GATINEAU, QC. – William “Bill” Morton, a veteran pilot of the Second World War, will take a flight in a vintage Tiger Moth aircraft once again on 31 July here at Vintage Wings of Canada at 2 p.m.
Bill Morton, a former Tiger Moth pilot who trained with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945 in Canada and the United Kingdom will be a passenger aboard his beloved de Havilland Tiger Moth.
“It’s a fitting tribute to Bill, one of our many military aviation veterans in this country for whom we commemorate,” said Blake Reid, Vintage Wings pilot. “It is our goal to inspire and educate Canadians about the historical significance of our aviation heritage and what better way than in the cockpit of one of these classic birds.”
The Tiger Moth flight for Bill Morton is part of Vintage Wings’ brand new Sponsored Flight Program. This new initiative allows members of the organization to experience the thrill of flying in a classic warbird. Each flight is sponsored for a fee that helps offset operational cost to run the public charitable organization. To be eligible for the program, passengers must first become members of the organization, sign a waiver and be in good health. A similar program is offered by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum located in Mount Hope, ON.
The de Havilland Tiger Moth was a primary flying trainer used to instruct new pilot recruits of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) at training bases across Canada. In 2011, Vintage Wings will pay tribute to the BCATP but showcasing all four aircraft trainers of the period – the North American Harvard, de Havilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, and Fairchild Cornell – at various locations across Canada.