WINGS OF COURAGE EVENT

Canadian Geographic - - YOUR SPACE - —Michela Rosano

Fly­ing a Sop­with Pup bi­plane, avi­a­tion ace Joe Fall led a cru­cial bomb­ing raid over Cam­brai, France, in April 1917 dur­ing the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge. By the end of the year, Fall had brought down 36 en­emy air­craft and had be­come a Cana­dian leg­end. To com­mem­o­rate his achieve­ments and this im­por­tant bat­tle in Cana­dian his­tory, a group of vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Air Cadet League of Canada, un­veiled a replica of Fall’s bi­plane on June 17 at the Cana­dian Mu­seum of Flight in Lan­g­ley, B.C. (See a photo es­say of the air cadets with the replica plane on page 36.) The replica is one of two fully-func­tional planes that will be flown over the Vimy Me­mo­rial in France on the bat­tle’s 100th an­niver­sary in April 2017. The planes, named for Fall’s sis­ters, Phyl­lis and Betty, are be­ing con­structed as part of the Wings of Courage project, one seg­ment of a doc­u­men­tary tril­ogy called A Na­tion Soars that aims to com­mem­o­rate Canada’s early avi­a­tors and their crit­i­cal roles in the Great War. A Na­tion Soars is a part­ner­ship be­tween doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers Sound Ven­ture, Her­itage Canada, CPAC, Cana­dian Geo­graphic and The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety.

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