Gordon Hayden

My first involvment in a military background was with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet League. This was 1954 through 1956 with 594 Tobique Valley Air Cadet Sqdn. I gained the rank of Sgt. and was the first cadet of the Squadron to gain my Private Pilot Licence through a programme of the Air Cadet League. Thus began my initial aviation indoctrination. By January, 1962 I had joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and entered recruit training at Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan. Regimental number 22265. I graduated nine months later in September of the same year and was posted to "E" Division in British Columbia on the west coast. Married in 1966 and not long after this my application to enter the Aviation Division of the Force was accepted and I moved to Edmonton, Alberta where I started my advanced flying training at Western Air Sub-Division. I progressed well through the NCO ranks and ran successful Air Detachments in the western Provinces and Yukon Territory where I commenced Turbine aircraft operations. In 1974 after 12 years service with the Mounted Police, the Commercial Aviation industry beckoned me and now a new area of the industry opened up. I flew DeHavilland Twin Otters in various configurations from wheels, to floats on water operations and skis. Later I became involved with a company which kept me involved many years with Charter and Schedule flights within the High Arctic of Canada and Greenland as well. I retired from the aviation industry during November of 1999 after some 30+ years and 20,000 logged flying time. I am an Ordinary member of the Royal Canadian Legion and have a paid membership at Branch 5 here in Thunder Bay.


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