Our mission is to provide the finest local presentation of World War I aviation history by acquiring, building, maintaining and flying representations of period aircraft as well as displaying period artifacts for the education, entertainment and benefit of our members and the visiting public.
“Double Trouble Two”, a North American P-51 Mustang, will be making its first official visit to St. Thomas, piloted by Mackenzie Cline.
This aircraft is a retired RCAF aircraft which served in the 416 Uplands Squadron from 1952-1957 before being retired after an accident. The mustang was acquired in August of 2020 out of Baden, Germany. It was crated and shipped by sea to Florida where it underwent an extensive restoration. It arrived late in the summer of 2021 to CYCK Chatham-Kent and its new owner, Peter Timmermans of Blenheim, Ontario, an aviation enthusiast, and pilot.
W7 is truly a WWII veteran. This aircraft originally served with the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater in 1943 and the 9th Air Force in England 1944-1945 as part of the 316th Troop Carrier Group. It was one of the lead aircraft of the first strike of the D-Day invasion on June 6th, 1944 over Ste. Mere Eglise, Normandy. It transported paratroopers for the 82nd Airborne Division as part of Operation NEPTUNE. Flak was very heavy during these missions but this C-47 managed to survive it all.