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The Ayling and Reid Flight

Ayling and Reid Flight

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted January, 2009

Ayling and Reid Flight

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of Wasaga Beach
On a cairn at the entrance to Nancy Island Historic Site
on Mosley Street across from 3 Street North

Coordinates: N 44 31.200 W 80 01.260


Plaque Text

On 8 August 1934 J.R. Ayling and L.G. Reid, flying "The Trail of the Caribou" a twin-engined biplane, the De Haviland "Dragon", took off from the hard sands of Wasaga Beach headed for Baghdad. An icing problem led to a bent control rod and a throttle stuck wide open. This, in turn, increased fuel consumption by 70 per cent above that estimated and resulted in termination of the flight at Heston Airfield, London, England after 6,000 km and 30 hours, 55 minutes of flying time. Despite failure in their main objective the aviators had accomplished the first non-stop flight from the mainland of Canada to England.


Wasaga Beach Plaques

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> Posted July 4, 2016
James Reginald Ayling (born 1905 in India) was the son of Sir William Bock Ayling (1867-1946) & Emma Graham (1868-1912).

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