We investigate Canada’s regional pilot shortage and say ‘bonjour’ to Chrono Aviation. Plus, meet PAL’s Force Multiplier. More inside!
This Father’s Day weekend, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton Airport will be offering rides in vintage aircraft at discounted rates.
Have you ever imagined sitting in the tail gun position of a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber, dreaming you were on a low-level mission over Europe? Or, how about sitting in the co-pilot seat of a Noorduyn Norseman bushplane, skirting around low clouds and dodging high terrain in Northern Ontario? Perhaps an open cockpit biplane like a Boeing Stearman is more your style-or if that’s too slow, how about a Canadair-built Lockheed T-33 Silver Star military jet trainer?
This weekend, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Flyfest will see all the museum’s flyable aircraft take to the skies. Visitors can choose to fly in British Commonwealth Air Training Plan aircraft like the de Havilland DH-82C Tiger Moth, Cornell, Stearman and Harvard, or multi-passenger Second World War aircraft like the Beech 18, DC-3 and B-25 Mitchell. The museum’s Avro Lancaster, specially painted for 2017 in honour of the Ruhr Express, will also fly several times over the weekend on pre-booked flights. The Ruhr Express, KB700, was the first Lancaster built in Canada during the Second World War. [Read more about the Ruhr Express here.]
Also attending Flyfest this year is Waterloo Warbird’s T-33 Silver Star “Mako Shark,” L-29 Delphin and the ever-popular de Havilland Vampire. The T-33 is a two-seat jet trainer that flew in the Canadian Air Force and was used in a number of different roles. All three Waterloo Warbirds jets will be available for passenger flights.
Click here for more information on Flyfest.