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Gander festival in full flight


Published on August 5, 2017

Two years ago Cody Trickett, of St. John’s, attended the Gander’s Festival of Flight, learning to fly model airplanes. This year he’s back and flying on his own.

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GANDER, NL – Festival of Flight events are currently underway in Gander.

Here’s a look at a few activities from today’s celebration.

The full schedule can be found here.

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Steve Boulos, of Paradise, has been flying model airplanes since 2001. He enjoys taking in the Festival of Flight as it makes for great Comradery and allows him to fly on a runway.

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This year’s remote control Fun Fly had 15 participants from across the island, with numerous aircraft, taking part in the event.

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Glenwood’s Gwen Thorne has been throwing horseshoes since she was a girl. Her years of experience certainly rang through when Thorne, and great nephew Jake, defeated Beacon reporter Adam Randell and Lion’s Club president Perry Kieley the two times the teams squared off.

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Derrick Thorne, of Glenwood, plays horseshoes as often as he can. He made the trip in to take part in the Gander Lion’s Club Horseshoe Tournament during the Festival of Flight.

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While learning about Gander’s aviation history at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, pictured from the left, Maddison Stagg, Mackenzie Jackman and Logan Stagg assemble planes of their own for a few test flights.

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Amongst the museum’s Festival of Flight celebrations was a scavenger hunt, paper plane making and a barbeque.

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Author Kevin Tuerff, who is portrayed in the celebrated Broadway musical ‘Come From Away’ was also at the Aviation Museum to sign copies of his book “Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9-11”

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