Date: May 29, 1987
Location: Montreal, Canada
Newspaper: The Gazette
Expo Air ’87 will again launch Transportation Week in the Montreal area with more than 100 aeronautic exhibits and 11 aerial events.
More than 80,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s show at Mirabel Airport this Saturday and Sunday.
The reknown Snowbirds, members of the 431st Canadian Armed Forces Air Demonstration Squad, will be back, as well as the Skyhawk parachutists.
Oscar Boesch, a soarer, and the Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 will complete the Canadian component of this year’s air show.
The Redhawks, Flying Pierces (wing walkers), and several flying teams from the U.S. Air Force will make up the American contingent.
On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can get a close look at more than 60 airplanes and helicopters which will be displayed outdoors, including The Galaxy C-5 – the largest airplane in the Western world.
They can also see the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Aerovan, a mobile unit used to search by satellite for airplanes in distress.
Visitors can chat with the instructors of California’s Miramar Flying School whose F-14 Tomcat jets were made famous in the movie Top Gun.
The public is also invited to visit the more than 80 exhibits inside the airport’s mezzanine sponsored by various airline companies and aeronautic firms.
There will be prizes, too. Airline tickets to Rio de Janeiro and Paris and a cruise of the Great Lakes are among the many gifts donated by sponsors.
In May 1927 Charles Lindbergh flew ‘The Spirit of St. Louis’ across the North Atlantic Ocean in 33 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds.
The 60th anniversary of the world’s first non-stop Transatlantic flight is being commemorated with a New York to Paris air rally which includes an overflight of the Greenland glacier, and stops in Reykjavik, Iceland, and London, England. The first stop will be at Montreal’s Mirabel Airport on Sunday.
The adult admission price for Expo Air is $6. Admission for children between ages six and 12 is free on Saturday and $3 on Sunday. Children under age six will be admitted free both days. For more information, call (514) 844-6411.
Aerocar will bus Expo Air spectators from the Queen Elizabeth Hotel to Mirabel Airport. Buses will leave at 9 a.m. on Sunday and return until 6 p.m. The cost of a return ticket is $9. For more information call (514) 397-9999.
All proceeds from Expo Air ’87 will go to Wings of Hope, a non-profit organization which transports food and medical supplies to impoverished people in Peru and Bolivia.