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Canada Aviation Museum puts “Flyers on Ice” this Holiday Season

Dec. 17, 2008, Ottawa - As Ottawa welcomes the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship this holiday season, the Museum is celebrating the connection between aviation and Canada’s favourite pastime.


December 17, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Dec. 17, 2008, Ottawa – As Ottawa welcomes the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship this holiday season, the Museum is celebrating the connection between aviation and Canada’s favourite pastime. Visitors are invited to put on their favourite team jersey for this program of activities that promises to score lasting memories. Guided tours, activities and craft workshops are all part of the fun.

Inspired by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s RCAF Flyers hockey team who won the Gold Medal at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the Museum’s Holiday Programming is offered daily, from 26 December to 4 January, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily Activities
Planes and Pucks Game
Children ages 4 to 10 years old can spin the wheel and test their hockey and aviation knowledge to win prizes.

Airmen on Ice Dossier
Children will have fun assembling old pictures of the RCAF Flyers, the Canadian Air Force hockey team who brought home the gold in the same year as Ottawa’s own Barbara Ann Scott.

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Just Plane Hockey Trivia
This show and tell will have visitors learning about the similarities shared in making hockey equipment and manufacturing aviation components, and then completing a trivia ballot for a chance to win.

Bush Theatre
Remembering the RCAF Flyers: screening of a beautiful RCAF Flyers picture montage and 1948 video footage.
Presentation of Sledhead, a documentary about the story of the men on Canada’s National Sledge hockey team and their quest to be the dominant force in this fast-paced game.

SPECIAL VISITORS
27 December, 30 December and 3 January, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pat MacAdam, author of Gold Medal Misfits, will be on site to share stories and sign copies of his fascinating book.

27 December, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jean-Marie Leduc, from Skates of Yesteryear, will show samples from his personal antique hockey collection, including skates from the 1940s, and share his knowledge of hockey stories with visitors.

28 December and 4 January
Friendly mascots from the National Capital Region Junior A’s hockey teams will happily pose for pictures and have fun with children and their parents.

3 January, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Paralympics triple medalist and Captain of Team Canada's Sledge Hockey team Todd Nicholson will sign autographs and share his incredible hockey experience. His medals, sledge and the torch he carried in 2002 will be on display throughout the holiday programs.

General Guided Tours of the Museum
This tour is the ideal “fly-past” of the entire Museum.

Storage Wing Guided Tours ($)
This tour will take visitors to our hangar of treasures, adjacent to our main Museum building, which provides a protective home for many of Canada’s aviation icons.

The Canada Aviation Museum is Canada’s finest aviation museum with an internationally renowned aeronautical collection. The Museum is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways. Admission is $6 adults; $5 for students; $5 for seniors; and $3 for children 4-15; free for children under 4. A family pass is $14. Free parking.