Page 85 - Bill MacRitchie and Early Flight
ISSUE : Issue 55
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1990/8/1
Left: Leo Burgay, Bill l/lacRitchie, and Russell Cunningham. Right: Fred Mitchell, Don MacPherson, Brici(y Stevenson, Norman Dennison (?). you'd go up Arichat--anywhere where there was relatively low terrain, a frozen area close to where people would be. So we did quite a lot of flying around like that. They'd come right out on the ice. There'd be a whole flock of people come out. And they'd have--we'd arrange to get the Esso fellow--gasoline--and we'd have a funnel. And we'd just refuel out on the ice, pump it in with a shammy-leather strainer, take any water or anything out of it. Then we'd keep on flying. We'd fly all day, and we'd have a lot of fun. And we knew that they wanted to fly. A lot of people that had their first flight with me. I guess, say, thousands of them, over the years. The old charge was $2 a trip, $2 a flight. Of course, that went to $5. Take you up. And sometimes if they wanted to put in a little more, you'd take them over where their houses were or their home town or whatever and you'd fly around it. And you'd take them around. One fellow I took up, from Donkin--the Donkin Band, fa? mous Donkin Band--I think you probably heard of it--their bandmaster was a former Englishman. They came from some kind of a celebration one day to the airport. And at that time I didn't own my own aircraft. I had a thing they called a Fleet; it was made by the Great Lakes Aircraft in Port Erie or some? where like that. American-designed air? craft- -nice aircraft. And they all came out to the airport--all wanted to go up, in turn. I had about 40 of them. And you know, that takes a lot--it took a whole afternoon. And one of the fellows, he was an old guy from Donkin. English, very Eng? lish fellow. And he didn't want to go up. But the other band members teased, tantal? ized him. So finally he agreed to go up. He was one of the last. Monday to Sunday 224-3782 ' Country • Bluegrass • Rock • Folk J Fiddle and Newfoundland Music J Largest Atlantic Region Music selection in Eastern Canada. j> Tap your toe to Cape Breton & Newfoundland Fiddle, • - Accordion & Folk Music, & "Down East" Presentations. • Write or ask for our list of Newfoundland & Maritime Music. J ~ Available by Mail Order ~ ?r 2 miles south of CHETICAMP, on the Cabot Trail J P. O. Box 516, Cheticamp, N.S. BOE 1 HO • f 8to8 J 7 Days ; 224-3782 CHARLES "We will give Life Insurance to anyone age 1 to 80. No one turned down. No Health Questions asked." Druker Insurance 1 363 Charlotte Street, Sydney, N.S. BIP 6J1 562-5504 Call Toll Free 1-564-6000 Budget Plan A vailable ' CO-OP' CO-OP SERVICE STATION Kerosene Available Exhaust Repairs Complete Brake Service Motor Vehicle Inspection Minor Repairs Lube • Oil ~ Greases Top Quality Low, Gasoline... 562-2315 ''w Prices 503 PRINCE ST. • SYDNEY, N. S.
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