Aviation museum salutes First World War heroes of the sky
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is saluting Canada First World War heroes from Vimy Ridge this weekend with the help of the Vimy Flight: Birth of a Nation Tour.
The four day event that began on Thursday and runs through Sunday features replica bi planes the Nieuport 11 or because of it diminutive size that were flown during the First World War by Canadian pilots over Vimy Ridge during battle in France in April 1917.
The Vimy Flight crew got an opportunity to fly a commemorative flyover at the Vimy Ridge Memorial in Vimy this past spring and now the crew is touring across Canada to honour the country past heroes on the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge and the 150th anniversary of Canada confederation.
was literally the very first fighter plane that the Canadian airmen flew, said Dale Erhart, the Vimy Flight lead for the formation and a former fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force. 7:8 scale and look and react almost the exact same as the original aircraft did. who also flew commercial airliners for two decades with Air Canada, said he gained a new understanding of what these pilots went through, and the impact of what a poppy represents for Canadians.
understood why we wore it in my head but not in my heart,
and when we go over there and see the suffering that happened and their awe and expression of gratitude, I realized how important it was we really did this, he said.
Helen Halliday, president and CEO of the Museum, said they had just a few weeks to put this together,
but it was a no brainer to bring the tour to Winnipeg.