William Avery (Billy) Bishop was Canada's No. 1 flying ace and held the Allies' record for aerial kills. Only Germany’s ace, Baron Von Richthofen (The Red Baron), bettered Bishop's record.
William George (Will) Barker was and still is Canada's most decorated war hero, was ranked as Canada's No. 2 wartime pilot.
This peacetime business venture ended in its first year as a result of their aerobatics stunts at the Canadian National Exhibition that year. In a reckless unexpected move, they dove down and skimmed over the crowd at about the 30-foot level. They caused pandemonium as the spectators stampeded. With lawsuits pending, the aces abandoned their business venture.
The average lifespan of a First World War pilot was only 11 hours of airtime. These Canadian icons' survival, notoriety and war heroics would continue to sustain, as well as haunt, them for the rest of their lives. Source: Vince Gratton