Did you witness the Remembrance Day fly by?
SPN received the following information from Merle at the Sooke Legion about the pilots, with a second look at the flying talent in slot number 4 (formation on the right), featuring Canada’s oldest and one of Canada’s fastest pilots.
- Lead, North American Harvard mk 4 pilot Harry Driver co-pilot Brent Sylvester
- No 2 right wing Russian Yak 18T Martin Howse co-pilot Sean Heard
- No 3 Left wing Chinese CJ6 pilot Chris D’Arcy
- No 4 slot RV pilot Chris McLean co-pilot Don Payne
- No 5 right wing on 4 RV, pilot Bill MacGowan
- No 6 left wing on 4, RV, pilot John Howrold
- No 7 tail end Charlie, RV Joe Myers
A note on the flying talent it Slot 4
- Chris McLean, one of the fastest Canadians alive today, Chris served with the RCAF flying the F104, at twice the speed of sound.
- Don (Doc) Payne, the oldest Canadian commercial pilot at 95. Doc is also a member of the moch 2 club, having flown twice the speed of sound. Doc flew 2 tours during the second war was shot down in a Lancaster, crash landed in north Atlantic, saved all but one of his crew, spent better than a week in a life raft until being picked up by a German petrol boat and spending the last nine months in prisoner of war camp. Read more on the Don (Doc) Payne story here.