Media Advisory & Great Photo Opportunity - NEW Canadian Air & Space Museum "Takes Flight" on the 50th Anniversary of the Avro Arrow Cancellation and Celebrates 100 years of Powered Flight in Canada

           Hollywood icon and famed Beaver pilot, Harrison Ford to
                   send congratulations message via video.

     Famous Aerospace Engineers and Test Pilots to Kick-off Celebration.

    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - On Friday, February 20th, the new Canadian Air &
Space Museum, in conjunction with Air Canada and the Ontario Aerospace
Council, will celebrate the launch of the year-long Canadian Centennial of
Powered Flight, by bringing together some of Canada's top aerospace
superstars, a special proclamation from the City of Toronto, a presentation of
a Centennial of Flight Commemorative Coin by the Royal Canadian Mint and a
message from famed Beaver pilot and Hollywood icon, Harrison Ford.
    As home of the only full-size replica of the legendary Avro Arrow, the
new Canadian Air & Space Museum will reveal its ambitious revitalization and
expansion plans that will proudly and experientially showcase Canada's rich
aviation and space history.

    WHO:         Canadian aerospace legends, test pilots, industry
                 representatives and Hollywood icon Harrison Ford.

              -  Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley
              -  Toronto City Councilor, Maria Augimeri, will make a timely
              -  Rod Jones, Executive Director of the Ontario Aerospace
                 Council (OAC)

              -  A celebration of the past and encouragement for the future
                 of Canadian aerospace achievements, including creating a
                 home for the world's only full-size Avro Arrow replica.
              -  The launch of the new Canadian Air & Space Museum.
              -  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of "Black Friday" (the
                 day of the Avro Arrow cancellation), by highlighting the
                 aerospace innovations directly linked to the Arrow.

    WHAT ELSE:   A string of aircraft departing from Downsview Park to fly
                 around the CN Tower.

    WHEN:        Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

    WHERE:       Canadian Air & Space Museum, 65 Carl Hall Road, Parc
                 Downsview Park, Toronto, ON., M3K 2E1

    Photo Opportunity: Planes, Pilots and Stars. A newly-launched museum.

    About the Canadian Air & Space Museum

    Once the home of de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, the Canadian Air
and Space Museum (formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum) is located in the
oldest-surviving aircraft factory building in Canada, and is one of Canada's
oldest and best-preserved aerospace heritage buildings. It is also the
birthplace of the leading Canadian space technology company, best known as
SPAR. The new Canadian Air & Space Museum is dedicated to telling the
distinctly Canadian stories of aviation, space history and innovation.
    Now in its 10th year, the volunteer-driven organization features the only
full-size replica of the magnificent Avro Arrow. Find out more about us at

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: to arrange interviews and museum access, please
contact: Susan Douglas, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Canadian
Air & Space Museum, Mobile: (416) 666-4912, E-mail:

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