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Offline speedbird1

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George Neil
« on: Monday April 04, 2016, 16:55:59 UTC »
I just heard this morning that George Neil the DH test pilot at Downsview in the early days passed away this morning. RIP, George
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Re: George Neil
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Offline buchan

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Re: George Neil
« Reply #2 on: Monday April 04, 2016, 23:02:14 UTC »
George will be missed.  He was with de Havilland Canada from before the beginning of the War, and contribute greatly to the development of both the DHC1 and DHC2.

His legacy will live on in the many things he accomplished and left behind.  His 1931 Hawker Fury project will be completed over the next few years at Vintage Wings in Gatineau Quebec.


Offline dandyroll

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Offline Fitzy

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Re: George Neil
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday April 12, 2016, 23:31:26 UTC »
George will be greatly missed.  He was a great help with our DHC-1A restoration project, providing copies of technical manuals that the manufacturer no longer had.  He test flew our aircraft when it came off the production line in 1947 and apparently flew it again as part of the final Chipmunk spinning trials later that year.  It was nice that he was able to have an involvement with our plane that spanned 60 years.

I guess that the man upstairs will be waking up to George taking a Chipmunk for a run every morning from now on (no Canadian winters to sit out up there!).



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