2 DHC-1 Chipmunk
Vintage Wings of Canada
The de Havilland Canada Chipmunk, designed and produced at Downsview, an airfield and production facility on the outskirts of Toronto in the 1940s, was the trainer that took over from the wartime designs and taught basic flying skills to a new generation of future Cold War RCAF pilots of all types. The Chipmunk was not only the basic trainer of the RCAF for twenty years, but was produced under licence in the United Kingdom in large numbers for the RAF, serving there for nearly fifty years. The Chipmunk is renowned for its delightful flying characteristics, often being referred to as the “poor man ‘s Spitfire”, though to own one means you are not poor.
The Vintage Wings Chipmunk, RCAF serial number 18028, wears its authentic paint scheme of the late 1950s, while it was based at RCAF Station Centralia in Southwestern Ontario. Our Chipmunk is dedicated to Flight Lieutenant Patrick Joseph “Tim” Timmins, a former Cold Warrior, flying CF-100 Canuck all-weather interceptors with 409 Squadorn at CFB Comox on Vancouver Island who went on to become a TWA Boeing 747 Captain. Tim is a volunteer at Vintage Wings of Canada