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 Fly-in at Pitt Meadows Airport

On Saturday, 2 June the Museum participated in the Fly-in at Pitt Meadows airport. Great weather and the spectacular backdrop of the mountains around Pitt Lake combined to give visitors a wonderful family outing. The first event of the year for the Museum sales crew and flying fleet went like clockwork. Three of the flying collection were on hand to show off the Museum's unique ability in Western Canada to provide a live, flying glimpse into aviation's past. 
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Museum Gala: 

Unfortunately, the Museum's fund-raising gala has been postponed. Standby for further events during the summer.
 
Museum member Bill Marr passes
A well-known Langley pioneer and pilot has died.
William Lloyd Marr, known to many as Bill, passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 100 in his home at Langley Lodge.
The son of Langley’s first resident physician, Dr. Benjamin Marr, Bill was born on July 4, 1917. Mr. Marr’s birth certificate, however, lists his date of birth as July 5, 1917. Reportedly, Dr. Marr did not want to celebrate his son’s’ birthday each year on America’s Independence Day.
Mr. Marr was born in England, but the family returned to Fort Langley after the First World War.
When Hitler invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Bill left his studies at UBC and enlisted two days later — a week before Canada was officially at war.
He trained with the RCAF before earning his wings and becoming a flight instructor in Moncton, NB and Trenton, Ont. It was in Moncton that he met his wife, Henrietta (Etta). In 1942 he was posted overseas.
At the end of the war he returned to Canada and worked as a pilot with Trans-Canada Airlines (which eventually became Air Canada).
For much of that time, he lived in Toronto and flew trans-Atlantic flights to Europe, in jet aircraft after 1962. He accumulated a total of 28,500 flying hours. He also flew out of Vancouver to London on the polar route.
He retired from the airline in 1977 at age 60.
Returning to Langley, Mr. Marr continued to fly, in a Cessna 185, until he gave up his pilot’s licence in 1983.
He was an active member of the Langley Heritage Society, Langley Rotary Club, the VALTAC transportation group and served as president of the Abbotsford Air Show.
Etta passed away in 2015 after 74 years of marriage. Together, the couple had a son and a daughter, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A service will be held on Friday, March 9 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 20955 Old Yale Rd., beginning at 11 a.m.

– files from Frank Bucholtz, Langley Times

 

Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight

Why was this cup on the wing of the Snowbird Tutor jet?
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Biplane in Vancouver

 
What is one of the Museum's biplanes doing in the heart of downtown Vancouver? Check it out on the Press page;
  

 More on the Fleet Canuck story

 This week the Canuck was re-united with its donor - Hank Koehler. Hank bought the aircraft in poor condition and donated it to the Museum. It has been a long-time restoration effort by Museum volunteers. As recorded earlier, the Canuck is flying again. Now the donor and aircraft have been re-united. As more flight time is accumulated, Museum members will be able to fly in the Canuck and hopefully Hank will be one of the first.

 
Hank (left) with pilot, Bill Findlay, as they left on a short tour of the airport.
 
Bill and Hank shown with the Canuck.
 
Read more in the Press section.

 

 

The Pups and SE5 return to Langley

The Museum's overseas contingent is now back at Langley Regional Airport.

The Pup taxies up to the Museum at Langley.
(Photo credit: D. Cardy)
 
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Update from Vimy

The years of preparation for the commemoration at Vimy have paid off with Museum participation in a flypast to echo the flypast when the Vimy Memorial was unveiled. King Edward VIII unveiled the monument on 26 July 1936 in the presence of French President Albert Lebrun and a crowd of over 50,000 people.
 
The Museum's SE5A flies near the Vimy Memorial.
 
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Victory at Vimy Ridge

On Sunday, April 9 the Museum held a Vimy commemoration featuring the unveiling of
"Victory at Vimy Ridge" by Doby Dobrostanski. 
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Check out our Aviation History section for an updated coverage of Group Captain Joseph Fall;
 
During the runup to the commemoration at the Vimy Monument there was lots of action by the Museum team and Vimy Flight. Check out this Facebook site;

  

Around the Museum

Why is this helicopter smiling?
For more on the story, see our Press page;
 
 
Do you have aircraft maintenance or other technical skills? We would love to hear from you. See;

 

The Canadian Museum of Flight is one of the few places in the world to see a reconstruction of a WW2 Handley Page Hampden light bomber. One of these rare aircraft is being restored at the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, UK. See a link on our website at;
 
 
Have you checked out our Aviation History section? There are details of the people and the aircraft that made history in BC. See;
 
This WW2 photo shows Langley personality, Art Seller, with his Hawker Typhoon.
 

 The Canadian Museum of Flight is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm
Closed Sunday during the winter.

 
Partial funding of displays at the Museum provided by the Township of Langley through their Community Grants program.
 
 

 

 
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