It is a cruel irony of history that as we celebrate the centenary of flight on December 17, 2003, aviation is in a tailspin and airlines are disappearing in Canada. Yet flight itself remains one of humanity's most spectacular triumphs, and Canada especially has much to be proud of. Contained within these covers is a complex portrait of Canadian aviation, from the Silver Dart to the Cormorant. Packed with photographs as colourful as the details that accompany them, it bursts with unforgettable aircraft trivia.
Peter Pigott works for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. His first book on aviation was written in 1988 while on posting to Hong Kong, where at the request of its government he wrote a history of aviation in the Colony. After postings in Vienna and The Hague, he returned to Canada with his family. In 1994 he had a collection of aviation biographies, Flying Canucks: Famous Canadian Aviators, published by Hounslow Press. The following year he went back to Hong Kong to research Hong Kong Rising: The History of a Remarkable Place which was well received by the public and the press. He is also the author of Gateways: The Airports of Canada, a study of what he calls one of this country's most entertaining and historic places - the local airport. Mr Pigott was born in Britain in 1947, and educated in India, Canada, the United States, and Britain. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of commercial aviation in Canada. Peter believes his passion for aviation can be traced to the 1919 family memory of when a Vickers Vimy bomber on a record-breaking flight from Britain landed in the fields of his grandfather's farm at Safrajung, Delhi making it the first airport in India.