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Wing Comander James Francis "Stocky" Edwards, CM, DFC & Bar, DFM, CD

Wing Commander Edwards (born: 1921-June-5, enlisted in RCAF:1940-October-21, and retired: 1972) was Canada's highest scoring Ace in the Western Dessert Campaigne (and the third highest scoring Ace in the RCAF) with at least 18 confrmed kills (including 2-shared) and also 12 aircraft were destroyed on the ground. During his distinguished career with the RCAF, Edwards flew Kittyhawks, Spitfires, Vampires, Sabres and CF-100s.

During an Open Hoduse at Vintage Wings of Canada on 2009-September-19, Stocky Edwards was invited to fly with Dave Hadfield (brother of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield) in the Vintage Wings' Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk, an airplane that Stocky made very effective use of during the Desert Campaign of World War II. To honour Edwards, the Vintage Wings' P-40 Kittyhawk is painted in desert colours and was given the markings of Stocky's 260 Squadron original aircraft.
Dave Hadfield (pilot) and Stocky Edwards taxiing out for take off in the Kittyhawk.
Dave Hadfield (pilot) and Stocky Edwards taxiing out for take off in the Kittyhawk.
t1%2f04%2f911004%2f4%2f117562582.ARNO0bsp.jpg Aviation photo-journalist Eric Dumigan is in the rear seat of a Harvard preparing to photograph Edwards' flight.
Aviation photo-journalist Eric Dumigan is in the rear seat of a Harvard preparing to photograph Edwards' flight.
The Kittyhawk in which Stocky Edwards is a passenger taking off.
The Kittyhawk in which Stocky Edwards is a passenger taking off.
Photographing the flight.
Photographing the flight.
Eric Dumigan returning from his photography mission.
Eric Dumigan returning from his photography mission.
t1%2f04%2f911004%2f4%2f118306265.gVNuopzB.jpg Dave Hadfield taxiing the Kittyhawk onto the ramp following the memorable flight with Stocky in the rear seat.
Dave Hadfield taxiing the Kittyhawk onto the ramp following the memorable flight with Stocky in the rear seat.
Stocky waving to the crowds as the Kittyhawk comes to a halt on the ramp.
Stocky waving to the crowds as the Kittyhawk comes to a halt on the ramp.
Dave helps Stocky to exit  the Kittyhawk.
Dave helps Stocky to exit the Kittyhawk.
Stocky signs the shirt of a Vintage Wings volunteer.
Stocky signs the shirt of a Vintage Wings volunteer.
Signing autographs.
Signing autographs.
t1%2f04%2f911004%2f4%2f117515363.XolZNGZF.jpg Vintage Wings Founder, Michael Potter, introduces Stocky.to the many visitors at the Vintage Wings Open House.
Vintage Wings Founder, Michael Potter, introduces Stocky.to the many visitors at the Vintage Wings Open House.