Newsletter Article September 2000 Retirement – Gord Nielson

RETIREMENT – GORD NIELSON

One of our longest standing relationships has been with the Aircraft Maintenance School at the Moncton Community College. The Program Co-ordinator responsible for the school has been Gordon Nielson. Gord is a member of ACAM and an active personal supporter of Museum projects.

The TBM Avenger restoration being carried out at Fredericton owes much of its progress to his personal involvement. Gord organized and directed the initial recovery of the aircraft from it’s remote location undertaking the project as a student experience opportunity. Many components, including the just completed engine, were undertaken at the school and he continues to make many trips to Fredericton to participate in the restoration effort.

Gord served in the RCN from 1956 to 1966 as an aircraft technician, including service on HMCS Bonaventure. His career covered many aircraft types including: Avengers, Trackers, Banshees, HUP-‘s and T-33’s.

His post military experience began with Skyway Air Services – later Conair – with experience including A-26’s and TBM’s, then on to Central Aero Engines, self-employed for 1 1/2 years, and finally Forest Protection Ltd (FPL) as Chief Engineer from 1976 to 1982.

Very attached to his beloved Avengers. Gord relates many well told stories of numerous exciting experiences with the aircraft. After his many trips across Canada in the rear cockpits while with Conair on contract work and through many years of service with FPL.

In 1982 he moved on to the development of the Aircraft Maintenance School at Moncton where he has served until his retirement this year. The school has, under his direction, developed an international reputation as a quality source of skilled aircraft technicians.

Gord and his wife Lorraine have three daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. One daughter is a serving as a Corporal in the RCMP.

With his retirement, the school moves over to the very competent direction of Boyd Geddes who has already demonstrated his understanding and support for the objectives of aircraft preservation and ACAM.

We wish Gord and Lorraine a long and happy retirement, continued involvement in our Museum’s projects, and we look forward to continuing good relations with the school.

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