WHAT: Arrival of four beautifully-restored vintage aircraft that tell the story of one of Canada’s proudest achievements, the massive, homegrown effort to build airfields and train hundreds of thousands of alliedWorld War II aviators. The Yellow Wings pilots will meet the public and media to talk about the significance of their historic planes, operated by Vintage Wings of Canada.

WHERE: Waterville Airport

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 2012  (9:00 to 17:00 hours ADT)

WHO: Joe Cosmano, Todd Lemieux, Goran J, Doug Fleck, Brett Capiau, Heather Fleck

Fairchild Cornell MkII - Yellow Wings

Fairchild Cornell MkII - Yellow Wings

DETAILS: Throughout the summer, volunteer pilots from Vintage Wings of Canada’s Yellow Wings Program will visit dozens of communities across Canada to pay tribute to a little-known moment in Canada’s history: the World War II British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). Yellow Wings pilotstell the story of the BCATP and how ordinary Canadians from coast to coast came together in what became known as the “Aerodrome of Democracy” to train hundreds of thousands of aviators from Canada, the British Commonwealth and the U.S., in the effort to win the War. One of the lasting legacies of the BCATP was the construction of dozens of Canadian airports in cities such Moncton, Toronto, Edmonton, and many more.

The Yellow Wings aircraft are part of the Mike Potter Collection of Vintage Wings of Canada. They include the North American Harvard, deHavilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch and the Fairchild Cornell. Last summer, the Yellow Wings tour of western Canada tour had 21 volunteer pilots in five aircraft visit 67 airfields, covering 30,000 km. To find out more about the aircraft and the heroes to which they are dedicated, or to download high-resolution photos, visitwww.yellowwings.ca.

Vintage Wings of Canada (VWC) 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 making up this great heritage. VWC’s signature air show, “Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa”– featuring the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds and more than 100 vintage aircraft from across Canada and the United States – takes place at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on September 15and 16, 2012. For more information, visitvintagewings.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Heather Fleck
Yellow Wings Team Lead
Vintage Wings of Canada
(613) 301-4372
hfleck@vintagewings.ca