Alberta Aviation Museum
|Alberta Aviation Museum|
|Location||11410 Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta|
|Website||Alberta Aviation Museum|
The Alberta Aviation Museum is a museum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is located on-site at the former Edmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport CYXD on the southwest corner of the field (11410 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton).
The museum operates daily except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
The Alberta Aviation Museum hangar is the last remaining example of a 'double-double' Second World War British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) hangar. These hangars, built for the BCATP across Canada, were made of pre-cut wooden timbers of British Columbia Fir. They could be built as single units, double units, and the 'double-double' which is 4 units.
Built in 1940 after 3 double hangars for RCAF Station Edmonton, it was originally opened 5 October 1940 as No. 2 Air Observers School (AOS) under the command of Wop May. After the USA entered the Second World War the airport was used to service United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) aircraft heading to Alaska until the new USAAF base that was to become CFB Namao (now CFB Edmonton) opened outside of Edmonton and absorbed some of the traffic. Postwar the museum hangar was used by No. 418 (City of Edmonton) Reserve Squadron, Pacific Western Airlines and for Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) construction before becoming a car dealership in the late 1960s.
Known in Edmonton as "The Hangar on Kingsway", it has been designated 'M' Hangar, Hangar #6 and later Building #14 by the Edmonton City Airport. It is now a designated municipal and provincial historic site.
With the closure of the City Centre airport the fate of the museum is uncertain. However, on 17 November 2013 it was announced that a new Alberta Flying Heritage Museum would be opening at Edmonton/Villeneuve Airport. The new museum would be hands-on experience and allow aircraft for exhibition to fly in and out. At the same time it would focus on the history of aviation in Alberta while the current museum, which is to remain open, would focus on Edmonton. As part of the new museum the Boeing 737-200 was flown out of the City Centre on 29 November 2013 to its new home at Villeneuve.
- Avro Anson Mk II
- Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck
- Barkley-Grow T8P-1
- Beechcraft Model 18
- Bell 47G
- Boeing 737-200 in Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) livery C-GIPW (Fleet #745)
- BOMARC missile, one of only 2 in Canada
- Canadair CL-13 Sabre MK I
- Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
- Cranwell CLA.4
- Curtiss 1918 'Stinson Special', a replica of the aircraft made by Glenn Curtiss for Katherine Stinson
- de Havilland Cirrus Moth, on loan from the Reynolds-Alberta Museum
- de Havilland DH 82C Tiger Moth
- de Havilland Mosquito MK B35
- de Havilland Vampire Trainer, on loan from Joe McBryan of Buffalo Airways
- ERCO Ercoupe
- Fairchild 71C "CF-ATZ", a bush plane used in the filming of Captains of the Clouds
- Fleet Canuck
- Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter
- McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo
- Noorduyn Norseman MK V
- North American B-25J Mitchell
- Sindlinger Hurricane, 5/8 scale Hawker Hurricane in storage
- Stinson Reliant SR9FM, under restoration
- Vickers Viking MK IV, replica
- Waco Model UIC cabin aircraft
- Westland Lysander, 2/3 scale flying replica on loan to Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Current work in progress includes completing the restoration of a Stinson SR-9,returning to airworthy a Piper Super Cub, ERCO Ercoupe and a series of restorations of ground equipment. Also currently underway are the creation of (3) public access flight simulators to supplement the (2) currently in use. A separate group, the Ventura Memorial Flight Association, is also on the same site restoring a Lockheed Ventura GR.V patrol aircraft (RCAF #2195, CF-FAV) to flying condition.
The Museum is affiliated with:Alberta Museums Association, Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association, Canadian Museums Association, Canadian Heritage Information Network, Edmonton Heritage Council and Virtual Museum of Canada.
- Alberta Aviation Museum
- Admission and Hours
- British Commonwealth Training Air Training Plan Hanger
- Hanger #14
- Future of Alberta Aviation Museum up in the air as City Centre Airport closure date nears
- 737 takes off from City Centre Airport, lands safely at new home
- New aviation museum to be built just outside Edmonton at Villeneuve Airport
- Flying heritage museum planned for Alberta
- New Alberta Flying Heritage Museum
- Avro Anson II (1937)
- The Anson
- Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (1952)
- The CF-100
- Barkley-Grow T8P (1937)
- Beech D18S-3NM Expeditor (1952)
- The Beech 18
- Bell 47G (1970)
- Boeing 737-200 now off site (1972)
- Old pictures of the museum's 737.
- Boeing CIM-10B BOMARC (1958)
- Canadair CL-13 Sabre I
- The Sabre
- Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (1952)
- The Silver Star
- Cranwell CLA.4 (1927)
- The museum's Cranwell
- Curtiss Stinson Special (1918)
- De Havilland Cirrus Moth (1926)
- De Havilland Canada Tiger Moth (1938)
- De Havilland Mosquito B.35 (representing FB.VI) (1943)
- The Mosquito
- De Havilland Australia Vampire T.35 (1964)
- Fairchild 71c (1933)
- The Fairchild 71
- Fleet 80 Canuck
- Old pictures of the museum's F-104 in Dutch service.
- McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo (1957)
- The Voodoo on the ground
- The Voodoo on the pedestal
- Noorduyn Norseman (1943)
- The Norseman
- North American Aircraft B-25J Mitchell (1943)
- "B-25 Mitchell/44-30791"
- Stinson SR-9 Reliant (1938)
- Vickers Viking IV (1923)
- Waco UIC (1933)
- The Waco
- Lockheed (Vega) Ventura GR.V (1943)
- The Ventura
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