Soaring through the clouds is a dream for many. Telus made this dream a reality for Ramona, a twenty year Telus customer. Telus arranged a special day for Ramona and her daughter with a plane ride, but not an ordinary plane ride. They took to the air in a vintage WWII Harvard Aircraft at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport.
Shane Clayton, a pilot at the airport, did not realize how big this event was going to be. He was originally told it was a small birthday celebration. After viewing truck after truck entering the airport property, Shane realized this was indeed big. The video of Ramona’s flight has gone viral with thousands of views.
Telus connected with the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association which maintains a fleet of these vintage aircraft. A group of passionate volunteers restore, maintain, and fly these aircraft. They are a regular attraction at airshows and for visitors to Oxford County. Visitors can enjoy several unique experiences including tours of their workshop, air shows and flight experiences like Ramona enjoyed.
Their location also has historical significance, being located at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport, which was once a Royal Canadian Air Force Training Airport. This airport is a popular location with the Harvards on site, Scenic Aerial Tours and Ontario’s South Coast Airshows (next show August 23).
You too can experience Ramona’s Harvard adventure. Tuesday’s and Saturdays the public can pop by to visit their hangar and learn about the aircraft, or contact them to book or purchase gift certificates for a flight experience. What a unique gift indeed.
Created by Pamela Stadden