WINGS OF COURAGE EVENT
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.