Vintage Wings of Canada brings seven airplanes to Oshkosh this year, four of them a part of its Yellow Wings tribute to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The BCATP trained more than 200,000 air crew (pilots, navigators, air bombers, wireless and regular air gunners, flight engineers, and ground crew) during World War II.
Vintage Wings, headquartered in Gatineau, Ontario, is known the world over for its outstanding collection of impeccably restored warbirds. The training aircraft scheduled to be in Oshkosh, all painted in resplendent yellow, include:
- 1940 Fleet Finch II Model 16B - C-FPFF (scheduled to arrive Monday, July 25)
- 1941 Boeing PT-27 Stearman - C-GKUE (scheduled to arrive Monday, July 25)
- 1952 North American Harvard (T-6 Texan) - CF-ROA (scheduled to arrive Monday, July 25)
- 1943 Fairchild Fleet Cornell III - CF-YQR (scheduled to arrive Wednesday, July 27)
Vintage Wings is also making great efforts to fly its 1942 Blackburn-Fairey Swordfish Mk III C-GEVS south from Gatineau, but that may be scuttled by engine trouble. Other planes, including a 1942 Westland Lysander IIIA - C-FVZZ; and a 1944 North American P-51 Mustang IV - CF-VPM - are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, July 27.
Look for the Vintage Wings airplanes at the Yellow Wings display on ConocoPhillips Plaza as well as in the Warbirds area.