George Beauchene was a colourful character and experienced pilot who contained a wealth of information on aircaft, bushflying and the life of a pilot. He embodied the definition of a true Canadian Bush Pilot. A member of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, he was always willing to contribute advice, expertise or anecdote from his years of bushflying.
George Beauchene was born and raised in Northern Ontario where he spent his early years in his father's tourist camp and assisting his brother logging pulpwood. George served his country with the Canadian Armoured Tank Corps from 1942 to 1946. He was wounded in front line action in Europe and received honours and decorations.
Upon his return to Canada in 1946, George purchased a single engined J3 Cub complete with a spare engine. His brother claims that it took both engines just to keep it in the air. In 1948 George got his first flying job working for Norm Dalseg. In 1949 he earned his commercial flying licence and went to work for Spinwood Airways before starting with Rusty Myers the following year. ...