Windsor Star

Feds fund hangar reno

- CRAIG PEARSON

The experience of seeing historical aircraft locally could soon take off, thanks to a federal grant of almost $720,000 announced Friday.

The Canadian Historical Aircraft Associatio­n, known as CH2A, will use the money to update its 18,000-square-foot hangar at Windsor Airport. The funds will pay for a new roof, fire-suppressio­n system, security system, epoxy floor treatment and marketing.

“ I am absolutely ecstatic about this grant,” said Mary Guthrie, director of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Associatio­n and pilot of the group’s Yellow Bird No. 2 air-show plane. “We are so excited to be able to renovate this building and open it up more for the public to see and to share the feelings we have about veterans.”

The renovation — which has already started — must be complete by March 11 to qualify for the grant.

“ This important project means that jobs will be created,” said MP Jeff Watson (C — Essex), who made the announceme­nt at Windsor Airport.

“More important, CH2A will have an improved facility as a premier, stand-alone tourism destinatio­n.”

Watson said the investment will also help such events as the Windsor Internatio­nal Air Show, which uses the hangar.

The Canadian Historical Aircraft Associatio­n hangar was built in 1940. It has an on-site museum which features memorabili­a from pilots and soldiers, and vintage civilian and military aircraft.

Its signature treasure is the Bad Penny, the Avro Lancaster being refurbishe­d after being removed from Jackson Park in 2005.

The bomber was used to drop supplies in the Netherland­s during the Second World War.

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