"His vision, foresight and application of airborne skills, despite adversity, during the birth of civil aeronautics, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation.”
Stuart Graham was raised and educated at Truro, Windsor and Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the Canadian army during the First World War and spent the winter of 1915 in France as a machine gunner where he was wounded. He returned to Canada in 1919 and worked for pulp and paper mills by flying air patrols for fire protection and surveying their timber limits. Before the Second World War, Graham also recovered numerous Canadian aeronautic treasures, as a result of his keen interest in aviation history, that are now in the National Aviation Museum.
At the outbreak of the war, Graham planned aerodromes and flying facilities across Canada for the BCATP. During his career as a pilot, Graham completed the design of an automatic view-finder camera control, a portable canoe to be carried aboard aircraft and a remote control landing direction indicator for use at airports, all of which were commercially successful.
Born: 2 Sept 1896, Boston, Massachusetts
Died: 17 July 1976
Awards: OBE, AFC