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Historic Second World War plane landing in Kelowna for D-Day anniversary

The aircraft will taxi to the KF Aerospace apron where it will be parked for a welcoming celebration and later stationed in the KF hangars.
The aircraft will taxi to the KF Aerospace apron where it will be parked for a welcoming celebration and later stationed in the KF hangars. Courtesy: KF Aerospace

A historic Mosquito warplane will be landing at KF Aerospace on Monday, June 6, just in time for the 78th anniversary of D-Day.

Weather permitting, the plane known as Mossie, or the “Wooden Wonder” will join the  KF Centre for Excellence aircraft collection in Kelowna next Monday morning.

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“The de Havilland 98 Mosquito (VR796) is a WW2 fighter-bomber featuring a unique wooden frame,” according to a media release sent out Thursday.

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“Famous for hitting top speeds on decisive wartime missions and mapping out Canada’s northernmost reaches, the Mosquito brings an aviation legend to the Okanagan on the 78th Anniversary of D-Day.”

Weather permitting, the aircraft will depart from Vancouver International Airport, making a stop at Abbotsford Airport before arriving at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) at approximately 11:15 a.m.

The aircraft will taxi to KF Aerospace, where it will one day be stationed in the KF hangars.

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