Western Canada Aviation Museum
|Western Canada Aviation Museum|
|Location||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
The Western Canada Aviation Museum is a museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the second largest aviation museum in Canada. The collection is housed in an original Trans-Canada Air Lines (today operating as Air Canada) hangar dating from the 1930s.
The aircraft on display reflect the history of aviation development in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada and include examples ranging from bush planes to transport, military, private, and commercial aircraft.
A fully enclosed flight deck to watch the landings and takeoffs at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is one of the other attractions. The collection is housed in an original Trans-Canada Air Lines aircraft hangar and includes a recreated terminal departure centre and several one-of-a-kind aircraft such as Canada's first helicopter, the CL-84 "Tilt-wing," Avrocar "flying saucer" (full-scale movie model), historic military jets, bush planes, and commercial aircraft.
Specific display aircraft
- Canada's first helicopter which was built by the Froebe brothers in Homewood, Manitoba.
- The only airworthy Fokker Super Universal as well as the wreck of a Fokker Universal.
- Junkers Ju 52/1M modified as CF-ARM which flew from the Brandon Avenue base of Canadian Airways Ltd. Known as the "Flying Boxcar," this was the largest single-engine aircraft operated in North America.
- Avro CF-100 Canuck interceptor
- The Avrocar - A replica of the flying saucer that was built in secret by Avro Canada for the American military during the Cold War.
- Bellanca Aircruiser Eldorado Radium Silver Express bushplane (undergoing restoration).
- Bristol Freighter - cargo aircraft
- Canadair CL-84 experimental VTOL aircraft.
- Canadair Sabre fighter.
- Fairchild 71 bushplane.
- Fairchild Super 71 all metal bushplane.
- McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo interceptor with training simulator.
- Vickers Viscount which flew out of the hangar that now houses the Museum.
- de Havilland Tiger Moth acquired in 2005 that is designated a Canadian Heritage aircraft by the federal government
The Museum also houses an exhibit on Canadian Women in Aviation, flight simulators, a Black Brant Rocket (built in Manitoba by Bristol Aerospace), and other aviation memorabilia, such as a collection of first airmail covers (i.e. envelopes, including one signed by Charles Lindbergh and Orville Wright). In 2012, an exhibit displaying Canada's role in coastal patrol was opened.
Archives and Library
The comprehensive aviation reference library housed at the Museum is one of the largest in the country, with holdings of books, magazines, technical manuals, and drawings, as well as some 40,000 photographs, films, and audiotapes, many of which cannot be found anywhere else.
The library is open to the public on an appointment basis and photos, films, and audiotapes are loaned or copied on request.
Recovery and restoration
The Museum has an active Restoration Department and has returned many bent and twisted aircraft to full display condition. A team of volunteers completed a full-scale replica of a Canadian Vickers Vedette Mark V (CF-MAG) aircraft in May 2002.
Current projects include the restoration of a Bellanca Aircruiser, Fairchild Super 71, Waco, and Harvard.
The Museum has facilitated the recovery of several aircraft, including the "Ghost of Charron Lake" - a Fokker Standard Universal that has taken more than 30 years to locate. It is currently in a recovery and retrieval phase, after which it will begin its restoration.
Ju 52/1M replica of "CF-ARM" at the Western Canada Aviation Museum
Fairchild F-11 Husky at the Western Canada Aviation Museum
McDonnell CF-101B at the Western Canada Aviation Museum
Vickers Viscount 1 at the Western Canada Aviation Museum
- Ogden 1986, p. 26.
- Meal, Xavier. "Return Of The Super Universal". Aeroplane, Volume 29, Issue 6, 2001.
- Ogden 1986, p. 27.
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