Vintage Wings of Canada is the creation of Michael Potter, who founded the Vintage Wings of Canada Foundation and has been collecting and flying vintage aircraft since the mid-1990s. The aircraft of his collection are maintained in flying condition and flown annually throughout the summer to support air show events, commemorative military flypast,s and other special events. Several aircraft of the collection are owned directly by the charitable foundation as well as by other individual operators.

The Canadian Car and Foundry-built Hawker Hurricane Mk XII. Photo by Peter Handley

Potter has put together a collection of the finest examples of Canada’s, and indeed the world’s, most historically significant aircraft. The collection is housed in a 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art hangar at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport near Ottawa, Canada.

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Victory Flight fighter-formation of its kind performing in Canada now. The Flight will perform at many events this season, including RCAF 100th Anniversary airshows. The schedule (as of March 8) is:

  • June 22-23: CFB Bagotville, Quebec
  • June 29-30: CFB Trenton, Ontario
  • July 1 (Canada Day): Ottawa
  • July 13-14: Geneseo, New York
  • July 22-28 (AirVenture): Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • 6-8 (AERO Gatineau) Gatineau, Québec
  • Sept 15, Battle of Britain Day Flypast, Ottawa

As recently announced, Vintage Wings of Canada’s aircraft will represent Canadian wartime aviation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024, as Vintage Wings of Canada brings those historic aircraft as part of the “Victory Flight” at Oshkosh in July.

Current plans call for the aircraft to arrive at the start of AirVenture week and to initially spend several days in the warbirds area. The aircraft will also fly on selected days in the afternoon air show prior to spending the final weekend on Boeing Plaza.

Mike Potter stepping from the cockpit of the Roseland Spitfire following what was clearly a hugely satisfying first flight. Bravo to all who contributed to bringing this magnificent aircraft back to life, and to the memory she represents of a brave Canadian, Flt Lt Walter Arnold “Rosie” Roseland, who gave his life for our freedom. (photo by Pat Tenger)