Air Force Museum of Alberta

Robert Heaslip

"The application of his exceptional abilities as a military helicopter pilot, and his perfecting of new operating techniques for rotary wing aircraft, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."

Robert Heaslip

"The application of his exceptional abilities as a military helicopter pilot, and his perfecting of new operating techniques for rotary wing aircraft, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."

Robert Heaslip

Robert Thomas “Bob” Heaslip graduated from Oshawa Collegiate in 1936 and later joined the Oshawa Times-Gazette where he remained until he enlisted in the RCAF in 1941. He earned his pilot's wings later that year and was assigned to No. 122 Squadron and transferred two years later to No. 166 Squadron at Sea Island, British Columbia.

In 1947 Heaslip trained as one of the RCAF's first helicopter pilots and began instructing others in 1951. During his career, Heaslip piloted numerous flights and was responsible for the evolution and perfection of many new cold weather helicopter operating techniques.

Born: 26 June 1919, Uxbridge, ON
Died: 30 Dec 2007
Awards: AFC, CD

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