THE GIMLI GLIDER
We realize it has been awhile since we have last spoken about what is happening with our team and the activities, so let’s catch up.
SPRING OPENING HOURS: Our visitation times will be restricted somewhat until the busier season of Summer arrives, approximately May long weekend. We will be open once again beginning Saturday and Sunday April 15th, 16th from 12:00 to 4:00. For visitation outside of these hours, please contact us through our Contact information on the website. Our volunteer staff is looking forward to greeting people from around the world again this year.
40th Anniversary Update:
We are well underway with exciting plans for the 40th Anniversary Events this summer. A number of tickets have been reserved for the Fundraising Dinner & Dance on SATURDAY, JULY 22ND. GUEST SPEAKER CAPT. R. PEARSON. The event will be held within a large hangar on the apron area of the Gimli Airport, overlooking the decommissioned airstrip, now a racetrack. We have chosen to take advantage of this particular venue. Why, you may ask?
There is much more to the local stories the evening of the famous history. Many visitors since we have opened take great interest discovering what happened in the racetrack area of the plane’s unexpected arrival. On that beautiful summer evening there was a large reunion of hundreds of former Gimli High School students gathered in a building, at the side of the Airport.
We have for reading within the Exhibit, residents numerous writings from individuals present, expressing their concern, excitement, and gratefulness for the skill of the pilots. The alternative, with the closeness to the landing strip, could have resulted in dire circumstances.
This will be an evening of recall and recognition of people and the role they played greeting the deplaning, shoeless passengers, as they arrived down the chutes onto the ground in Gimli.
Members of Winnipeg Sports Car Club, local police, fire, hospital and the quickly rounded up local Air Canada employees, all assisting the passengers, will be acknowledged. First on site, media personnel and the quick arrival of aviation mechanics and technicians who remained in our town until the plane departed for Winnipeg, will also be acknowledged as part of the history.
We anticipate a sellout for the evening and a whole lot of fun!
SUNDAY, JULY 23RD, is the annual “Proclaimed GIMLI GLIDER DAY” within the municipality.
In the afternoon, at the airstrip, a commemorative plaque will be installed in the area of the final resting place of the Gimli Glider aircraft’s nose. This will be a public gathering and all are invited for the ceremony. Capt. Pearson, crew and passengers will be present throughout the weekend and participate in both events. A schedule for the weekend and the Sunday Event will be posted once we have the Sunday afternoon ceremony time.
EXHIBIT SUNDAY JULY 23RD ADMISSION IS REDUCED TO $5 each. There will be times that Capt. Pearson and others will be present within the Exhibit to greet people.
BE PART OF THE GLIDER TEAM
VOLUNTEERING????? ARE YOU INTERESTED? We are needing additional enthusiastic volunteers this summer with all that is planned. If you are someone who likes to meet people from all over our fabulous globe, and give back to your community with helping us, please let us know. We would like to meet you and answer your questions. AVIATION EXPERIENCE IS NOT A REQUIREMENT, PEOPLE FRIENDLY IS!
Gimli Glider volunteers & CTV National "Your Morning Show" film crew
What to watch for next on this website:
. Updates on 40th Anniversary
. Updates on hours of the Museum
. New souvenirs from the metal from 604
Questions or comments – through email firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAVEL MANITOBA & THE FLIGHT PASS: This offer to visit all three outstanding Manitoba Aviation Museums, will be offered once again this year. What is the FLIGHT PASS? You have the advantage of visiting each Museum at a reduced rate.
Details by visiting www.travelmanitoba.com/things-to-do/passes/manitoba-flight-pass
A MONACO INVITE!!
For those of us involved with the Exhibit we are very aware of the large, ongoing
Worldwide respect for the skill required to land the famously dubbed “Gimli Glider”. You only need to travel and answer where you are from, or wear one of our Gift Shop clothing articles, to be engaged in a conversation by people aware of the history.
Since our opening we have received many inquiries from around the world about photos, information for education books, articles, podcast participation, etc. or contact with Capt. Pearson.
Early in 2023 another such inquiry arrived and we are delighted to inform our readers that Capt. Pearson is the invited Guest Speaker in Monaco, on May 3rd., to members of a highly regarded organization, The Air League of Monaco. (website: https:www.airleague.mc).