RCAF and vintage aircraft to conduct flybys in Gatineau for Battle of Britain anniversary

Royal Canadian Air Force Vets stand on parade as a Second World War Lancaster bomber flies past during a Battle of Britain memorial at the Canadian Aviation Museum in 2004. Chris Mikula / Ottawa Citizen

Aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including the Snowbirds, as well as Vintage Wings of Canada and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, will conduct flybys of the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on Sunday to mark the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport which begins at 10 a.m. and goes till noon.

Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, veterans and Royal Canadian Air Cadets will be on parade to pay tribute to Canadian and allied sacrifices made during the pivotal Second World War battle.

Members of the public who would like to attend the parade or view the aircraft flybys can park in the grass field off Rue Arthur Fecteau.  Entrances to the parade and viewing areas will be marked. An accessible entrance is located on Rue Arthur Fecteau, beside the Vintage Wings of Canada Hangar. All attendees may be subject to search upon entry.

Low level flying: Weather permitting, vintage and current Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft will fly over the ceremony at an altitude no lower than 1000 feet above the highest point of the airport before resuming a higher flying altitude. These flybys will conclude with a non-aerobatic flying display by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

 

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