DATE OF BIRTH: July 23, 1913

PLACE OF BIRTH: Wainwright/AB/Canada


EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Commercial aviation-1932 to retirement-1978

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Bent Props & Blow Pots (Harbour Publishing, 2003)
Republished as trade paperback/300 pages/available Sept./6/06

Inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1997, Rex Terpening, born in 1913, was one of the last of a breed of air engineers who flew with the original arctic bush pilots in the early 1930s. He later worked for airlines in Edmonton, Regina and Whitehorse before being transferred to CPAir's headquarters in Vancouver in 1952. He became responsible for maintenance of CP's planes both domestically and internationally until he retired in 1978. "Reviewing my 45-odd years in aviation," he says, "I would say that the '30s placed the greatest responsibilities on all of us as individuals." In his 90s, Terpening wrote Bent Props and Blow Pots: A Pioneer Remembers Northern Bush Flying (Harbour 2003) to recall mishaps and heroics that stretched from Fort McMurray to the Arctic Ocean. He kept a meticulous journal from which his memoirs were gleaned.

[BCBW 2003] "Transportation"