By TONY LOFARO, The Ottawa CitizenApril 20, 2012
A Tiger Moth is one of the planes in the Vintage Wings of Canada collection that will take part in the Canadian Tulip Festival flyover on May 13, 2012.
Photograph by: Mike Carroccetto, The Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — A commemorative flyover of the city featuring airplanes from the Vintage Wings of Canada collection is one of the new events of this year’s Canadian Tulip Festival.
The flyover will take place May 13 at 1:30 p.m. over the region from the Gatineau airport, and will feature up to 20 vintage aircraft. The participating Second World War aircraft belong to the Michael Potter Collection, which is maintained and operated by Vintage Wings of Canada.
Some of the aircraft include the “Bill McRea” Tiger Moth, “Hart Finley” Fleet Finch, “Archie Penny” Fairchild Cornell and the “William Harper” Spitfire. The aircraft are significant to Canadians and show their close relationship with the Netherlands since the Second World War when Ottawa provided a safe refuge to the Dutch royal family and Canadian soldiers were involved in the liberation of that country.
The planes will fly from Gatineau. pass over the ByWard Market and then continue to the Chinatown area and Dow’s Lake area before returning across the Rideau Canal. David Luxton, chair of the Canadian Tulip Festival, said the flyover is a preview to the Vintage Wings of Canada’s annual air show, which takes place Sept. 15-16 at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport.
The festival is also presenting Electrik Tulipe, an evening of music featuring some of Europe’s top disc jockeys. The “Swedish House Mafia” Steve Angello and Dutch DJ/producer Nicky Romero, along with Size Records DJ Third Party, are performing at the event to be held May 18 at the Ottawa’s new CE Centre. Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50.
The festival runs May 4-21. More events are to be announced shortly.
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