HARVARD WINGS OVER BRANDON
Sunday, June 11, 2000, was Open House and Volunteer Appreciation
Day at the Air Museum. A steady stream of visitors had a chance to
see the CATPM hangar before the commencement of the renovation construction
project. CATPM volunteers were thrilled to receive rides in two of the
museum's vintage aircraft -- a Cornell and a Harvard.
Having spent eight years in the Royal Canadian Air
Cadets, I've had the good fortune to have flown in quite a variety of aircraft,
but I've never had the chance to go up in a Harvard. I was very excited
then, to see that museum director, Stephen Hayter had scheduled me
for a flight in this legendary training craft, in which so many thousands
of WWII pilots had trained. The fact that the official CATP Harvard pilot
is longtime friend, Howard Pahl, made the flight even more memorable for
Digital cameras back in 2000 took much lower resolution
Smaller images were displayed on the Web at that time
Internet speeds were slower ~ Computer Systems slower
~ Website storage costs were higher
I'm looking forward to making the same flight and
updating the photos a few decades later.
In preparation for the flight, my
grandson Soulin and I took a solo flight in a Cessna...
just a short jaunt... we actually didn't leave the
hangar -- but our imaginations soared.
My daughter China-Li and her nephew, little Soulin
Hillman, walked me to the Harvard to see me off.
Harvard pilot, Howard Pahl
The Harvard taxis from the CATPM
past the main Brandon Airport hangar and
down to the west end of the runway.
Airborne -- We bank and circle back
over the airport with the city in the distance
Brandon Airport - CATPM is the topmost
Trans-Canada Highway on the north side of Brandon
Brandon's North Hill area and Sportsplex
City of Brandon from the air
Cornell in the distance
Circling the airport while the Cornell lands
Photo reconnaissance mission accomplished
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William G. Hillman
& SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO