Aviation Museum & Airshow

Boy, summer just does not want to end here in Ontario this past week.  What was out in western Canada last weekend is now firmly entrenched over Ontario and eastern Canada bringing sunny skies and temps around 30C.  Sunday, Chris & I made plans to visit the Aviation Museum and also take in the vintage aircraft on display and flying as well.  Aviation Parkway is presently under construction so it was a bit slow and dusty getting in to the museum which is situated on the old Rockcliff airbase in the east end of Ottawa right on the Ottawa river.  
 
The day was spectacular with lots to see and do.  Entry fee was $20/person and for an additional $2 each we got to tour the newest hangar at the museum where most of the airplane restorations occur.  On past visits to the Aviation Museum that hangar has been closed for a variety of different reasons but it was open today.  My main reason for wanting to get in that particular hangar was to see the old 1949 Grumman Goose which the RCMP used to fly out of Prince Rupert while I was stationed there in the late 80s.  Pretty sure I must have at least 200 hours as a passenger in it, flying all over areas of northwestern British Columbia to conduct investigations.  Seeing it in such great condition brought back lots of great memories.  Apparently, it was flown to Ottawa when it was decommissioned in 1995.  The pilot landed on the Ottawa river and taxied CFMPG right up to the hangar where it remains housed today.
There were many static displays of various aircraft including a plywood mock up of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  Judging from the lineups, the fighter was very popular as many people wanted to see the cockpit. We toured all the displays and then gazed skyward to witness parachutists carrying the Canadian and American flags descend from an Antonov biplane while our national anthems played, and land right on cue in front of the VIP stands.  Nice touch!
I’ve included some of my photos as a slide show today.  Clicking anywhere on the slide show will take you to more of my photos on Smugmug.  Please feel free to leave a comment or two here or on my Smugmug site and let me know what you think of them.  

2 Comments

  1. Mark and Chris August 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    The only large silver plane we saw was the propeller driven Sea Bee which is a polished aluminum float plane with a yellow belly, wing tips and floats. The only jet I recall seeing was the Challenger which made several high speed passes from east to west. Not silver in colour though. Perhaps that is what you saw? Both planes are in the slide show.

  2. Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Early afternoon yesterday a large silver plane came screaming out of the east over our Orleans home and seemed headed towards Parliament Hill at a low altitude — rather unsettling given the past week's terrorist arrests! Since the hill webcam showed tourists strolling by the eternal flame, it must have been an exciting fly past for those of you in the airshow audience. I wish we had been there, so could someone provide information about that plane? Thanks.