All Dressed Up — Aviation enthusiasts flying high after museum display

It was an exciting day as approximately 300 people attended the Brandon Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum on Aug.10.

The CATPM Air Display featured Vimy Flight’s replica flying First World War aircraft, which was the same aircraft that participated in the Vimy, France, commemoration event. Also on display was other historic aircrafts flying including a replica First World War German Albatross. Of course, the air museum’s own Second World War flying aircraft was included.

Also featured was the newly acquired Canadian Tiger Moth, which was the first plane Ron Finley (featured in one of the photos), an alumnus from the 1945 Air Cadet Squadron, learned to fly in.

“For the museum, it is the opportunity to tell the story of the BCATP and connect with the public, and for those that love aviation the opportunity to hear and see history in the air,” wrote executive director and business manager of the BCATPM Stephen Hayter in an email.

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It was an exciting day as approximately 300 people attended the Brandon Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum on Aug.10.

The CATPM Air Display featured Vimy Flight’s replica flying First World War aircraft, which was the same aircraft that participated in the Vimy, France, commemoration event. Also on display was other historic aircrafts flying including a replica First World War German Albatross. Of course, the air museum’s own Second World War flying aircraft was included.


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Les Wardle, Mary Wardle, Trina Hayter and James Sheppard.


Susan Finley, Ron Finley standing beside the plane that he learned to fly in, and Jeff Bell.

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Susan Finley, Ron Finley standing beside the plane that he learned to fly in, and Jeff Bell.


Dinendra and Riyon Leelaratne.

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Dinendra and Riyon Leelaratne.


Mark Odegard and John Svenson.

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Mark Odegard and John Svenson.

Also featured was the newly acquired Canadian Tiger Moth, which was the first plane Ron Finley (featured in one of the photos), an alumnus from the 1945 Air Cadet Squadron, learned to fly in.

“For the museum, it is the opportunity to tell the story of the BCATP and connect with the public, and for those that love aviation the opportunity to hear and see history in the air,” wrote executive director and business manager of the BCATPM Stephen Hayter in an email.

“I have been with the museum for almost 20 years and this is the first time we have had the pleasure to see WWI replicas fly. The highlights for me was the visit from William Barker’s grandson, the debut flight of our new Canadian Tiger Moth and the wonderful show of WWI replica aircraft put on by Vimy Flight, Birth of a Nation.”

The event was organized by the museum’s flying committee with help from museum staff and volunteers. Hayter said they have flying events every few years and are usually due to a partnership with another flying event.

To find out more information about the BCATP, visit them online at airmuseum.ca.

» Mariah Phillips is a longtime Brandon resident and lead singer in the band Misty Street. She will be dropping into many of the major social events in the Wheat City. This column will run regularly, depending on the community’s social calendar. If you have an event you think deserves notice in the Sun, send information to opinion@brandonsun.com.

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