19 Wing Comox has decorated its historical aircraft at the Heritage Air Park for the public to enjoy at a distance through the month of December. The aircraft at the air park will be lit up each evening until 9 p.m. through the month of December, except for the 24, 25, and 26.

Each aircraft was “adopted” by a Wing unit or squadron, and decorated by a team of volunteers who adhered to COVID protocols.

Especially in this COVID-19 pandemic, the morale of the community – military and civilian – is more important than ever. The decorated aircraft are a small way in which 19 Wing can help raise the spirits of our community. Importantly, the lit aircraft offer a Christmas spectacle that aligns with the provincial rules restricting social gatherings: the air park is closed and can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of individual vehicles. The festive aircraft display is also a way to share the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) rich history and heritage with the public by highlighting the historic aircraft that once flew in defense and support of Canada and Canadian interests. The squadrons and units of 19 Wing have showcased their unit pride in these aircraft displays.

While the Heritage Air Park is closed, the public are invited to drive along Military Row past the Heritage Air Park, and we ask that people remain in their cars to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Captain Alexandra Hejduk

Public Affairs, 19 Wing Comox