Alexander John Lilly - First in Canada to Break Sound Barrier

In 1952 Al Lilly became the first person in Canada to break the sound barrier when he piloted an F-86 Sabre jet.

Al Lilly served as the Chief Flying Instructor with the BCATP as well as serving with Ferry Company during World War II. Lilly flew the first Canadian manufactured F-86 Sabre jet and gained the distinction of being the first Canadian to break the sound barrier. He was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1984 with the following citation: “The application of his superior skills in Test Flying, leading to vital improvements in many aircraft during war and peace, have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation.”

CFB Chatham
c. 1952
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