McKee Trophy, award given annually for contribution to the advancement of Canadian aviation. It was donated by J. Dalzell McKee, an American sportsman pilot, who completed the first flight of a seaplane across Canada in 1926. The selection was made by a committee established by the Department of National Defence. It was first awarded 1927, retired in 1968, and transferred to the custody of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in 1971 for re-presentation. Among recipients are C.H. DICKINS
(1928), W.R. MAY
(1929), G.W.G. MCCONACHIE
(1945), J.A.D. MCCURDY
(1959) and C.C. AGAR
(1950). T.M. Reid (1942, 1943) and P.C. GARRATT
(1951, 1966) are the only 2-time winners.
Dickins dramatized the value of the bush plane, flying vast distances across northern Canada. He was operations manager of Ferry Command in WWII (courtesy Public Archives of Manitoba/1494).
Links to Other Sites
The Silver Dart Makes Canadian Aviation History
A pilot's account of his historic 1909 Silver Dart flight. From CBC Digital Arcives.
Wilfrid R. "Wop" May
This family website is dedicated to the memory of Canadian aviator Wilfrid R. "Wop" May. Features audio clips, photos, and articles related to May’s experiences as a First World War fighter pilot, bush pilot, community leader, and humanitarian.