John Lawson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hall, announced that Thomas C. Cooke, Larry Milberry and Walter 'Babe' Woollett will be formally recognized as Members of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, and that the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) will receive the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.
...THOMAS C. COOKE, D.F.C., A.F.C., of Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Cooke was born in 1919.During WW II, he was instructor with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, flew Canso amphibians, and during one patrol sank a U-boat off the coast of Iceland.
For this feat he
received the D.F.C. In 1946 he
began a 37-year career with the Ontario Provincial Air Service
, rising to serve as Director of the OPAS
for 11 years.During this time he
was instrumental in developing equipment and procedures, including a float-mounted carrier for transporting canoes and bulky materials on float planes, and an effective method for pick-up of water by skimming the surface of a lake and precisely dropping it onto forest fires, helping to make Canada a leader in forest management and fire control.He is a founding member of The Ontario Bushplane Heritage and Forest Fire Educational Centre (The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre) in Sault Ste.Marie.