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75 Years of Saskatchewan Air Ambulance: Smithsonian Recognition

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Saskatchewan Air Ambulance is celebrating 75 years. The emergency response service flies people all around and even outside of the province during times when they need it most. As the final part of an ongoing series to celebrate this crucial operation, Our Stories is looking back to 2019 when Brian Shaw, a Saskatchewan Air Ambulance pilot, was interviewed by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

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Captain Brian Shaw

The feature was for the Smithsonian's podcast AirSpace. The prestigious museum contains the largest and most significant collection of air and spacecraft in the world. The podcast is all about stories of exploration, innovation and discovery. It looks at human achievement, failure and perseverance behind air and spacecraft.

In the episode Brian took part in, you can hear him talk about the differences between his work as an Air Ambulance pilot versus airline pilots in North America; the diverse and limited landing terrain up North; making judgment calls on a flight; how preparing for a situation is different than search and rescue; and the risks involved in his job.

Patient being transported
Patient being transported

As Smithsonian writes about the episode, featuring other emergency response pilots, “Some of the world’s best pilots are the ones you hope never to see. They fly into places too dangerous for others to navigate, braving extremes to save human lives.”

You can listen to the episode on the AirSpace webpage.

This story was written prior to COVID-19, and any photos from it reflect this time period.

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