Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS

AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS

September 14, 2007 09:00 ET

Historic Flypast for Battle of Britain Parade

Once-in-a-lifetime formation of four WWII vintage aircraft to honour Canadian war dead

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2007) - Canada's Air Force, in association with the Air Force Association of Canada, invites residents of the National Capital Region to witness a flypast involving Second World War aircraft to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday, September 16, 2007 between 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa.

The event will also feature fly-pasts by current Canadian Forces aircraft including CF-18 fighter jets and CH-146 Griffon helicopters. Second World War veterans will march alongside serving members of Canada's Air Force and Air Cadets, and the Air Command pipes and drums will provide musical accompaniment.

"I am honoured to have the opportunity to show my respects to these Canadian and Allied heroes. We owe each and everyone of them our deepest gratitude," said Lieutenant-General Angus Watt, Chief of the Air Staff and Commander of Air Command.

Ottawa entrepreneur and founder of Vintage Wings of Canada, Michael Potter, has agreed to provide a Spitfire, a Hawker Hurricane and a P-51 Mustang for the event. An Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, will also take part in the flypast.

One hundred and three Canadians flew in the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940. Twenty-three Canadians lost their lives during the Battle of Britain. Historians have described the Battle, which involved a total of almost 3,000-Allied aircrew, as the turning point of the Second World War. The victory, described by Sir Winston Churchill as Britain's "finest hour" gave hope to a demoralized Britain and northern Europe. It was the first battle to be won purely by air power.

PARKING:

- Museum parking is restricted to veterans. Free public parking is available at CFB Rockcliffe on Codd's Road, north of Montreal Road. Continuous shuttles to and from the Canada Aviation Museum will run from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ADMISSION AND SEATING:

- Admission to the Canada Aviation Museum will be free from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A limited number of seats are available to the general public on a first-come-first-serve basis. The public should be seated by 10:15 a.m. The Museum is located at the intersection of Rockcliffe and Aviation Parkway.

WEATHER

- Weather permitting, the ceremony will proceed as planned with fly-passes and displays. Should it rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Museum without fly-passes or displays. Contact (613) 944-5548 for hourly updates the day of the event should the weather be uncertain.

Note to editors:

Some parking is reserved for media. You will be directed upon arrival. Media are asked to be in position no later than 10:00 a.m

Contact Information

  • National Defence, Air Force Public Affairs
    Robin Vandekleut
    613-944-6629
    vandekleut.rj@forces.gc.ca
    www.forces.gc.ca
    or
    Canada Aviation Museum
    Christina Lucas
    Communications and Marketing
    613-993-4243
    613-447-7631 (FAX)