And the Winning Aircraft is.....

Being an aviation buff, I have tracked the CWH pre-game flyovers since the 2007 season, and compared them to the TiCats win-loss record (yes I know, I need professional help!) Here is the record, by aircraft:

Cornell - 2 wins, 1 loss
Stearman - 0 wins, 3 losses
Chipmunk - 0 wins, 1 loss
Firefly - 1 win, 1 loss
Dakota - 1 win, 2 losses
Canso - 1 win, 3 losses
Harvard - 3 wins, 3 losses
Lysander - 1 win, 1 loss
Expeditor - 0 wins, 3 losses
Lancaster - 3 wins, 1 loss
B-25 - 3 wins, 0 losses

So the warbird with the best record is the B-25: here's hoping it is flying over next weekend. The Lancaster would also make a winning argument.

As for current CF aircraft, the CF-18 Hornet stands at 3 wins, 4 losses, while the C-130 Hercules and CH-146 Griffon both stand at 0 wins, 1 loss.

I will now try to get back to having a life!


Those are cool stats. One of my uncles flew Lancasters for 419 Squadron in 1944 so it's always been my favourite to watch fly over. I've always like seeing the Canso too until now.

Absolutely love the Lancaster. We get to see it up here once a year at our Battle of Britain Parade - not nearly enough, in my opinion. It gets my vote, even over the B-25 with its record.

Thanks, Hamilton and CWH, for restoring and sharing a great aircraft.

Well our greatest win in yrs. was over Montreal three wks. ago. We started off the game with a cf-18 Hornet fly over twice with the afterburners glowing in the night sky. What a sight, and what a win.
Can anyone else believe the argos won today 30-4 over the home team Alouettes??


, awesome ETM! :thup: :thup: :thup:

Gotta love this site and the followup posts. So much fun learning from you guys!

Hey Great Post

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If I recall correctly, it was under the wings of the Canso that Bob Young emerged and was introduced to the public at the CWH.

Living on the south mountain, most of us here have our favourites because we get to see them fly so often so therefore, I’ll always go with the Lancaster but the Canso is a seriously unique, very large and very cool bird.

The wingspan is huge.

But, nothing can ever match an F-18 :wink:

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Awesome post. I don't know my all. So, I'll just say when they have the fighter jets (F-14s I assume?) fly over, man, that's enough to stop your heart sometimes!! I'm partial to those!

Definitely, the F-18s (not 14s, btw) are very impressive doing the fly-past. The sound is amazing, as are, I imagine, the afterburners in the twilight. (All the fly-pasts I've see here have been in full daylight; I've never seen them in twilight or the dark in person.)

But from a purely sentimental perspective, the vintage WWII aircraft are my favourite. I'll be thinking of them and their past crews this Thursday.

Thanks for the education Eatemraw! My wife and I frequently race to the patio to see the WHA flying in and out
of the airport. One of my favourites is the Harvard which I understand was a training aircraft during WW2. The
pilot of this aircraft, (I forget his name but he is my friend's nephew) is the only man allowed to fly it.

The Lanc always puts a lump in my throat and I think the whole WHA organization has done an amazing job in
keeping these planes aloft.

God bless those who flew them as well as those who fly them now.

They sure are a great pre game treat.

ETMRaw ... fantastic thread!

For those who are interested, the CWH holds its own service on Remembrance Day:

Bump ... for deerhunter: Bring Back the CWH Flyover!

Glad to see the Lancaster is helping the Tiger-Cats!
I have fond memories of the Lancaster. I was on a parade at RCAF Rockcliffe in Ottawa in 1964 to mark the official retirement of the three remaining Lancasters in the RCAF. They were with 408 Squadron and used for aerial survey photography in all parts of Canada for the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.
The RCAF was at that time the only air force in the world still using Lancasters on active service. After the flypast at Rockcliffe they flew to Downsview in Toronto. Two of them ended up on pedestals ( one in Toronto I think). Don't know what happened to the third. Maybe some of it's parts were used to put together the Mynarski Lancaster at Mount Hope.
I can only imagine the effect the Mynarski Lancaster has on those still alive who flew them in WW2.
Thanks for the stats ETMRaw....and thanks for the great photo catsfaninOttawa!
I have one somewhere of a Lancaster flying over Niagara Falls in the early 60's.
The Lancaster.....official aircraft of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats!!!! :thup: :thup: :thup:
Now how appropriate is THAT!

There was a great documentary on PBS the other night, “The Lancaster at War”


Yes...I watched it.
Good for PBS....too bad it was not shown on the CBC. :cry: Or if it was shown should have been re-aired as part of the recent Queen's Jubilee celebrations .
467 Lancasters were made by Victory Aircraft in Malton during WW2. Almost 10 thousand people worked there. It was a huge part of the war effort.
The Mynarski Lancaster at Mount Hope is one of only two in the world that are still flying. The other is in England and is supported by the RAF but the Federal government here in Canada wants nothing to do with the Mynarski Lancaster. Thank goodness people still donate.
Be nice to see a Tiger-Cat sticker on it. :slight_smile:

I think you might have to bring back the 2 choppers that did the flyover in Moncton. The Cats certainly showed up for that game. :slight_smile:

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