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Hope takes flight

Madison Erhardt

Two high-performance experimental aircraft departed from Kelowna International Airport, Tuesday, on the journey of a lifetime.

Three retired Canadian businessmen will fly 20,000 miles for two months to raise awareness and money for Hope Air.

Hope Air is a charity that provides free medical flights to financially challenged Canadians who must get to healthcare far from home.

Last year, Hope Air provided 11,500 flights from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and everywhere in between. More than 1,400 of these were from YLW.

The pilots are from British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Lead Pilot Dave McElroy is from Kelowna. McElroy says he was ready for takeoff. 

"It's wonderful. We love flying, and we are going to have a great flying adventure, but also we are going to do a lot of good for a lot of people, and that is very satisfying."

The project will fund at least 2,000 free medical flights in 2018.

The five-plane formation takeoff was followed by a low formation pass.

To track the Give Hope Wings' route, click here.



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