June 2009 Excursion
Preserving and Promoting local history for the former Rideau Township
Log Fence

June's field trip to Vintage Wings of Canada was a great success.   The nearly-new hanger facility near Gatineau has all the charm of yesteryear, plus modern features like a heated floor and a fire protection system.

Our party of forty-five was divided in two groups for the guided tours.  It's no exaggeration to say the planes gleamed in showroom condition.  In addition, fascinating restoration work was being conducted in several areas. (See accompanying article on Deryck Hickox.)

The post-tour lunch was a congenial affair at the adjacent Cafe Napoleon.  It included door prizes and the (gently) forced enrollment of four new members.

There is so much aviation history and technology happening at Vintage Wings that interested readers would be well advised to visit their website and dig in.

Vintage Wings

On the website you will also find the latest information on a non-fatal crash on August 29th, involving the Tiger Moth and pilot Howard Cook:

Best wishes for a full recovery for pilot and plane.

It's worth mentioning that Vintage Wings participates in different events throughout the year where you can see the planes up close, or admire them in flight. 

Their next open house takes place September 19 from 10 am - 4 pm.

Our thanks to tour guides Jay Hall and John Foster as well as all the staff and volunteers of Vintage Wings of Canada for a truly memorable experience!

The 2009 June Excursion

Article by Lucy Martin

Corsair at Vintage Wings

RTHS members listen intently in front of a WW II Corsair

RTHS group at North Gower

The group at North Gower

Michael Potter