Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
|Location||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (formerly 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 Canada, and more specifically in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a major hub for aviation development in Canada, and includes examples of aircraft and artifacts ranging from bush planes to transport, military, private, and commercial aircraft.
The museum received the Royal designation on 19 December 2014 to become The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
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.
- Canada's first helicopter which was built by the Froebe brothers in Homewood, Manitoba.
- Avro CF-100 Canuck interceptor
- Avrocar - Replica of the secret Cold War flying saucer built by Avro Canada for the American military.
- Beechcraft Expeditor - RCAF trainer and light transport
- Bellanca Aircruiser Eldorado Radium Silver Express - bushplane (undergoing restoration).
- Bristol Freighter - large twin engine cargo aircraft
- Canadair CL-84 - experimental VTOL aircraft.
- Canadair Sabre - jet fighter.
- Canadian Vickers Vedette replica built from three wrecks of first aircraft designed for Canadian conditions.
- de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver - Canadian designed bushplane.
- de Havilland Tiger Moth RCAF BCATP biplane trainer.
- Fairchild 71 bushplane.
- Fairchild Husky bushplane.
- Fairchild Super 71 all metal bushplane.
- Fokker Universal bushplane wreck.
- Fokker Super Universal bushplane (and only airworthy survivor)
- Junkers Ju 52/1M modified as CF-ARM flown by Canadian Airways Ltd. Known as the "Flying Boxcar," this was the largest single-engine aircraft operated in North America.
- Lockheed Model 10 Electra - twin engine 1930s airliner
- McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo interceptor with training simulator.
- North American NA-64 Yale RCAF radio trainer.
- Stinson Reliant - bushplane.
- Vickers Viscount - airliner which operated from the hangar that now houses the Museum.
- Waco YKC-S - small bushplane, under restoration
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.
Gallery (Aircraft at the Western Canada Aviation Museum)
Junkers Ju 52/1M replica of "CF-ARM"
- Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame
- List of aerospace museums
- List of Canadian organizations with royal prefix
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- Ogden 1986, p. 27.
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