WETASKIWIN, AB, Nov. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member
of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly
Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today
attended the unveiling of a de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth to highlight
the Government of Canada's support for the airplane's repatriation from
the United Kingdom by the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.
"As a retired Lieutenant-Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force, I am
particularly pleased to see this Puss Moth incorporated into the
Museum's aircraft collection," said Mr. Hawn. "This plane was built
during the 'Golden Era' of aviation, and now the artifact has found a
permanent home at the Reynolds-Alberta."
The de Havilland Aircraft Company produced a total of 284 Puss Moth
planes, 25 of which were manufactured in Toronto. Funding provided by
the Department of Canadian Heritage assisted the Reynolds-Alberta
Museum in repatriating what is believed to be the last Puss Moth
produced in Canada. This acquisition will help the Museum tell the
story of the Puss Moth's contribution to the development of Canada's
northern natural resources.
"Our Government is proud to have contributed to bringing back this
valuable element of our national heritage," said Minister Glover. "As
we approach the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation in 2017, this acquisition will
provide Canadians with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of
their country and its aviation history."
"The Reynolds-Alberta Museum was very pleased to receive funding and
support from the federal government to acquire a highly significant
Canadian aircraft, the 1935 de Havilland Puss Moth," said Noel Ratch,
Director of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. "Canadian Heritage has been a
valued partner in this acquisition, and we are glad to have this
aircraft on display for the public to enjoy."
The Puss Moth plane was popular in Canada because it could cover long
distances quickly and its enclosed design protected the pilot and the
passengers from harsh climates. In the 1930s, mining companies used the
airplane to explore and discover new mining and petroleum areas in the
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $117,940 through the Movable Cultural Property Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program helps collecting
institutions repatriate cultural property to Canada, or keep in Canada
cultural objects of outstanding significance and national importance
that would otherwise be exported.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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