Early Aviation History

by Gord Emberley CM (April 13, 2013) The first recorded use of Lac du Bonnet as a base of operations for an aircraft is July of 1922 when the Canadian Air Force (pre RCAF 1924) was doing survey work in the area. Western Canada Airways followed in 1926 and the RCAF in 1927. In 1924 … [Read more…]

Canadian Vickers Vedette

Monument Takes Flight The monument was made a reality and was mounted on site August 15, 2013. The sculpture is located on the edge of Town at the former Laker’s Ski Club property.     Constructing the Vedette   Remembering the Vedette Airplane replica to be placed at La Verendrye boat launch By Marc Zienkiewicz … [Read more…]

Jim Uhlman – Pilot

Jim Uhlman – Pilot Making Aviation History First Arctic Coast flight made by Lac du Bonnet man Provided By Marc Zienkiewicz (Spring 2009 – Experience Lac du Bonnet) Lac du Bonnet certainly has a colourful history when it comes to aviation, being the site of the first airmail delivery flight in Canada, not to mention … [Read more…]

RCAF Station Lac du Bonnet / Lac du Bonnet Airport

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was founded on April 1, 1924, partially to meet the increased demand for civil air services, particularly forest fire patrols, in western Canada. In 1926, #1 Wing of the RCAF in Winnipeg moved its main operations from Victoria Beach to Lac du Bonnet. One building was moved onto the … [Read more…]