Colonel Chris Hadfield Receives Leonard Birchall Leadership Award.

Colonel Chris Hadfield receives Leonard Birchall Leadership Award at the Warplane Heritage Museum Saturday night.

 

Co.l Chris Hadfield speaks to the crowd after receiving the Leonard Birchall Leadership Award Saturday night. The gala dinner and award ceremony was hosted by the Royal Military Colleges Club and held at the War Plane Heritage Museum.

 

Drummers from the Royal Military College perform Saturday night during the Leonard Birchall Leadership Award Gala.

 

Air Cadets Mitchell Dalton, 700 David Hornell V.C. Squadron, left and Louis Yves Breithaupt 540 Golden Hawks Oakville Squadron, right were lucky to have Col. Chris Hadfield sign their copies of his book Saturday night at the Birchall Leadership Award 2017. The gala dinner and award ceremony was hosted by the Royal Military Colleges Club and held at the War Plane Heritage Museum. Breithaupt received the award for top Air Cadet in Ontario earlier in the day.

 

Colonel Chris Hadfield’s was the man of the hour and the subject of many cell phone photos Saturday night.

 

Colonel Chris Hadfield’s speaks as the plane Leonard Birchall flew in W.W. II – the Canso or the Catalina- looms large in the background at the Warplane Heritage Museum.

 

Canadian tenor John McDermott performed Saturday night at the 2017 Birchall Leadership Award.

 

 

Colonel Chris Hadfield and the president and chief executive officer of the Warplane Heritage Museum,  David Rohrer.

Lots of photos.

Colonel Chris Hadfield speaks with students from Ridley College.

Colonel Chris Hadfield jokes around with master of ceremonies Peter Mansbridge.

Colonel Chris Hadfield’s parents Roger and Eleanor attended the Leonard Birchall Leadership Award Gala Saturday night to see their son receive the prestigious award.

Col. Chris Hadfield and his brother Dave.

The Canso air crew – left to right – Rod Hornell , Ethen Williams, Bob Patullo, Richard Moos and Braeden McCall with the planes signed fuse box cover at the Birchall Leadership Award ceremony. Leonard Birchall – for whom the award is named- flew the Canso during W.W.II.  The Canso, also known as the Catalina in the U.S., was a flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft.

After receiving the Leonard Birchall Leadership Award Saturday night Col. Chris Hadfield was clearly in his element as he played two of his favourite Gordon Lightfoot songs. The gala dinner and award ceremony was hosted by the Royal Military Colleges Club and held at the War Plane Heritage Museum. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

 

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