Airplanes are often curious about their ancestry but cannot assemble family trees due to a lack of thumbs and a fear of flying too close to paint-scratching branches. Witness history at a comfortable height with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a family pass for two adults and two youths to the 2011 Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival on May 28 and 29, presented by the Canadian Air & Space Museum (up to a $34 value).
The sixth annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival celebrates the history of Canadian aviation with showcases, exhibits, and live demonstrations on the grounds of Downsview Park and Airport, Canada’s first urban national park. Tickets grant entrance to Hangar Bay 1's exhibitions and aircraft displays, access to outdoor display grounds and runways, free Canadian Air & Space Museum admission, and a tour of the newborn helicopter nursery. Wings events showcase classic aircraft from the world's oldest flying DHC-1 Chipmunk to brand-new cloud ticklers such as the gargantuan C-130J Super Hercules. In-between browsing fields of professionally manufactured and home-built aircraft, guests watch pilots fly swiftly into the airport compound.
Wheels exhibits intersperse ground-bound military and civilian vehicles, featuring classic cars and motorcycles standing at attention by their local motorists and in the Show & Shine. All-ages attendees peruse pilot gear and airplane feed at guest vendor booths or join in bouncy-castle sessions at the Kids Zone. Young ones can also grow their most distinguished pilot moustaches for photo ops in the cockpit of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds tutor jet. For an additional fee, take a sightseeing flight in light aircraft, helicopters, or wartime Harvard trainers.
In addition to lauding the legacy of Downsview's 1931 Trans Canada Air Pageant, this festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 aircraft engine's first flight. Guests weather the time between aerial revelries at nearby accommodations, such as the Holiday Inn Yorkdale—a 10-minute journey from the event grounds.
Although the Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival offers its own discount, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
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