George Bayliss Lothian

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George Bayliss Lothian was born November 20, 1909 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] He was one of the first pilots of Trans-Canada Air Lines in 1937, which later became Air Canada.[2] He died February 13, 2000.[3]

Aviation career[edit]

George Lothian was the first Canadian pilot to log 100 aircraft crossings of the North Atlantic and set the trans-Atlantic crossing speed record three times.[4] When he retired from Air Canada in 1968 he had logged over 21,000 as pilot in command of many different piston and jet transport aircraft.[5] He reluctantly gave flight instruction in the Vickers Viscount turboprop airliner to Howard Hughes and did not appreciate either his personal hygiene or his attitude.[6]

Honours and Recognition[edit]

George Bayliss Lothian was awarded the Yukon Territory Order of Polaris and was inducted in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, George Bayliss Lothian
  2. ^ Flight Deck, George B Lothian, ISBN 0-07-082975-6 p 46
  3. ^ Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, George Bayliss Lothian
  4. ^ Flight Deck, George B Lothian, ISBN 0-07-082975-6 p 160
  5. ^ Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, George Bayliss Lothian
  6. ^ Flight Deck, George B Lothian, ISBN 0-07-082975-6 pp 147-155
  7. ^ http://www.cahf.ca/members/L_members.php#George Bayliss Lothian