This Sunday, look to the skies and honour a hero!
In honour of decorated Canadian naval officer, Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray, the Royal Canadian Airforce will conduct a flyby at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday August 8th.
The aircraft, a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, will fly from its base in Comox over the BC Aviation Museum at Victoria Airport and back again.
Gray was a Canadian naval officer, pilot, and recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC) during World War II – the last Canadian to be awarded the honour.
He was from Trail, BC, and while his remains were never found, a monument in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was made to commemorate his heroism.
The aircraft will fly over at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest point of the flyby
route, and maintain a higher altitude for the trip to and from their base at 19 Wing Comox.
The Royal Canadian Air Force said that their flybys are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times.
Aircraft participation is subject to weather and operational requirements and participants are encouraged to physically distance themselves.