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Aviation Author

Captain (retd.) Gordon A. A. Wilson

A Bit About Me

In 1968: I was accepted as a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces and flew for six years with 414 (Electronic Warfare) Squadron. The “Black Knight” Squadron was tasked with providing electronic warfare targets for the North American Air Defence system (NORAD). My secondary duty as a Flight Safety Officer was to prevent accidents through education and training. I also flight-tested the Avro CF-100 after major maintenance overhaul prior to squadron service. 


In 1974 I joined Pacific Western Airlines and enjoyed fourteen years flying throughout Canada, the Arctic and Overseas Cargo. In 1988 the airline was renamed Canadian Airlines International and I flew overseas to Europe, Asia and South America. A medical problem cut short my flying career in 2000.


I subsequently started Safeflight Consulting Ltd. specialising in Standard Operating Procedures. The company had a contract with ZIP Airlines and Air Canada to provide ground school training on the Boeing 737 and Boeing 767 respectively.


In 2007 I retired from aviation and started my writing career. My published works

  • The Beaver Magazine, now called Canada's History, Feb/Mar 2009 issue, article to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada.

  • NORAD and Soviet Nuclear Threat: Amberley Books 2011/Dundurn Press 2012.

  • Lancaster Manual 1943: Amberley Books 2013.

  • The Lancaster: Amberley Books 2015.

  • The Merlin: Amberley Books 2018.

  • Dudley and the Forest Monster: Tellwell 2018.

  • The Engines of Bomber Command: Europe 1939-1945: The Bomber Command Museum of Canada 2021.

  • Bomber Command: The Men, Machines and Missions 1936-1968 Amberley Books 2021.

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