Two iconic warplanes from World War II will be appearing at the Algoma Aviation Week on Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14, 2016.
Algoma Aviation Week is organized by The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) and the Canadian Owners Pilots Association Flight 66 (COPA) in order to celebrate and honor those who served in the armed forces, to promote aviation by educating the public, and to inspire the next generation of aviators. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 and American Legion Post 3 from Sault, Michigan will welcome the bombers with a special ceremony on their arrival.
The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Airbase Arizona and Minnesota Wing will be showcasing their legendary World War II restored aircraft, the B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey” and the B-25 Bomber “Miss Mitchell,” respectively, with “climb aboard” tours for the public.
The planes will open to the public on Monday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. “Sentimental Journey” is a rare World War II legend and is one of less than ten B-17 (J model) warbirds still flying and is the leading exhibition warbird in The Flying Legends of Victory Tour conducted by CAF Airbase Arizona. “Miss Mitchell” is the type of fast, muscular aircraft made famous in the 1942 Doolittle Raid and the film 30 Seconds Over Tokyo. The daily fee for tours is $10 and it goes directly towards maintaining the CAF’s historic aircraft. CAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3).
Algoma Aviation Week will peak over the weekend with both bombers offering bucket-list rides on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in addition to “climb aboard” tours.
On Saturday, August 13, the Sault COPA chapter will offer free flights to pre-registered kids, aged eight to 17 as part of their COPA for Kids Aviation Program (http://www.copassm.com).
There will be a number of other aircraft on display including a Bell 47 helicopter, a Harvard WWII aircraft trainer, Sault Modellers model aircraft, and more.