Welcome to the Canadian Museum of Flight

 Remembrance Day

The Museum was active on Remembrance Day. Flyovers of Murrayville, Langley, White Rock and Delta were undertaken with two of the Museum's active fleet. The Fleet Finch biplane and the WWI replica Sopwith Pup, also a biplane, took to the air just before 11 am for this flying event. As well, the Museum's Sopwith Camel was on display at the Murrayville Cemetary commemoration of the ending of WWI.

 
The Fleet Finch, flown by veteran Museum member, Bill Findlay, returns after the flypasts.

 

The Harvard is 80

The Museum's Harvard II on approach to the Langley airport.
 

The aircraft we recognize as the Harvard was a development of North American Aviation’s entry into the training aircraft field. There were several iterations that were fixed-gear training aircraft. Some of these were operated by the RCAF under the designation NA-64 Yale.

The first flight of what we know today as the Harvard bore the designation NA-49 and first flew on Sept. 28, 1938. That is just over 80 years ago. That it is still flying today in large numbers is remarkable.

The designation Harvard by the British was in recognition of the US university. The US armed forces usually gave model numbers, in this case AT-6.  Later, the name ‘Texan’ was used in recognition of the location of the factory.

The Museum’s Harvard II was built in Montreal by Noorduyn in 1941 and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy.

Want to learn more? Check out our Collection section;
And our TechTalk file for lots of details;
 

Boundary Bay Airport

Two of the Museum's aircraft flew to Boundary Bay airport on Sunday, 16 September for flyovers at the annual Air Cadets parade to remember the Battle of Britain. While the Cadets stood on parade the Sopwith Pup and the SE5a did a commemorative flypast. Although the day dawned with heavy clouds and showers, the weather cleared for a few hours with enough time for the two fragile biplanes to make an appearance. They were in good company with a Harvard 4, Sea King helicopter and Aurora patrol aicraft waiting in the holding pattern for their displays.

 

2018 Runway Party

This year's event - styled 'Into the Wild' - a tribute to pioneer bush pilots, was held on 15 September at the Museum's hangar in Langley. 

The hangar was cleared of our fleet of 'flyers' that were firmly tied down outside. Volunteers transformed the interior into a nostalgic scene from an earlier era with a giant mural of a DC-3 in its hangar.

(Photo credit: Tania Ryan)

This auction is an important part of the Museum’s annual fund-raising effort. Without such events the Museum would wither and, perhaps, die. We are indebted to all who support our event. Tell your friends and neighbours how important it is for them to come and join us at our events.  

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 Chilliwack Flight Fest

This year the usually balmy weather in the eastern Fraser Valley was in revolt. After weeks of hot weather, smoky skies and scorching temperatures a weather disturbance caused low clouds, drizzle and cool temperatures. The three aircraft in the Museum's flying display stayed safely in the hangar in Langley. However, the sales team gathered at Chilliwack, erected the sales booth and the Camel display aircraft and put on a brave face in the adverse conditions. Sales were satisfactory, but lower than expectations, of course.

 

 Abbotsford Airshow

Museum members Bill, Jim, Bob, Gordon and Dave prep the aircraft for demonstration flying.
 
More on our Press page;

 

 Boundary Bay Airshow

The annual Boundary Bay Airshow 2018 took place on 21 July at Boundary Bay Airport, south of Vancouver, BC.
The Museum was represented by its sales booth manned by volunteers as well as three of its flying collection.
 
 
Why is this Museum volunteer standing dangerously close to the propellor?
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 Pops and Props 2018

Did you make it to the Pops and Props event on Father's Day?
 
Splendid weather and a great crowd! More in the Press section;
 

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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Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight

Why was this cup on the wing of the Snowbird Tutor jet?
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www.canadianflight.org/content/press

 

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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