Feds fund han­gar reno


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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