For immediate release
June 18, 2013
Time flies: Canada Aviation and Space Museum celebrates 25th anniversary
OTTAWA, June 18, 2013 – It was 25 years ago today that the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), then known as the National Aviation Museum, officially opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Since then, over 4.3 million visitors have experienced its world-renowned collection of aircraft, which bear witness to more than a century of powered flight and more recently manned space flight in Canada. With over 140 aircraft and countless artefacts on display, the Museum is considered one of the top ten aviation and space museums in the world.
It is filled with the mementos and stories of those Canadian men and women that have left the bonds of earth to take to the skies and beyond in pursuit of adventure, fame, fortune and even romance. Beginning with frail machines made of wood and fabric at the very birth of aviation to the complex space vehicles of today -- Canadians have been at the forefront of man's preoccupation with flight.
"Although flight is one of humanity's most timeless dreams, it is sobering to remember that until little more than a hundred years ago human flight remained a dream. Since the beginning of History man has dreamed of slipping the bonds of the earth and follow his imagination -- something we take for granted today. In one short century we have progressed from the first machines that flew at little over 65 kM/h to the International Space Station that today flies at more than 22,000 kM/h over our heads.," says CASM Director General Stephen Quick. "Today is a day to remember those who have gone before us and dream of the days and horizons ahead as we celebrate the Museum's first quarter-century."
Visitors are encouraged to come celebrate the CASM's 25th anniversary by visiting the regular exhibitions, or taking in CASM's first Summer blockbuster, the Star Wars: Identities exhibition's last stop in North America.