|Date of Issue||March 27, 2019|
|Series||Canadians in Flight|
|Series Time Span||2019|
A favourite son of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, First World War flying ace and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient C.H. “Punch” Dickins was an aviation pioneer and bush pilot. Enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (196th Battalion) in 1917, he later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and flew 73 combat missions in the First World War. He later served in the Canadian Air Force, then joined Western Canada Airways, flying the first scheduled airmail delivery from Winnipeg to Edmonton in 1928.
That same year, Dickins made the first reconnaissance flight across the unmapped barren lands of the Northwest Territories in his Fokker Super Universal float plane, covering more than 6,000 kilometres in 37 hours of flying time. For this accomplishment, he received the Trans-Canada Trophy (also known as the McKee Trophy) for outstanding achievement in air operations. During the Second World War, Dickins managed flight training schools as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and he headed the Atlantic Ferry Organization, which saw North American-made planes make the dangerous flight overseas to aid the Allies. Dickins held leadership roles at Canadian Pacific Air Lines and at de Havilland Canada, where he influenced the design and launch of the DHC-2 Beaver, often considered the best bush plane ever built. He was the first pilot to log one million miles in flight (1.6 million kilometres).
For millennia, we have looked skyward, longing to break the bonds of the earth to soar among the clouds. Canada has had its share of pioneers who bravely reached for the skies when flight was in its infancy or who used their gifts and vision to create new and better ways to fly. This stamp issue, designed by Ivan Novotny of Taylor|Sprules Corporation, celebrates three individuals and two aircraft that took Canadian aviation to new heights.