Russell L. (Ginger) Coote
1900 - 1970
Over the next 20 years he pioneered air routes throughout the province, employing such fellow Hall of Famers as Margaret Fane Rutledge, Rus Baker and Sheldon Luck, and partnered with Grant McConachie. During the 1930s he initiated regular air service to the gold fields in Gold Bridge and later to Zeballos.
Ginger Coote flew numerous mercy flights and at one point a newspaper stated that' Ginger had saved more lives than had been lost in all B.C. aviation accidents up to that date.' At the outbreak of World War II, he sold his airline business and volunteered his services to the Air Training Plan.
In 50 years as a pilot flying in some of the most difficult terrain in the world he never bent an airplane and never lost a passenger.
Source - Jack Schofield - Aviator Magazine