First Official Stop in Woodstock, NB
Last Thursday four daring little airplanes snuck out of the Gatineau zone and pointed east. Two days later, after stops in Trois Rivieres, Montmagny, and St. Leonard, they and their daring pilots touched down in Woodstock, NB; the Yellow Wings 2012 Down Home Down East tour had officially begun.
Due to the overwhelming success of YellowWings 2011, Vintage Wings of Canada, a charitable organization based out of Gatineau, QC, is running the program again this year, focusing on the Maritime provinces.
COPA flight 86 in Woodstock welcomed the yellow airplanes with open arms, hangaring and hosting them in style with a fly-in breakfast, open house, steak dinner complete with live entertainment and many local and provincial politicians, and even a cruise on the St. John river. Special highlights at the dinner included speeches by Premier David Alward, MP Mike Allen, His Lordship Mayor Arthur Slipp, COPA President Kevin Psutka, Vintage Wings President Rob Fleck, COPA flight President David Buckingham, and town CEO and event organizer Ken Harding – a very esteemed roster indeed.
Woodstock, New Brunswick’s oldest town, has a very nice 3000 foot chip seal and turf hilltop runway and boasts a very active flying community. Proceeds from the fly-in breakfast were very kindly donated to Yellow Wings, proving once again that small yellow airplanes can have a very big impact.