By Rod Lawrence
Sarnia was treated to an extended 3-day pitstop visit from the Yellow Wings Vintage Aircraft on their way from Windsor where they were visiting for the opening of a new aviation museum there. They weren’t originally scheduled to stop in Sarnia on their way to Edenvale and St. Catherines but with a phone call from Sarnia COPA Flight 7 president Mark Seibutis to pilot Dave Hadfield and a meeting with the crew at Oshkosh it was agreed that a stop here would be good for spreading the word of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) which according to the “Yellow Wings” website (www.yellowwings.ca) was “a stunning achievement in planning, construction, community involvement and aircrew training that involved every province of Canada, hundreds of small and medium sized communities across the country, and hundreds of thousands of airmen from Canada, the British Commonwealth and the United States of America.”
The Vintage Wings of Canada’s Yellow Wings fleet includes a Harvard, Cornell, Stearman and the Fleet Finch. The main reason for the change in the schedule was to acknowledge the huge contribution to the training program that Sarnia-Lambton made, with more pilots and other crew trained from this area than any other.