The history of aviation is the center of attention as the Mount Hope Village Gateway project nears completion.
A historic Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer was installed as the main feature of the walkway, located at Homestead Dr. and Highway 6.
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Glanbrook County. Brenda Johnson is confident the village has “really made a statement” with the front door, celebrating the home of Mount Hope, both the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) and Hamilton Airport.
“It’s not quite finished yet, we’re still going to put LED lights inside the plane to keep it lit at night,” says Johnson, “we just wanted to make sure the plane was ready to go before winter came.
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During their 21 years of service, the Musketeers trained approximately 5,000 military pilots for the Canadian Forces.
The city says the plane that will now welcome visitors to Mount Hope was retired in 1992, dismantled and put into storage.
The CWHM acquired the aircraft in April 2012.
It has been restored to a static condition in the exact marks he would have worn during his service in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Johnson points out that the project “would not have been possible without the generosity of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum”.
“The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pleased to have contributed to this salute to the village of Mount Hope and its support for the British Commonwealth (1940-45) air training plan at RCAF station Hamilton (1940 -63) and Hamilton International Airport. says David G. Rohrer, CEO of the museum.
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