Successful Air Force Day at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The inaugural “Air Force Day – Past, Present and Future” event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was held under sunny skies on July 8. Approximately 3,000 people enjoyed an opportunity to see RCAF aircraft up close on the ground and learn about the many roles performed by the air force today.

RCAF CC 177 Globemaster III of 429 Bison Transport Squadron

Visitors to the CWHM Air Force Day lined up to tour the CC 177 Globemaster III

A massive CC-177 Globemaster III from 429 (Bison) Transport Squadron, based at 8 Wing Trenton, ON, was the highlight. A striking tail art design, featuring a bison honoring the 75th anniversary of the squadron, made a strong impression. The design, created and painted by “Bisons” squadron members, holds the distinction of being the first-ever tail art painting on a Globemaster anywhere in the world.

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron aircraft

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron aircraft, CC-130H Hercules, 130337, and CH-146 Griffon 146432, at CWHM Air Force Day, July 8, 2017.

CF 18A and CF 18 Hornets

CF-18A and CF-18 Hornets with a Cargojet Boeing 767 in the background at Air Force Day, CWHM, July 8, 2017.

A state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules and two CF-18 Hornets were also sent by the RCAF. A CC-130H Hercules and a CH-146 Griffon arrived later from 424 (Tiger) Transport and Rescue Squadron in Trenton in time to show the flag.

Two seven eighths scale Nieuport 11 replicas of the Vimy Flight

Two seven-eighths scale Nieuport II replicas from the Vimy Flight were displayed in the hangar. The Waterloo Warbirds sent their CT-133 Silver Star “Mako Shark” and de Havilland Vampire Mk 55 trainers.

CWHM President and CEO Dave Rohrer described the event as an outstanding success and paid tribute to the volunteers who helped to make it happen. It was a good day, all around!

Members of the Vimy Flight crew at CWHM Air Force Day July 8 2017

Members of the Vimy Flight crew at CWHM Air Force Day, July 8, 2017.

CT 133 Silver Star 545

Waterloo Warbirds' eye-catching CT-133 Silver Star, C-FRGA, in Mako Shark colours, arrives at CWHM Air Force Day, July 8, 2017.

DH115 Vampire Mk 55 C FJRH

DH115 Vampire Mk 55 C-FJRH of Waterloo Warbirds arrives at CWHM, July 8, 2017 for Air Force Day.

--- Gord McNulty