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PortraitHugh Duncan McPhail

Hugh McPhail, pioneer flying farmer, was born March 14, 1915 , on his family's farm at Elfros. He obtained his schooling at Elfros, Vancouver , Prince Albert and Wilcox and then earned a BSA in agricultural economics in 1942 at the University of Saskatchewan .

He served as a Lancaster bomber pilot attached to the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following the war he worked for a time as counsellor with the Veteran's Land Administration and then as field man with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. In 1951 he left the Pool and used his veteran's credits to set up his own McPhail Air Services in North Battleford . He was a pioneer of aerial spraying starting with 2,4-D, then moving on to a variety of herbicides and insecticides. He sprayed special crops, did desiccation, pasture control of weeds and brush and weed control around power lines. His own farm near North Battleford served as a testing ground. He did aerial photography, first depicting farms and then cities and towns from Victoria to Northern Ontario .

His spraying operation became the biggest in Western Canada , spanning the Prairie region and north to Whitehorse and Coppermine . He also utilized helicopters for spraying and fire fighting duties. Hugh assisted the RCMP in aerial searches for missing persons. His wife, Dr. Mary McPhail, was flown to Rabbit Lake from 1958-60 to keep the hospital open until a resident doctor could be obtained.

As part of his flying service he taught people to fly, including many farmers. Flying training was popular and he set up five satellite aerial training operations in communities outside North Battleford where instructors were sent out to teach potential flyers, making these skills available to farmers and other citizens of rural Saskatchewan .

He was active in community work, particularly in political organization.

He sold his air service some 30 years after he started it.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1999 by the
Saskatchewan Aerial Applicators Association Inc., and North Battleford branch,
Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

 

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