Carl Burke - Aviation Pioneer

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History of the Pioneer/Airline -February 10, 1913- Carl Frederick Burke born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island -1936- Started flying lessons in Saint John, New Brunswick -1939- Qualified for his air engineer’s certificate -1939- Became a pilot for Canadian Airways Limited. As a pilot for Canadian Airways Limited, Burke took part in the air rescue of a pilot in Musgrove Harbour, Newfoundland. He also recovered the bodies of Sir Frederick Banting, navigator William Bird and William Snailman. -1940- Joined the Royal Air Force Ferry Command, which ferried new aircraft from factory to Gander Airport in Newfoundland before making the journey across the Atlantic -1941- Received a license to operate scheduled flights between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick -December 7, 1941- Burke opened Maritime Central Airways (MCA) -1945- With the success of MCA, the company was able to add more aircrafts to their fleet -1951- MCA received major contract with the Pinetree Project. MCA transported supplies for the construction of U.S. radar stations -1953- MCA acquired Boreal Airways and Mont Laurier Aviation -1954- The company received another contract to aid in the eastern section of the Distant Early Warning Line, which was a system of radar stations in Northern Canada. -1957- MCA set up Nordair (subsidiary), with the merge of Boreal Airways and Mont Laurier Aviation -1976- Died in Boston, Massachusetts at age 63 Carl Burke was born on February 10th, 1913 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and died at the age of 63 in 1976, living a short but accomplished life. He completed his post-secondary studies at Charlottetown Business College, and also attended Acadia University later in life. At the age of 23 he began flying lessons in St John, New Brunswick. By 1939 he had obtained a commercial licence and became a pilot for Canadian Airways Limited (CAL) in
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