Vintage Inspiration

Posted by | June 22, 2012 | news | No Comments

Air show season is in full swing, and Vintage Wings is thrilled to be a part of the action.

You may remember from last week’s update that on the way to the Hamilton air show, the Mustang stopped off at CYKZ, Buttonville Airport, just north of Toronto, ON. Before giving a speech to the Buttonville Flying Club, pilots Rob Fleck and Joe Cosmano visited the Seneca College hangar, putting current students through the cockpit and explaining the history and importance of the Mustang to Canada’s next generation of aviators.


Students of Seneca College’s four-year Aviation Degree Program stand, well-dressed,
in front the Vintage Wings Mustang. Photo courtesy of Mary Norman


Mary Norman, senior instructor at Seneca College, smiles from the cockpit. We are unsure if the grin is from the thrill of sitting in a vintage fighter, or due to the fact that it was her last day of work before retirement. (This author sends a shout out to all the students and teachers at her former college.) Photo courtesy of Mary Norman


Last weekend was Canadian Warplane Heritage’s big 40th Anniversary Hamilton Air Show. Vintage Wings was there in full force, with our F86 Hawk One Sabre, Gray Ghost Corsair, P-51D Mustang, and Warbirds of the Med: Hawker Hurricane (which was unable to fly in the show due to a damaged intake gasket), P-40 Kittyhawk and Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI. The weather was fine, the airplanes (mostly) working and the crowd enthusiastic.

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Vintage Wings’ formation Heritage Flight. From L to R: Corsair, Spitfire, P40, Mustang, F86.
Photo by Ken Lin

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Inspiring youth is part of our mandate. President and F-86 volunteer pilot Rob Fleck
gives an eager young girl a tour of the cockpit. Photo by Ken Lin


Ain’t nothing like a good hero shot! Vintage Wings volunteer pilots from L to R: Joe Cosmano,
Rob Fleck (background), Rob Erdos, Dave Hadfield, and Dan Dempsey strut their stuff in front of
a line of Harvards. Cue Top Gun theme song. Photo by Ken Lin

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Vintage Wings founder and Snowbirds Honourary Colonel, Mike Potter. Photo by Ken Lin

We would like to congratulate our friends at Canadian Warplane Heritage ( on a spectacular show!

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