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“Hugh” Pasmore was born in England from a British father and a Canadian mother. During WWI, he served with the Royal Flying Corps, receiving training in Ontario and Texas. During his active service, he flew Felixstowe seaplanes on anti-submarine patrols over the North Sea. He was also an instructor in the RAF. Postwar, Pasmore worked for Elliot Air Service. In 1924, he joined Fairchild Aerial Surveys Co. (of Canada), based in Lac-à-la-Tortue (Qc), becoming their second pilot and mechanic. This operator became the first company in Canada to operate all year long. Pasmore quickly established hilmself as one of the best bush pilots of the 1920’s. He was also one of the original airmail pilots, carrying the first overseas mail from Rimouski to Ottawa, October 27, 1927. When the New York parent company started to produce its own aircraft (the famous FC-2 line), Pasmore convinced President Sherman Fairchild to create a Canadian subsidiary in Longueuil. The country’s fleet of aircraft was still mainly composed of old war surplus planes. Canada needed modern aircraft like the FC-2 for bush operations, photo survey and airmail.
Pasmore quickly established hilmself as one of the best bush pilots of the 1920’s. He was also one of the original airmail pilots, carrying the first overseas mail from Rimouski to Ottawa
From this idea, Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. was born in 1928. Pasmore supervised the project. The plant (located 1 km east of engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada) covered an area of 3300 square metres. It was the largest and most modern in the country. It included construction and maintenance shops, a four runway airport and a seaplane base located on the St.Lawrence River. This double configuration quickly became a favorite of bush pilots when time came to switch from floats to skis, or vice versa. In the late 1930’s, the seaplane facility was also used by the Imperial Airways giant flying boats arriving from UK. Pasmore acted as Plant manager, first test pilot, Managing Director, then finally President in 1934. Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. became a leader in aircraft production. During WWII, it employed nearly 10 000 people and produced a large number of parts and airplanes, including the Fairchild Bolingbroke bomber.