A Boeing 737 formerly at the Alberta Aviation Museum has successfully completed its flight to its new home at Villeneuve Airport northwest of Edmonton.
The plane took off just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon from City Centre Airport and flew at an elevation of 10,000 feet for the ten-minute flight.
The flight successfully concluded an intense last-minute push to get the plane airworthy and out of the City Centre Airport before it closes for good on Saturday.
Before Friday’s flight, the 737 had to pass a safety inspection and receive flight authorization from Transport Canada.
Canadian North donated parts and volunteers worked around the clock to get the jet ready.
“We've saved the aircraft, that's a good feeling," said volunteer Dale Hyrve. "But at the same time we know we're leaving a home that we’ve all gotten to know very well over the years."
Katy Swanlund and her son Mike Nason, a pilot, were at the airport on Friday.
Swanlund was born in 1926, the same year the federal government gave the airport Canada's first license as a "public air harbour." She was emotional watching the Boeing 737 takeoff.
“It’s hard not to cry," she said.
Nason, a pilot, started his flying career at the airport.
“We knew every sound and I just wanted to come here to hear that last time,” he said. “We're pretty choked up about losing this airport."
The final runway at City Centre Airport closes around 5 p.m. Saturday. One CF-18 will do a touch-and-go and then it will join another CF-18 to do a fly-past.