The Cold Lake Air Force Museum is a military aviation museum located in Cold Lake, Alberta. The museum preserves and exhibits the heritage and history of 4 Wing Cold Lake and 42 Radar Squadron. The Air Force Museum is actually one of four museums based on the old site of 42 Radar Squadron, who re-located to CFB Cold Lake in 1992. The Cold Lake Museums are connected to the Air Force Museum through a covered hallway affectionately dubbed 'The Tunnel'. All together, the museums are referred to as the Cold Lake Museums or the Tri-City Museums. The old facility of 42 Radar Squadron was decommissioned in 1992 and the museum opened its doors for the first time on July 1, 1998.
The Mission of the 4 Wing Cold Lake Air Force Museum is to preserve and display the history of 4 Wing Cold Lake and the squadrons and Units which have been, or will be stationed at, or affiliated with, 4 Wing Cold Lake and its antecedent formations. The Museum is the focal point for Canadian Air Force research in the Cold Lake Region. The museum details the chronological development of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and associated Canadian Forces Units, in the Cold Lake Region. The Museum also details the history and heritage of Canadian Forces Units associated with Cold Lake who served in Europe.
CT-133 Silver Star - This aircraft (133413) was one of the last T-birds flying. It was used by AETE until the summer of 2004 when it was given to the Museum. It is finished overall grey with an AETE red 'X' on its tail.
CT-114 Tutor - This aircraft (114114) was used by the Snowbirds as Snowbird 9 in the 1977 season, Snowbird 10 in the 1978 season, and Snowbird 3 in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986 seasons. Finished in CAF Era Markings.
When one enters the museum, the visitor's book and the Kitshop is what one sees first. The Kitshop sells memorabilia from 4 Wing squadrons, and also some items from the Cold Lake Museums. The first floor of the Museum exhibits 4 Wing ground squadrons. The second floor exhibits, 4 Wing flying squadrons, Engines, a model of the Base and a few other exhibits that have to do with 4 Wing.
The following exhibits are displayed at the Cold Lake Air Force Museum: