Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:39

Joe English Memorial Fly-In will land in Cayley July 14

Written by  Heather Cameron
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On July 14, the bi-annual Joe English Memorial Fly-In will take place at the AJ Flying Ranch, which is 4 miles east of Cayley.


“It’s in memory of one of our early directors and volunteers named Joe English,” Bomber Command Museum of Canada Director Dan Fox said.
According to the Bomber Command Museum’s website, the annual event is co-hosted by the Bomber Command Museum and the AJ Flying Ranch and was formerly an annual event, but now happens bi-annually. People come from all over the nearby provinces for this event, Fox said.
“We decided to go bi-annually because we’re getting so busy at the museum,” Fox said.
English, a Flight Lieutenant, was a Bomber Pilot during World War II and he was the one who originally got the Fly-In going, but the museum now carries it on since his passing a few years prior. Out of respect for English’s memory, the museum has named their theater the ‘Joe English Room.’
Fox says that pilots usually want to get to the Fly-In early and so they fly in to the location as early as 7 a.m. and sometimes even come the night before. Most the pilots who attend the fly-in are usually all there by 9 or 10 a.m. Fox added that there are times that hot air balloonists also attend the Fly-In in their hot air balloons. The event usually finishes around noon, Fox said.
“It’s a great way to remember Joe English and we used to host it every year, but now we’ve gone to every two years,” Fox said. “It’s a great experience for pilots to fly in and have a breakfast and get to visit and do other fun things.”
For more information about the fly-in, other events, or the museum, visit: www.bombercommand museum.ca.

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