A Life of Flight: One Pilot's Story, from Piper Cubs to 747s and Beyond

Pilot Bob Gartshore’s 42-year flying career spanned a period of rapid aviation development - from fabric-covered Piper Cubs with a little 65-hp engine to Boeing 747s with four engines developing some 240,000 pounds of thrust. He logged over 21,000 hours in the cockpit, flying to six continents - freight, charter and scheduled runs - for the RCAF, CPA, Wardair, and Canadian Airlines. More

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About Bob Gartshore

Robert ‘Bob’ Gartshore was born in Calgary in 1931, earned his pilot’s licence in 1949 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force the following year when the Korean Conflict broke out. Five years later he switched to civilian aviation, first as a private instructor, then as a pilot for Canadian Pacific, Wardair and Canadian Airlines. In retirement, he volunteered on humanitarian flights in Africa. Bob and his wife, Joy, are retired, living in Victoria, BC. They have five children.


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