The Flying Club Movement

After the First World War, hundreds of military aircraft were decommissioned by Canada and the United States, and many were bought by First World War pilots and civilian pilots. Some pilots were drawn to stunt flying, or “barnstorming,” performing daredevil tricks such as aerobatics and wing walking for curious onlookers across Canada and the United States. Others started small commercial and passenger services. But by the mid-1920s, barnstorming had all but stopped in Canada and many of the commercial operations had closed down.

Jean-Marie Landry sits at the ready in the cockpit of his Curtiss JN-4 “Canuck” at the exhibition grounds, Quebec, Quebec, 1919.<br />(CAVM 1501)
Canada's Bill "Dare-Devil" Landrigan performs stunts in Curtiss JN-4 “Canuck” during air show, August 1919.<br />(CAVM 22750-C)
Central Canada Air Lines Limited staff pose aboard a Curtiss HS-2L, Kenora, Ontario, 31 July 1926.<br />(KM 3757)
Eileen M. Vollick, Canada's first licensed woman pilot, in an Jack Elliot Air Service aircraft with W. Fleming, ca 1927-1928.<br />(KM 4696)