80,000 visitors are expected at this weekend’s Abbotsford International Airshow, but among them – one very special visitor with a close connection to a featured attraction.
Former WWII Mosquito Pilot Bill Mar is one of the few who flew a unique and rare plane, the de Havilland Mosquito.
More than 7800 Mosquitos were built. Today, one of two that can still fly was featured in Abbotsford.
It can carry two people, thousands of pounds of bombs and can reach speeds of over 600 kilometers per hour.
What makes the Mosquito so unique is that it’s made of wood, cloth and metal.
The Mosquito on display at the airshow this weekend never saw combat, however.
It’s a 1947 model that hasn’t flown since 1963.
Over the past 5.5 years, it’s been lovingly restored in Victoria.
This weekend it flying at the Abbotsford international airshow, and for aretired lieutenant, 98-year-old Marr, it is bringing back special memories.
“It was a good airplane,” says Marr. “I got around all the corners at the right time, and here we are.”