"His mapping of this nation's northern frontier during pioneer air expeditions, and the dedication of his skills to seeking lost airmen, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation.”
In 1929, Thomas Mayne “Pat” Reid flew a prospecting party from Fort Churchill, ON, to Coppermine, NWT on the Arctic Ocean, then up the Mackenzie River to Edmonton, Alberta, completing the first northwest passage by air. The expedition lasted six months and covered over 25,000 miles without the benefit of navigational aids or weather services.
In 1931 he became western aviation manager of Imperial Oil Limited and that year led the Trans-Canada Air Pageant, a two-way transcontinental flight visiting every city in Canada, where landing was possible. The tour showcased the fledgling Canadian aviation industry, and displayed the latest in civil and military aircraft.
Born: 22 Aug 1895, Ballyroney, County Down, Northern Ireland
Died: 8 Apr 1954