Canada Aviation and Space Museum

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Canada Aviation and Space Museum
CAvM logo.svg
Established 1964
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport.
Website aviation.technomuses.ca

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum (French: Musée de l'Aviation et de l'Espace du Canada) (formerly the Canada Aviation Museum) is Canada's national aviation history museum. The museum is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport.[1]

History[edit]

Aerial view of the Canada Aviation Museum as it was then known, on June 5, 2005. The triangular structure is the main museum building. The rectangular white building to the left of it is the new museum storage building opened 14 April 2005.
Nose section of Avro Arrow RL 206
Canadair CL-84 Dynavert prototype
Bell CH-135 Twin Huey serial number 135114
Fleet Canuck serial number 149, in the museum's storage building
Aeronca C-2 CF-AOR, in the museum's storage building
Zenair CH 300 Tri Zenith C-GOVK used by Red Morris to make a record-setting non-stop flight across Canada in 1978. The aircraft is in the museum's storage building
Canada's first amateur-built aircraft, Stitts SA-3A Playboy CF-RAD, in the museum's storage building
An original single-seat Rutan Quickie powered by an Orion 18 hp (14 kW) industrial motor. This aircraft is in the museum's storage hangar.
CH-113 Labrador helicopter in the main wing of the museum
Taylor E-2 Cub showing its Continental A-40 engine with the cylinders protruding through the cowling.
PW120 at Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canadian Aviation Museum was formed in 1964 at RCAF Station Rockcliffe as the National Aeronautical Collection from the amalgamation of three separate existing collections. These included the National Aviation Museum at Uplands, which concentrated on early aviation and bush flying; the Canadian War Museum collection, which concentrated on military aircraft, and which included many war trophies, some dating back to World War One, and the RCAF Museum which focused on those aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In 1982 the collection was renamed the National Aviation Museum and in 1988 the collection was moved to a new experimental type triangular hangar from the Second World War-era wooden hangars it had been residing in. In 2006 an additional hangar was opened, which allows all of the collection's aircraft to be stored indoors.

The museum closed 2 September 2008 for remodeling and rearrangement of the aircraft on display. This project was completed and the museum reopened 19 November 2008. The changes made include making space for a new exhibition entitled Canadian Wings: A Remarkable Century of Flight that was unveiled on 23 February 2009, the centennial of the first heavier than air aircraft flight in Canada.[2][3]

In December 2008, the museum announced that approval had been granted for a C$7M expansion to begin in May 2009 and to be completed by the fall of 2010. The improvements carried out included an addition of 2600 m² (28,000 ft²) giving 18% more space and providing room for a new foyer, auditorium, cafeteria, retail space, a landscaped entrance and classrooms.[4]

In April 2010, the parent Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation announced that the museum would be expanded and that its name would be changed to the "Canada Aviation and Space Museum" in May 2010. The Canadian Press expressed concern that the name change would cause confusion with the existing Toronto-based Canadian Air and Space Museum.[5]

Organization[edit]

The Canadian Aviation Museum is under the control of the Canada Museum of Science and Technology Museum Corporation, an autonomous Crown corporation. The Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation's purpose is to preserve and protect Canada's scientific and technical heritage. The Corporation is responsible for three museums:

The museum is also home to 51 Canada Aviation Museum Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Collection[edit]

The museum's collection contains a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft, representing the history of Canadian aviation from the pioneer era before the First World War up to the present day. Particularly noteworthy is the collection of vintage bushplanes from the 1920s to the 1940s. The military aircraft represent aircraft flown by Canadians in the First World War, Second World War, and the Cold War. The museum's best known exhibit is the surviving components of the Avro Arrow interceptor from the late 1950s.

Also at the museum is Space Shuttle Endeavour's Canadarm, the space shuttles' Canadian-built robotic arm.[6][7] It was unveiled on May 2, 2013 with Chris Hadfield on hand from the International Space Station via video screen to aid with the unveiling.[7][8] While Endeavour's Canadarm, officially known as Canadarm 201,[6] was moved back to Canada, Atlantis' and Discovery's Canadarms went to the museums of their respective shuttles.[9]

Also on site are interactive activities on the science of flight, films, demonstrations, a boutique, and guided tours.

A few of the tours take the visitors "behind the scenes" to see conservation and restoration work in progress, and pieces which are in storage.

Aircraft in collection[edit]

Aircraft type Serial number Registration/markings
Aerial Experiment Association Silver Dart (replica) 2 none
Aeronca C-2 9 CF-AOR
AEG G.IV unknown 574/18
Airspeed Consul 4338 G-AIKR
Auster AOP.6 TAY221V/16652 VF582
Avro 504K unknown G-CYCK
Avro 504K unknown G-CYEI?
Avro 504K 2353 G-CYFG
Avro 616IVM Avian R3/CN/314 CF-CDQ
Avro 652A Mk.V-P Anson MDF 329 RCAF 12518
Avro 683X Lancaster Mk.X (nose only) unknown KB848
Avro 683X Lancaster Mk.X unknown KB944/NA-P
Avro Canada CF-100 Mk.5 Canuck 657 CAF 100757
Avro Canada CF-100 Mk.5 Canuck 685 CAF 100785
Avro Canada C-102 Jetliner (nose only) unknown CF-EJD-X
Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow (nose, outer wings and rudder) 206 RCAF 25206
Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker 181 CF-ATN
Bell CH-135 Twin Huey unknown CAF 135114
Bell HTL-6 (Bell 47 G) 1387 RCN 1387
Bensen B-8 Gyroglider unknown C-GSXV
Bensen B-8MG Gyrocopter P-6174 C-GPJE
Blériot XI unknown none
Boeing 247D 1699 CF-JRQ
Boeing CIM-10B Bomarc 656 RCAF 60446
Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador 301 CAF 11301[10][11]
Morane-Borel monoplane unknown none
Bristol Beaufighter T.F.X/TT.X unknown RD867
Bristol 149 Bolingbroke Mk.IV.T unknown RCAF 9892
Bristol F.2B Fighter 67626 D7889
Buzzman Buccaneer SX 9112-SX-AA C-IDWT
Canadair CL-4 North Star Mk.1 122 RCAF 17515
Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk.6 1245 RCAF 23455
Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk.6 1441 RCAF 23651
Canadair CL-30 CT-133 Silver Star Mk.3 (T-33AN) T-33-574 RCAF 21574
Canadair CL-28 CP-107 Argus Mk.2 33 CAF 10742
Canadair CL-41 CT-114 Tutor 1108 CAF 114108
Canadair CL-84-1 Dynavert 3 CX8402
Canadair CL-219 CF-116A (CF-5A) 1063 CAF 116763
Canadair CL-604 Challenger 604 3991 C-GCGT
Canadian-Vickers Canso A (PBY-5A) CV423 RCAF 11087
Cessna 150H 15068295 C-GAZG
Cessna Crane (T-50) 2226 RCAF 8676
Consolidated Liberator B.VIII (B-24L) 44-50154 c/n: 5009 KN820
Curtiss HS-2L 2901-H.2 G-CAAC
Curtiss JN.4C Canuck unknown C227
Curtiss Hawk 87A-3 Kittyhawk Mk.Ia (P-40E) AL135 c/n:18780 RCAF 1076
Curtiss Seagull unknown none
Czerwiński-Shenstone Harbinger C-1 C-FZCS
de Havilland Canada DHC-1B-2-S5 Chipmunk Mk.2 208-246 RCAF 12070
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver I 1 CF-FHB
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 370 CAF 1239408
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 CF-DHC-X
de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 1 C-GNBX
de Havilland D.H.60X Moth 630 G-CAUA
de Havilland D.H.80A Puss Moth 2187 CF-PEI
de Havilland D.H.82C2 Menasco Moth DHC1052 RCAF 4861
de Havilland D.H.82C Tiger Moth DHC724 CF-FGL
de Havilland D.H.83C Fox Moth FM-28/2 CF-DJB
de Havilland D.H.98B Mosquito Mk.XX unknown KB336
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire Mk.I unknown TG372
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire Mk.3 EEP 42392 RCAF 17074
Douglas DC-3C Dakota 6261 C-FTDJ
Epervier Epervier X1 EP-01 C-FWMQ
Evans VP-1 Volksplane unknown C-GUPY
Fairchild 82A 61 CF-AXL
Fairchild FC-2W2 128 G-CART
Fairchild Cornell III (PT-26B) FC 239 RCAF 10738
Fairey Battle Mk.I.T 61 R7384
Fairey Firefly FR.I F.7776 GAL F.8/12794 DK545
Fairey Swordfish Mk.III unknown NS122/TH-M (fictitious)
Fleet Model 16B Finch II 408 RCAF 4510
Fleet Model 50 Freighter (in storage) 202 CF-BXP
Fleet Model 80 Canuck 149 CF-EBE
Fokker D.VII D.VII 3659 10347/18
Found FBA-2C 4 CF-OZV
Fulton FA-3 Airphibian 1 N74154
Grumman CP-121 Tracker DHC-86 CAF 12187
Grumman Goose Mk.II (G-21A) B 77 CF-MPG
Hawker Afghan Hind 41H/82970 L7180
Hawker Hurricane Mk.XII 52019 RCAF 5584
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 41H/609977 RCN TG119
Hawker-Siddeley AV-8A Harrier 712127/49 158966
Heinkel He 162A-1 unknown 120086
Hispano HA-1112-M1L (Bf 109G) 164 471-39/C.4K-114
Junkers J.I 252 586/18
Junkers W.34F/Fi 2718 CF-ATF
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter 183-1058 RCAF 12700
Lockheed Model 10A Electra 1112 CF-TCA
Lockheed Model 12A Electra Junior 1219 CF-CCT
Lockheed Jetstar 6 (L.1329) 5018 C-FDTX
Maurice Farman M.F.11 Shorthorn 1505 VH-UBC
McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo 518 CAF 101025
McDonnell Banshee (F2H-3) 174 RCN 126464
McDonnell-Douglas CF-188 (CF-18) 47 CAF 188901
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 47021 CF-TLL
McDowall Monoplane none none
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 10132 n/a
Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a Komet 191916 26
Nieuport 12 A.2 unknown 1504
Nieuport 17 C.1 (replica) unknown B1566
Noorduyn Norseman Mk.VI 136 RCAF 787
North American Harvard Mk.II 66-2265 RCAF 2532
North American Harvard Mk.II 81-4107 RCAF 3840
North American Harvard Mk.IV CCF4-178 RCAF 20387
North American Mustang Mk.IV (P-51D) 122-39806 RCAF 9298
North American Mitchell Mk.III (TB-25J) 44-86699 c/n: 108-47453 RCAF 5244
Northrop Delta Mk.I/IA (in storage) unknown RCAF 673
Piasecki HUP-3 52 RCN 51-16623
Pitcairn-Cierva PCA-2 Autogyro 8 NC2524
Pitts S-2A Special 2059 C-FAMR
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c B & C 1042 RFC 5878
Rutan Quickie 1001 C-GGLC
S.C.A.N. 30 (Grumman Widgeon) 28 CF-ODR
Sikorsky HO3S-1 Dragonfly (S-51) 5118 RCN 9601
Sikorsky HO4S-3G (S-55) 555877 RCN 55877
Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly 102 43-46565
Sopwith 2F.1 Camel unknown N8156
Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe unknown E6938
Sopwith Pup (replica) C552 B2167
Sopwith Triplane (replica) ET-1 N5492/CF-CBM
SPAD S.VII C.1 103 B9913
Spectrum RX-550SB Beaver SB2331 C-IGOW
Stearman 4EM Junior Speedmail 4021 CF-AMB
Stinson SR Reliant 8717 CF-HAW
Stits SA-3A Playboy 5501 C-FRAD
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIB CBAF 711 P8332
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IX CBAF IX 2161 NH188
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe CBAF IX 4424 TE214
Taylorcraft BC-65 1409 CF-BPR
Taylor E-2 Cub 289 C-GCGE
Travel Air 2000 720 CF-AFG
Vickers Viscount 757 270 CF-THI
Waco GXE 1521 C-GAFD
Waco VKS-7 6117 C-FLWL
Westland Lysander Mk.IIIA 1216 R9003
Wills Wing XC-185 unknown none
WSK LIM-2 (MiG-15bis) 1 B 003-16 316
Zenair CH 300 Tri-Zenith 300 C-GOVK
360°-Panorama

Affiliations[edit]

The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Cadieux, Marie-Josée (November 2008). "Reopening of the Canada Aviation Museum". Retrieved 2008-12-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ Hughes, Graham (August 2008). "Last chance to get in to see the 'old' Canada Aviation Museum". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  4. ^ Adam, Mohammed (December 2008). "Aviation museum to get $7M expansion". Retrieved 2008-12-26. [dead link]
  5. ^ Canadian Press (April 2010). "Aviation museum name change could cause confusion". CBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Elizabeth Howell (2 May 2013). "Space Shuttle's Robotic Arm Goes on Display at Canadian Museum". Space.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Canadian Space Agency (2 May 2013). "Minister Moore Unveils Exhibit for Canada's National Space Icon: the Canadarm". Canadian Space Agency. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Andy Johnson (2 May 2013). "Unveiling exhibit, Hadfield sends first Canadarm 'last command' from space". CTV News. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Chris Gebhardt (17 November 2010). "Discovery’s retirement plans provide insight into the fate of the robotic arm". NASA. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Ealker, R. W. R. (2006). "Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers Canadian Armed Forces CH-113 Labrador & Voyageur detailed list". Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Canada Aviation Museum. "Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador". Retrieved 18 November 2008. 

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Coordinates: 45°27′28″N 75°38′35″W / 45.457723°N 75.642929°W / 45.457723; -75.642929