Museum Gala "Springtime in Paris"


We are excited to announce that it is Gala time in Langley once again and we would like to invite you to join us on Saturday March 4, 2017 at the newly-renovated Murrayville Hall. We will have a wonderful gathering of partners from our community, including our Mayor Jack Froese, MLA Mary Polak, MP John Aldag and possibly the Honourable Judith Guichon, a patron of our museum. 

Our 2017 gala dinner and auction is much more than a fundraiser, it is also a celebration of our museum, our community and our country. This past year we have been involved in a tremendous legacy project by building two replica Sopwith Pup WW1 biplanes, while also being featured in the aviation documentary “Wings of Courage”. All of this has been accomplished by our amazing team of dedicated volunteers, operating out of our crowded, but proud, Langley Hangar and Museum.  

Our volunteers are busy preparing an elegant evening for our guests and we hope to raise much-needed funds to carry us through our year. This year’s theme is “Springtime in Paris” and it promises to be a fun-filled evening with great food, spirits, lively entertainment and door prizes galore! 

We are getting ready to send our Vimy Flight Team of pilots, CMF build crew, 4 Nieuport 11 biplanes and the Sopwith Pups to Vimy, France. We are honoured to be participating in the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with a Flypast over the memorial, and you could be part of it.

Headlining the Live Auction prizes is a trip for 2 to Vimy, France as part of the VF team. Join us behind the scenes and experience this 'once in a lifetime' Canadian celebration.

* NOTE: Registration with Veterans Affairs is required prior to February 28 to bid on this prize.

The gala details, auction prizes and menu are included below and also in the attachments. Tickets are available through the museum and online.

We hope you can join us for an extraordinary evening. Get your tickets early, space is limited.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum: Hangar #3 - 5333 216 St, Langley    Ph: 604-532-0035

Online purchases can be made through: Go to:



Vimy Flight

Don't forget to check out the new Vimy Flight website

Vimy Flight

In the Museum hangar there is steady progress on the flight testing of Sopwith Pup No. 1 and the construction of the second Pup replica for the Vimy Flight celebrations in 2017.
February 2017 Update:
The engine replacement program is well under way with the detailed work on electrical and mechanical connections and cooling airflow installation being worked on. The adverse weather in the Fraser Valley is not helping the volunteers - snowfalls like the oldtimers remember, 'when I was a kid...'
Meanwhile the fabric covering for the fuselage of the second Pup has been completed.
The replacement engine in position.
Volunteers, Sam, Bruce 1 and Bruce 2 discuss the installation of the ducts for the cooling airflow.
January 2017 Update:

The test flight of the first Sopwith Pup built by the Museum to take to the air was cut short by engine difficulties. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot, Allan Snowie, noticed the engine was overheating. This was followed by the engine shutting down. He advised the Control Tower of the difficulties, received immediate clearance to land, restarted the engine and landed back at the airport. The aircraft was taxied back to the Museum under its own power. Test pilots earn their keep!

Upon examination, the engine was observed to have low compression in one cylinder. When the engine was stripped down it was noted that there was internal damage to the pistons and cylinders.

The engine for the second Pup was also examined and internal abnormalities were found. Both engines were provided as new and even though they had only short ground runs at the Museum they were exhibiting unusual characteristics.

The decision was quickly made to replace the engines with those from a certified factory – in this case the Lycoming O-235 four-cylinder engine, as used in numerous light aircraft. Other museums and private owners have stepped up and offered engines on a loan basis. Now the Museum’s tech crews will have to start the whole engine installation process again. Not something that was in the plans, but that’s what is amazing about our volunteers – when there is a challenge, they are right there to get on with it!

Yes! Pup No. 1 has left the shelter of the hangar and joined the airborne Museum fleet. On 12 January, 2017 the Pup was taken into the air under the guidance of veteran pilot, Allan Snowie. The Pup took off to the north at Langley Regional Airport, made a short flight and landed to the east.
Pilot, Allan Snowie, settles into the cockpit for pre-flight checks.
The Pup taxies out at Langley Regional Airport in preparation for its first flight.
Into the air for the first time! The Pup soars over the Coast Mountains.
The winter snow of the Golden Ears is the backdrop for the first flight of the Pup. 
(Photo credits, above: D. Cardy) 

Progress on the build and operation of the first of the two Sopwith Pup replicas is almost finished with the official paperwork complete.

The Special Certificate of Airworthiness that confirms that the Pup meets all regulatory requirements.
The old adage that the 'weight of the paperwork must be equal to the weight of the aircraft' 
before it can fly, fortunately, does not apply to the Pup!
Pup No. 1 is awaiting suitable weather to take to the air. Final inspections are being carried out while time permits.
A face that every mother dog would love - the smile of a Pup.
Meanwhile, Sam works his magic on the upper wing of Pup No. 2.
The fuselage of Pup No. 2 has been rotated in the fixture to allow installation of the landing gear.
(Photo credits, above: D. Cardy)
December 2016 Update:
Completion of the pair of Pups is moving forward steadily. While Pup No. 1 waits for final takeoff clearance, construction of its sibling continues.
A pair of wings await the application of the final color scheme.
The covering process for all the wings and flying surfaces is now complete.
The elevator is in the final stages of finish, while the wing centre-section
(rear) shows its true colors.
The royal color scheme on the rudder is being applied.
With the covering of the wings completed, the complex task of covering the fuselage
is about to start. Last minute addition of  controls and wiring is under way.

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;


Dan McGowan obituary

The Museum is sad to hear of the passing of Dan, a long-time friend of the Museum. For more see;




The coffee shop adjacent to the Museum is open for business!
It is under the same management as the famous Chilliwack Airport coffee shop.
It is open from 8am to 3 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Standby for an expansion of hours.
The Museum - and all of Langley - give a hearty welcome to the Airport Coffee Shop.
Remember their famous slogan;
"I Fly For Pie!"
More on their website;
A Handley Page Hampden story.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind the aircraft in the Museum’s collection? This summer, a group of visitors provided some details of the wartime operations of one of the Museum’s rare aircraft – the Handley Page Hampden.
The father of some of the visitors was a crewmember on the Hampden flying out of bases in England during World War 2. They had gathered family members from Canada and the USA at the Museum to see the very type of aircraft that Grampa flew in. He was an Air Gunner, described as;
Air Gunner – The role was to defend the bomber using the aircraft’s machine guns. In the early stages of the war, usually an enlisted man, he could hold any rank but was most often a sergeant, although some air gunners were commissioned officers. An Air Gunner wore a single-winged aircrew brevet with a wreath containing the letters AG on his tunic, above his left breast pocket denoting his trade specialization.

Flight Sergeant Lorne Sharp with his Air Gunner brevet
 For more on this fascinating story, go to;



It's a flyer!

The Museum's SE5A replica returned to the air on 12 July after a lengthy refit and modification program. The engine and electrical systems have been upgraded to give the aircraft independence from the need for a  'prop swinger' in its previous configuration. In the capable hands of General Manager, Mike Sattler, taxi and high-speed handling checks were conducted. After a complete check of the aircraft, all systems were declared 'Go' and Mike took the SE5A into the air, conducting handling checks and takeoff and landings. A post-flight inspection declared, "No snags, no leaks" and it won't be long before it takes to the air again.
For more on the history of the aircraft, see;
Mike ready to launch the SE5A into the wild blue yonder.
The name pays tribute to long-time Museum member "Gogi" Goguillot.
The SE5A entering its element.
The SE5A drops over the lush scenery of the Fraser Valley as it approaches Langley Airport... a flawless, classic three-pointer landing.
Museum members welcome Mike after the successful test flight.
The SE5A shares the ramp with a visiting Nieuport fighter from Vimy Flight.
How often do you get a reminder of aviation from 100 years ago at the same airport?

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;


See how they run...

We are one of the few museums in the country that is fortunate to have operational aircraft. Here is what it takes to keep them in running condition;
The Firecat, a retired Conair water bomber, is kept in operational condition (although, at present, not airworthy) by running the engines and operating the electrical and hydraulic systems. Standby for some night-time engine runs - did you know the exhaust pipes can be seen glowing cherry red at night?
The Firecat seen recently at Langley with its engines running.
Dave spins the prop on the Waco INF - will it start?
Yes, it started first blade! Bill taxies the 1930s vintage aircraft amongst the grass at Langley.
The SE5A  gets a spring warm-up to be ready to fly escort with the Sopwith Pup.


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.