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Vickers Vimy at St. Paul

by Bob Aikens



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Here are a few shots of a Vickers Vimy as she departed St. John's last evening.

There were maybe a hundred people there, including the press, a smattering of commercial pilots, former bush pilots, and the interested public.

On our way to the airport, two Panavia Tornados flew low over the city and touched down - German, probably down from Goose Bay... for the event?



The site was at the 'old' side of the airport - the former American base on Torbay road. She taxied away from us and took off into stiffening winds (always windy here), then she re-appeared eerily slowly over the heathered horizon. Grabbing a bit more speed, she was off towards the harbour and over Signal Hill towards the Atlantic Ocean.

There was a sense of that kind of excitement that must have surrounded early flight adventures. Everything about the event and the crew was understated - totally the opposite from modern hype. It was, in a word, a very human event-real time - real space, real people.


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Model, Images and Article Copyright 2005 by Bob Aikens
Page Created 08 June 2005
Last updated 04 July 2005

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