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A sunset Mission to Honor the Canadians in The Battle of Britain

A sunset Mission to Honor the Canadians in The Battle of Britain

By Dave O’Malley On September 15, 1940, the future of Great Britain was unknown. The Luftwaffe’s Heinkel and Dornier bombers, accompanied by hordes of Messerschmitt fighters, had been hammering cities and airbases on an almost daily basis for more than two months.  On this particular Sunday, the epic aerial conflict we now call the Battle of Britain reached its zenith.[Read More…]

A great shot of the Roseland Spitfire as she climbs back into the sky. The first flight would be carried out a low speed with the landing gear extended throughout. Photo: Peter Handley, Vintage Wings of Canada

The First Flight of the Roseland Spitfire

By Dave O’Malley Arnold Roseland was just 28 years old when he died in an aerial gunfight over Normandy in the summer of 1944. He had fought both the Japanese in the Aleutians and the Nazis before and after D-Day. If anyone deserved to return home to his family, it was the well-liked “Rosey”. But it was not to be.[Read More…]

Vintage Wings of Canada’s Spitfire Update

Vintage Wings of Canada’s Spitfire Update

By Dave O’Malley In 1967, just 22 years after the end of the Second World War, when the producers of the epic motion picture Battle of Britain contracted with the legendary Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie, RAF to wrangle extant Spitfires from across the United Kingdom, there were only 14 airworthy examples in the world — from a full production run[Read More…]

Vintage Wings of Canada Corsair – Interview With Test Pilot Paul Kissman

Vintage Wings of Canada Corsair – Interview With Test Pilot Paul Kissman

As many readers will be well aware, Vintage Wings of Canada recently re-flew their FG-1D Corsair after a three-year operational hiatus. Flying a vintage warbird after such a long time spent in the hangar requires a great deal of vigilance, not just on the part of the maintenance crew, but also of the pilot who takes her aloft. Vintage Wings[Read More…]

Only in Canada, eh? Fly Formation with a Lancaster, Mustang and Kittyhawk!

Only in Canada, eh? Fly Formation with a Lancaster, Mustang and Kittyhawk!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to feel the roar of Merlin engines as they literally rumble through your very soul…. or to almost taste the faint yet hypnotic scent of hydraulic fluid and engine oil that lives in every WWII aeroplane… or the glorious sight from your cockpit window of iconic warbirds in close formation as you carve your way through the air over some of the most[Read More…]