SE5A on display in Vancouver

The Museum's SE5A is on display in downtown Vancouver. The aircraft was taken to the Westin Bayshore for the media grand opening of HJU:Z Lounge on Thursday, November 16th. The name is a phonetic representation of the surname Hughes, as in Howard Hughes, the eccentric tycoon and aviation pioneer who stayed in the landmark hotel for six months in 1972. Hughes was besotted with the harbour seaplane ops which he could clearly see from his suite.
We wish HJU:Z the greatest success!
In April of 2017 the SE5A was shipped to France and flew in the Vimy Ridge Memorial remembrance. For a little aircraft it sure gets around. And yes, it is a flying replica of the WW1 aircraft. Come to the Museum in Langley and see more!
Where else in Canada, but Vancouver, could you have
flowers blooming just a few weeks before Christmas?
The Museum volunteer team with Manager, Dave Arnold, second from right.
The aviation experience level is probably hundreds of years...
The SE5A tucked away safely in a corner of the entrance to the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
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Remembrance Day

The Museum participated in the Remembrance Day services by flying one of the Sopwith Pup replicas that were so carefully constructed in the last two years. Pilot, Bill Findlay, braved the wintery skies and flew over Delta, South Surrey and Langley.

The Museum's Sopwith Pup in flight from Langley.



Pups for Pups

The fund-raising event benefited the Langley Animal Protection Society and the Museum. Here is a sample of the activities - -



Air Canada

Air Canada news release:

“On September 1, 1937, Air Canada (then Trans Canada Air Lines) took wing with a Vancouver-Seattle flight. The plane, a Lockheed L10A, weighed a little more than half of what a single engine on our biggest Boeing 777 does. In our first full year, we flew 2,086 customers, not even two per cent of the number we now carry on a moderately busy day. Our company has grown exponentially over its 80 years, and so many generations of dedicated employees have taken Air Canada from strength to strength to industry-leading innovations in safety, passenger comfortable and efficiency. This includes being the first airline to install aircraft deicing nozzles, the first to make its North America-Europe flights non-smoking (followed by a total smoking ban), and the first to use a computerized reservations system.”

A restored Lockheed 10A.
This type initiated the first flight for Trans Canada Air Lines 
80 years ago.
The flight was between Vancouver and Seattle.
Another classic Lockheed flown by Trans Canada is in the Museum's collection awaiting restoration - the Lockheed Lodestar. For more on this aircraft, see;
Other aircraft in the TCA/AC livery from Lockheed were the;
Lockheed Super Constellation...
... and the Lockheed L1011 Tristar.
(Photo credits: Air Canada)

Canadian Geographic Society presentation

The Canadian Geographic Society was one of the major players at the Vimy Ridge Centennial Commemoration. On 23 August they sponsored a seminar for Vancouver-area history teachers at the Museum. They had huge 9m x 12m maps laid out on the hangar floor while they did a small scale tour of the battlefields. Museum docent, Matt Offer, then conducted a tour of the museum after which the teachers enjoyed a hands on tour of our two Sopwith Pups. The two Pups then went for a ten minute local flight to show off the airplanes.

Vancouver-area teachers gather at the Museum in front of a WW1 replica Sopwith Pup.
The giant floor map used by the Canadian Geographic Society to tell of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Gord carries out a meticulous pre-flight inspection before the flight.
The two Pups taxi out at Langley surrounded by their sleeker, modern bretheren.
The Pups approach the airport with  the mountains to the north providing a grand backdrop.
The Pups climb away from the airport.
An enemy pilot's nightmare - a glance over the shoulder showing a Pup about to attack!
 (Photo credits: Grace Yan)


The Big Chill

This event on Saturday, 29 July was a day out for aircraft fans - and ice-cream lovers!

The program started with the ageless aviation event of a fabric-covered biplane being started by hand in front of the crowd. The cry of 'Contact' was followed by the mellow rumble of the Finch's 5-cylinder Kinner radial. A more modern touch was provided by the press-button start of the Museum's Sopwith Pup replica that proceded to take to the skies for a flypast. Then there was the smoke and roar of the Harvard's 600-hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine as it filled the hangar with freshly-burnt aviation oil.

Have you ever wondered what pilots look at when they do their pre-flight ritual? It was all explained by instructor David McIntosh with a young 'student pilot' in tow. 

The crowd was able to shelter from the scorching sun in seating in the hangar while watching the events - and taste the delicious ice-cream treats - thanks Carla.


Boundary Bay Airshow 2017

The Museum was, once again, a participant in the Boundary Bay Airshow. Two of its flying collection were included in the flypasts along with many other classic and modern aircraft. The newly restored Fleet Canuck was attending its first airshow, as was the new-build Sowith Pup replica. The grey skies and occasional sprinkle did not damp the spirits of the large audience.

An early start by Museum volunteers had the sales booth up and running by show time.
This magnificently restored Consolidated PBY Canso from Victoria, BC was on display.
The aircraft, built in Quebec in 1943, paid tribute to the wartime service of
RCAF Flight Lieutenant Edward Scott.
A rare visitor to Canadian skies was this Douglas SBD dive bomber
from the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Oregon.
The Museum's Fleet Canuck performs at the airshow, along with its partner...
... the Sopwith Pup that was a visitor at the Vimy commemoration in France this year.


The Canuck in the air

The summer weather is prime time for building flight time on the Museum's latest restoration
- the 1955 Fleet Canuck.

The Canuck approaches...
...Langley. No doubt about it.
The final approach to landing, with the majestic Golden Ears in the background.
The colour scheme is the classic 1960s aero club style.



Gleaming in the sun

As reported earlier, the Museum's classic DC-3 airliner is now sitting adjacent to Fraser Highway. Work is underway to keep it in showcase condition - a challenge considering the weather and the feathered friends who visit often.
The DC-3's shiny exterior and fresh paint record its heritage with BC's airlines.
Thanks to Peter and Alf for their dedication in the hot sun.

If you are tired of watching the plants grow at your favourite coffee shop,
come join us as a volunteer and bring some aviation history back to life.


The Fleet Canuck flies again.

After a monumental effort by a dedicated team at the Museum the beautifully restored Fleet 80 Canuck took to the air again on 21 June. It has now officially changed status from the 'Restoration' file to the 'Active' file. Museum pilot, Bill Findlay, who learned to fly on the Canuck at the Pitt Meadows, BC airport in the 1960s was the test pilot. His smile at the end of the flight told the tale...

The Canuck soars again - the first time since 1999.
A successful test flight, followed by...
...a cheery wave.



The Pup flies over the mountains.

 The label by the censor of, "somewhere over France," does not apply to these shots of the Pup in the local mountains to the north of Langley Airport.

The CMF Pup 'Betty/Phyllis' flies near the Golden Ears...
...and over Stave Lake.
(Photo credit: Ann Fessenden)


Museum at Langley Aero Club Fly-in

The Museum was well represented by some of its classic aircraft on Saturday, 17 June at Langley Regional Airport. The Pup, after arriving from Abbotsford, joined its fellow flyers on display.

The Sopwith Pup on display was joined by...
...the newly-restored Fleet Canuck, and...
...the 1930 Waco INF.
The Museum aircraft were in the good company
of this colourful Langley resident - a Beech 17 Staggerwing.
(Photo credit: Ann Fessenden)



Sopwith Pup returns to Langley

The Museum's Pup 'Betty/Phyllis' flew into Langley on Saturday, 17 June from Abbotsford. Since leaving in a dismantled state on March 11, the Pup has traveled 17,000km to Lille, France for the Vimy commemoration and back to Langley. Of course, this little machine could not have done it without the cooperation of many friends, especially the RCAF transport squadron.

The Pup 'Betty/Phyllis' touches down at Langley.
The smile says it all! Pilot, Al French, shows his delight with the flight.
The exclusive band of brothers, all veterans of the Vimy commemoration, pose in front of the Pup.
The Pup rests in front of the Museum ready for a busy summer of display flying.
(Photo credit: D. Cardy)
The flags are flying, so come and visit us at the Museum.


The aircraft involved in the Vimy Remembrance are now back home

Through the generosity of the RCAF, the Museum aircraft involved at Vimy in April are now back in BC. A CC-130 flew the three dismantled aircraft back to Abbotsford Airport on 2 June. A team from the Museum - Directors, the Manager and volunteers - gathered to unload the aircraft and store them in a hangar.
The SE5A is removed from the CC-130...
...followed by Pup 'Betty/Phyllis'.
The RCAF Hercules crew pose with the Museum crew after the unloading was complete.
This week, the first of the aircraft was assembled at Abbotsford for its flight back to Langley.
The crew begin the assembly process on Pup No. 1 - Wayne, Sam and Al.
On the wettest day of the week, the vital parts are kept dry.
The Pup is substantially complete - thanks to Ray, Sam, Wayne, Jim and Al.


Letter from the Township of Langley

The Mayor of the Township of Langley, Jack Froese, has sent the Museum a letter of appreciation for its contribution to the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

View the letter;

2017 Museum Annual General Meeting

The Museum held its 2017 AGM on 6 May at the Hangar in Langley, BC. A light meal was served followed by the business meeting. 

President, Bruce Bakker, addresses the gathering.
Volunteer, Ray Fessenden, receives his award from Manager, Mike Sattler,
in recognition of his dedication in overseeing the construction of the Sopwith Pup aircraft.
The audience watch a video of the SE5 in action at Vimy.
The video was prepared by Museum volunteer Al French.
(Photo credits: Mike Luedey)
There was discussion on the new Museum Constitution and Bylaws in conformance with the requirements of the Societies Act of B.C.
The election of Board Members resulted in Bruce Friesen, David McIntosh and Bruce Webster being added to the Board. Bruce Bakker, Dave Arnold and Allan Snowie were re-elected to the Board. They join current members, Matt Offer, Rick Church and Rebecca Darnell to complete the CMF Board of Directors .

Relocation of storage containers.

To assist the Museum with its critical shortage of storage space, some of the shipping containers were rearranged for better access and more efficient utilization.

An existing container was relocated a few metres...
...while a third container used to store mundane articles,
such as tables and chairs, was brought within the perimeter fence.
All this done under the cheery, precision guidance of Dick of Bear Cranes.
The company has been a good friend to the Museum for over 20 years.

Flypast at the Vimy Memorial

 The Museum and Vimy Flight participated in a flight to remember the aircarft that participated in the opening of the Canadian National Vimy Monument in July 1936.
The Vimy Monument as viewed from the Museum's SE5A.
Museum and Vimy Flight aircraft fly over the Vimy Monument
recreating the flight at the opening of the Monument in 1936.
The 'squadron' of replica aircraft that were on hand for the Vimy commemoration.
The Pup that Museum volunteers built is on the right.
In the spirit of the time, visitors pose with the Museum's Pup in the colours of Sub-Lt. Fall.
Not far from everyone's mind was the memory of those who gave their lives in 1917.

Museum crew in action at Vimy

Museum Team Lead, Ray, with Alisdair and Pup 'Happy'.
The colour scheme honours pilot, Lt-Cdr Lloyd Breadner, of Ontario.
Museum pilot, Al, with technician Phil and the SE5A 'Gogi'.
The markings honour pilot, Captain Donald MacLaren, of Ottawa.
Museum technicians, Jim and Sam, with Pup 'Betty/Phyllis'.
The colour scheme honours the pilot, Flt-Cdr Joseph Fall, of Vancouver Island.
CMF pilot, Al French, (center) with the Museum's SE5A at Lens Airport.
For additional information see Vimy Flight;
and their Facebook page;

April 9, 2017: Unveiling of "Victory At Vimy Ridge"

In celebration of the April 9th Vimy flyover in France, the Museum held its own Vimy commemoration featuring the unveiling of “Victory at Vimy Ridge” by BC artist, Doby Dobrostanski.
Victory at Vimy Ridge” depicts the Museum’s own “Betty” in her wartime element, 100 years ago. Doby’s interpretation of the event is amazing, showing elements of the ground and air battle.
Three generations of the Fall family were present for the unveiling of the canvas.
A limited number of prints were available for purchase. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will be donated by the artist to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 232, and the Canadian Museum of Flight.
Carla addressing the Fall family and guests at the unveiling of the painting.
Sub-Lt. Joes Fall's son, Mike, addressing the group about the life of his father.
The Fall family unveil the canvas showing the Sopwith Pup in action in WW1.
The artist, Doby Dobrostanski, stands with his masterpiece of
Joe Fall's Sopwith in action over the trenches.
The painting details the air war, the carnage on the ground and the
Canadian monument to the Battle at Vimy Ridge.
For more on the artist from Gillies Bay, on Texada Island, in southwest BC see;


Museum Pup in France

The second Sopwith Pup built by the Museum is on display for the Vimy commemoration.
(Photo credit: Bob Barrett from Sound Ventures)



Low-flying DC-3

The Museum's DC-3 took to the air twice on a soggy spring day in March. To assist the airport with future plans, the aircraft was moved to the new site of the Museum, to the west of the north-south runway adjacent to Fraser Highway. This entailed lifting the aircraft (weighing in at 17,500 lbs) over a hangar, towing it down the taxiway, then again lifting it over a road into position.
Here's what the move looked like;
The DC-3 is lifted from its previous location near 216 St.
The DC-3 being towed past the Museum.
The second lift being made over the airport service road 
to its final destination adjacent to the new Museum location.

 A big "Thank You" to Maxum Cranes and Ivan for lifting our very special DC-3 with care and professionalism.  



2017 Gala

The Museum held its annual fundraising gala in Langley on 4 March, 2017. Held at the classic Murrayville Heritage Hall, the event was supported by over 100 guests. These included Museum members, business leaders, civic officials and MP John Aldag.
The Gala was titled ‘Springtime in Paris’ to fit with the theme of the Museum aircraft travelling to France for the Battle of Vimy Ridge celebrations in April.
The guest of honour was the Patron of the Museum, BC Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon. Her Honour welcomed the guests and spoke to many of the attendees. After the meal, Her Honour and her Aide-de-Camp, Captain Taius Yoo, excused themselves from the Gala.
Bidding got under way for a number of items including an actual wooden aircraft propeller, a bomber jacket and tickets to Vimy for the celebration and to Ottawa for the Canada Day celebrations. The Mystery Bag draw, a gorgeous ring, was donated by Key Largo Jewellers. Numerous other items were available in the silent auction. The event was kept on track by MC – and auctioneer – for the evening, Scott Barratt, from Creative DJ Services.
Her Honour, Judith Guichon, welcomes Gala guests.
Her Honour with Jasper and the symbolic red poppy.
Her Honour Judith Giuchon, MP John Aldag, Rebecca Darnell and Captain Taius Yoo.
 The Museum would like to recognize the following Gala Sponsors:

Pretty Estates Resort                                 Fraser Blues Formation Flying Team
Chinook Helicopters                               Harbour Air Seaplanes
Air Canada                                                  
Forbidden Vancouver Tours
Backyard Vineyards                                Allan Snowie
Fitness Unlimited Health Club           
Jade Fine Foods
Shoppers Drug Mart                               Lee Hall Epicure Consultant
George Kirbyson                                      Carla Deminchuk
Langley Golf and Banquet Centre     
Von euw BREW                                        
Key Largo Jewelry
Koch Greenhouses                                  David Valentine




The coffee shop adjacent to the Museum is open for business!
Operating hours are from 8am to 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
It is under the same management as the famous Chilliwack Airport coffee shop,
that is now closed - sadly for many aviators and local customers.
The Museum - and all of Langley - give a hearty welcome to the Airport Coffee Shop.
Remember their famous slogan;
"I Fly For Pie!"
 So pick a suitable flying day, crank up the Cessna (or the Chevy) and fly in to Langley for a real treat!
While they are getting settled in the new location the selection of pies will be limited.
Check them out on Facebook or call at 604 532-0136.

Museum artifact cooperation

The Museum continues its efforts to cooperate with other museums by trading items that are surplus to the Museum's needs. Although we had a Frazer-Nash gun turret from a Lancaster, there was not much chance of us gaining a Lancaster to go with the turret. The solution was to send our turret to Windsor, Ontario to be fitted to the Lancaster being restored at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association.

For more on this story, see;

Around the Museum 

The Museum hangar is now restocked with the usual fleet.
Robert admires his handiwork in the refurbishment of the Struchen helicopter.
More information on the Struchen at;
The locally-built Struchen helicopter is now on display at Science World in Vancouver.
The Rotary Wing Restoration Team pose with their latest work. Robert, Alf and Peter
are the team who refurbished the Struchen (rear) and Bensen (front).
Actually, they will restore anything that flies or wheels its way!

Vimy Flight

Don't forget to check out the Vimy Flight website

Vimy Flight

March 2017 Update:
 The seven Vimy Flight aircraft have arrived at the Lille Airport in France via RCAF C-17 transport.
The Pups are unloaded in France from the C-17 for transport to Lens airport...
...followed by the Nieuports.
Update from the Snowie family;
The past few days of managing the biplanes have been extremely busy - an already big job made more difficult by awful weather (cold rain in 20 mph winds with higher gusts). However unwelcoming the elements, the opposite is true of the French, who could not be more friendly and helpful. They are making all the difference. Folks from the airfield in Lens, where the planes will be based, arranged for transport trucks, hangars and anything else needed to position the aircraft. Some Lille airport staff came in on their weekend off to escort us through the tight airport security so we could access the 4 Nieuports which are hangared there until suitable flying weather arrives (the high winds are forecast for at least another week!). The winds were so high we could not taxi, or even walk, the Nieuports (which were flown over here with wings on) to the hangar - we had to strap them on to the flatbed trucks (which were really there to transport the wings-off Sopwith Pups and the SE5 to Lens airport) and drive them over. The good news was that by the time the Nieuports were sorted out, the rain had stopped and we did not have to tarp the wingless aircraft for the 20 mile highway trip - tarps were proving impossible to handle in the winds as it was.
At Comox AFB, on Vancouver Island, the Nieuports were loaded onto the C-17 first...
...followed by the Pups.
The Pups securely located in the giant cargo hold for their trip to the Vimy celebration.

Note: for earlier progress reports, see Collection: Sopwith Pup Replica -


The Skyways Stearman.

The Stearman biplane originally flown by Skyways has been added to the Museum collection. Another yellow biplane for the Museum? Yes, this aircraft, built as a Boeing-Stearman A75N1 in 1942, is one of the most historically significant aircraft to come into the Museum's collection. It was flown by Skyways founder, Art Seller, from Langley for many years. It has been in storage by the family with only brief periods of activity in recent years.
David Seller, son of Skyways founder, Art Seller, donated the aircraft to the Museum at a signing ceremony on 3 November, 2016. Accompanying him were several people who were associated with the original Skyways staff. 
David Seller (R) is presented with a Lifetime Family Membership
on 9 November by Museum President, Bruce Bakker.
For more on the story of Art Seller and Skyways, see;

For the history of the Stearman aircraft, go to;


A Nation Soars:

The Canadian Museum of Flight, in association with Sound Ventures and The Royal Canadian Geographic Society, are participating in the First World War commemorative project Wings of Courage, and Flight Path of Heroes as part of the 'A Nation Soars' program. The CMF is tasked with building, then flying, two replica Sopwith Pup biplanes. After completion of the first Pup the two planes were formally gifted to the CMF to become part of a permanent exhibit.

As part of this program, two replica Nieuport fighters will team up with the Museum aircraft as Vimy Flight. More at
For information on how to donate to help Vimy Flight succeed, go to:

Note: for earlier progress reports, see Collection: Sopwith Pup Replica -

Would you like to learn more about the Sopwith Aviation Company? Look here;

Did you know that the original Sopwith Pup had a ROTARY engine? This is different from the RADIAL engine that is still in use today. Learn more at;



The Official announcement of The CMF participating in A Nation Soars.

The Canadian Museum of Flight, in association with Sound Ventures and The Royal Canadian Geographic Society, will be participating in the First World War commemorative project Wings of Courage, and Flight Path of Heroes as part of the 'A Nation Soars' program. The CMF is tasked with building, then flying, two replica Sopwith Pup biplanes.  Once completed, the two planes are to be formally gifted to the CMF to become part of a permanent exhibit.