Kamloops flocks to airport for Open House

By Adam Donnelly
July 11, 2016 - 4:35pm Updated: July 11, 2016 - 5:29pm

KAMLOOPS — Fans of flying machines were in their element this weekend, as the Kamloops Airport held an open house. The event was planned around the 419 Squadron’s 75th Anniversary celebrations, and featured quite an array of aircraft; from civilian planes, and helicopters, right up to Canada’s version of Top Gun. All on display at the tarmac at Fulton Field.

Around 500 people were waiting for the gates to open at one o’clock, and they were there for more than the food trucks. Folks flooded the grounds and flocked to the wide variety of aircraft being shown at the event.

“The military brought some interesting aircraft: we’ve got Hawks, Harvards, and Hornets,” said Fred Legace, YKA Manager. “It’s a really good opportunity… for members of the public to get up close and personal with some of the airplanes.”

The 419 squadron even did a couple of flybys in the CT-155 Hawk Trainers. Legace says events like this don’t come about very often, which is likely why the response was so positive.

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