"His long time leadership and unwavering dedication to the highest standards in engineering, manufacturing and management have made an enduring contribution to the Canadian aerospace industry and its international capabilities.”
Dick Richmond obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree, in Aeronautical Engineering, at the University of Michigan in 1942. He applied to the RCAF after graduating and immediately reported to the Mechanical Engineering Division of the National Research Council. Richmond later joined Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. where he was involved in experimental modification programs and design of Husky Aircraft.
In 1947 he accepted a position with Canadair as Section Chief of Aerodynamics where he led preliminary design in creating the Argus and Tutor Aircraft for the RCAF. Richmond joined Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in 1960 and guided the company in general management of engine and helicopter activities. Richmond is credited with establishing Canadair's Challenger business jet program as an international competitor. In the 1970's, as President of Spar Aerospace, he oversaw the development of the Canadarm for NASA.
Born: 13 Jan 1919, Winnipeg, MB