Following right behind Vol. 1 Aviation in Canada: The Pioneer Decades, Vol. 2 Aviation in Canada: The Formative Years is another “must have” book for any sincere fan of Canada’s great aviation heritage. This lovely assemblage of paper, ink and glue picks up where Pioneer Decades finishes: 1918 — the end of WWI. No sooner are Canada’s wartime airmen back home than they start carving out niches in the peacetime aviation environment. You’ll read how they start by barnstorming in war surplus JN-4s and how, when planes start crashing, Ottawa gets wise to the need for Canada’s first air regulations. Formative Years deals with every other facet of the rise of aviation in post-WWI Canada — the first airports, such great companies as Canadian Airways, General Airways, Mackenzie Air Service and Wings Ltd., the impact of the Great Depression, the ups and downs of the air mail, all the famous aircraft including such giants of the day as the Ford Trimotor and Ju.52, and the ever-present dangers — harrowing crashes, strandings and rescues from James Bay to mountainous BC.