COPA Flight — April 2011
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Jack Thorpe’s Last Flight

COPA Flight 8 member John “Jack” Thorpe died on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, after a brief illness. He was 85 years old.

Thorpe was born in Toronto, Ontario and joined the RCAF during the Second World War, serving as a Flight Sergeant.After the war he was commissioned as a Flying Officer and completed pilot training, serving until 1952.

As a civilian pilot Thorpe flew for Ayres Ltd. Based at Lachute, Quebec and later joined the Department of Transport (now Transport Canada) as a pilot with their Flight Services Division at Uplands Airport in Ottawa.

Thorpe also volunteered at the National Aeronautical Collection, which later became the Canada Aviation Museum and is presently the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

In recent years Thorpe was probably best known in the Ottawa area for his trademark Fleet Canuck, which he flew often from its base at the Smiths Falls Airport. Thorpe is survived by his wife Patricia, four children and four grandchildren.