August 2

Flightfest 1919

Nelson’s Flightfest this weekend comes close to a century after the city’s first aeronautic experience in 1912.

Nelson’s Flightfest this weekend comes close to a century after the city’s first aeronautic experience in 1912.

This photo, from retired fire chief Harry Sommerville, was taken a few years later at the Nelson fruit fair of 1919. It came out of the Chinese Masonic Lodge on Lake Street, which burned down in the 1970s.

Saturday’s event — which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a full air show— will feature some vintage aircraft, although not quite this old.

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