Forged in Friendship - Vintage Wings and Classic Air Rallye

 Forged in friendship 

Flightworks Inc, producers of the Classic Air Rallye, announced that Michael Potter’s highly respected Vintage Wings of Canada Foundation will be teaming up with Flightworks to present the 2007 Classic Air Rallye.

This newly forged partnership with Vintage Wings of Canada provides the star-power draw of their entire fleet of 12 fully operational vintage aircraft that will be made available to the event. The gravitational pull of Vintage Wings aircraft such as the historic Spitfire and Hurricane and the lovely deHavilland Fox Moth will surely increase participation by other vintage aircraft owners and warbird operators within a day’s flight of Ottawa.

The Classic Air Rallye event, to be held August 25th and 26th at the Rockcliffe Airport, is presented in cooperation with the Canada Aviation Museum, and is styled after the grassroots vintage fly-ins of a time gone by.

“It is the goal of Vintage Wings of Canada to inspire, educate and commemorate,” said Michael Potter of his newly-formed organization, “And what better venue to achieve all three than this family-oriented event. It is this convergence of goals with the Canada Aviation Museum and the Flightworks team that creates a critical mass opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We are looking at making the Rallye our premier event of the year.”

“We are delighted with the way the partnership with Vintage Wings has evolved,” said Show Director, Girvan Patterson. “We believe our unique event, within the setting of our national aviation museum, and the grass roots atmosphere, provides the perfect setting to present the Vintage Wings collection.”

“All of us at the Canada Aviation Museum are excited at the prospect of hosting this wonderful event, particularly with the additional partnership developed with Flightworks and Vintage Wings of Canada”, said Tony Smyth, the Museum’s Director General. “We look forward to welcoming families and aviation enthusiasts to the historic Rockcliffe Airport and the Canada Aviation Museum in August.”

Organizers expect more than 75 vintage civilian and warbird aircraft to make appearances at the two-day event with more than 30 taking to the air. The Air Rallye, now in its second year, celebrates the origins, history, joy and classic beauty of the flying machine. The event promises to take us back to a quieter, gentler time where children, enthusiasts and aviators can enjoy the sounds, sights and smells of classic aircraft in a country fair atmosphere. Visitors have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these historic aircraft and the men and women who fly them. In addition, the Canada Aviation Museum will open its doors to all visitors to the Rallye allowing them access to one of the finest collections of historic aircraft extant.

As the 2009 Centenary of Powered Flight in Canada fast approaches, the Classic Air Rallye, Vintage Wings of Canada, and Canada Aviation Museum team looks to become the epicenter of commemoration and family-oriented celebrations. The event offers not only the ultimate historic aviation venue and facilities, but also unparalleled experience and commitment from the Flightworks volunteers, and now, Canada’s foremost collection of flying vintage aircraft.

Inspire, Educate, Commerate

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