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Air Canada - Expo Montreal 1967

Air Canada at the Exhibition Expo Montreal 1967
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Architect(s) : Crang & Boake

The Air Canada pavilion traces the history of aviation and its theme seeks to express the "soul of flight".

Its architectural design is of the helical type, with the building consisting of 23 blades arranged on a central axis. These blades have a maximum span of 80 feet at the base of the spiral, starting from the axis of the column, and a minimum span of 30 feet at the top of this spiral.

The helical design is found in many forms in nature and in everyday life, most notably in the designs of Leonardo da Vinci. For Air Canada, it also evokes the turbine blades of jet engines.

For its presentation, Air Canada was inspired by an element of the sub-theme "Man questions the universe": "Man, the planet and space". The pavilion is divided into four sections corresponding to the four major stages of man's conquest of the sky: "the dream", or the immemorial desire to fly; "the achievement", or aviation from its beginnings to the present day; "new worlds", or the political, economic and cultural consequences brought about by the abolition of traditional norms of time and space; "aviation on the move", or an image of modern aviation.

This last section includes examples of ultra-modern aircraft and a picture of the complex electronic equipment used by Air Canada.

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