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Fifty Years Ago – Father John MacGillivray

From Bits & Pieces Newsletter, December Issue

In the November 1964 edition of Sport Aviation, you can read a charming article written by Father John MacGillivray, EAA 3974, of Chatham, New Brunswick. It was produced in a time when EAA Headquarters was just moving from Paul and Audrey Poberezny’s basement to its new home at Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Apparently it was considered worth the trip to this little mecca from the fly-in grounds. Father MacGillivray was a Roman Catholic chaplain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and he was passionate about flying. If anyone has recollections of this very early Canadian member of the EAA, we’d love to hear from you.

The occasion described in Father MacGillivray’s article was his donation of CF-IVO, a de Havilland Canada DH.82C Tiger Moth, to the EAA museum. There is a poignant moment in the last paragraph as he describes his flight home on an Air Canada Viscount and Vanguard aircraft from O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

The Tiger Moth is still in the EAA collection, and you can read about it and more about Father MacGillivray here. In the museum article, you will see that he had also purchased a 1935 Miles Hawk and that was his reason for donating the Tiger Moth. He attended every EAA fly-in convention until his passing in 1995, except for the two years when he was posted overseas.

If Craig Cousins of Welland, Ontario, is reading this, he might be interested to know that he inherited Father MacGillivray’s Tiger Moth registration mark for his RV-6. The DH Tiger Moth is apparently now registered in the United States as N667EA. If you see it in the EAA museum, you’ll know where it came from.

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