Fred Pattison - Early Aviator and Clever Inventor

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Fred Pattison

1897 - 1983

Fred Pattison was born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1897.  He was raised and lived his life in St. Catharines. He invented improvements and patented a vehicle wheel pulling jack. The patent was issued 16 October 1917. In 1928 he helped found the St. Catharines Flying Club and was also instrumental in establishing an airport in Niagara.

During World War II, Pattison was club manager when the facilities were used for flight training, No. 9 Elementary Flight Training School part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In 1980, Pattison was one of a group who founded the Niagara Aviation Pioneers, a group dedicated to gather and preserve information about flying in the Niagara area. Pattison served as the president. He passed away in 1983.

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