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The Canadian Centennial Of Flight And Oshkosh 2009!

Canada Centennial of Flight

Canada Centennial of Flight
Courtesy:  “Silver Dart
Centennial Association

Canada Centennial of Flight
CL-13 Canadair Sabre
Courtesy:  Don MacNeil

On February 23, 1909, at Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia, John Alexander Douglas McCurdy saw the earth recede beneath him while behind the controls of the Silver Dart during the Canada’s first manned-powered flight. On February 23, 2009 celebrations will be held across Canada to honour Canada’s and the British Commonwealth’s momentous first flight.

  • A flying replica of this aircraft is being constructed by a Welland, Ontario, group with planned flight tests around the corner.
  •  The Silver Dart Centennial Celebration of 2009, spearheaded by the Silver Dart Centennial Association is planning celebrations starting with a ‘Kick-off to Cenntenial Celebration & Family Reception on December 31, 2008 and continuing on through the year with art exhibits, museum visits, aviation activities and fly-pasts, a public flight of the Welland replica Silver Dart, symposiums, etc., etc., wrapping up the year with Salute performance on December 31, 2009. Log onto www.flightofthesilverdart.ca 
  • Vintage Wings has just completed its maiden test flight in the restored CL-13 Canadair Sabre that will celebrate the Canadian Celebration of Flight Centennial starting February, 09. Log onto www.HawkOne.ca.

    This aircraft will be flown with the Snowbirds throughout Canada at Centennial Celebrations and airshows. Efforts are being made to include AirVenture, Oshkosh on it’s schedule.
  • Individual EAA Chapters, COPA Flights, aviation associations and their affiliates, throughout Canada are gearing up for their own personal celebrations.

And this brings us to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. From July 27 through August 2, 2009, the world’s greatest aviation celebration will include a decidedly ‘Canadian’ theme. And we need your help! Consider these numbers from AirVenture Oshkosh, 2008:

Showplanes (in total)
2516  
250
Homebuilts 
972  
97
Vintage
822
82
Warbirds    
404
40
Ultralights
114
11
Seaplanes 
131
13
Aerobatic
40
4
Rotorcraft
33
 3
GA aircraft (over)
10,000
1,000
General attendance  
540,000
54,000
Campers (estimated)
37,000
3,700

The categories and the first row of numbers are the attendance records from last year’s Oshkosh. The second row of numbers italicized in bold face, are the representative Canadian attendance that should be expected based on our countries ‘tried and true’ ratios, (US/Can.). If you’re one of those Canadians who want to and ‘will one day’ make that pilgrimage to AirVenture Oshkosh, make this the year.

In the last month’s Bits and Pieces, we announced the formation of a new and re-vitalized EAA Canadian Council. We expect these council appointments will be made within weeks if not days, and this new council will be required to ‘hit the road running’! There will be a great deal of work to be done in a very short time. One of their first priorities of business will be coordinating the Canadian celebration at Oshkosh, this July.

Oshkosh 2009, and its Canadian theme, is our opportunity to show our global friends Canada’s contributions, developments, spirit, and pride. We’re a proud country, with a proud heritage. Let’s ‘show’ our colours with our centennial celebration of flight.

Oshkosh, the Canadians are coming!

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