By John Calvesbert
A COPA-sponsored barbecue was held on August 16, 2011 at the Brantford municipal airport. The activities officially commenced at 16:00 hours, the purpose; to welcome the ‘Yellow Wings’ flight from Vintage Wings of Canada based in Gatineau P.Q., as they made their way across the country in commemoration of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, (BCATP), visiting most of the old World War Two training bases that participated in “The Plan” .
The aircraft lined up on the apron included Harvards, Cornells, a Steerman, a Fleet Finch and a couple of Tiger Moths.
Not of the WWII era, but non the less welcome on the flight line, A T-28 Trojan and a BAC 167 Strike master.
Presentations were made to COPA Flight 148 and the Brantford airport management for hosting the event by MP Phil McColeman and MPP Dave Levac. Receiving for Flight 148, President, Bob Ogilvie. For the Brantford airport, Manager, Marc Culshaw.
Among the guests were several members of the local 56th Field Regiment, recently returned from overseas duty and a dozen or so WWII veterans, some proudly displaying their decorations.
After a half hour presentation highlighting the accomplishments of the BCATP in the ground school room of the Brantford Flying Club, all present enjoyed a barbecue, (Burgers and Tube Steaks), prepared by COPA volunteers.
A draw was won by Bombardier, Reuben DeBoer, Canadian Army, for a ride in one of the Cornells.
The event drew to a close in the early evening as the Vintage Wings aircraft were due at their next stop, Kitchener/ Waterloo,( CYKF), before dark.
Also in attendance and helping to make the day a success were; Kurtis Arnold, Tiger Moth, ATC/YYZ, host on ‘The Aviators; Dave Hadfield from Yellow Wings; Jim Mattice, Harvard, Dunnville; Alfred Beam, Cornell, Fort Erie; Tom Dietrich, Tiger Boys, Guelph; Bill Sheppard and Kent Beckham, Harvards, Tillsonburg; and Dan Richer, T-28 Trojan, BAC 167 Strikemaster, Brantford.