A his­to­ric year for Bagotville

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - MOT DU COMMANDANT -

The 2017 edi­tion of the Bagotville In­ter­na­tio­nal Air Show ( BIAS) is a spe­cial event, mar­king the 75th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the es­ta­blish­ment of a mi­li­ta­ry base in Bagotville.

In 1942, in the mid­st of the Se­cond World War, it was de­ci­ded to open a Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force ( RCAF) sta­tion in Bagotville. The pri­ma­ry mis­sion of the base was to pro­tect in­dus­trial fa­ci­li­ties in the re­gion and more spe­ci­fi­cal­ly the Ar­vi­da smel­ter, which then pro­du­ced near­ly 80% of all alu­mi­num in North Ame­ri­ca, or 20% of the world's pro­duc­tion. The hy­droe­lec­tric po­wer plants that al­lo­wed this pro­duc­tion were al­so pos­sible tar­gets du­ring the war and nee­ded pro­tec­tion. It was at this time that what was to be­come CFB Bagotville chose the mot­to "De­fend the Saguenay", which to­day still proud­ly adorns the em­blem of the base. In 1967, a ci­vi­lian ter­mi­nal was construc­ted along the run­way at CFB Bagotville to ac­com­mo­date the air car­riers that connec­ted the area to the rest of the world. "The stars have ali­gned them­selves this year to make the BIAS a big par­ty. We ce­le­brate both the 75th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the base, the 150th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of Ca­na­dian Con­fe­de­ra­tion and the 50th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the ci­vi­lian ter­mi­nal in Bagotville. I be­lieve it will be a great edi­tion for the air show in Bagotville, "said the com­man­der of CFB Bagotville and pre­sident of the BIAS 2017, Co­lo­nel Dar­cy Mol­stad fol­lo­wing the last BIAS press con­fe­rence last May.

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