The first ever female pilot to fight forest fires in the CL-415 waterbomber will be featured on a new Canada Post stamp. She also happens to be from Otterville.
OTTERVILLE - A pilot from Otterville is featured on a new Canada Post stamp.
The series of stamps will pay tribute to female pilots. Emily Crombez of Otterville was chosen for the 2020 stamp, in 2014 she became the first female pilot t to fight forest fires in the CL-415 waterbomber. The stamp will be officially unveiled at the Tillsonburg airport on June 19th. In a quote on the East Canada Section of the Ninety-Nines Crombez explains the process to fighting forest fires.
“Firefighting involves scooping up many loads of water and dropping them in a specified fire target area, while often encountering updrafts, turbulence and smoke. You are heavy and slow, performing steep manoeuvres, exercises you are usually taught to avoid."
The Emily Crombez stamp will be launched on June 19, 2020 at the Tillsonburg Airport, the anniversary of Emily’s first solo on floats.