SO-31 – ‘City of Calgary’ Airplane
A ‘City of Calgary’ touchdown?
Mr. Speaker, the “City of Calgary” is retiring. No, not my hard-working hometown, but rather a Boeing 747 airliner that has shared the city’s name since 1989.
Calgary aviation enthusiasts have been lobbying KLM to bring the plane to its namesake city before it is retired. I think this is a fantastic idea.
The “City of Calgary” is one of the oldest 747s in KLM’s fleet. Like its namesake, the plane is made of sturdy stuff. It narrowly avoided a crash just months after entering service, losing all power to its engines after flying through a volcanic ash cloud. The “City of Calgary” remained true to its name, however, and weathered a crisis to soar once more.
Although named after my city, the aircraft has never actually landed there. It is my hope that KLM will support a Calgary touchdown so the plane can receive a fond and final farewell.
I spoke in the House of Commons today in support of the efforts of the YYC Calgary Airport Spotters group that is keen on drawing the 'City of Calgary' Boeing 747 to our city for a fond farewell before it is retired from service.This is a great grassroots effort to build community support; I hope a touchdown may be in the future.
Posted by Bob Benzen on Wednesday, October 18, 2017