Vimy Ridge 100 Years on April 9th, 2017
Canadian pilots build replicas of WWI aircraft to perform flyover
The following are excerpts from a letter sent by RCL White Rock, Branch #8 member Arlene MacKinnon with background and information on this project.
Allan Snowie and a group of retired Canadian pilots have fulfilled a dream, 9 years in the making, leading the effort to build six WWI fighter planes to honour those Canadians who bravely fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Sunday, April 9th, 2017 marks its 100 year anniversary. This battle was victorious at a heavy cost of 10,602 casualties, and is widely considered "the Birth of a Nation" for Canada.
The mammoth project of this dedicated team of pilots is now a reality. Their six completed WWI fighter aircraft, four Nieuport XIs and two Sopwith Pups, were loaded aboard an RCAF C-17 in Comox last week, they stopped enroute at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel.
Yesterday, Saturday March 18, 2017 they landed safely at Lille International Airport. Together with the RCAF C-17 crew, a good dozen local folks and our team they were off-loaded from their "mother-ship".
Here is the best news, Allan writes, "there is a very strong cadre of aviator and ground crew assistance on this side of the Atlantic, not to mention an extraordinary amount of media attention. Everyone wants to help in every way and all recognize that the 9th of April at Vimy is Canada's Day".
The Langley Museum crew and Ray and I will be arriving April 1st to find out our Duty List for the Exhibition Hall in Arras and the Airfield. Along with Ray, myself and our local Fraser Blues Flight Team and their families we feel honored to be a part of this 100 year Memorable Celebration at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017.
Below are links to YouTube videos narrated providing additional background and and air to air footage.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
"Lest we forget"
Non-stop live entertainment all day, from 1:30 until 11:30PM. Doors open at 10:00AM and bar open at 11:05AM after ceremonies. Join in for a full day of entertainment with singers, dancers, pipes & drums.
Anthems, Military Tunes & Poems