Beyond the Sunset by George Fuller

In keeping with the MAM’s mandate to preserve Quebec’s aviation heritage, we are proud to introduce this section of our website. We will be progressively publishing selections of articles and presentations by the noted Quebec aviation historian, George Alexander Fuller. George’s efforts in researching and publishing on the early days of aviation have preserved important aspects of our history that would otherwise have been lost forever.

George has been an honorary member and advisor to the MAM since its founding as the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre in 1998.

I thank George for permitting the MAM to share his work with aviation enthusiasts and for allowing us to become a repository where it can be preserved and made available to researchers. I invite you to sample some of the fascinating recounting of Quebec and Canada’s aviation history that George A. Fuller has preserved for posterity.

John Lawson, President


About George Fuller


Beyond the Sunset series

No 1 Early Winter flying in Quebec

This may be an appropriate time to look back at the early days of winter flying in Quebec. In the fall of 1917 it was decided to transfer most Royal Flying Corps – Canada pilot training to American airfields in Texas until the following spring. Continue reading…


No 2  A “Flying Flea” at Saint-Hubert

In the spring of 1936, enthusiasts who went to Saint-Hubert to watch the flying had something new to contemplate; an airplane that they might be able to build at home even during the economic Depression that prevailed. Continue reading…


 No 3 Canadian World War I pilots

On Remembrance Day, I was reminded of what many consider to be the best novel written about aviation in World War I. “Winged Victory” by Victor M. Yeates was published in 1934 and reprinted in 1961. Continue reading…


No 4  Zeppelin passengers from Montréal 

The MONTREAL DAILY STAR of 30 October 1913 published an interview with a Montrealer who had made an aerial voyage in a Zeppelin during a recent trip to Europe. Gerald Lomer and his daughter Clara had flown on a three hour, 175 km tour over the Black Forest from Oos, near Baden-Baden in southwestern Germany. Continue reading


No Count Henry de la Vaulx and the Fédération Aéronautique internationale

Count Henry de la Vaulx, then president of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, arrived at Saint-Hubert airport on 15 April I930. He had flown from New York City and Albany via Canadian Colonial Airways continuing a promotional voyage, mostly by air, that had taken him from France to Africa and South America. Continue reading


No 6 International representatives to ICAO in Montréal

21 November 2000 will be the 217th anniversary of the world’s first manned balloon flight. That day in 1783, the old clock over the entrance on Place d’Armes of the Vieux séminaire de Saint-Sulpice was indicating the time to passing Montrealers.
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No 7  The lifetime of a Fairchild FC-2 “Razorback”

The second Fairchild FC-2 monoplane acquired by the Canadian department of National Defence was flown from the manufacturer’s airfield at Farmingdale, New York to Rockcliffe airport, Ottawa in late October, 1927. It was piloted by Squadron Leader John Henry Tudhope. Continue reading…


No 8  Early DC-2 and DC-3 operators in Québec

We are fortunate to have a Douglas DC-3 in Québec. The Douglas Commercial family of aircraft has made a major contribution to the development of air transport throughout the world. Let us look back at its introduction to Quebec. Continue reading…