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Nieuport Aviation’s name celebrates the 75-year legacy of Billy Bishop Toronto City airport and Canada’s rich aviation heritage. 

The airport is named for famous First World War flying ace and Canadian military hero William Avery “Billy” Bishop, who dedicated his life to aviation.  Billy Bishop piloted a Nieuport 17 fighter aircraft in the 1917 campaign that earned him the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest military decoration awarded for valour.  A replica of Billy Bishop’s Nieuport 17 aircraft is suspended and displayed in the terminal’s atrium area.

Throughout its history, Toronto’s island airport has served as an important commercial aviation centre, a training ground for both the Royal Canadian and Royal Norwegian Air Forces during the Second World War, and as a key driver of Toronto’s economy.

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