Brampton Flying Club

July 21, 2009 10:00 ET

Historic Cross Canada Flight to Make Its Only Southern Ontario Stop in Brampton

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 21, 2009) - On Thursday, July 23rd 100 aircraft of all kinds - from bi-planes to ultralights to twin engines - will converge on the Brampton Airport in historic fashion. One by one in a sequence never before seen, the Cross Canada Century Flight will arrive in Brampton, Ontario (representing the Greater Toronto Area) in the journey's exclusive Southern Ontario stop.

On Feb 23, 1909 the Silver Dart, piloted by J. McCurdy, took off from the frozen surface of Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck, Nova Scotia... the first powered flight in Canada. 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of this first flight.

In honor of this historic event, John Lovelace, aviation journalist and creator of "Wings Over Canada" has invited aviators from across Canada to join him on a historic 12-day cross country flight. This flight, consisting of 100 aircraft, will leave in July 2009 from the shores of the Pacific Ocean at Boundary Bay Airport, and fly across Canada making a number of scheduled stops along the way.

One such stop will be at our own Brampton Flying Club, nestled in the foothills of the Niagara Escarpment, north of the City of Brampton. This will be the only official venue in Southern Ontario. As such, the staff and members of the Brampton Flying Club, the Great War Flying Museum, and the Recreational Aircraft Association (Toronto) have been working diligently to prepare for their arrival, which is expected to be on Thursday, July 23rd. Welcoming festivities are planned for that day and a ceremonial dinner will be held on Friday, July 24th featuring celebrities and dignitaries. The mass of aircraft will depart for the next official venue, Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Saturday morning, July 25th and should be quite a sight to behold!

About the Brampton Flying Club

The Brampton Flying Club was established in 1946 and is Canada's largest privately owned airport and home of the Great War Flying Museum and the Brampton Flight Centre.

John Lovelace's Cross Canada Century Flight

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