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About The Builder Of This Fabulous Plane
B.D. MacKeracher (better known as Barry) has had a long and distinguished career around aircraft.
He started flying and training for an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). That got him involved with military aircraft and roaming around the world.
He then worked for Spartan Air Services and spent a lot of time in Northern Canada flying into remote places and servicing aircraft. He also spent time in South America and the Caribbean doing aerial survey work using Mosquito aircraft.
He then joined the National Aviation Musem in Ottawa and worked 25 years restoring some of the aircraft you see there. He also went on expeditions and salvaged vintage aircraft.
He travelled extensively with his work at the museum and this allowed him access to the information he needed to build a replica of the Burgess-Dunne.
He even spent a few summers travelling across Canada to air shows where WW1 vintage airplanes owned by the museum were flown and displayed.
He eventually became assistant curator at the National Aviation Museum and retired from that position 8 years ago and built a work shop (32X52') to accommodate the building of the Burgess-Dunne.
He is a skilled craftsman who has learned his trade well and has extreme patience along with an excruciating eye for detail. (My words ... not his)
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