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AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS

September 17, 2010 15:40 ET

70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain: Historic Fly-Past of Second World War Vintage Aircraft and CF Aircraft

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - Canada's Air Force invites the public to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

The Battle of Britain, the first major campaign to be contested entirely in the air, took place in the skies over south eastern Britain and the English Channel from July to October 1940.

Vastly outnumbered by the superior German Luftwaffe, allied pilots and aircrews, including more than 100 Canadians, held the enemy at bay and prevented Hitler's planned invasion of Great Britain.

"The actions and sacrifice of these Canadian aircrew, ably supported by their ground crew, had a powerful impact on the course of the war and helped to ensure the freedom of the world," said Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay. "Let us never forget what the contributions of so few meant to our country. Please join me in honouring our fallen and to celebrate the few still with us today."

Weather permitting, this year's ceremony will feature fly-pasts by vintage Second World War aircraft (Spitfires, Hurricanes, Avro Lancaster) and CF aircraft. Second World War veterans will march alongside serving Air Force members and Air Cadets, with musical accompaniment by the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, Air Command Pipes and Drums.

The ceremony and parking at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum are free. Limited seating is available.

More information about the Battle of Britain and Canada's contribution is available on www.airforce.gc.ca.

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