Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

A black and white photo of two men looking at an X-ray film mounted on a viewer, set on top of a file cabinet.
Henry Langdon (left) and Ernie Hunter view radiographic X-ray inspection results in 1957. Trans Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) hired Henry Langdon in 1945 as an aero engine mechanic and he later became an aircraft inspector with the company. PHOTO: L1985-13_018_019_002, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Photograph Collection, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University

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During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force maintained high standards for those it enlisted during the conflict. This is reflected in the achievements of many of the Black-Canadians who served in the RCAF during the war – for instance, four became lawyers post-war.

To cite another example, one with a post-war RCAF tie, Henry Langdon had an outstanding career in the civil aviation maintenance field.

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