Aeroplane meets Dave Hadfield

The chief pilot for Vintage Wings of Canada, one of the leading names on the North American warbird scene, comes from the most remarkable flying family



There are plenty of dynasties in aviation: parents whose enthusiasm for flying has been passed on through the generations, sometimes more than once. On the historic aircraft scene, names like Grace, Grey, Hanna, Hinton, Salis and many more are renowned in part for that reason.But even then, the Hadfields are exceptional. You’ve surely heard of Chris Hadfield, the former Canadian Forces fighter pilot-turned-astronaut who became the first Canadian to walk in space, and captured the world’s imagination through his guitar-playing exploits while commanding the International Space Station. You might not, however, be aware of the extent to which he’s part of an aeronautical family.

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