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    • Standard Color interior
    • 252 pages
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    • 8.5 x 11.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 252 pages
  • Keywords
    • Canada,
    • Royal Canadian Air Force,
    • RCAF,
    • Training Command,
    • Red Knight,
    • aerobatics,
    • aviation history

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The Red Knight
by John Charles Corrigan

The Red Knight is the product of three decades of meticulous research. It is the most comprehensive account ever written about the Canadian Air Force’s legendary solo jet-aerobatics performer. An important part of Canadian aviation history, the Red Knight ranks third in terms of longevity and total number of performances among the RCAF’s aerobatic display teams. In recognition of the program’s importance, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame honoured the Red Knight with its Belt of Orion Award for Excellence in 2020 and the Royal Canadian Mint issued a commemorative coin in 2022. This updated, second edition of The Red Knight chronicles the history of the program, from its origins in 1957 to its cancellation in 1970. Everyone who has enjoyed watching the precision, grace and beauty of aerobatic flight will appreciate this insight into the “behind the scenes” aspect of aerial displays. A fine addition to any aviation reference library, The Red Knight will be of particular interest to anyone who remembers the program or saw a performance of this uniquely Canadian display. Now printed in colour, The Red Knight - Second Edition is illustrated with many additional, never published before photographs. The book is further enhanced by specially commissioned works of art from noted Canadian Aviation Artist, Don Connolly. Details of the various Red Knight paint schemes are provided via several aircraft profiles, also specifically created for this publication. Together, this unique pictorial collection vividly portrays the legacy of the Red Knight.

"It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at the Red Knight program--and at aerobatics in general." — Kirkus Reviews

John Charles Corrigan photo

John Charles Corrigan’s interest in aviation has been lifelong. After 35 years in the aerospace industry, he retired as his company’s Quality Systems & Regulatory manager. A collector of aviation art, he became interested in the Red Knight’s story after purchasing Don Connolly’s print, From Stage Right, The Red Knight. When John tried to find more information about the Red Knight, he was disappointed at how little there was. What he did find was incomplete or incorrect. He began researching the story of the Red Knight in 1993. With the assistance and understanding of his wife Donna, John travelled from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver Island interviewing former Red Knight personnel and related technical contacts. Aided greatly by the co-operation and generosity of former Red Knight pilots and support personnel, John has collected numerous photographs, newspaper articles and personal memorabilia to preserve the history of this uniquely Canadian solo-aerobatic display. John has been published in the Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Airforce magazine, and the Canadian International Air Show’s Airspeed magazine, among others.


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