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July 13, 2007 | General

Edmonton – Duval House Publishing and Edmonton Airports are pleased to announce the release of an historic aviation publication entitled Gateway to the North written by local author and aviation historian Mr. Tony Cashman.

Gateway to the North tells the story of Blatchford Field (Edmonton City Centre Airport) through the eyes of the people who watched it grow throughout the twentieth century. The publication includes over 200 pages of narrative, photographs, and paintings in a large coffee-table format.

“This is more than the history of an airport. So much went on there, so much went through there. This is about the blue-collar visionaries, bush pilots and engineers who made Blatchford Field the Gateway to the North, and local businessmen who backed them,” comments author Tony Cashman.

In this, our tenth year serving the Capital Region, Edmonton Airports is proud to recognize the legacy of aviation in our community. In recognition, Edmonton Airports will donate Gateway to the North to local schools. “As witness to one small chapter of our region’s aviation history, Edmonton Airports is pleased to share this publication with our local schools,” states Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports.

Tony Cashman grew up in Edmonton in the heroic age of the bush pilots, some of whom were his neighbours. His uncle, George Gorman was a partner of Wop May in the City’s first attempt at commercial aviation. In World War II, Mr. Cashman trained as a navigator in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and flew 30 sorties over Germany in Bomber Command.
After studies at the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Cashman began a 20-year career in radio. A series of his broadcasts on CJCA, called The Edmonton Story, appeared in print in 1956. This book was followed by many more, including Vice Regal Cowboy and An Illustrated History of Western Canada.

Gateway to the North will be released for public purchase July 5, 2002. The public may purchase this publication through Duval House Publishing at 488-1390 or In addition, Gateway to the North will be available at local bookstores.

For More Information, Contact:

Duval House Publishing: Kim Doyle at (780) 488-1390 X226
Author: Tony Cashman at (780) 434-6914
Airfest: Amy Cooke at (780) 486-9166