Prairie Fledgling - by Paul Seguna
Created in tribute to the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian
Air Force, this painting symbolizes one of the truly outstanding
contributions made by Canada to the allied victory in WW II. The British Commonwealth Air Training Program (BCATP) was of such importance to the war effort that US President Roosevelt was moved to call Canada the "Aerodrome of democracy". In a very short time BCATP airfields sprang up at over 100 locations across Canada with the skies reverberating with the sound of aero engines propelling yellow trainers. The aircraft depicted in the painting is an AVRO Anson returning to its airfield in the Canadian hinterland from one of the thousands of flights conducted in the training of over 100,000 airmen from the many countries in the allied cause. The farming machinery in the foreground is a symbolic counterbalance to the airplane and represents Canada's rapid transition in these years from an agricultural society to an aviation powerhouse of first order.
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