He­li­copters put on show for res­i­dents of Har­bour Grace

The Compass - - News - Chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

He­li­copters and planes put off quite a show in Har­bour Grace this past week.

The Har­bour Grace airstrip saw some ac­tion on Sun­day, July 2, dur­ing its 90th an­niver­sary. Dozens of res­i­dents got to­gether to watch he­li­copters and planes fly through the sky above them.

The event was held as a part of Har­bour Grace’s first ever Pi­rates to Pi­lots fes­ti­val. The five­day event was held June 29-July 3.

The event was part of Avi­a­tion, Amelia, and Ad­ven­ture Day, a day ded­i­cated to Har­bour Grace’s his­toric con­nec­tion with avi­a­tion, specif­i­cally the town’s con­tri­bu­tion to the story of Amelia Earhart.

On­look­ers were in awe as two he­li­copters took turns fly­ing at low al­ti­tudes, close enough to give chil­dren and adults alike an ex­pe­ri­ence they won’t soon for­get. Fol­low­ing this, small planes flew through the sky as well, giv­ing res­i­dents one last sight to see be­fore head­ing home.

Event or­ga­niz­ers said the event at­tracted at­ten­tion to the Har­bour Grace airstrip, a site with his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, which un­for­tu­nately hasn’t seen much ac­tion over the past few years.

The event also gave res­i­dents a chance to learn more about Har­bour Grace’s in­volve­ment in avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

David Clarke, who had come to Har­bour Grace specif­i­cally for the event that day, told The Com­pass he was amazed by what the town was able to put to­gether.

“(Har­bour Grace) isn’t that big a place, re­ally, but I think it’s awe­some what they were able to string to­gether for this fes­ti­val,” Clarke said. “Where else can you go to learn about pi­rates one day, and watch he­li­copters fly around a field the next? I think it’s great.”

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Har­bour Grace’s Pi­rates to Pi­lots fes­ti­val saw sev­eral air­borne ve­hi­cles soar­ing the skies above the Har­bour Grace airstrip. The Avi­a­tion, Amelia and Ad­ven­ture Day hon­oured the town’s con­nec­tion to avi­a­tion.

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