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Bushplane Museum celebrates 100 years of flight

By SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

CANADIAN BUSHPLANE HERITAGE CENTRE

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SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - (February 17) - Monday, February 23, 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of flight in Canada.

In celebration of this historic milestone in Canadian history, the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre will be hosting a celebration from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Museum hangar.

The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

All branches of media are also encouraged to attend to document this important day.

The morning will begin with a commemorative ceremony at 10 a.m. sharp with short speeches to address the importance of this day.

In addition, we are happy to host the Air Cadets Squadron band for entertainment.

Following the ceremony, the Sault College Aviation Program will be performing a fly-by over the St. Mary’s River as a salute to the pioneers who have come before them.

Cake and refreshments will be available.

One hundred years ago, on February 23, 1909, the first powered flight in Canada was made atop frozen Bras D’Or Lake in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

Piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy and designed by Alexander Graham Bell, the Silver Dart was the aircraft successful in making this flight.

Today, the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is proud to have one of only six replicas of the Silver Dart in existence; the original Dart was destroyed in a crash five months after its historic first flight.

Without the development of aviation in Canada, the landscape of Northern Ontario would look quite different; it was because of the evolution of the rugged bush plane that communities and economies could develop in these remote areas of our country.

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of aviation and forest fire fighting history in Canada.

It is a volunteer-driven institution, and relies on admission sales and memberships to continue its mandate of education and preservation for future generations.

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