Old Bold Pilot by Jack McCallum


“There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots; but there are no old bold pilots”. Except for long time Sicamous resident, Jack McCallum. A rare, exceptional case of an old bold pilot.

Read the incredible stories of Jack McCallum during his decades long bush piloting career in Canada’s north. The rare case of an old bold pilot who lived to tell his tale.


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We had the privilege of knowing Jack McCallum for as long as we have been in Sicamous. Sadly, Jack passed away in 2012. However, he worked with Stephen Hill to get his daring bush flying stories made into a book of his own – “Tales of an Old Bold Pilot Who Lived to Tell His Story of Flying the North”.

There are incredible pictures and stories that will leave you scratching your head wondering how Jack survived decades of daring bush flying.

An incredible read, about an old bold pilot from Sicamous.

Jack McCallum contradicts Canadian aviation folklore. Bush pilots who opened the Canadian north have a saying:

“There are old pilots and there are bold pilots; but there are no old bold pilots.

Flying conditions are so rugged that anyone too adventuresome is almost certain to overstep the bounds of safety; and pay dearly for it.

Jack readily admits the validity of the earlier statement, despite his being an exception to the “rule”. As you read his story, you will witness several hair-raising encounters in which Jack survived only by some gracious higher hand. Even Flo, Jack’s wife, has personal experience surviving “recreational” flights in the planes they flew in the North.

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