Classic Air Rallye set for 2-day show spectacular
Aug. 21 2008, Ottawa - A cavalcade of aircraft spanning almost a century of Canadian aviation will be on show in the air and on the ground at the Canada Aviation Museum, Rockcliffe Airport, Ottawa over the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24.
August 21, 2008 By Carey Fredericks
Aug. 21 2008, Ottawa – A cavalcade of aircraft spanning almost a century of Canadian aviation will be on show in the air and on the ground at the Canada Aviation Museum, Rockcliffe Airport, Ottawa over the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24.
In conjunction with the Canada Aviation Museum (CAM) and Vintage Wings of Canada (VWOC), Flightworks is bringing the Classic Air Rallye back again for 2008, even better than previous years. Plans are set for a display of the whole of the VWOC fleet as well as visiting aircraft from across Canada and the United States, whether in static display or flypast. Commencing at 9 am each day and running continuously until 5 pm. the Air Rallye also embraces World War II re–enactors, classic cars and motorcycles, aviation products, children’s entertainment and concession stalls for food, drink and souvenirs.
Rather than the thunderous Åçboom and zoomÅç type airshow, the Classic Air Rallye evokes a more romantic era in aviation. Rather than a distant spectacle, the Rallye encourages interaction amongst all the participants – pilots, veterans, youth, re–enactors and visitors. Stroll among the aircraft and listen to the stories – and then tell yours.
In response to its popularity last year, the Vintage Wings Theatre will be back in an enhanced format, allowing visitors to hear and participate in lectures and demonstrations of the classic aircraft and engines on display directly with the pilots and engineers responsible.
To further stimulate an interest in our countryÅås aviation heritage, this year admission for children under 12 is free! And as in previous years, parking is right on the grounds and free too! In addition, this year OC Transpo will be offering enhanced service to the airport on show days. All in all, an affordable, convenient day out for the whole family.
Typical of the prewar aircraft on display will be the luxurious Beech Staggerwing, the executive "jet" of its day, the rare Pietenpol and superbly finished Vintage Wings Fox Moth, once owned and flown by His Majesty King Edward VIII.
The distinctive symphony of Rolls Royce Merlin engines mark the Hurricane, Spitfire and Mustang fighter aircraft that transport one back to the years of WWII. History buffs will delight in contrasting the Allied side with the replica Ju–87 Stuka on static display. No air show would be complete without the sturdy Harvard trainer, the mainstay of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan – and this year there will be two on display. Making its debut is the VWOC FG–1 Corsair in Fleet Air Arm colours commemorating CanadaÅås last Victoria Cross winner, Lt.Hampton Grey. Walking through a C–47 finished in RCAF Burma squadron markings will delight all aviation aficionados as will piloting a CF–18 using one of the Canadian Forces flight simulators, at no charge.
In the postwar category are the visiting Seabees, the DH Beaver, the unique Ercoupe and the Grumman Widgeon. Both sides of the Cold War are well represented by the Hawker Sea Fury, the T–34, the Focke–Wulf 149D and the CJ–6 Nanchang. Whether in the air or on the ground, the Pitts Specials, the Belgium Stampe and the Christen Eagle II are sure to delight spectators with their petite shape and nimble characteristic.
Up–to–date news and information is always available on the show website: www.flightworks.com