Royal Canadian Air Force flyby to honour Second World War veteran
Two CF-18 Hornets fly over Comox in this 2020 photo. (Photo supplied by Mike Kaehler, RCAF Associate Historian).
Keep your eyes to the sky if you’re in Comox Saturday morning.
A pair of CF-18 Hornets are flying over the area at roughly 11:00am, to honour the 100th birthday of a Second World War veteran.
Wing Commander (Ret’d) James “Stocky” Edwards is celebrating the milestone.
He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940, and retired from the air force in 1972 after flying Vampires, Sabres, and CF-100s both in Canada and overseas.
The jets involved belong to 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron from 4 Wing Cold Lake.
They’ll fly over Comox at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest point of the flyby route, and maintain a higher altitude for the trip to and from their base at 4 Wing Cold Lake.
“Royal Canadian Air Force flybys are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times,” 19 Wing Comox said in a release.
“Aircraft participation is subject to weather and operational requirements.”
You’re reminded to maintain proper physical distancing practices in line with their provincial health guidelines while taking in the flyby.
To view a livestream of the flyby, you can visit the 19 Wing Totem Times Facebook page at 11:10am Saturday.