Great news for Mount Hope Village! After working closely with the Warplane Heritage Museum, Councillor Brenda Johnson is thrilled to announce that the Museum has donated a Plane for the Mount Hope Gateway Feature which will be located at the north end of Homestead Drive at Upper James Street.
“It’s been a long time coming, but it’s perfect” says Brenda Johnson.
MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release July 14, 2017 Public input sought on new Mount Hope Gateway as City lands historic aircraft donation from Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
HAMILTON, ON – Thanks to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the new Mount Hope Gateway is landing a new permanent fixture – an historic training aircraft, a Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer, announced the City of Hamilton Friday.
The Beechcraft will become part of the Gateway design on the outcrop of land at Homestead Drive and Upper James Street.
The public is invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, July 26 between 4pm and 7pm at 447 Wing (3210 Homestead Drive) to review and vote on three design concepts for the new Mount Hope Gateway that will include the unique addition of this historic plane. Quick Facts • During their 21 years of service, Musketeers trained approximately 5,000 Canadian military pilots and served with 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School and the Canadian Forces Flying Instructor School • The Beechcraft RCAF CT 134 Musketeer was a military training derivative of the Sundowner built by Beechcraft for the Canadian Forces. The CT-134 was a single engine, low-wing, four-seat light aircraft with fixed landing gear and a limited aerobatic capability. • Reflective of the City of Hamilton’s history, the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport was used as training facility during World War II.
Additional Resources Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer Quotes “This is amazing news for the Mount Hope Village. Through public consultation and working with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, we have created the perfect gateway feature; it’s long overdue.”
Councillor Brenda Johnson, Ward 11 City of Hamilton
“The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pleased to contribute a RCAF CT 134 Musketeer basic training aircraft that was in service from 1971 to 1992 and part of a fleet in which over 5000 RCAF pilots were trained to fly in to this Gateway Project. We are pleased that this aircraft will be displayed in honor of RCAF Station Hamilton located at the Mount Hope Airport and home of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program No. 10 Elementary Flying School, and No. 33 Air Navigation School, and the City of Hamilton 424 “Tiger” Squadron based in Mount Hope until 1964.”
David G. Rohrer, President & CEO Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum