In the late 1940s the helicopter arrived on the Canadian scene — to stay. Nowhere in the country would it make its presence more felt than in British Columbia, where rugged geography has always impeded development.
The helicopter, fragile and tempermental a machine though it was in those early years, changed much in B.C. This books is the "inside story" of helicopter pioneering in the province, a tale of a remarkable little group of innovators whose faith in the helicopter must have sometimes seemed misplaced, as machines and dreams regularly faltered. Yet time would prove these pioneers to be real heroes on the technological scene. Today the helicopter is indispensable in countless specialized roles. And much of its success around the world is the result of early developments in British Columbia.
The helicopter has left its mark in such important areas as agriculture, forestry and mining. And countless lives have been saved along B.C.'s rugged coastline by search and rescue helicopters.
The authors both work at the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria, where Peter Corley-Smith is an education officer and David N. Parker is aviation curator.