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Two new blogs!
In the summer of 2019 Dave and a friend sailed Drake III, his 1947 46ft ketch, to the North Channel and back. Brave the Storms with Dave! (Did the mainsail blow out in a white-squall? Answer: yes!) North Channel Voyage
And Dave’s recent snowshoe-trek is blogged right here on this site — 9 days of travelling in a remote part of NW Ontario. Dave and friends dropped-off the Budd car train, wandered freely along a chain of lakes, and never saw a human or a track from one during the whole trip! But did the train arrive to pick them up? Not exactly… Winter Wander 2020
A spectacular summer! Dave flew Spitfire Mk IX C-GYQQ to Comox, on Vancouver Island, and back. It turned out to be over “5000 miles In A Spitfire”. No one has flown the iconic interceptor on a journey anything like this in modern times.
There were airshows, PR events, dinners, speeches, veterans, appearances, forest-fires, and a million magnificent memories.
It happened! In a weekend that was like a pilot’s dream, I flew the Harvard, the Mustang, and the Spitfire!
Winter finally ended. The spring gales finally eased. The snowbanks started to diminish. I “borrowed” Robin’s RV6a, flew to YND, and began the process: first, there was my yearly Qual Ride in the Harvard. I had the great pleasure of flying with John Aitken, the Chief Pilot.
Then, since the airplane was clearly undamaged, it was a re-qual in the Mustang.
After which, knocking my skull repeatedly to shift from American to British specifications, my very first flight in this gorgeous, new, PERFECT Spitfire IX.
Let me tell you, it has been a LONG, LONG, LONG time since I built an Airfix 1/72 scale model of a Spitfire! To fire one up, taxi it out (the hand-brake system is perfect BTW), roar off the runway, and find to my delight that it looked after me — the newbie — more than I looked after it, was a life-culminating achievement for a pilot.
Then, back into the RV6a and fly back to Edenvale before the wife notices I took it.!
Back in a couple of days — we need to fly off 20 hours before we take it to Oshkosh, and all the way out to Comox, B.C.