Last updated 2022-07-04
A lazy start to the day, spending the morning looking over the SK Aviation Museum then departing early afternoon to Prince Albert, ready for a ‘formal’ start of the commemorative legs on the 24th. YPA had a NOTAM issued requiring PPR, for which I’d been granted a 15h00 local slot. Landed 1 minute late! Directed to some tie-downs in the grass area of the field, known as ‘Apron III’. Very pleasant spot.
Robert Davidson had arranged for an old friend of his to meet me and take me to my hotel in town, some five miles away. The first guy to show was actually Gary, who (it turned out) flew one of the two CV.580 fire bombers I’d been wanting to go take a look at. By the time Frank arrived (with his friend Miles, who had no aviation connection other than his name!) Gary and I had had worked-put that we had two friends in common and were best mates.
Rather than just walk around one of the 580s, Gary opened one up and we climbed aboard for the full exposé. Frank, as an ex-RCAF techie, got a lot out of it, certainly more than me, and Miles? Well he was just gob-smacked at the way his afternoon had turned-out!
After being dropped at the hotel I was pleased to find that the receptionist was from the Indian sub-continent and was able to direct me to a very decent Indian restaurant. If ever you’re in Prince Albert, check out the Spice Trail.
Stats: 1.2 hrs logged, 0.7 hrs flown (it was a long taxi at CYXE), 81 nm track.