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May 26, 2006 16:27 ET

Bombardier Aerospace Sponsors 'Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival' at Downsview, Toronto Aerospace Museum Organizes Vintage Aircraft Fly-in and Classic Car Rally

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2006) - Bombardier Aerospace announced that it has become a corporate sponsor of the first annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival (WWHF), being staged by the Toronto Aerospace Museum at Downsview Park, in Toronto, on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, 2006.

The two-day festival is a celebration of 60 years of aerospace innovation at Downsview that began in May 1946 when de Havilland introduced the DHC-1 Chipmunk, the first Toronto-designed and built postwar aircraft.

The Toronto Aerospace Museum expects that more than 25 vintage aircraft - most of them built in Toronto by de Havilland - will be on display, including more than a dozen confirmed DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft flying in for the unique homecoming. As an added attraction, the members of 17 different vintage car clubs from the Toronto area have been invited to participate. The organizers expect a turnout of about 100 cars on each day of the Festival.

The Festival is a community fundraising event for the Toronto Aerospace Museum, the only aviation heritage and science and technology attraction in the Greater Toronto Area. The event is co-hosted by Parc Downsview Park Inc.

The Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival is creating an annual aviation event in the heart of the city which gives aviation fans and the general public an opportunity to celebrate the important role the local aerospace industry has played in Toronto's history and economy.

"We're delighted to be supporting a community event that highlights the important role that Downsview and Toronto have played and continue to play in the world aerospace industry," said Ghislain Bourque, Vice-President and General Manager -Toronto, Bombardier Aerospace. "Toronto is one of only a dozen cities in the world where regional airliners and business jets are built for international markets," explained Mr. Bourque. "Events like Wings and Wheels highlight our aviation accomplishments and the exciting career opportunities that exist in aerospace."

Bombardier's sponsorship of the Wings and Wheels Heritage Festival includes providing fuel for the vintage aircraft to fly to Downsview and making its runway (which is adjacent to the Toronto Aerospace Museum and Downsview Park) available for the weekend. In addition, a model airplane flying competition coordinated by Bombardier will give kids of all ages an opportunity to fly aircraft they will build at the festival.

Subject to availability, a Toronto-built Bombardier Q400 airliner and a Bombardier Global business jet will be displayed alongside the classic de Havilland-designed Chipmunk trainer.

Bombardier Aerospace builds the quiet and fuel-efficient Bombardier Q Series turboprop aircraft and Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS ultra long-range business jets at its Downsview facility. The site currently employs over 3, 500 people.

Since 1929, more than 7,000 aircraft have been built at Downsview and exported to various countries around the world.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com

Bombardier, de Havilland, Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express XRS and Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Note to Editors

Images of de Havilland heritage aircraft are available in our web site Multimedia Library at: www.aero.bombardier.com/htmen/F14.jsp

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Contact Information

  • Bombardier Aerospace
    Jill-Marie Burke
    (416) 375-4008
    or
    Toronto Aerospace Museum
    Ken Swartz
    (416) 836-7094
    or
    Toronto Aerospace Museum
    Paul Cabot
    (416) 638-6078