Monday, April 9, 2012

Stearman Ready to Head West



Did you know that the Vintage Wings Stearman is headed west this summer? After a winter snug in hangar at Gatineau, undergoing annual maintenance and a few minor tune-ups, the Stearman is ready to fly once more.

As soon as the weather warms up enough for open-cockpit flying (and after a quick oil change), a crew will leisurely hop-scotch her through Ontario, across the Prairies and over to her new home in Springbank, AB. There will be many stops along the way, not just to refuel, but to share the magic of flight with eager Canadians; the Stearman will be available for sponsored rides to Vintage Wings members as she crosses this great country.

Alberta is a fitting new home for our Stearman, one of only 300 that flew in Canada in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), as she earned her keep in Bowden, just south of Calgary, over 70 years ago.

Spreading the word about the BCATP and the stories of the aircraft and people involved is all part of our mission here at Vintage Wings, and one that we plan on continuing this summer with the Stearman.

For more information on sponsored ride venues and air show appearances, please contact Todd at

Photo by HF.

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