Yellow Wings just completed our second day on the ground in Greenwood, NS.
Yesterday we toured young air cadets around the airplanes, and took a very special gentleman for a ride; Art « Sparky » Traverse is a spry 90-year-old who learned to fly on Tiger Moths during the Second World War. After flying 68.5 hours in the Tiger, Sparky went on to be an instructor in the BCATP, training Navigators in the twin-engine Anson. He absolutely loved his flight and Vintage Wings was extremely honored to be able to take such a man back in time aboard our aircraft.
We also took …Read More
The YW fleet is now repositioned at Halifax Stanfield Int’l Airport, NS. We got in late last night after waking up to depart Fredericton early in the morning. Why so long to go 180miles you ask? We may go slow, but we are not THAT slow!
In Fredericton we had to put some air in a soft rear Cornell tail wheel, but of course life is never that simple. We required a valve stem extender, which required some searching to find. Meanwhile while pushing the Tiger Moth out of
the hangar we …
What a day in Fredericton! The low pressure system and cold front that caused us to cease operations early yesterday was long gone by the time this morning rolled around. Today presented with light winds, clear skies, bright sun and puffy cotton all clouds. It also provided a bit of relief from the scorching humidity of last week.
Due to excellent media coverage yesterday, the crowds came out in droves to see the pretty yellow airplanes.
Dolores Furlong, an enthusiastic young lady in her sixties, stood watching at the sidelines as the planes came and went. Watching, that is, until …Read More
Tuesday, July 17 started out foggy with a low cloud base. Yellow Wings personnel began the day early with a 6:15am spot on CBC Fredericton’s morning show, Morning Information, with Terry Seguin.
Roving reporter Amy Leitner, from the CBC six o’clock news, then joined us for a flight in the Finch just as the low scud drifted off. Amy and her cameraman Dave ended up spending most of the day with the Yellow Airplanes, filming, talking with veterans and basically catching the « Yellow bug. »
Daily Gleaner reporters and photographers also showed up, and between media interviews, sponsored rides (the Harvard was today’s …Read More
Freshly-soloed Cornell pilot Goran Jakovljevic (just call him Gord) is all smiles.(Photo HF)
Less than a week to go before the yellow birds pack up and take up a heading of 090 degrees; lots of time left and lots of things left to do.
The calendar of events has been set in stone for some time now, and can be viewed at www.yellowings.ca, under the heading “Calendar.” We officially kick off our tour in Woodstock, NB, …Read More
Zeke (rear cockpit) and pilot Peter Ashwood-Smith taxi for take-off
By Zeke Ruddy
My name is Zeke Ruddy and I have always dreamt of becoming a pilot. Last Saturday was one of my best days ever. I flew in Vintage Wings’ Fleet Finch from their Gatineau hangar to the Aviation Museum and back. It was awesome!
The Finch is a 2-seat open cockpit biplane trainer from WW2. It’s one of the …Read More