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July 12, 2007 | General

Edmonton — Today, pieces of aviation history will land in Edmonton as 25 antique aircraft with the Montana Antique Aircraft Association stop at Edmonton City Centre Airport on their six-day tour.

The tour, which began in Cutbank, Montana, stops in Edmonton this afternoon, and will be at the Alberta Aviation Museum on Thursday afternoon before continuing on its Canadian tour of aviation museums and historical sites. The group spent the past two days in Red Deer and at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, and has stops planned in Drumheller, Moose Jaw, SK, and Assiniboia, MB.

Antique Pipers, Beechcrafts, Cessnas and a Stinson 108-2 are among the planes that will be touching down this afternoon. Many of these aircraft took their first flight in the 1930s, and have remained in use throughout the years. Some of the pilots on this tour were born in the 1920s, and their years of flying experience and memories of the early years of aviation contribute to the value of this tour.

Note To Photojournalists

• The arrival of 25 historic aircraft presents an excellent photo opportunity.
• Estimated time of arrival: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004.
• Media wishing to film this event should contact Corporate Communications prior to arrival to make arrangements.
• Once you have confirmed your attendance, please meet at the Aviation Museum, from where you will be escorted to the parking area.
The Alberta Aviation Museum, located at Edmonton City Centre Airport, has 27 historical aircraft on display and is open Monday — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays and Holidays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Edmonton Airports is a not-for-profit organization mandated to manage the region’s airport assets on behalf of and in the best interest of the community.