August 5, 2020

Yukon Celebrates 100 Years of Flight


COPA Flight 106 – Yukon will be joining in on the celebrations marking 100 years since the Yukon welcomed its first aircraft. The Yukon Transportation Museum is organizing a commemorative flyover that will include both commercial and private aircraft. The museum may also be displaying aircraft outside of its venue.

Photo courtesy of the University of Fairbanks

It was in the year 1920 when the U.S. Army’s Black Wolf Squadron of four de Havilland-designed Airco DH.4 biplanes made a stopover at what is now Whitehorse airport (CYXY) on a proof of concept flight from New York to Nome, Alaska. It was at 13:00 on August 20 that the first aircraft landed, and it will be at that time and date that the commemorative flight will overfly the airport.

Weather and local health guidelines permitting, there will also be a barbecue on the museum grounds.

Further information and details can be obtained by emailing the organizers.

Top photo credit: N727RH