April Fools Imagination Reigns

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Flying is serious business and maybe that's why aviation organizations can't resist a prank or two on April Fool's Day. The web is replete with obvious gag postings for April 1 but a couple that caught our eye likely had some believers, initially at least. Canadian budget carrier WestJet likely had some customers laughing on the outside but crying on the inside that their YouTube video announcing the creation of child-free cabins on some flights was a hoax. The tipoff was footage of a couple of tots disappearing on a luggage conveyor before being loaded into the "Kargo Kids" compartment in the belly of one of its 737s. And an Ottawa vintage aviation collection turned some heads with an April 1 announcement of the creation of a special variant of the venerable Beaver.

Vintage Wings of Canada sent out its regular newsletter to its thousands of followers with a treatise on the Zwillingsbiber Twin Beaver "The Edsel of de Havilland." It dubbed the oddly appealing Photoshop creation the "Holy Grail for Beaver collectors."