Lac-à-la-Tortue (CSL3): N46 37 18 W72 37 49
Note: Scroll down for the 2003 pictures.
There was a small
fly-In organized to
commemorate the 85th anniversary of the first commercial flight in Canada,
with the Vigilance, a
Curtiss HL-2L flying boat like the one I photographed at the
National Aviation Museum
in Ottawa. A small group of planes
the same flight as the Vigilance did 85 years ago, from Halifax, NS to Lac-à-la-Tortue,
Lac-à-la-Tortue is the site of the first seabase in Canada where bush
flying started, back in 1919 - this was actually the first ever
commercial bush flight in the world ! WWI pilot
Stuart Graham brought a
Curtiss HL-2Lflying-boat (the Vigilance)
there for forest fire patrols and aerial surveys. The rest is
history as they say...
The airport has two intersecting runways plus the seabase and a good
restaurant too for the proverbial $100 hamburger. Always nice to
fly there and the surroundings are beautiful too.
The Aviation Festival was an event that highlighted general aviation
and was very well attended. Here are my pictures taken there two
years in a row: