GATINEAU, QC. - Second World War trainers and warbirds operated by Vintage Wings of Canada will overfly several Cenotaphs and Remembrance Day parades throughout the National Capital Region on 11 November at an altitude of 1,000 ft.
Taking part in the 2011 ceremonies are a P-51D Mark IV Mustang, a Goodyear FD-1G Corsair, a North American Harvard, a Boeing Stearman, and a Fleet Cornell.
Flying in formation overhead Wellington Street adjacent the War Memorial will be the Mustang piloted by Michael Potter, the founder of Vintage Wings, and the Corsair piloted by Paul Kissmann, a veteran CF-18 pilot who is now a test pilot for the National Research Council. The vintage warbirds will also overfly Navan, Russell, Carleton Place, Pakenham, and Arnprior during their flight route over Ottawa.
The Stearman and the Cornell will overfly Ottawa south for ceremonies in Barrhaven, Nepean, Manotick and Metcalfe and then carry on overhead Aylmer, QC. These two elementary flight trainers were used during the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) here in Canada from 1940 – 1944. Flying the Stearman is Francis Belanger, a veteran CF-18 pilot, and in the Cornell is Ulrich Bollinger who also served as an RCAF pilot.
The Harvard, piloted by Rob Fleck, president of Vintage Wings, will overfly the Gatineau region for ceremonies in Chelsea, Wakefield and Kasabazua. The Vintage Wings’ Harvard pays homage to Lt. John Gillespie McGee who penned the well known poem ‘High Flight,’ a mantra to pilot still to this day.
The fly pasts are to honour of all our fallen comrades who have bravely served this country in conflicts of war. Vintage Wings’ mission is to commemorate Canada’s veterans and to educate and inspire Canadians about its rich aviation heritage through a unique collection of fully restored airworthy aircraft.