businessman. Photo courtesy of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Grant McConachie could wheel and deal on the fly
August 2016
A makeshift hangar for a Fokker Universal on the coast of the Hudson Strait. Photo - Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The cold facts of flying learned on the Hudson Strait Expedition
August 2016
Willy Laserich might have been the world's most decorated ambulance driver. He died in 2007 at age 75. Photo by Margo Pfeiff
The story of the NWT's beloved air maverick, in numbers
August 2016
Bob Engle pioneered scheduled flight service across the North. Photo courtesy Roxy Engle
Bob Engle and NWT Air connect the dots
August 2016
Dawn Bartsch made her career in the Yukon. Photo courtesy Dawn Bartsch
How Dawn Bartsch proved 'em all wrong
August 2016
Weldy Phipps pioneered tourism expeditions to the North Pole. Photo by Erik Charlton, (Flying to North Pole) [CC BY 2.0]
Weldy Phipps’s madcap tourism package
August 2016
The Fairchild FC-2 Razorback. Photo courtesy Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Northern aviation buffs are saving a rare, abandoned bushplane from oblivion
August 2016
The Bolkhovitinov DB-A, a Soviet long-range bomber prototype, disappeared in 1937 in an experimental flight over the North Pole from Moscow to the United States. Photo: Public Domain
Enduring mysteries of the Northern skies, from missing people to missing planes
August 2016