Stuart Graham

Birthdate: September 2, 1896
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Year Inducted: 1973
Death Date: July 17, 1976
Awards: OBE AFC

"His visions, 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 WWI 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 WWII, Gilbert 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.

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