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In 1928 some of Canada best postwar pilots joined Frank E. Hammell’s Northern Aerial Mineral Exploration. Here were the likes of “Doc” Oaks, “Dazzy” Vance and “Al” Cheesman. Mainly WWI veterans, they pioneered in Canada’s most forbidding country, taking their bare-bones Fairchilds and Fokkers as far north as the Arctic islands in search of Eldorado. (J.P. Culliton Collection)

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