Flying is Funny: 

Clark Seaborn

The Lighter Side of Alberta Aviation in the 1930s

 While aviation history can be a serious business, there are times when it pays to have a sense of humour. In this talk, Clark Seaborn looks at three particularly amusing instances in Alberta during the 1930s:

  • “I felt I was touched by the hand of God” about a life-or-death struggle onboard Fokker Standard Universal, G-CAHE.
  • “For the sake of art” about recreating a bit of aviation history with famed bush pilot Stan McMillan for an Imax film.
  • “When I landed the three guards were very agitated”: Perhaps the first shot fired in anger by a Canadian in the Second World War- all the result of a practical joke gone awry!

A longtime member of the CAHS, Clark Seaborn received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta.  While working as an engineering consultant his real passion was, and is, aviation history and the restoration of vintage aircraft.  He is presently working on his fifth aircraft restoration project – a 1928 Gipsy Moth. Flying his old airplanes around Canada has allowed him to hear and experience many old aviation stories, which he loves sharing with audiences.