Bits and Pieces
Canada at AirVenture Oshkosh 2009
To bring us up to speed on the Canadian activities in celebration of our Centennial of Flight at this year’s EAA AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, here are some snapshots of current attractions.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum: (Confirmed)
Our beloved Canadian AVRO Mark X Mynarski Lancaster VR-A - probably the most famous Allied bomber of World War II - returns to Oshkosh. Thousands of Canadian aircrew and other personnel served with the RCAF and RAF’s Lancaster squadrons in England; and thousands of Canadians worked at Victory Aircraft in Malton (Toronto), Ontario, where they produced over 400 Mark X models. In total more than 7,300 Lancasters rolled off the production lines in Britain and Canada. Only two still fly. The CWH Museum has dedicated its Mynarski Memorial Lancaster to the memory of Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski, VC, of 419 (Moose) Squadron, 6 (RCAF) Group. CWH Museum will also display its newly restored Westland Lysander, which flew for the first time on June 9. (See the first flight report in this month’s newsletter.)
Épervier Project: (Likely)
Many of you will recall the story from our December 2008 issue describing the efforts of 12 mechanical engineering students at the University de Sherbrooke in building a new airplane from the ground up? The Épervier, part of an ‘End of Term’ project, was researched, designed, resourced, built…and flown in just two years.
Our latest report indicated the aircraft is still in its flight-test stage with about five hours logged, and all efforts are being made to bring it to Oshkosh for display on AeroShell Square. All of Canada salutes the enthusiasm and efforts of this group. Don’t miss seeing it.
The Russell Aviation Group Bf 109E: (Tentative)
By invitation, a group of us entered a hangar in Ontario Niagara-on-the-Lake region about two years ago. At first glance there was a Harvard in its yellow RCAF colours, and right next to it was a beautiful Hawker Hurricane. Then, a Supermarine Spitfire, and finally, this Messerschmitt Bf 109.
All aircraft are fully operational and fly from Ed and Fran Russell’s turf airfield, just like in the scenes from the Battle of Britain.
We will see it at Oshkosh!
Vintage Wings of Canada: (Confirmed)
Michael Potter’s Vintage Wings of Canada (See Portrait of an Airman below) will be bringing several of his prestige aircraft to this greatest aviation show on earth. We will be seeing the P-51 Mustang, Corsair, P-40 Tomahawk, Hurricane, and of course, what could be more Canadian than an amphibian Beaver!
Silver Dart Replica: (Likely)
Ed and Kathy Lubitz (Kathy is the President of the Ultralight Pilot’s Association of Canada) are making final arrangements to bring their full-scale replica of the Aerial Experimental Associations (Circa 1909) Silver Dart. The aircraft (C-IIIB) is currently undergoing flight testing and if all goes well, it will be on display for the duration of the show.
John Lovelace Century Flight: (Confirmed)
John Lovelace of Wings over Canada fame, has organized Cross Canada Century Flight, a large group of GA airplanes flying from Nova Scotia to Victoria July 17-28. After the flight, a number of participating aircraft will fly to AirVenture Oshkosh, arriving Thursday, July 30, through Saturday, August 1. Initially it was hoped that 100 aircraft would take part in the Century Flight. At the last count 115 aircraft had registered.
Bud and Ross Granley: (Confirmed)
This crowd-pleasing father and son team up to provide some of the most sensational and smoothly flown aerobatics in two of the most dissimilar Yaks ever seen. Great stuff!
Billy Bishop Goes to War: (Confirmed)
This highly entertaining and delightful presentation is coming back to Oshkosh. It relates the thoughts of Billy Bishop, who recalls his adventures and misadventures as a pilot in World War I. Tickets are free but you need to reserve your seat by contacting Jane Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are some of the ‘Canada’ highlights that we can look forward to. There will be more as we inch closer to the event. Visit www.eaa.org for new developments as we approach the 57th annual World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 27-August 2.