Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival 2011

Well, the weather luck has ran out for this year’s festival. As it turned out, there was little actual precipitation, but the threat of thunderstorms over the weekend was enough to thwart the plans of some would be participants.
Nevertheless, the stars of the show, including the CF-18, CH-146 Griffon helicopter, Harvards, and Discovery Air Canadair Sabre in Golden Hawks colours were there to greet the huge crowds on May 28-29, 2011!

CF-18 Hornet

The weather didn’t deter some interesting arrivals, including a Titan T-51, a kit airplane built to replicate the venerable P-51 Mustang. A Global Express XRS business jet from Bombardier next door was also on display.

Titan T-51 Mustang
Bombardier Global Express XRS

Inside the big hangar, I got a good look at the Sabre’s intake. Some poor sap must have spent hours polishing that, but it looks amazing!

F-86 Sabre, inside the belly

I came at the right time to catch these two Harvard trainers from Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association do a flypast over Downsview, then land on runway 15 in succession:

Another Harvard coming to land
Harvard landing
RCAF Harvard on the ground
Ready to shut down

For the wheels section, my highlights were the 1947 Willy’s Jeepster, the “SUV” produced for civilian use after the war was over, and a shiny looking Edsel:

1947 Willy's Jeepster
Edsel Ranger

From what I heard, a few exotic vehicles I missed include a vintage Ferrari, a fire truck in action, and a 3-wheeled Raleigh automobile. There is always next year!

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