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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada ] : Relic Hunters of the Wild West

The Bolingbroke at the Museum in Brussels as well as the Lysander(s) of the Sabena oldtimers are amongst the results of these hunts
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Relic Hunters of the Wild West

Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators
People who restore warbirds cannot just order their parts from stores called The Spitfire Shack or Mustang World or Warbirds-R-Us. They either build them from scratch, or they contact parts hunters who find them in barns, out in fields or at garage sales.  Were it not for these passionate parts hounds, many of the restoration projects today would be stalled. Follow this link to learn more.


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : The First Flight of the Roseland Spitfire

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The First Flight of the Roseland Spitfire

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Last week, Spitfire TE294, the Roseland Spitfire, made its first flight after nearly two decades of steady progress. Click on this link to enjoy the official photos and video of the event.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : Baby Flattops of the Royal Navy

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Baby Flattops of the Royal Navy

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In the Second World War, the big fleet carriers of the Royal Navy and the US Navy got the lion's share of the glory, but they also got the same share of the enemy attention. Along with these legendary ships, the smaller escort carriers often were ignored. Called "jeep" or "baby" carriers, these ships were far from small, and far from inglorious. Follow this link to read and see more about one particular group of escort carriers of the Royal Navy.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] Two By Moonlight

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Two By Moonlight

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Two days after D-Day, Flying Officer Kenneth Owen "Kayo" Moore and his Coastal Command Liberator crew did something no others had done before or have since. They sank two submarines in one sortie, and just 20 minutes apart... at night! Follow this link to learn more.
Don't forget, come see us at the Aero150 Air Show at the Gatineau Airport this Sunday, April 30. Vintage Wings aircraft will be participating in this once-in-a-lifetime aviation event. Doors open at 9AM. Admission—a suggested minimum donation of $5. Featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France. visit Aero150.com

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] A Decade of Fake News

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A Decade of Fake News

Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators
A couple of weeks ago, we ran our latest April Fools hoax—the tenth year that we have produced one. As always, many knew to expect a story from us on April 1st, but others still believed what they read and saw. It has now been a decade of these fun stories and we thought we would share with you the fake news we love to write—especially with those who have just signed on. Follow this link to our home page to see and read a decade of lies.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : Flying the Sopwith Snipe

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Flying the Sopwith Snipe

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In 1967, Canada was just 100 years old and aviation in this country was just 58. Imagine the thrill for a young CF-104 Starfighter pilot to have an opportunity to fly a rare and iconic fighter of the First World War. Follow this link you our home page to learn more.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : Canadian Spitfire Update

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Canadian Spitfire Update

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There are those of you who may think that we are just an aviation history story service, but in fact, Vintage Wings of Canada has, for the past ten years, operated the 16 historic vintage aircraft of the Michael U. Potter collection from our hangar in Gatineau, Quebec. Underway here are three world-class restoration projects—a Hawker Fury, Hawker Hurricane Mk XII and a Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX, known as the Roseland Spitfire. After 16 years, the Mark IX is now very close to completion, with its first flight likely to be before end of the summer. For the latest on its rebuild status, click here.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : Piper Cubs of the Luftwaffe

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Piper Cubs of the Luftwaffe

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A search for the story behind an image of a Piper Cub in the wartime Luftwaffe leads to Danish entrepreneurs, Lithuanian nationalists and daredevils and the weird story of the Piper Flitfire. Follow this link to learn more.

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : The Right Place at the Right Time



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The Right Place at the Right Time

Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators
Aviation photos of the Second World War make us smile, grimace, scratch our heads, or give us pause to reflect on the effort, the memories and the waste. Follow this link to our home page or click on this image to learn more.
In addition, if you wish to attend our February Beer and Pizza night at the hangar to discuss aviation, warbirds and future plans, please confirm your attendance by email at:  kbuchan@vintagewings.ca

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

[Vintage Wings of Canada]: Back to Our Roots

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Back to Our Roots

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Vintage Wings of Canada is restructuring the way in which it conducts its flying operations  and public outreach programs.  Follow this link to our home page and click on this image to learn more.

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

[Vintage Wings of Canada] : The Maltese Falcons

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The Maltese Falcons

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75 years ago, Malta was both the most bombed place on Earth and the stage for the greatest aerial battle since the Battle of Britain, with airmen arriving from all over the British Commonwealth. In the Battle of Britain, Canadians made up only 4% of the fighter pilots, but at Malta, that number had risen to 25% and Canadians made up an even higher percentage of the aces. Follow this link to learn more
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Roundel - Vintage Wings of Canada Newsletter: November 2016


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In this second edition of The Roundel we highlight the results of a very busy and successful summer at Vintage Wings of Canada, examine the progress of ongoing restoration work, and we talk about upcoming activities for volunteers and the plan for preparing us for the next flying season.  Download it today and enjoy!
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Vintage Wings of Canada : The Shark Mouth—at 100 years






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The Shark Mouth—at 100 years

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It has been over 100 years since the first time a pilot painted the snarling open mouth of a shark or fish on his aircraft. Since then, it has become the single most copied graphic device in aviation, and become a western popular culture icon at the same time. Follow this link to learn more.
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Vintage Wings of Canada : The Ghost Lakes of Manitoba

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The Ghost Lakes of Manitoba

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In the province of Manitoba, there are more than 110,000 lakes. In 1947, the province named 25 previously un-named lakes after 26 decorated Manitoban airmen and soldiers who had died in the Second World War. This is the story of the 15 Royal Canadian Air Force airmen who were honoured then. Today, 4,200 lakes, bays, islands and other geographic features in Manitoba are named for war dead from the province. Click on this link to learn more.
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Thursday, 8 September 2016