News and Updates

The Spitfire over Nautical Days

This past Monday (06/08/2018), on BC Day, the Y2K Spitfire took to the air for a triumphant series of passes over Goose Spit and the Comox Marina. Much to the delight of the vendors, entertainers, and members of the public enjoying themselves at the Filberg Festival and Nautical Days.

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Tickets to Homecoming Gala Almost Sold Out

  Stocky welcomed Dave Hadfield to the valley on Tuesday, July 31st when the Y2K Spitfire landed at 19 Wing in Comox.  You can watch a quick video of the event here. Pilot Dave Hadfield flew the Spitfire said it is a wonderful airplane to fly. “When you talk to...

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Y2K Spitfire Landing in Comox

  The return of the Y2K Spitfire to Comox finalises the many years of work and dedication to preserve and restore this iconic aircraft by volunteers and aviation enthusiasts here and across Canada. During her reconstruction from 2000 to 2012, the Spitfire was...

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40 Knots Celebrates the Y2K Spitfire

On August the 7th from 2PM to 4 PM, one day before the big gala banquet celebrating the return of the Y2K Spitfire at 19 Wing, join Brenda & Layne, the owners of 40 Knots Winery, for a meet and greet at their lush vineyards on Anderton Road. They will be hosting W/C Stocky Edwards & Toni Edwards and the pilot of the Y2K Spitfire, Dave Hadfield and his wife Robin. All guests of the Gala Banquet and interested members of the public are welcome to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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About the Gala Banquet

About the Gala Banquet on August 8th 2018Tickets Tickets for the banquet must be purchased in advance through the links provided on this site. Tickets are $125 per person. This price incorporates some table wine and gifts, excess revenue will go directly to the Legacy...

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In Support of the Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust

Please read the listed information and fill out the contact form below if you are interested in becoming a local sponsor. Tickets Those who wish to just buy tickets, please just click on the “Buy Tickets” box and follow the prompts. Your tickets will be e-mailed to...

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Gala Teaser from the Comox Air Force Musuem

  Jon Ambler, director of the Comox Air Force Museum, gives us a little teaser about the impending arrival of the restored Y2K Spitfire and the pilot, Stocky Edwards, who will be honoured at the gala event on 8 August 2018.    ...

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Y2K Spitfire comes home

Many thanks to the Record for helping us get the word out regarding this historic event. This article follows a long history of this newspaper providing information to the general public about the restoration of this iconic piece of aviation history. We hope to see...

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Phase 1: Beginnings (1999-2008)

Few aircraft hold such a place of love and respect in a nation’s aviation history that they can be called “iconic”. For members of the British Commonwealth, the iconic fighter aircraft of World War Two was the Supermarine Spitfire. The Spitfire was physically beautiful, with graceful lines and elliptical wings, while at the same time it was deadly efficient in air combat. Many of the pilots who flew it, including Wing Commander Stocky Edwards of Comox, BC, say it was a dream machine to fly – it responded beautifully to light control input and could turn circles around enemy aircraft.

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Phase 2: Partnership with VWC in Comox (2008-2014)

Restoration proceeded slowly but surely, despite heroic volunteer efforts to raise funds and awareness. The pace was dictated by funds and by 2007, when the original plans had said the aircraft would be flying, only the fuselage and tail of Y2K were completed. Volunteer enthusiasm was being tested and it was becoming increasingly clear that considerable funds were going to be needed to finish this project: now anticipated to be over $2 million, a number twice the original estimate and several orders of magnitude beyond any CAFM fund raising campaign. The wings alone could cost upwards of $1.5 Million.

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Phase 3: VWOC in Gatineau (2014-2017)

The original VWOC plan was to ship the completed wings to Comox, using available hangar space in the GRA for the installation of the wings on the fuselage.  In 2011 the Spitfire workshop was renovated, increasing the workspace to install the wings. However, in order to get the aircraft out of the workshop the wings would have to be removed, this is difficult and time consuming.  The problems with using a 19 Wing hangar were threefold: it would take up valuable hangar space, all VWOC staff would need ongoing GRA access, and the aircraft would not be accessible to the public.

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The Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust

The Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust is hosted through CanadaHelps.org.  When donating through the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust page please select Stocky Edwards Legacy Trust from the 'Fund' drop down menu. Wing Commander (Ret’d) James (Stocky) Edwards, CC,...

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5000 Miles in a Spitfire!

It’s never been done before in the iconic WWII fighter!   This August (2018), the newly-restored Spitfire Mk IX of the Michael Potter Aircraft Collection/Vintage Wings of Canada is flying from its home base of Ottawa/Gatineau, to Comox, BC, and will appear at a...

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