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Eileen Vollick 1908-1968

Eileen Vollick 1908-1968

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Eileen Vollick 1908-1968

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
In front of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
on Airport Road beside the airport


Coordinates: N 43 09.534 W 79 55.568

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Plaque Text

Canada's first licensed woman pilot, Eileen Vollick was born in Wiarton and came to Hamilton about 1911. She was fascinated by aviation and in 1927 enrolled in the flying school established near her home on Hamilton Bay by Jack V. Elliot, a Hamilton businessman and pioneer in Canadian commercial aviation. The spirited Eileen Vollick devoted her spare time to flying and soon mastered the school's Curtiss JN-4 training aircraft. On March 13, 1928, she passed the federal aviation test and nine days later she was issued a private pilot's certificate. This significant achievement opened Canadian aviation to women and many became licensed pilots, and participants in various airshows and special flights throughout Canada. From 1929 Eileen Vollick lived in New York where she died.

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> Posted May 5, 2010
eileen vollick seems to be a great woman in my eyes because she waqs the first canadian woman to fly a plane and it's pretty awesome to hear about that lolzz!! o.o... e.e and I'm doing a flier project on her right now and it's 11:34 am at st joes in dryden ontario!!

> Posted February 16, 2010
I love eileen I am doing a project about her

> Posted November 8, 2008
On August the 2nd 2008, to commemorate her 100th birthday, an Ontario Heritage tribute marker was also erected at the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport in the Eileen Vollick Parkette and a sign was placed at the passenger terminal building which is now known as the "Eileen Vollick Terminal"
KarlJ. 2008

> Posted August 2, 2008
It was quite interesting to find some extensive information on this lady. I served in the Air Force with her son, Eugene (Gene) in 1956-57 and remember him telling me about his mother. I believe he also had a pilots licence.
Jim Anderson jowlj2@shaw.ca

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