YVR staff, volunteer Green Coats, family and friends represented YVR today in the annual Steveston Salmon Festival Canada Day Parade. Celebrating YVR's 80th birthday this month, the parade entry provided the rare opportunity for the public to see one of YVR's unique airfield fire-fighting emergency trucks up close.
The OshKosh Striker 3000, usually confined to the airfield, amazed the thousands of onlookers that lined the streets of Steveston. Its sheer size, specialized design and the belting "whoop whoop" siren delighted kids and adults alike.
The green coated walkers flanked the fire truck and pilot car handing out stickers designed with a stylized graphic of the Sheet Metal Workers Rocket that greeted passengers at the front entrance to YVR in the 1930s. Eighty years later, a replica of the rocket can be seen in Vancouver's centennial park at Cambie and 6th Avenue.
YVR's 80th birthday is July 22, 2011 - celebrations will take place at the airport on July 22nd and 23rd with in-terminal entertainment and more opportunities to see these airfield trucks. Keep an eye out for details here at yvrconnections.com and on www.yvr.ca.