On Saturday, October 23, the Museum hosted a tribute to Robert W. Bradford, C.M., acclaimed aviation artist and the first Director of the National Aviation Museum.
treated the crowd to a special presentation about his
involvement in the Museum's various acquisitions, punctuated with anecdotes about his
time with the Museum.
was also presented with a lifetime achievement award, created by the Museum, in celebration of his
many contributions to the aviation and art communities.
Born in Toronto in 1923, Mr. Bradford began his career in 1943 as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
distinguished himself by dedicating his
life, as an aviation artist, historian, and curator, to the preservation of Canada's aviation heritage.
was instrumental in the development of Canada's aeronautical collection (now the Canada Aviation and Space Museum), and the Museum building itself stands as a testament to his
great energy, skill, leadership, and persistence.
retirement as Director General in 1989, the Canada Aviation Museum
inaugurated the Robert W. Bradford Gallery
of Aviation Art, in his