Fonds PR2037 - Stan McMillan fonds

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Stan McMillan fonds

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    • [1928]-[before 1945] (Creation)

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    9 films

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    Biographical history

    Stanley (Stan) Ransom McMillan was born October 3, 1904 in Dryden, Ontario. He moved to Edmonton, Alberta and learned to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Reserve in 1925. He left his studies at the University of Alberta in 1927 and joined the RCAF where he flew on northern Canadian operations for a couple of years. He then was granted a leave and joined Dominion Explorers Limited (Domex) as a pilot, exploring unmapped Arctic and sub-Arctic regions.

    In 1931, Stan entered the employment of Commercial Airways, which was soon absorbed by Canadian Airways Limited, for whom Stan flew many assignments through northern Alberta and British Columbia, as well as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. In 1932, Stan was hired by Leigh Brintnell to fly for his company, Mackenzie Air Service; Stan became Chief Pilot in 1935. Stan was recalled to the RCAF in September 1939.

    After the war, he flew aerial photographic surveys for Arctic Airlines, and then formed Air Surveys Limited. In 1956, he joined Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) as Chief Pilot, Operations Manager and was soon Co-Divisional Manager. When PWA sold their bush flying operations to Northward Aviation in 1966, Stan became the General Manager of this new company. In 1970, Stan formed Wraymac Sales. Stan was inducted as a Member in Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1974.

    He married Dorothy Foulis (1906-1990) in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1929, and together they had a child, Stanley. Stan McMillan died March 4, 1991.

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    The fonds consists of films by Stan McMillan, with a few produced by Leigh Brintnell, about aviation, and includes the films about aviation in northern Alberta and northern Canada as well as the film "Wings over the North."

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    Stan McMillan donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1979.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        File list is available.

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        See also the Leigh Brintnell fonds

        The Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta has a film by Stan McMillan; see Film #70.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from They Led the Way: Members of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, 25th Anniversary, 1973 to 1998, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 629.130971 T42 PAA and from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1979.0374.

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