Lorna Vivian Morcombe was born in Goderich, Ontario back in 1931 to Vivian and Nora. When she was 14 the family moved to Ottawa. It was there where her love for flying took off. She obtained her private pilot license when she was 16. In 1952 while studying at Ottawa’s Carleton University she received her commercial license.
She worked for Spartan Air Services as a navigation clerk while in college. In 1953, she graduated with a B.A. and married Tony. Shortly afterwards they moved to northern Manitoba. In 1956, you could find her teaching English at a local high school while working part time for Sudbury Aviation where he taught students to fly. Her marriage ended in 1962, when she moved yet again back to Ottawa where she met and married Dick. She retired in 1999, and died in 2009.
What you may not know about Lorna Vivian deBlicquy is that she was Canada’s first woman civil aviation flight test inspector who flew for over 50 years. She had a total of 10,478 hours of flight time, about half of them as a flight instructor.
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