Alberta Aviation Museum

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Alberta Aviation Museum
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Alberta Aviation Museum is located in Edmonton
Alberta Aviation Museum
Location in Edmonton
Location 11410 Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°33′57″N 113°31′2″W / 53.56583°N 113.51722°W / 53.56583; -113.51722
Type Aviation museum
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 on the southwest corner of the field (11410 Kingsway Avenue).[1][2]

The museum operates daily except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.[3]

History[edit]

McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo in front of the museum

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 four units.[4][5]

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.[4][5]

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.[4][5]

Current[edit]

With the closure of the city centre airport the fate of the museum was, for a time, 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. The museum plans to stay and act as a community fixture for the new residential neighbourhood called Blatchford.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

The museum hosts several groups including the 504 Blatchford Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets,[12] the 180 (20th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA) Royal Canadian Army Cadets,[13] #700 (Edmonton) Wing - Air Force Association of Canada[14] and 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron Association.[15]

On 18 March 2015, the Alberta Aviation Museum announced that Edmundston, New Brunswick was donating an Avro Lancaster, KB-882. The Lancaster bomber, part of No. 6 Group RCAF and flew with No. 428 Squadron RCAF and No. 434 Squadron RCAF, was built by Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario. After the war she was eventually assigned to 408 Squadron (now 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron) and spent time helping to show sovereignty and mapping Northern Canada.[16][17][18][19]

Displays[edit]

Transport Canada also list a Kelly-D with the registration C-FAPD.[27]

Affiliations[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Aviation Museum
  2. ^ Location
  3. ^ Admission and Hours
  4. ^ a b c British Commonwealth Training Air Training Plan Hangar
  5. ^ a b c Hangar #14
  6. ^ Blatchford
  7. ^ Future of Alberta Aviation Museum up in the air as City Centre Airport closure date nears
  8. ^ 737 takes off from City Centre Airport, lands safely at new home
  9. ^ New aviation museum to be built just outside Edmonton at Villeneuve Airport
  10. ^ Flying heritage museum planned for Alberta
  11. ^ New Alberta Flying Heritage Museum
  12. ^ 504 Blatchford Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets
  13. ^ Alberta Army Cadet League Locations
  14. ^ #700 (Edmonton) Wing - Air Force Association of Canada
  15. ^ The Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society Centre at Blatchfort Field
  16. ^ Lancaster KB882: From Edmundston to Edmonton
  17. ^ Rare Lancaster Bomber Returns Home to Edmonton
  18. ^ Lancaster KB882
  19. ^ Lancaster KB882 - A history
  20. ^ Avro Anson II (1937)
  21. ^ The Anson
  22. ^ Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (1952)
  23. ^ The CF-100
  24. ^ Barkley-Grow T8P (1937)
  25. ^ Beech D18S-3NM Expeditor (1952)
  26. ^ The Beech 18
  27. ^ a b c d e "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Alberta Aviation Museum Association". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  28. ^ Bell 47G (1970)
  29. ^ Boeing 737-200 now off site (1972)
  30. ^ Old pictures of the museum's 737.
  31. ^ History of GIPW at Transport Canada.
  32. ^ Boeing CIM-10B BOMARC (1958)
  33. ^ Canadair CL-13 Sabre I
  34. ^ The Sabre
  35. ^ Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (1952)
  36. ^ The Silver Star
  37. ^ Cranwell CLA.4 (1927)
  38. ^ The museum's Cranwell
  39. ^ Curtiss Stinson Special (1918)
  40. ^ De Havilland Canada Tiger Moth (1938)
  41. ^ De Havilland Mosquito B.35 (representing FB.VI) (1943)
  42. ^ The Mosquito
  43. ^ De Havilland Australia Vampire T.35 (1964)
  44. ^ Fairchild 71c (1933)
  45. ^ The Fairchild 71
  46. ^ Fleet 80 Canuck
  47. ^ Old pictures of the museum's F-104 in Dutch service.
  48. ^ McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo (1957)
  49. ^ The Voodoo on the ground
  50. ^ The Voodoo on the pedestal
  51. ^ Noorduyn Norseman (1943)
  52. ^ The Norseman
  53. ^ North American Aircraft B-25J Mitchell (1943)
  54. ^ "B-25 Mitchell/44-30791"
  55. ^ Stinson SR-9 Reliant (1938)
  56. ^ Vickers Viking IV (1923)
  57. ^ Waco UIC (1933)
  58. ^ The Waco

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