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Greetings from Ottawa, Canada’s Capital.  Air Canada got me here briskly on one of their little Embraer E190’s and the 2008 Dodge Charger that Thrifty rented me finally found it’s way to the Chimo Hotel.  It would have been a lot easier if they hadn’t closed the onramp to the highway.  Unfortunately, my GPS doesn’t have a live update feature to warn you of construction.

The Canadian Aircraft Historical Society meetings have started but nothing on the agenda excites me this afternoon so I’ll wait until our excursion to the National Aviation Museum gets underway in a couple of hours.

I’m looking forward to seeing the collection of classics.  They dropped a brochure in the welcome package and they certainly have a few I’m looking forward to seeing:

  • The Silver Dart (first powered flight in Canada)
  • Curtiss JN-4 Canuck
  • De Havilland Beaver
  • Douglas DC-3
  • Boeing 247D
  • Avro Anson
  • Spitfire
  • Meserchmitt BF 109F
  • Avro Lancaster X (same model as my museum’s restoration project)
  • Sopwith Camel
  • Bell Huey helicopter
  • Lockheed Starfighter
  • and others

Another treat will be to see the largest remaining piece of an Avro CF-105 Arrow.  The nose is the biggest thing to survive the wrecking ball.

I’ve got enough digital cards for 250 pictures and I’ll probably run out before the night is over!

Tomorrow morning, I plan on getting up beaucoup early to take drive downtown and walk around Parliament Hill and Sparks Street.  It’s about 20 years since I’ve been back in Ottawa.