Monday, August 15, 2011

The Ottawa International Airport Displays Unique Royalty Aircraft

OTTAWA – A unique vintage aircraft, once flown by the British monarchy, will be on display here at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, beginning 15 August.

A de Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth owned and operated by Vintage Wings of Canada will be showcased in the arrival terminal for the next several months.

The Vintage Wings’ Fox Moth was first owned by HRH Edward, Prince of Wales in 1932 and operated by the Royal Flight for one year. Edward would eventually become King of England before abdicating the throne to his brother Albert.

The Fox Moth is an evolution of the Tiger Moth and the Gipsy Moth, an aircraft that was featured in the 2010 Academy award-winning movie, “The Kings Speech” starring Colin Firth.

The aircraft display is part of a partnership between both organizations to raise awareness about Vintage Wings, a public charitable organization, and to promote the upcoming air show on 17 September at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport in Gatineau.

“Vintage Wings is honoured to have the support of the Ottawa International Airport Authority to help us with our programs that commemorate Canada’s aviation heritage and educate youth on the importance aviation played in the development of this great nation,” said Rob Fleck, Vintage Wings of Canada President.

“The Ottawa International Airport provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the beautiful Fox Moth, and we hope our passengers and visitors enjoy learning more about this particular aircraft and the wonderful work done by Vintage Wings in its effort to preserve aviation’s rich and important history,” said Paul Benoit, Airport Authority President and CEO.

In the summer of 2010, the Taperwing WACO bi-plane was the feature aircraft on display that garnered the attention of approximately 12,000 travelers who pass through the terminal on any given day.


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