Tuesday, September 14, 2010


GATINEAU, QC. – Chris Hadfield, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut, will visit during the Vintage Wings of Canada Open House and Air Show on Saturday, 18 September at the Executive Gatineau-Ottawa Airport.

Chris Hadfield is a member of the Vintage Wings Board of Directors and a pilot of Vintage Wings’ F-86 Sabre. “The future of Canadian aerospace is a direct product of our past excellence. By keeping our rich aviation heritage alive we continue to teach, challenge and inspire today's explorers, both in aviation and aerospace,” said Chris Hadfield. “It’s so vital to what Vintage Wings does and represents.”

Now in its fifth year of Open Houses, this year’s event, sponsored by the City of Gatineau, will pay tribute to three recipients of the Victoria Cross medal (VC) from the Second World War.

In tribute to the VC winners, Vintage Wings will feature the Avro Lancaster (Andrew Mynarski, VC) and the Consolidated Vickers PBY 5A Canso (David Hornell, VC) belonging to Canadian Warplane Heritage and the Vintage Wings’ Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (Robert Hampton Gray, VC). All other vintage aircraft from the Vintage Wings collection will perform over Gatineau including the beloved Discovery Air “Hawk One” F-86 Sabre.

The flying will begin shortly after the gates open at 10:00 a.m. with aerobatic displays from Classic Wings of Smiths Falls, the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Vintage Wings, and will finish with a flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

‘Park and Ride’ is available along Industrial Road for $5 per vehicle with free bus shuttle service to the airport provided by Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO). Admission to the show is free, however, donations will be accepted upon entry at the main entrance.


Note to Editors: Media are invited to Vintage Wings Thursday, 16 Sept at 11:00 a.m. for pre-air show footage and interviews at 1699 Arthur Fecteau St. RSVP with Mary Lee, Public Affairs to confirm attendance at mlee@vintagewings.ca or, (819) 669-9603.

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