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of Aircraft Production. His performance while holding this position was so outstanding that he was made a "Member of the Order of the British Empire." A higher honor was yet to come, as in 1947 McCurdy was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. He retired from this post in 1952 and later made his home in Ottawa, Canada.
McCurdy died of pneumonia in a hospital in Montreal June 25, 1961, at age 74. He was survived by his wife, a son and daughter. He was a member of the Early Birds and various fraternities and clubs.
Flying Pioneer, John A. D. McCurdy was one of the very first aviation pioneers, world renowned, and an active, self-taught pilot who devoted almost his entire lifetime to the advancement of human flight. The list of his "firsts" was most impressive. He held all of the early flying records in Canada and many in the United States. He had few minor accidents during his long career and always disliked emphasizing the sensational acrobatics of the airplane, but rather placed emphasis on its safety and usefulness. Although a Canadian, his contributions to early American aviation history were so extensive that his name must be honored and well recorded by us.
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