Edward Walter (Ted) Stull
Edward Stull joined the Ontario Provincial Air Service as a flight engineer in 1923 and obtained pilot’s license #301. He remained with the OPAS until 1928 during which time he pioneered air service to many Northern Ontario communities. During this time he established an Ontario flight time record by flying 12 hours and 25 minutes in a single day patrolling timber resources. In a report, to the media, in the summer of 1924, Captain Roy Maxwell of the OPAS, reported that Stull, along with pilot Duke Schiller had averaged 9 hours, flying a day, for 12 days in assisting ground crews coping with the extreme forest fire hazards. .
He joined Western Canada Airways, in 1928, establishing many local air routes in the Kenora/Red Lake areas. He married Winnifred Holland, daughter of Herbert Holland the first Mining Recorder in the Red Lake area, in Gold Pines Ontario, on July 29,1929. Miss Holland was the first teacher in Gold Pines and their marriage was the first in the community.
Edward Stull joined Canadian Airways with the opening of the prairie airmail service . He remained with them until 1932 during which time he established several aviation firsts including the First instrument-only flying in Canada and the first night time flying in Western Canada.
In 1934 he formed Wings Ltd. with Jack Moar, Roy Brown and Milt Ashton. While with them he pioneered air flights to many Arctic communities ferrying mining equipment and supplies. The operation was run successfully until it merged with General Airways and MacKenzie Air Services, in 1937, to form United Air Services. At the time Wings Ltd. consisted of 11 planes and 12 pilots...