John Lovelace Productions

July 14, 2009 10:00 ET

100 Aircraft Set to Make Record Breaking Flight

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2009) - In the early morning hours of July 17, 2009 a mass flight will depart airports in the Vancouver region in what organizers feel could be the largest group of aircraft ever to fly across Canada.

The 10-day flight, which will touch down at 30 airports across Canada before it reaches Nova Scotia, is being organized to recognize the 100th birthday of flight in Canada. Over 125 aircraft are registered for the flight that will form a continuous line in the air more than 150 kilometers in length and will take two hours to pass overhead.

The flight was the brainchild of well known TV pilot and producer John Lovelace. "I saw the 100th anniversary of flight in the USA pass with little notice" said Lovelace. "Now that it's our turn in Canada we wanted to do something significant on a national level."

Major stopovers where the airplanes can be viewed are Calgary (Springbank), Brandon, Marathon, Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Gatineau, Fredericton, and Sydney, with closing ceremonies at Baddeck, Nova Scotia on Tuesday July 28th. The aircraft will also touch down at 21 other airports across Canada.

"Many of us have flown across the country before but none of us have done the flight with another 100 airplanes!" said pilot and spokesperson Anthony Nalli. "There are a lot of logistics that will have to work perfectly the first time."

The flight has the support of regional and municipal organizations coast to coast as well as Transport Canada, Nav Canada, The Department of National Defense, and 26 private and corporate sponsors.

The flight will be featured on a one-hour documentary to be aired latter this year on both Global and History Television. In the US it will be aired in Public Broadcasting Syndication.

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