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Historic Sites of Manitoba: First Helicopter Monument (Homewood, RM of Dufferin)

A stone monument at Homewood, in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin, was erected in 2018 by the Canadian Aviation Historical Society to commemorate the site where, in the 1930s, brothers Nicholas “Nic” Froebe (1910-1959), Douglas Fitch “Doug” Froebe (1912-1994), and Theodore Fitch “Deed” Froebe (1913-1943) designed, built, and flew Canada’s first helicopter.

First helicopter commemorative monument

First helicopter commemorative monument (October 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.50953, W97.86549
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Homewood School No. 1456 (Homewood, RM of Dufferin)

Memorable Manitobans: George Maria Svoboda (1913-2010)

Father Svoboda’s Helicopter by William D. Wade
Manitoba History, Number 77, Winter 2015

Sources:

“Crash victim dies Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1943, page 4.

“Crash kills Homewood farmer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1959, page 6.

“Froebe helicopter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 2007, page 14.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2021

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