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Joseph Pierre Romeo Vachon

Romeo Vachon served with the Royal Navy as an engineer during World War I and became base air engineer for Laurentide Air Service at Lac a la Tortue, Quebec, in 1920.  Vachon, the first French-Canadian bushpilot and Canada's first licensed pilot-engineer, obtained his licence in 1923.  He joined the Ontario Provincial Air Service in 1923 but left in 1927 to join Canada Trans-Continental Airways which was starting a mail service along the St. Lawrence. In 1934 he became manager of Quebec Airways and was awarded the McKee Trophy in 1937 for his work in improving weather reporting and radio communications.  At the age of 40 he joined Trans-Canada Airlines as its oldest pilot; after serving with the Department of Munitions and Supply during the War, he returned to TCA and became station manager, superintendent of maintenance and, finally, regional director.

He died in Ottawa on December 17, 1954 at the age of 57.

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