"His outstanding accomplishments as an aeronautical engineer, manager and leader and superb organizational skills in the field of aeronautical engineering have been of lasting benefit to Canadian aviation."
During his early career, James Charles Floyd was employed as a design engineer on the Anson, Manchester, Lancaster, York Lincoln and Tudor projects at A. V. Roe. He was later appointed Chief Project Engineer at the Avro office in Yorkshire, where he worked on the application of jet engine technology to transport aircraft.
He moved to Canada in 1946 and in 1952, he was named Chief Engineer and worked on such aircraft as the Avro Jetliner, CF-100 Fighter, and the Avro Arrow, through which he and Canada were recognized as international leaders in aeronautical engineering. He later worked for the British government as a consultant on the Concorde passenger jet from 1965 to 1972. James turned 100 in October 2014.
Born: 20 Oct 1914, Manchester, England