- Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport
name = Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport
IATA = YRO
ICAO = CYRO
type = Public
Rockcliffe Flying Club
elevation-f = 188
elevation-m = 57
coordinates = coord|45|27|37|N|075|38|46|W|type:airport|display=inline
website = [http://www.rfc.ca Rockcliffe Flying Club]
r1-number = 09/27
r1-length-f = 3,300
r1-length-m = 1,005
footnotes = Source:
Canada Flight SupplementCFS]
Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport or Rockcliffe Airport, Airport codes|YRO|CYRO, a former military base, is a
non-towered airportlocated on the south shore of the Ottawa River, convert|4|NM|abbr=on|lk=in northeast of downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The airport is the home of the Canada Aviation Museum, which owns the field, and is used and maintained by the Rockcliffe Flying Club.
The airport land was originally a military rifle range. In 1918, the
Royal Air Forcebegan using the field behind the range for experimental mail flights, and the airport opened officially in 1920 as the "Ottawa Air Station", one of the six original airfields opened across Canada by the new Air Board. Since it is on the shore of the shores of the Ottawa river and the runways were connected to the riverfront, it was one of very few airports capable of handling and transferring floatplanes on both land and water. On March 12, 1930, Canadian World War Iflying ace William George Barkercrashed into the Ottawa River and died during an aerial demonstration over the field. In July 1931, Charles Lindberghand Anne Morrow Lindberghvisited the airport during their northern surveying tour. During World War II. Rockcliffe participated in the British Commonwealth Air Training Programand many other kinds of testing, training, and transport operations.
The military shifted most operations to
RCAF Station Uplands(now Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport) in 1957, and ceased flying operations at Rockcliffe in 1964, retaining the station only as an administrative base, while the Rockcliffe Flying Clubbegan using the field for civilian flying.
During the 1970s the airport was also used for scheduled short takeoff and landing (STOL) commercial flights to the short-lived
Victoria STOLportnear downtown Montreal. The objective was to demonstrate Twin Otter STOLaircraft in downtown areas and avoid longer drives to the Ottawa and Montreal airports. For a variety of reasons STOL operations in downtown settings have not proven to be highly successful.
The military left the airport completely in 1994, but their aircraft collection remained to form the nucleus of the
Canada Aviation Museum. Only one of the former triangle of runways remains.
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Rockcliffe Flying Club
* [http://www.rfc.ca Rockcliffe Flying Club]
*PDFlink| [http://www.aviation.technomuses.ca/pdf/rockcliffe.pdf Photo essay of the airport's history] |2.49 MiB
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