Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Four individuals and an iconic air demonstration team will be the 2020 inductees into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. “This year’s inductees are Clifford MacKay McEwen, a fighter pilot from the First and Second World Wars; Joseph D. Randell, a leader in Canadian commercial aviation; Shirley Render, author, historian and champion of Canada’s aviation heritage; and Canadian astronaut Bjarni Trygvasson,” said Rod Sheridan, chairman of the board for the CAHF. I am also pleased to announce that the Red Knight, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s solo demonstration team between 1958 and 1969, will receive the Belt of Orion [Award of Excellence].”

The Red Knight was arguably the most famous of the demo teams that thrilled audiences in the 1950s and 1960s. The bright red T-33 would often perform its breathtakingly low level manoeuvres in a double bill with the Golden Hawks, guaranteeing a loud and memorable performance for air show crowds. Budget issues led to the team being disbanded in 1969. The Jet Air Museum in London has a Canadair T-Bird in Red Knight livery.