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Air Vice-Marshal Ernest Walter Stedman, C. B., O. B. E.

Air Vice-Marshal Ernest Walter Stedman, C. B., O. B. E.

Male 1888 - 1957  (68 years)

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  • Name Ernest Walter Stedman 
    Prefix Air Vice-Marshal 
    Suffix C. B., O. B. E. 
    Born 21 Jul 1888  West Malling, Kent, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The birth of Ernest Walter Stedman was registered at Malling district, Vol. 2a, p. 595, in the September quarter 1888.
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 1957  Ottawa, ____, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Ernest Walter Stedman, aircraft engineer (b at Malling, Eng 21 July 1888; d at Ottawa 27 Mar 1957). Stedman trained as an engineer and ended his WWI service as a lt-col in the RAF. He then joined the Handley-Page aircraft company and came to N America with the firm's (unsuccessful) entry in the 1919 race to fly the Atlantic (won by J.N.W. Alcock and A.W. Brown). He liked Canada and immigrated in 1920, planning to manufacture aircraft parts, but took the post of director of the technical branch of the newly appointed Canadian Air Board. Thus, he was from 30 Oct 1920 the government's chief aeronautical engineer, under various titles, until his retirement in 1946 as an air vice-marshal, director general of air research of the RCAF. His work involved every aspect of aviation in Canada, including the W.R. TURNBULL propellor, J.H. PARKIN's research at U of T and the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, the R-100 airship flight to Canada in 1930, practical work on winter flying (eg, starting cold engines and landing on snow), the foundation of TRANS-CANADA AIRLINES, buying and building aircraft for WWII, and jet-engine design in 1944. After retirement he was a Canadian witness at the Bikini atomic bomb test of 1946 and founded the engineering faculty of Carleton. His "From Boxkite to Jet: the Memoirs of an Aeronautical Engineer" was published posthumously in 1963.
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      "His work as a pioneer in the fields of aeronautical engineering and research contributed significantly to the laying of a sound foundation for Canadian aviation and has been of outstanding benefit to the Nation."

      Ernest Stedman was an excellent engineer and during WWI he received a number of appointments. They included: Resident Inspector of Contractor Works in 1914; from 1915 to 1916 he designed aircraft at the Admiralty and Technical observer; and in late 1916 he became Squadron Technical Officer. In 1922 he established the Aircraft Inspection Department at Camp Borden, Ontario, which saw to the airworthiness of all aircraft in Canada. In 1939, the British Commonwealth Conference used his estimate as to how much it would cost to build and maintain a system of training bases. As Director of Technical Services of the RCAF, Stedman was at the centre of every major technical development which the RCAF established, including the development of Canada's first jet-engine.
    Person ID I2662  Stedman Families of the United Kingdom
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2009 

    Father Walter Stedman,   b. Between 1 Apr 1857 and 30 Jun 1857, West Malling, Kent, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Charlotte Mary Fremlin,   b. Between 1 Apr 1861 and 30 Jun 1861, Addington, Kent, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married Between 1 Apr 1886 and 30 Jun 1886  Malling RD, Kent, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage of Walter Stedman and Charlotte Mary Fremlin was registered at Malling District, Vol. 2a, p. 903, in the June quarter 1886.
    Family ID F857  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jul 1888 - West Malling, Kent, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Mar 1957 - Ottawa, ____, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    Air Vice-Marshal Ernest Walter Stedman (1888-1957)
    Air Vice-Marshal Ernest Walter Stedman (1888-1957)