Feds Support Purchase of Aircraft

Pipestone Flyer

WETASKIWIN, Alberta, February 25, 2013 – Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament (Wetaskiwin), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum (RAM) for the repatriation of a de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth aircraft from Dorset in the United Kingdom.

    The de Havilland Aircraft Company produced a total of 284 Puss Moth planes, 25 of which were manufactured in Toronto. The funding provided will allow for the purchase of what is believed to be the last Puss Moth produced in Canada. This acquisition will allow the RAM to tell the story of the Puss Moth’s contribution to the development of Canada’s northern natural resources.

    “The RAM represents an important part of Alberta’s history, as well as the technological evolution of the machines that helped develop the province,” said Mr. Calkins. “This funding will help the RAM complete an important collection of Moth aircraft, allowing the museum to display and interpret the aviation history of this great province.”

    “Our Government wants to provide Canadians with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of their country and its history,” said Minister Moore. “With the funding announced today, this rare Puss Moth plane will be brought back to Canada, where Canadians can learn more about how it contributed to shaping our aviation landscape.”

    “The Reynolds-Alberta Museum is very pleased to receive this funding and support from the federal government to acquire a highly significant Canadian aircraft, the 1935 de Havilland Puss Moth,” said Noel Ratch, Director of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. “The government’s Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board has also been a valued partner in this acquisition and many others over our 20-year history, and we look forward to bringing this aircraft home to Canada and putting it on display for the public to enjoy.”

    The Puss Moth plane was popular in Canada because it could cover long distances quickly and its enclosed design protected the pilot and the passengers from harsh climates. In the 1930s, mining companies used the airplane to explore and discover new mining and petroleum areas in the Canadian North.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Temporary COVID-19 testing sites coming to Wetaskiwin and Ponoka

The Wetaskiwin location will open Oct. 23, 2020 and the Ponoka location will open Oct. 29.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
City and County of Wetaskiwin reporting active cases

Both the City of Wetaskiwin and County of Wetaskiwin have active cases.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the Covid-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. nbsp;Alberta is reporting it's highest daily number of COVID-19 cases, with 364 new infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta confirmed 323 COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Central zone active cases at 145

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Maskwacis reporting 37 active cases

Numbers current as of Oct. 19

Manny’s Motel demolition. Shaela Dansereau/ The Pipestone Flyer.
Manny’s demolition under way this week.

Manny’s has been vacant since the January fire that took place at the property.

JJ Collett Natural Area Foundation held its AGM on Oct. 19 at the Ponoka Legion. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
De-listing Alberta parks creates ‘risk’ for coal mining: CPAWS

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society speaks at JJ Collett AGM

(File photo)
Ponoka’s seen rise in relationship ‘disharmony,’ domestic violence during COVID-19

While there has been an increase in files, not all have required charges to be laid

ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly spoke to Ponoka Chamber of Commerce members over Zoom on Oct. 20. (Image: screenshot)
Alberta chambers are ‘411’ to members, government: ACC president

Changes to government supports, second wave and snap election

Smartphone showing various applications to social media services and Google. (Pixabay photo)
National media calling for level playing field with Google, Facebook

In Canada, Google and Facebook control 80 per cent of all online advertising revenues

RCMP. (Black Press File Photo)
Calgary man dies in two-vehicle collision near Sylvan Lake

A semi truck collided with a SUV just east of Hwy. 781 on Hwy 11.

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Most Read