Bits and Pieces
Third Annual ‘Wings Over Gatineau’ Bigger Than Ever
Restored Canadair Sabre in Golden Hawk’s Livery
Despite wet and windy conditions on Saturday, the first day of a new two-day format, crowds went away smiling after a superb air show with stars of the show, Canada's Snowbirds. The numbers for the weekend were up 36 percent over last year, with more than 30,000 people attending, according to Vintage Wings of Canada. Wet feet and chilly winds definitely put a damper on things, but nothing could deter the air show performers from putting on a great show. The CF-18 demo team and the Discovery Air F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre flew, as well as wing-walker Carol Pilon and many of Vintage Wings' fleet of WWII aircraft.
Sadly the CWH Mynarski Memorial Lancaster was kept from flying on Sunday due to a mechanical problem, but the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Corsair joined other planes to fly past Rockcliffe Airport to help the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum celebrate the Battle of Britain, which was a decisive turning point in WWII in which the Luftwaffe failed to gain air superiority over the RAF.
Based at the Vintage Wings of Canada hangar, the air show takes place at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport (CYND), just 15 minutes from Ottawa. It returns next year on September 14 and 15.
Vintage Wings of Canada is a public charitable organization founded by Ottawa businessman and philanthropist Michael Potter to celebrate our country's rich aviation history, as well as to educate and inspire Canadians with powerful stories about the heroes, aircraft, and events that make up this great heritage. For more information, visit www.VintageWings.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you love warbirds and our rich aviation history, Wings Over Gatineau-Ottawa is becoming the major Canadian event each year. The Sunday flying schedule began at 11 a.m. and lasted five hours, with far too many performers to mention. Simply check out the show schedule to see who flew.