COPA Convention

COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association) held their Annual General Meeting at Langley Regional Airport June 24-26, 2011. They were supported by many individuals and organizations, including Vintage Wings of Canada from Gatineau, QC and the Canadian Museum of Flight from right here in Langley, BC.

This summer Vintage Wings are celebrating the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan that trained over 210,000 people during WW2 - including 50,000 pilots - under the Yellow Wings banner As part of this activity they are flying several aircraft that were notable participants in the BCATP across the country - the Harvard, Fleet Finch, Fairchild Cornell, de Havilland Tiger Moth and Stearman Kaydet. They flew their Harvard and Cornell west of the Rockies, leaving the two biplanes (Finch and Tiger Moth) in Alberta.

However, the Museum was able to fill in for some of the missing fleet by displaying the Museum's Finch and Tiger Moth biplanes, accompanied by the Museum Harvard. As well, a locally-based Stearman was in attendance at Langley. The three biplanes flew in tribute to the efforts of the Air Training Plan, followed by a display by the Museum's Harvard.

The three biplanes taxi in after a demonstration flight - Finch (L), Stearman (C), and Tiger Moth (R). 

The Vintage Wings of Canada Fairchild Cornell arrives in sunny Langley.

Vintage Wings pilot Ulrich Bollinger is met at Langley Airport by
long-time flying buddy, Airport Manager George Miller.

 What a tale of Yellow Tails - Cornell, 2 Harvards, Finch and Tiger Moth.

More tall tales - Harvard IV (403 Squadron) and Stearman.

Museum pilot Bill Findlay completes his Harvard display with a pull up into an ominous sky.

From the Eagle's Nest - an aerial view of the Yellow Wings. Cornell, Harvard IV, Harvard II, Fleet Finch, Tiger Moth (on runway), Harvard IV and Stearman (left to right). (Photo credit R. Church)