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June 28, 2011

Freedom Wings Canada and the Gatineau Gliding Club Launches 2011 Flying Program at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Ottawa — The national launch of Freedom Wings Canada's Inspirational Flights 2011 season will kick off the Canada Day festivities at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum at 9:00 a.m. Additional ceremonies will take place on Canada Day at the Edmonton Soaring Club and le Club de vol à voile du Québec.

For the 2011 season, Freedom Wings Canada, in partnership with the Gatineau Gliding Club, is proud to be working with Soldier On to invite Canadian Forces personnel with permanent illness or injury as their special guests. Following a brief ceremony, with special guest, Brigadier-General Russell, Director General Air Personnel, Canadian Forces personnel will take to the skies as passengers aboard a specially adapted glider.

Freedom Wings Canada provides people with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of a free silent flight in a glider. Their flying program will be available on a weekly basis throughout the year until the fall season.

The mission of Soldier On is to provide resources and opportunities for serving and retired Canadian Forces personnel with a permanent or chronic illness or injury to actively participate in physical, recreational or sporting activities.

For more information or to schedule a flight, please visit the Freedom Wings Canada website at www.freedomswings.ca, or contact Doug Laurie-Lean, President of the Gatineau Gliding Club at 613-445-3275, or at douglaswll@xplornet.com. The Gatineau Gliding Club is located about 50 km east of Ottawa and 10 km south of Wendover and the Papanack zoo, on Pendleton Airfield next to the Nation Golf Club.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways, just 10 minutes from Parliament Hill. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Canada Day, with special activities ending by 4:30 p.m. Free admission, free on-site parking, free alternate parking at the Rockcliffe Flying Club, and free continuous shuttle service between the Flying Club and the Museum.

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Media contact:

Christina Lucas
613-993-4243
613-447-7631
clucas@technomuses.ca

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