ALOUETTE, QC, May 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Bagotville Wing Commander,
Colonel Sylvain Ménard, announced yesterday the acquisition by the Air
Defence Museum of a large collection of Avro Arrow artefacts.
This new collection is composed of 15 Aircraft parts, 21 archive
documents and 8 photographs will place Bagotville Air Defence Museum as
a major destination for fans of this legendary aircraft.
Estimated at several thousand dollars, Mr. Marc-André Valiquette could
have sold his Avro Arrow collection's piece by piece to countless
enthusiasts. Instead, he preferred to give it to the museum for safe
keeping for future generations.
According to Colonel Ménard: « This is an incredible opportunity to our
museum that Mr. Valiquette has decided to donate his collection to the
museum, which will remains intact and protected rather than sold to
numerous enthusiasts. We sincerely thank him for this ».
As with anything linked with this aircraft creates immense interest in
the media and the general public, this announcement will not only
surprise more than one in Canada, but many all around the world. This
substantial donation could not have been made possible without the
relentless efforts of Mr Claude Chamberland, Museum Curator, and his dynamic staff. Great support and enthusiasm from 3 Wing
Bagotville Commander, Colonel Sylvain Ménard, has also been invaluable.
Mr Marc-André Valiquette continues to share his Arrow passion by giving presentations to Air
Cadet Squadrons, aerospace associations and businesses. He hopes that
this important historical collection, now residing at the Air Defence
Museum, will inspire our youth to dream of an aerospace career and to
learn that this story is also about the defence of our rights and our
Some of these rare pieces will be presented to the public this summer
within the exhibition Masters of the Sky at the Bagotville Air Defence
Image with caption: "Experience the exploits of the guardians of the sky (CNW Group/Air Defence Museum)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140512_C7749_PHOTO_EN_40188.jpg
SOURCE: Air Defence Museum
For further information:
Claude Chamberland, coordinator
418 677-4000 (4306)