North Dundas native buzzes Winchester in Hercules aircraft

WINCHESTER — Captain Samantha Behm startled and delighted this corner of North Dundas Township May 14 when she piloted a Royal Canadian Hercules CC-130J aircraft through a number of low, swooping flybys and turns over the Winchester area.

The 2007 graduate of North Dundas District High School later assured the community she was just saying hello to people on the ground who know her. “Not to worry all. Just doing a fly past for my parents! 😂 Hope you enjoyed the show!” posted the pilot on Facebook, in one of a number of replies to a thread on the ‘What’s Up, Winchester?’ Facebook group.

Below, Harmony Koiter of Chesterville captured this footage of the Hercules as it circled around the area of County Rd. 31 and Holmes Rd./County Rd. 43.

“I grew up in Winchester, my parents are still there down by the tracks so I decided to fly over the house a few times on the way back to [CFB] Trenton.”

“We were on a VFR trainer around Ontario and Quebec that day, so we decided on our way back up the St. Lawrence to scoot over and check out Winchester from above,” she also explained to NVN.

Behm promised to return on another flight in the future, also expressing regret she couldn’t fly lower than 1,000 feet over North Dundas.

Below, an RCAF Twitter post highlighting Samantha Behm and a colleague.

This article was updated to include another comment from Behm.

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