The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (Toronto Chapter) held their monthly meeting at the Canadian Forces College.
Guess Speaker, Mr. Bill Long RCAF (Ret’d). My Postwar RCAF Experiences. From Harvard to Boeing and on.
Bill Long went on to have successful career as a RCAF and commercial pilot. In Winnipeg he was a member of the Search and Rescue unit and also flew VIPs on the C-47 Dakota and CC109 Cosmopolitan. His career eventually took him to NORAD in Colorado Springs where he was the pilot for the deputy commander in chief.
He later left the RCAF/CAF to fly commercially on a variety of commercial aircraft with Wardair and Canadian Airlines International Limited. In the 1990’s he worked out of Singapore where he “filled every page in a passport in 18 months".
I never thought I would be doing this 63 year later,” he said.
My wife said I never had a job; I had a hobby all my life.
Paul Hayes and Bill Long
Gord McNulty, Bill Long, Paul Hayes and Sheldon Benner
Claresholm, Alberta, August 3rd, 1954. An 18 years old flight cadet named Bill Long strapped into Harvard 20242 for his first ever flight to begin his Air Force career. 63 years later, Bill strapped into the very same aircraft for what may be the final flight of his very long distinguished career.
August 5th 2017 Bill Long reunited with Harvard 242 from The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association for his last flight.