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Canadian aviation history showcased in new interactive exhibit at Boundary Bay Airport

Jul 17, 2019

Mayor George V. Harvie and Delta Council, in partnership with Alpha Aviation Inc. officially unveiled a new historical interactive exhibit – THE STATION – at Boundary Bay Airport earlier today. The exhibit is located in the Airport terminal and displayed on a 55 inch digital screen featuring timelines, stories, and photographs from the Royal Canadian Air Force Station that operated at Boundary Bay Airport between 1941 and 1945.

The Station was originally built to teach Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Air Force recruits to be pilots. Over the course of its four years in operation during World War II, more than 6,000 students and personnel passed through the Station. After the War ended, the Station re-opened in 1949 as Vancouver Wireless Station – a Canadian Army Signal Corps site responsible for monitoring Soviet Union military communications. It was permanently closed in 1971.

THE STATION is dedicated to the thousands of people who served at the RCAF Station Boundary Bay and the Vancouver Wireless Station. As part of this project, City staff obtained more than 1,200 RCAF Station Boundary Bay photographs depicting buildings, people, military and aircraft equipment. These photos were digitized for THE STATION and divided into three main themes: the Station Story, Heart and Soul, and Hidden History, which includes an interactive map and dozens of photographs of the Station’s buildings. In total, more than 200 curated photographs and stories are included in the exhibit.

The City of Delta is extremely proud of the aviation history at Boundary Bay Airport and excited to share these photographs and stories of the Station with the public, honouring an incredible piece of history in Delta.”  – Mayor George V. Harvie

It is important to honour the past, including our flight school roots, as we launch this airport into the future. We are pleased to partner with the City of Delta on this project and look forward to seeing how the exhibit transforms over the next few years.”  – Fred Kaiser, CEO, Alpha Aviation Inc.

THESTATION

The City of Delta intends on growing the exhibit in the coming years to also include new themes, a searchable feature to allow visitors to find photographs of loved ones who may have served at the Station, and provide in-depth stories about the Vancouver Wireless Station.

For more information on this news release, contact Mayor George V. Harvie at 604-946-3210 or e-mail mayorharvie@delta.ca