It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about the Toronto Aerospace Museum. I’m spending a lot of time there and some big things are happening – some I can talk about right now and others that will have to wait.
I’m honoured to have been chosen as Chairman of the Wings and Wheels Heritage Festival committee. Wings and Wheels is our largest public event and we’re hard at work planning for the 4th year. Mark your calendars for May 22-24 and come on out to see me at Downsview Park in Toronto.
As the name suggests, the festival is comprised of two main components. Wings covers anything that flies, or used to fly. Military, civilian and general aviation is always well represented. Last year, the Canadian Forces joined us with a CF-18 Hornet, a CP-140A Arcturus, a Tutor trainer in Snowbird colours and a helicopter.
Vintage Wings of Canada brought down their Waco Taperwing and Bombardier brought over a few of their planes.
On the Wheels side, we had a nice collection of custom and classic cars from local clubs as well as some military vehicles and vintage motorcycles. I think this picture really captures the theme of Wings and Wheels. In 2009 we’re really going to try to play up this side more.
Of course, one of the stars is always our Arrow. The only full-size replica of the famous CF-105 fighter. It’s the most spectacular piece in the museum’s collection and is always a crowd pleaser. Everyone is amazed at the size and the quality that shows the thousands of dedicated volunteer hours that went into its construction.
We’ve already got some incredible aircraft coming but I’ll hold off on making any announcements until we’re ready to officially release the news.
There’s other museum news coming that I’m not at liberty to disclose at this time. Suffice it to say that we’ll be moving in new directions that can only enhance our reputation as one of the finest aerospace museums in North America. Stay tuned.