GATINEAU, QC. – Today, Vintage Wings of Canada announced their 2011 air show “Wings over Gatineau” and the return of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds as the feature act for the 17 September event.
Chris Hadfield, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and member of the Vintage Wings board of directors, made the official announcement during a joint press conference with the City of Gatineau and the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport.
“Warbirds and Wingmen is our theme as we salute the skills and airmanship of this nations’ great aviators– past and present,” explained Chris Hadfield. “Saluting wingmen is not just about aviation but one of looking out for each other, and of mutual protection, a characteristic of all our services whether it is our ground troops fighting in Afghanistan, our navy patrolling the Arabian gulf, or our airmen maintaining the no-fly zone over Libya.”
“Wings over Gatineau” is proudly supported by the City of Gatineau and the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, both who continue to provide tremendous support so that Vintage Wings can offer a well-run, professional event for the public.
Vintage Wing’s is committed to offering an entertaining family event to the local community and one that is affordable. Admission is $10 for each adult, free for youth 12 and younger. Our veterans of the Second World War whom we proudly honour every year will continue to have free at our air show.
Many local and national businesses have partnered with the 2011 air show. Vintage Wings acknowledges the following sponsors for their financial or in-kind support:
· Marsh Insurance
· Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority,
· Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
· Clarion Hotel,
· Ottawa Flying Club,
· Rockcliffe Flying Club,
· Golf Mont Cascade,
· Best Western-Cartier, and
· La Revue
A complete air show schedule and a list of performers will be updated throughout the summer on the website, visit www.envol.vintagewings.ca
The air show will coincide with the Second Annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in and convention from 16 to 18 September. The EAA are well known for North America’s largest fly-in and air show event, Air Venture Oshkosh.
For more general information visit www.vintagewings.ca or contact Mary Lee by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, by phone at (819) 669-9603 Ext 245 / mobile at (613) 799-7664.
For imagery and video of the CF Snowbirds visit www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca.