Yukon Transportation Museum and Great River Air Team Up to Offer Vintage Airplane Rides This Summer
Starting July 2nd, you have the opportunity to fly over Whitehorse in the Rilla Martha II, an open-cockpit 450hp 1942 Boeing Stearman (C-GUA). Feel the wind in your face, feel the heat and hear the roar of the engine, enjoy the Yukon countryside exquisitely framed in the wings, struts and flying wires of this beautiful classic aircraft. With no glass between you and the world, this is aviation unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Klondike Airways, a transportation company which operated in the Yukon in the late 1920s and 1930s, strangely enough did not operate any aircraft
commercially, despite their name. They did own one aircraft however, a de Havilland Cirrus Moth named the Rilla-Martha, which was operated privately.
Each flight is piloted by Kelly Collins, a 2013 Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame, Order of Polaris recipient in recognition of lifetime service to aviation in the Yukon. He is a long-time Yukoner, a career flight instructor and an unrepentant stick-and-rudder guy. He has amassed 13,000 hours in over 50 types of aircraft, and is the go-to person for training in vintage and tailwheel aircraft. He is a current Class 1 Flight Instructor, Class 1 Aerobatic Instructor and Transport Canada Pilot Examiner. His contribution to the aviation industry is reflected in the skills and accomplishments of the many pilots he has trained, and in his exemplary incident and accident-free record. He has been flying the Stearman since 2018.
More information on Klondike Airways is available at https://www.klondikeairways.ca