Staff and volunteers at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum are preparing for this weekend's celebration of Canadian Armed Forces Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The RCAF reached their significant milestone on April 1st, however the CATPM saved the official celebration for this Sunday, June 2nd to coincide with Canadian Armed Forces Day.

"A hundred years can seem like a long time but the progress of aviation over the last hundred years is phenomenal," shares Executive Director, Stephen Hayter. "You know we're doing things that were unimaginable a hundred years ago. At that time, we had just taken to the skies and now we're traveling through the universe and visiting planets. So, it's amazing when humankind focuses on a task, just how far we can get with the advancements and with technology."

Hayter says an unfortunate aspect of World War is the need for the advancement of technology., but these advancements are an important aspect of our daily lives today.

"Technology had to progress rather quickly," he explains. "They were training on aircraft that were biplanes that looked very much like aircraft that were flown in the First World War. And then by the end of the Second World War there were massive bombers and technologies that hadn't even been devised prior to the Second World War, like radar and other technology that would further aviation over the next 50 years and more."

Canadian Forces Day and the Celebration for the 100th Anniversary for the R.C.A.F will take place at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum at McGill Field, Brandon Airport on Sunday June 2nd between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

"Come and join us in this family friendly event and get up close with the various aircrafts from the Royal Canadian Air Force, along with our own flying aircraft that include the Cornell, Tiger Moth, Harvard, Stinson and the Fleet Finch, and have an opportunity to speak to the pilots that fly them," adds Hayter. "There will be participation from CFB Shilo, local museums, community groups, other aircraft, vintage vehicles and displays from various aviation and military groups."

"There will also be hotdogs and drinks for sale and fun activities for the whole family!"

 Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for six to seventeen, 5 and under free; Family rate $25.00 (2 adults and 2 youth)

Please listen to Stephen Hayter below!