Event: Ace Academy Flight Experience
Date: Extended until April 21, 2019
Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Time: 9 am - 5 pm daily
Admission: Regular admission rates apply - Adult (18 – 64) $15, Senior (65+) $13, Student (13 – 17) $13, Youth (6 – 12) $10. Free admission for museum members.
This winter the museum will be hosting Ace Academy Flight Experience - an exciting interactive exhibit from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Visitors will have the chance to pilot a First World War biplane using motion sensing technology. Players enter an immersive environment, facing a screen and standing on a roundel to activate the experience. Authentic aircraft imagery takes centre stage as players fly a realistic rendering of the Sopwith Camel biplane. Moving their arms up and down and tilting their bodies, participant’s manoeuver an airplane onscreen - dodging enemy aircraft and fire.
The Sopwith Camel was a British single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917. Manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company, it had a short-coupled fuselage; heavy, powerful rotary engine; and concentrated fire from twin synchronized machine guns. The plane’s amazing maneuverability provided a great advantage in aerial combat. Numerous squadrons on the Western Front were equipped with this aircraft, including some American units. A total of 5,490 Camels were built.