Museum to host annual Air Force Day this Saturday

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) will host their second annual Air Force Day on July 7, 2018. The day features over 50 aircraft, from the First World War to current, for attendees to see up close and personal.

“Last year, with the Canada 150, the City of Hamilton and Tourism Hamilton asked us to create a signature event that they could promote to attract people into Hamilton,” said Al Mickeloff, Marketing Manager for the CWHM. “We represent history, aviation, and the Air Force here.”

The CWHM thought Air Force Day was a great way to promote Canada and placing a spotlight on the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

“They came in with a lot of support last year,” said Mickeloff of the RCAF.

The price of admission for Adults (16+) is $20, ages 6-15 is $15, and for members is $10. A portion of the admission funds raised will be donated to the Military Families Fund (MFF).

The MFF provides emergency funding for military families facing unforeseen circumstances due to the conditions of their service.

“Our CEO is former RCAF, Dave Rohrer, and he just felt that was an important thing to do to commemorate our Air Force. That’s why he chose that (charity),” said Mickeloff.

Reaching maximum capacity, last year’s Air Force Day brought in 3,000 people.

“There’s was never 3,000 people at all times, but it was certainly a very, very busy day. People loved it, so that’s why we decided to do it again this year,” said Mickeloff.

Much like last year, Mickeloff said they’ve received a heap of support from the RCAF. So far, the RCAF has committed to bringing in five aircraft for the day.

“People just love that, they can go ahead and get inside these aircraft like the Hercules and the C-17,” Mickeloff added.

Air Force Day begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the CWHM. Tickets are available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

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Miranda Brumwell

Miranda attended Niagara College in 2014, completing the two-year Journalism program. She currently resides in London, ON with her boyfriend and baby boy. In her spare time, Miranda enjoys reading, cooking, photography, watercolour painting and spending time with family and friends.

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