Frequently Asked Questions
What is this event all about?
In August, this year, the iconic WWII fighter aircraft, the Mark IX Spitfire, callsign “Y2K”, that was started here in Comox some 18 years ago, will be returning to the Valley for a visit and show. To celebrate this event, a gala banquet will be held at 14 Hangar on the Base with special guests. This event will also mark the startup of the Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust Fund.
Read more about the event here.
When is this event happening?
The Spitfire should arrive in Comox in the first week of August; the banquet will be held on the 8th of August, 2018. After that, she will be shown at Abbotsford for a few days and on the Base. Details of the times you can come and see her will be published on this site.
How do I get tickets to the Banquet?
I would like to buy a complete Table at the banquet. How do I do that?
Send us a message using the Contact Us tab at the top of the page, and we’ll get it arranged.
Will I be able to see the Spitfire up close at any other time?
Yes, she will be on display for the public near the Air Cadet Hangar on the Base and will be doing several flying events here. Watch this site for instructions about where and when to see the aircraft while she is here.
What is the Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust Fund?
This Trust Fund has been set up, in Stocky’s name, to assist young Canadians who wish to pursue a career in an Aviation-related career following High School Graduation. It involves several bursaries and grants.
My grandsons live in Edmonton. Will the Y2K Spitfire fly over/stop over anywhere near there on its way to Comox? If so, how do we find place and time? I’d like them to see real history.
Sorry, she will not visit Edmonton on this trip.The closest she will get is probably Calgary, as she passes through on the way to Comox.
The dress code for the event says Smart Casual. Smart Casual indicates that suit jackets are over-dressing. I don’t see that as appropriate to the wearing of decorations and medals. Am I missing something?
Smart casual is by definition, casual, and can mean everything from open neck dress shirt and slacks to a sports jacket with or without tie, and even a suit, if so inclined. It’s hard to “overdress” unless you are wearing a tux. Wikepedia has a good definition.
Smart casual is one step up from casual, and one before “informal”. It is merely intended to preclude jeans and t shirts, sportswear and the like. The wearing of decorations and medals is normally on a jacket of some kind, so if one is not wearing a jacket, they would not wear them. When worn in this fashion, it is customary that the miniature version is chosen, however there are no strict rules or guidance here.
I have seen the wearing of military ribbons on an open neck shirt designed for that purpose. The Legion and various military Associations have them, for example, they usually have epaulets to signify they are meant to be decorated and are worn as Summer dress. Many attending this function will be wearing Association type dress and will therefore have medals.
Our goal here is to have everyone arrive in clothes they can feel comfortable in, while still paying respect to the event and our cause.