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McGregor taking his first solo in Tiger Moth CF-CBU of the Kingston, Ontario Flying Club, circa 1932. (National Archives of Canada)

Portrait of the Webster Trophy pilot taken on August 29, 1938 by renowned studio photographer Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa. (National Archives of Canada)

Waiting for the next scramble… Personnel of No. 1(F) Squadron, RCAF 1940. F/L McGregor and the Padre along with some of the boys almost half his age. (National Archives of Canada)

No. 14(F) Squadron, RCAF en route to Umnak, Alaska at Port Hardy, British Columbia, February 11, 12, 13, 1943. (National Archives of Canada)

McGregor’s personal mount in Germany was a captured Bf 108 light aircraft with his initials GRM on the fuselage. (National Archives of Canada)

McGregor, obviously in good form at an RCAF mess dinner shortly before returning to Canada in the fall of 1945. (National Archives of Canada)

In 1947, the arrival of the first six Canadair DC-4M1 North Stars ushered in a new era in passenger comfort on transatlantic service. Twenty pressurized DC-4M2s soon followed allowing transcontinental routes to be added to North Star schedules. (Canada Aviation and Space Museum)

GRM with the Rt. Hon. C.D. Howe at Lethbridge, Alberta, May 1948. (Air Canada)

Before mass air travel, airlines marketed the unique advantages of their aircraft as well as the general benefit of air transport. Any advancement was always promoted to the flying public. Broadening the existing customer base beyond the business traveller and convincing more people to fly was an important objective for Trans-Canada in the postwar years.

Typical artwork sample from a TCA route map brochure, 1949.

TCA generated excitement in North America when it became the first airline to introduce turboprop aircraft. The elegant Vickers Viscount flew its initial revenue flight from Montreal to Winnipeg on April 1, 1955. CF-TGI was delivered in December 1954, one of 51 eventually ordered. (Canada Aviation and Space Museum)

TCA Viscount promotional brochure (in an era when airlines had something special to trumpet!).

TCA executives, 1956. From the left is Gordon Wood, VP Sales; Herb Seagrim, new VP Operations; Bill English, retiring VP Ops; H.J. Symington, part-time president of TCA from 1941-1947; and G.R. McGregor, president. (Air Canada)

The second production Vanguard makes its North American début at Montreal, June 1959. GRM is with Sir George Edwards of Vickers. (Air Canada)

McGregor with Capt. George Lothian, one of the airline’s first pilots, in the cockpit of TCA’s new DC-8 shortly before a record-breaking Montreal to Vancouver flight. March 1960. (Air Canada)

Ramp scene at Malton’s Terminal One, 1964: Viscount CF-THQ and Vanguard CF-TKL. (Nick Wolochatiuk)

In early 1967, McGregor visited BAC/SUD plants at Filton and Toulouse to assess the Concorde program. (Canada Aviation and Space Museum)

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