Welcome to the Canadian Museum of Flight

 Father's Day 2021

It's almost here! Make  your plans now for a family visit to the Museum.

 

Covid Travel Restrictions

15 June update:
Recreational travel within B.C. is allowed. This includes travel for:
Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
Visiting family or friends for social reasons
Recreation activities

The Canadian Museum of Flight is open to the public, and welcoming visitors. We are happy to provide an opportunity for members of our community to “explore attractions and activities close to home and within your regional zone.” Please call and book your visit!
For those from outside our region, we want to welcome you as soon as we can. To learn more about British Columbia’s travel restrictions, essential travel inclusions, and identify which health area you currently reside in visit www.gov.bc.ca/covidtravel.

 

The Canadian Museum of Flight has changed its availability

We are open Wednesday to Sunday, by pre-booked time slots.
Phone 604-532-0035 to book your visit.
 
The Museum is now open on Sundays. The revised hours are:
  • Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Our facility is ideal for family outings during these challenging times, as we have ample space and large outdoor areas.
Adults: $10.00
Concession (seniors / youth*): $7.00
Family: $25.00 (2 adults and up to 5 students)
Children under 6: Free
 

 Centenarian at the Museum

Jack Logan of Tsawwassen, BC turned 100 on the 9th of June!
Jack was a long-time TCA/Air Canada pilot who rose to the position of Director of Flight Operations in the company.
Jack's son, Bob Logan, organized a gathering at the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Regional Airport in Langley, BC on the 6th of June, the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Retired Air Canada pilot and Museum member, Al French, started the Museum's SE5a biplane up in front of the guests and flew a pass from east to west. Due to the current health restrictions the guests were limited to a small group invited by the family and Museum staff.
 
 
Jack Logan with Museum Director, Bruce Scott.
 
 
 Museum pilot, Al French, taxies the SE5a out for a flypast.
(Photo credits: Brenda Radstaak)
 
Jack Logan was flying a Short Sunderland, similar to this, on D-Day, 6 June 1944.
 

Octogenarians at the Museum

Did you know that the Museum has three octogenarians in residence? No, no, not the volunteers, we mean some of the aircraft in the collection!
The de Havilland 82 Tiger Moth, the Harvard II and the Bolingbroke are all listed as having been built in Canada in 1941 - a cool 80 years ago. When they were built, world affairs were in a perilous state. Canada had the resources and expertise to build aircraft and all three were built under licence.
 
For more on these aircraft see;
 
Other aircraft in the Museum's collection from this vintage are the Douglas DC-3 (1940), Fleet Finch (1940), Stearman (1940), Lysander (1942) and the Hampden (1942). Other aircraft built about this time in Canada include the Hawker Hurricane fighter, the DH Mosquito bomber, the Canso flying boat and the Fairchild Cornell trainer.
 

Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley

The Museum celebrates 25 years at Langley Regional Airport this year. Originally the collection was assembled near Crescent Beach in Surrey, BC. Space was limited along the river and a small airstrip was formed. The City of Surrey wanted to make the area a foreshore park and so the Museum relocated to Langley. With its easy access to the Fraser Valley population and an airport that could handle all of the Museum's flying needs it has proved to be a winner. Come and see our collection!
 

The story of TCA Flight 810

A never-before look at what happened to TCA Flight 810 with its 62 passengers and crew that stormy night on December 9, 1956. It mysteriously vanished from radar while returning to Vancouver Airport after experiencing a fire warning for one of its four engines. This riveting account will command your interest as the author takes you through the seventy-one minute flight and the aftermath of this disaster.
For details see our Press section;
 

Around the hangar

What happens to items donated to a museum? Whether it is a transport museum, like the Canadian Museum of Flight, or some other museum, then artifacts are carefully assessed and, if practical, restored for display.
What if something like this basket case was donated?
Stored remains of a de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth.
 
For more on the restoration process, see our Press section;
 
 

 Scrub the Cat?

What ever is this about? Who would treat a cat so cruelly? Well, the Museum crew did just that on a cool, rainy March day. BUT, it was the Museum's Firecat flying tanker that was the subject of the well-deserved scrubbing. We live in a rain forest, so can expect that fungi, moss and other pollutants will settle on our outdoor collection. This was the day to reverse the forces of nature. A well-dressed crew of 10 assembled at the Museum and received Airport approval to proceed to the aircraft on the edge of an aircraft taxiway.
Soon water tanks, pumps, hoses, scrub brushes and ladders were in use as the crew scrubbed from stem to stern - to use a nautical term. The light rain helped the process by preventing the scrub water from sticking to the aircraft. Within 2 hours the process was finished with the pristine Conair Firecat once again on display near Fraser Hiway. Next up? Not far away is the even larger Douglas DC-3. But let's wait until there is not as much help falling from the sky!
 
 
The Cat Crew go to great heights to get all the pollution removed.
 
Work completed, the Crew look forward to some warm and dry conditions.
 
The Conair Firecat looking factory new again.

 

 Family Days At the Canadian Museum of Flight 

It was so good to see so many people leaving the Canadian Museum of Flight over the weekend with big smiles on their faces! Overcoming the challenges of Covid and weather, we did it; we made of our little museum a valuable community amenity yet again.

So, to Office Manager, Brenda, our huge congratulations and thanks for your accomplishments - securing the grant from the BC government that makes free admission feasible, project managing the whole event, contriving ideas for things we could include that would - even in a Covid world - make the day special for our guests. Particularly the little ones. And, working tirelessly yourself to make it all happen.

But we all know it takes a team. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who invested time and energy in making this event a success. A success it was. A few quick facts:
We were fully booked both days. In fact, I understand over 20 groups missed out on booking slots. Here's hoping they were not too disappointed; here's hoping they choose to come along regardless. We had more than 210 visitors over the span of two days. Net it out however you prefer, definitely a financial as well as social success.

  

Elsie MacGill

Who is the person shown on this Canada postage stamp?
 
 
She is Elsie MacGill, a World War 2 legend in the aviation field. She was known as the
Queen of the Hurricanes.’ What actions gave her this dramatic title?
 Read more in our Aviation History section;
 

Carla Deminchuk

It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of our long-time enthusiastic volunteer, Carla Deminchuk.
We all knew Carla as a lovely woman, deeply caring in all things, and a huge supporter and booster of our museum. She brought incredible energy and enthusiasm, and wonderful (sometimes zany) ideas to her work.
Carla contributed in so many ways. She was a professional event planner who assisted the Museum in organizing and running many events. Her brainstorming for events to promote the Museum was well known, and her cheerful and efficient manner of getting an event under way was an inspiration to all the volunteers. Her skills in the kitchen were legendary, with creations such as the special airplane-shaped treats for the children on Family Day. At an event in the hangar, she would be busy in the background ensuring the catering was kept in good order.
She was well known to all Museum members as the editor of the Glidepath newsletter. In this capacity she helped us share all the stories of Museum life and local events. When Facebook became mainstream, she embraced the task of updating the news with gusto, adding to the Museum’s profile significantly. For newsworthy events she often wrote the news release for the Museum, giving it a professional touch.
Filling so many huge holes in our organization will be a major challenge, a challenge that will again and again remind us how fortunate we were to have Carla working with us.
 
 

 The SE5a is in the air again

The SE5a has passed its annual maintenance inspection and is in the air again. It flew on November 11 in commemoration of those brave fliers of World War 1.
The SE5a revving up during a maintenance check before completing its inspection.
 
 

Buzz number?

So, what is a 'buzz number'?
Read more in our Press section;
 

The Stearman is now on display

After an extensive rebuild, the Museum's Stearman A75 is now on display in the hangar.
Read more in our Press section;
 

Anniversary of first Trans-Canada flight

October 17 marked one hundred years to the day that the first trans-Canada flight took place. In a letter to the Victoria Times-Colonist, Colonel John L. Orr (Ret’d) points out that a British-built Airco DH.9A biplane took off from Shearwater, Nova Scotia (Newfoundland was not yet part of Canada) and touched down in Richmond, British Columbia’s Minoru Park at 11:25 on October 17, 1920.
Read more in our Press section;
 

Retirements and Restorations

What happens to airliners that reach the end of their useful career? Why, they get retired just like the flight crews and the mechanics who looked after them for many years. Sometimes they get taken up by other companies and keep flying, with either passengers or freight. Read what happenend to part of Air Canada's fleet recently.
Read more in our Press section;
 
And what happens to much older aircraft that have finished their working career but have a great deal of historical and emotional life left?
Read more in our Press section;
 

New display at the Museum

There is a tail to be told in the hangar. How many aircraft tails can you spot?
A new aircraft is now on display - a model of an RCMP de Havilland Beaver aircraft just as it flew the coast in the 1970s.
Read more in our Press section:
 

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP)

During World War 2, Canada was a major contributor in training aircrew for the battles around the world. The plan was known as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). This year, 2020, is the 80th anniversary of the Plan being put into action.
 
To remember and honour this massive war effort, the Canadian Museum of Flight has a special display in the hangar. Come and visit the Museum.
 
One of the aircraft used to train fighter pilots was the Hawker Hurricane, shown in this RCAF photo;
 
See more in our Aviation History section;
 

The Museum closure is a thing of the past! 

To assist in an orderly flow of visitors, appropriate aviation directional signage has been installed;
 
 
Watch out for the 'Hold Short' signs. No, you won't conflict with an aircraft taking off, but you may come in closer-than-desired distance of our other visitors. Thanks for your cooperation!
The hangar has been re-organized. Our visitors will be able to get a better view of all the aircraft when the one-way circle tour is in place. As part of this process, several volunteers moved the aircraft in the hangar to give better access to the collection. This is a time-consuming process with the length and wingspan of each type taken into consideration. Will the upper wing of the SE5a conflict with the aileron of the Waco AQC? Will the propeller of the Waco INF protrude into the walkway? Will the engineers be able to take the Sopwith Pup out for engine runs when maintenance is finished? So many questions!
The Waco AQC cabin biplane looks out longingly and wonders when it will be up in the blue again.
 
The SE5a tries on roller skates so that it can be moved with precision within the hangar.
   
 
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