Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.
Toronto Aerospace Museum

Toronto Aerospace Museum
Toronto Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival

Toronto Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival

April 30, 2008 14:35 ET

Tickets Now on Sale: Toronto Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival at Downsview Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Don't miss out - buy your tickets now and get on board with Toronto's 3rd annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival at Downsview Park on May 24-25, 2008 - celebrating achievements in Canadian transportation. The present meets the past with a cornucopia of vintage aircraft, jets, airliners, helicopters and classic cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and trucks.

"This year's event features more indoor and outdoor exhibits," said Paul Cabot, curator of the Toronto Aerospace Museum, who invites the public to experience airplane and helicopter rides, flight simulators, workshops and more family fun from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - rain or shine. "We're thrilled with the lineup of aircraft we have confirmed to participate at this year's event. Wings & Wheels offers amazing opportunities to experience and explore incredible aircraft and automobiles that are not traditionally accessible to the general public."

Featured aircraft include the Toronto Aerospace Museum's replica of the Avro Arrow which was originally built in Malton, Ontario in the 1950s and its Avro Lancaster restoration project. Also available for exploration is a vintage WWII bomber - the CWH's flying Lancaster, one of only two airworthy in the world; the brand new Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III, one of the world's largest and least publicly viewed aircraft and newest edition to the Canadian Armed Forces; as well as the CP-140 Aurora, Canada's primary maritime surveillance aircraft used to detect submarines, illegal fishing, immigration, drug trafficking and polluting along the coastline; the CF-188 Hornet fighter jet used for Canadian air defence and for a number of overseas missions; the Downsview-built de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter, which is powered by twin turboprop and can land on water, land, snow and ice; and the Downsview-built Fox Moth, which was originally owned by Edward, Prince of Wales in 1932, who later became King of England.

Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival engages many sensory organs of site, sound and touch. The Festival offers interactive opportunities to experience flight, observe fly-ins and explore aircraft on static display, as well as see displays by aircraft modellers, technology demonstrations, special presentations and games. An impressive exhibit of vintage automobiles and classic cars will also be on site for viewing pleasure, such as a 1956 Buick Roadmaster.

"The 3rd annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival celebrates Downsview Park's heritage as a former military base," said Tony Genco, president and CEO of Parc Downsview Park Inc. "This event is in partnership with our colleagues from the Toronto Aerospace Museum and is one of many hosted by Downsview Park that engages the public at large. We hope everyone will come to experience this important event and all that Downsview Park has to offer now and in the future."

As an annual fundraiser for the Toronto Aerospace Museum, Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival is co-hosted by Parc Downsview Park Inc. and supported by Bombardier, Q107, Canadian Aviator, Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and Altitude Graphics.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults 18 years of age and older, $10.00 for students 10-17 years of age, seniors 60+ and members of the Toronto Aerospace Museum. Children under 9 years of age are free. A family ticket package of 2 adult tickets and up to 2 youth tickets are available for $30.00 each. Tickets are now on sale and available at: www.torontowingsandwheels.com or by phone at 416-49-WINGS. Discounted adult tickets are currently available online for a limited time. Admission includes free parking.

About the Toronto Aerospace Museum

The Toronto Aerospace Museum is an exciting educational, heritage and tourist attraction located at 65 Carl Hall Road in Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 1997 the Museum displays a variety of aircraft and aerospace technology from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Museum's mission is to create a facility and resources for the education of the local and aviation communities through the collection, preservation, restoration and exhibition of information, artifacts and technology associated with the aviation and aerospace history of the Greater Toronto Area. For further information on events, activities and Museum hours, call 416-638-6078, email tam@bellnet.ca or visit www.torontoaerospacemuseum.com.

About Downsview Park

Downsview Park consists of 572 acres of land in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Downsview), the site was designated by the Government of Canada to be developed as "a unique urban recreational green space for the enjoyment of future generations." The Park attracts more than a million visits annually and is home to numerous enterprises, including the Toronto Aerospace Museum, the Downsview Park Merchants Market and Farmers Market, GrandPrix Kartways, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Treble Clef Music School, The HoopDome, The Toronto Wildlife Centre, Area 51 Paintball and Downsview Park's The Hangar, which offers indoor soccer and beach volleyball within the larger Downsview Park Sports Centre. Downsview Park also hosts a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a vibrant resource for the national community. All these attractions and a host of other business relationships and opportunities help set the stage for the future development of an internationally significant sustainable community at Downsview Park. For more information, visit www.downsviewpark.ca, email info@pdp.ca or call 416-952-2222.

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