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Russ Baker
Gordon Ballentine
Doug Campbell

Raymond Collishaw
Ginger Coote
Ted Cressy
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A.E. Godfrey
Hampton Gray
Les Kerr

Sheldon Luck
Dan MacIvor
Grant McConachie
Jack Schofield
Art Seller

Jim Spilsbury
Bill Stark
Margaret Rutledge
Bill Templeton

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Russell L. (Ginger) Coote
1900 - 1970

'Ginger' Coote earned his wings in the Royal Flying Corp. and upon returning to Chilliwack in 1920, he sold the farm to buy his first airplane and began a career pioneering commercial aviation in British Columbia.

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
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