This was an opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime historic event, have dinner and share an evening with friends and aviation enthusiasts, in a military hangar. The Mk IX Spitfire that began construction in Comox was flown in for the occasion and Wing Commander (Ret’d) James (Stocky) Edwards, CC, DFC & Bar, DFM, MiD, CD, was the guest of honour. This event also marked the start of the Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust, a fund intended to assist young Canadians in the pursuit of their dreams of a career in aviation.
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Gala Teaser from the Comox Air Force Musuem
Jon Ambler, director of the Comox Air Force Museum, gives us a little teaser about the impending arrival of the restored Y2K Spitfire and the pilot, Stocky Edwards, who will be honoured at the gala event on 8 August 2018. ...
Y2K Spitfire comes home
Many thanks to the Record for helping us get the word out regarding this historic event. This article follows a long history of this newspaper providing information to the general public about the restoration of this iconic piece of aviation history. We hope to see...
Phase 1: Beginnings (1999-2008)
Few aircraft hold such a place of love and respect in a nation’s aviation history that they can be called “iconic”. For members of the British Commonwealth, the iconic fighter aircraft of World War Two was the Supermarine Spitfire. The Spitfire was physically beautiful, with graceful lines and elliptical wings, while at the same time it was deadly efficient in air combat. Many of the pilots who flew it, including Wing Commander Stocky Edwards of Comox, BC, say it was a dream machine to fly – it responded beautifully to light control input and could turn circles around enemy aircraft.
Phase 2: Partnership with VWC in Comox (2008-2014)
Restoration proceeded slowly but surely, despite heroic volunteer efforts to raise funds and awareness. The pace was dictated by funds and by 2007, when the original plans had said the aircraft would be flying, only the fuselage and tail of Y2K were completed. Volunteer enthusiasm was being tested and it was becoming increasingly clear that considerable funds were going to be needed to finish this project: now anticipated to be over $2 million, a number twice the original estimate and several orders of magnitude beyond any CAFM fund raising campaign. The wings alone could cost upwards of $1.5 Million.
Phase 3: VWOC in Gatineau (2014-2017)
The original VWOC plan was to ship the completed wings to Comox, using available hangar space in the GRA for the installation of the wings on the fuselage. In 2011 the Spitfire workshop was renovated, increasing the workspace to install the wings. However, in order to get the aircraft out of the workshop the wings would have to be removed, this is difficult and time consuming. The problems with using a 19 Wing hangar were threefold: it would take up valuable hangar space, all VWOC staff would need ongoing GRA access, and the aircraft would not be accessible to the public.
The Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust
The Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust is hosted through CanadaHelps.org. When donating through the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust page please select Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust from the 'Fund' drop down menu. Wing Commander (Ret’d) James (Stocky) Edwards, CC,...
5000 Miles in a Spitfire!
It’s never been done before in the iconic WWII fighter! This August (2018), the newly-restored Spitfire Mk IX of the Michael Potter Aircraft Collection/Vintage Wings of Canada is flying from its home base of Ottawa/Gatineau, to Comox, BC, and will appear at a...