Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wings and Wheels

Not much of an old car fan, but i do appreciate many of the wings that were to be on display at the Wings and Wheel Heritage Festival at the fomer Downsview base, home to the Canadian Air and Space Museum.
Scheduled to appear planes included the CF-18 Hornet, the Golden Hawks replica Sabre, the C-130J Super Hercules, the T33 Silver Star, the AM640/Global TV Helicopter and the CF Griffon.
Unfortunately, bad weather scrubbed the T33, the Sabre was in the hanger,

The CF 18 was on static display, along with the Griffon, so the only thing I saw in the air was the a Harvard

and the Fairchild PT-26B Cornell and de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk from Hamilton's Canadian Warplane Heritage.
Inside the museum were some of the models of famous canadian aircraft, including the CF-100 Canuck, a canadian designed and built interceptor,

along with a really big model, of a really big plane, the CF 101 Arrow.

In another hanger, there were lots of items on sale, incuding these beer can planes,

and these Mahogany Arrows.

It was neat to get up close to the Hornet, so I took some pics of both ends of the two engines that provide the performance of Canada's front line aircraft.

Also on display was this MD 520N NOTAR Helicopter, which has NO TailRotor, and instead uses a vented, rotating drum at the end of the tailboom, called the direct jet thruster, which replaces the tail rotor. Its said to be both quieter and safer.

A common thing you see at air shows are brightly colour "Remove Before Flight" ribbons, which is what I thought of when I saw this little guy!

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