Sunday, March 31, 2013

In Memory of Fred McCall

The aviation community is mourning the loss of one of its own.  Fred R McCall passed away, last week.

Fred's work in restoring old aircraft is renowned.  He built a replica of a Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" (or, "Canuck" in Canada) biplane for the Glenbow Museum and a Bell 47 helicopter for the Whyte Museum, in Banff.  He has been involved in many other aviation restoration projects in and around Calgary.

Next week the Aero Space Museum in Calgary will be taking its aerial applicator aircraft to Aggie Days at Stampede Park.  The retired Cessna is an excellent stand-in for the many working spray planes here in southern Alberta. It will teach hundreds of city school students how important this facet of aviation is to agriculture here in Alberta. Fred was part of the small group who restored and donated this aircraft to the Museum.

Calgary's airport, McCall Field, was named after Fred's father - Frederick RG McCall - and Fred was very involved in the Aero Space Museum there.  He served on the Museum's  Board of Directors and took an active part in its operation.

Fred McCall will be surely missed by the aviation community here in southern Alberta.  My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

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