Roseland Spitfire WWII Fighter Plane Lands In Windsor For Public To Enjoy

The Roseland Spitfire, a vintage WWII fighter plane that actually flies and the only one ever built in Canada, landed at Windsor International Airport on Thursday, July 19, 2018. It was flown in by Dave Hadfield, older brother of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The Spitfire is on display to the public at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association CH2A Hangar until Sunday, July 22nd.

The Roseland Spitfire, from the Mike Potter Aircraft Collection, has landed and will be on display in Windsor at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association CH2A Hangar at Windsor Airport on July 20 to 22, 2018. This is an actual flying Spitfire and the first to be built in Canada. It was flown in by Dave Hadfield, brother of Canadian astronaught Chris Hadfield. Friday, July 20, 10am to 8pmSaturday, July 21, 10am to 4pmSunday, July 22, 10am to 4pm#YQG #Spitfire #LestWeForget

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Flight lieutenant Arnold Walter “Rosey” Roseland, a Royal Canadian Air Force Unit 442 Squadron Flight-Commander, flew the original Y2K aircraft on 65 sorties (deployments / missions) in 1944 during World War II. Arnold Roseland was just 28 years old when he died in an aerial gunfight over Normandy in the summer of 1944.

After many years, Spitfire MK IX TE294, known as the Roseland Spitfire, took to the skies for the very first time, making a triumphant debut in Ottawa for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Roseland Spitfire at Windsor International Airport

The Roseland Spitfire moments after touching down at Windsor International Airport on July 19, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

The Roseland Spitfire was built and designated by the Mike Potter Aircraft Collection to honour Arnold Roseland, and all those young courageous Canadian WWII Spitfire pilots who went to war and never came home. This is the first Spitfire to be built in Canada and it is being flown in markings of the Canadian Y2K Spitfire. Walter Roseland is the hero behind the resurrection of the Roseland Spitfire.

Roseland Spitfire Y-2K Markings

The Roseland Spitfire markings and serial number of Y2-K, a 442 Squadron Spitfire. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

The Spitfire is known for being the finest World War II fighter plane and an aerodynamic engineering master piece.

The Roseland Spitfire has been display at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association CH2A Hangar at Windsor Airport. It was on display Friday and Saturday, and the public can also experience viewing it on Sunday, July 22nd, from 10:00am until noon.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students (with valid student id), $22 for a family, and free for Veterans.

Dave Hadfield, Erik Billing, and Bob Swaddling with the Roseland Spitfire.

Members of the Essex Memorial Spitfire committee, Erik Billing (centre, son of local WWII Spitfire Ace Jerry Billing) and Bob Swaddling (right) welcome Dave Hadfield to Windsor immediately after he landed the Roseland Spitfire at Windsor International Airport on July 19, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

A fly past of the Essex Memorial Spitfire in the Town of Essex Centre is tenatively set for Monday morning around 10:00am. Erik Billing, son Jerry Billing, was on hand to welcome the Roseland and Hadfield. The Essex Memorial Spitfire monument featuring a replica of local Ace Fighter Pilot Jerry Billing’s WWII Spitfire pays tribute second world war Royal Canadian Air Force and British Royal Air Force Veterans from Windsor Essex.

Once the Roseland Spitfire leaves Windsor, Dave Hadfield will fly it to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture, the world’s largest airshow. The Roseland Spitfire will be part of a celebration for the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary.

Dave Hadfield in the cockpit of the Roseland Spitfire

Dave Hadfield sits in the cockpit of the Roseland Spitfire after landing at Windsor International Airport on July 19, 2018.

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