Replica airplanes of several First World War fighters or “scouts” flown by Canadian airmen in that war will be in Regina this weekend.
An east-west tour to show Canadians the tiny aircraft will be on display at Regina’s airport.
Will Chabun is a spokesman for the group ‘Vimy Flight’. He says the small planes made a big impression on Canada’s aviation history.
“They are replicas of First World War fighters or scouts,” Chabun said. “They’re tiny machines. A typical one weighs only about 12-hundred pounds. They don’t have a lot of power. But they’re pretty impressive in as much as you think that people went to war in them.”
Chabun says the experience of seeing these planes is like a trip back in time.
“You’re sort of bonding with all of these legendary figures from a hundred years ago,” Chabun said. “Like Billy Bishop or William Barker or Raymond Collishaw. Or closer to home, people like Piffles Taylor, for whom Taylor Field was named.”
Chabun says if the weather doesn’t cooperate Sunday, the aircraft will be accessible on Monday adding the small planes will eventually find their way to Saskatoon.
“From Regina, they will eventually head to Davidson where they will have a ‘do’ planned for them Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening,” Chabun said. “And then to Saskatoon, where the new aviation museum is hosting an event for them Saturday and Sunday.”
The aircraft will be on public display from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on the concrete apron in front of the provincial government hangar at Regina’s International Airport.