The sound of a waterbomber aircraft is unmistakeable, the crowds were treated to a magnificent display of the majesty that is, The Canadian Bushplane.
With a tip of the wing and several fly-overs, spectators could witness the awesome power of an iconic Canadian aircraft, The Waterbomber. On Saturday afternoon, C-GOGY, a Bombardier CL-415 (CL-215-6B11, c/n 2040) registered to the Province Of Ontario, Ministry Of Natural Resources demonstrated its’ capability along the waterfront in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The aircraft has been fitted with turbine engines.
Scooping and dumping its’ load of water, harnessed from The St. Mary’s River, the Bombardier CL-415 awed spectators with the sheer power that aerial water spraying brings to forest fire fighting. The CL-415 is the largest waterbomber in Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario’s fleet. It can hold 6,130 litres of water, and fill its tanks in 12 seconds. When fully loaded, the CL-415 can fly 325 km/hr.
During the 1950’s, in Canada, with its many lakes, water based aircraft were preferred for use in forest fire fighting. The Province of Ontario is 85% forest, and with a fire season from April 1 – October 31st, waterbombers are extremely important in forest fire management. Approximately 200 fire crews are dispatched over the course of a fire season in Ontario.
The Province of Ontario became an innovator in developing water-based waterbombing systems, with the main centre being at the Ontario Provincial Air Service base in Sault Ste. Marie (now the site of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre).
The Algoma Model Engineering Society’s Norm Farish spoke to SaultOnline about the model railroad set up in front of the hangar for folks of all ages to hop into, and take a ride along the rails. The society is a local group of craftsman dedicated to the preservation of engine technology. Members build and restore model steam engines, hot-air engines and model and full-size gas engines. The railroad was a popular attraction at Bushplane Days.
Marvel’s, Captain America made an appearance at Bushplane Days, always ready to champion the underdog, and keep citizens safe from harm.
New this year, Treetop Adventures hosted an indoor obstacle course, and paintball shooting range. 7-year-old Maddy Coulman took the opportunity to challenge herself on the elevated obstacle course. Many young people were lining up to have the chance to try it out as well as the paintball shooting range.
The 155 Borden Gray (GC) Air Cadet Squadron were supporting many of the interactive displays and hands-on learning spaces. Numerous volunteers were available to provide guided tours, and share knowledge about the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
Spiderman, spun a wide net inside the Provincial Air Service Hangar, now known as The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
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