Posted on: 08 June 2015 by Ross McSweeny
On 1 July, Viking will begin a tour to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the first official Canadian flag flying over the Houses of Parliament and the maiden flight of the Twin Otter in 1965.
"Whether on wheels, floats, skis or tundra tyres, the Twin Otter has been a lifeline of transportation, community connection and commerce for isolated regions, not only in Canada’s north but around the world," explained David Curtis, Viking's president & CEO, who will take part in the journey. "This tour is an opportunity to connect with some of our customers and view their operations first hand, so I’m excited to personally visit so many of these northern communities in one extensive trip."
The beginning of the tour on 1 July coincides with the City of Victoria’s Canada Day festivities, where a fleet of Viking aircraft will fly over the 'Living Flag' display on the lawn of the Victoria Legislature. The aircraft will then depart on 2 July for a two-and-a-half week flying tour.
Viking pilots and dignitaries, along with a documentary film crew, will leave Victoria BC, and head to Yellowknife in two aircraft, including a Series 400 Twin Otter demonstrator known as 'Viki'. The team will stop at 13 different northern communities and locations, including Canadian Forces Bases in Eureka and Alert.
At 11 of the scheduled tour locations, a small celebration ceremony will be held at the local airport to recognise both the aeroplane and the Canadian flag. In each of these communities, residents will be invited to view the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, share Twin Otter stories, and sign a wing rib for the 100th Viking production aircraft, scheduled to be built in 2016.