11/30/2006. Remarks by Bill Ewing: "The National Aviation Collection in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada maintains the aircraft and flies it on special occasions. CF-CYC was built in 1918 by the Grahame-White Aviation Co. in the UK and delivered to the RAF with s/n D8971. The aircraft is pictured on its initial flight after restoration.
It was so cold that day that just to get the engine running we had to
start it inside the hangar and taxi the plane out. So we eventually
packed up the aircraft and transported it out to Patricia Bay airport
at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada aboard a C-130 Hercules. The
weather there was a much kinder to the aircraft and pilot. The silver
colour scheme was the original one on G-CYCK. It was later changed to
the NIVO Green to make to more visible.
A replica 504K, marked as G-CYEI, was built in 1966-67 by technicians
of the RCAF. I was involved in the restoration and building of both
the aircraft and then went on the road with the aircraft through
Canada's Centennial year, 1967, as part of the Gold Centennaires.
While at RCAF Rockcliffe in Ottawa, Ontario, the pilot, F/L Gord
Brown tried a 'roller' landing in June, 1967. The original Pilot's
Handbook advises against the maneuver and you can see
why. The long undercarriage skid snapped off at the front
attachment point and dug in. It took us six weeks to rebuild it.
G-CYCK took part on the Canadian National Exhibition airshow in
September 1967 and is shown here
departing RCAF Dowsview in Toronto, Ontario. The three figures in the
background are Cpl. Frank Doherty and myself (Airframe Riggers),
and Cpl. Joe Chermishnok (Engine Fitter). The pilot is Capt. Gord Brown.
View also photo 29 and 35."