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Annual General Meeting, 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Museum of Flight was held at the Museum on 27 April, 2013. An Asian-style buffet meal was provided by Museum volunteers. The business meeting followed
at 7 pm.

The Museum's Waco INF provides the setting for the AGM.

Forty-four Members were present ensuring a quorum for the meeting. The President’s Report was given by Bruce Bakker. He noted the range of successful endeavors achieved by the Museum members and staff in the last year. These included computer networking, activity in social networking, acquisition of the Firecat, restoration of aircraft. He also spoke of the challenges to the Museum that are faced, such as building maintenance and social events.

President, Bruce Bakker, addresses the audience.

Past-President, Gord Wintrup, spoke on the steady progress toward a new Museum facility. The new location immediately west of the airport will be accessible from Fraser Highway, making the Museum much more visible for visitors. Planning with Township Council is progressing smoothly. Other organizations are showing interest in the facility for meetings and conferences.

Director, Vic Bentley, provided the Directors’ Year End Report giving details of Museum events. These included the educational outreach, known as Tech Talk, a number of acquisitions from the large Firecat retired water bomber, to the tiny homebuilt Pietenpol, activities in local airshows, and participation in an interview with WW2 Ace, 'Stocky' Edwards and a remembrance of the life of Dr. Jack Pickup at Alert Bay.

The Museum’s Financial Report was presented by Director, Inder Matharu. The Revenue/Expenses statement shows the Museum operations are on par with the previous year, a satisfactory result in a tight economy. Overall the statement shows excellent financial control.

Treasurer, Inder Matharu, presents his report.

Museum member, Bill Findlay, presented a report on the proposed Membership Flights Program. This program is an enhanced membership allowing members to fly on numerous occasions throughout the year. The program would be announced for specific dates and for specific aircraft types, allowing the Museum’s maintenance and crew requirements to be met. This program would not be a substitute for Members’ Day, but would be in addition. The Board has endorsed the program and is assessing the costs.

The election of officers was conducted to replace retiring director, Guy Miller and elect new officers. Present Board members Bruce Bakker, Inder Matharu and Gord Wintrup were running for a further term. A further name was put forward for the position – Dave Arnold.  The election was held with Dave Arnold, Bruce Bakker, Inder Matharu and Gord Wintrup being elected to the position of Director.

At the following Board Meeting the officers were elected as follows: Bruce Bakker, President; Bruce Friesen, Vice-President; Inder Matharu, Treasurer; Vic Bentley, Secretary. Other members of the Board are Past-President, Gord Wintrup, Dave Arnold, Mike Luedey, Chris Ryan and Life Time Director, Bill Thompson.

Historic Avro images discovered at the Museum

Museums are known for having only a small portion of their collection on display. Some of the displays are tucked away in storage and may become 'lost in time' to the present employees.

During a recent inventory, a box of old glass negatives was discovered. The images were like a time warp of the early days of aircraft manufacture in the British Empire. They tell the story of the early days of Avro, the British manufacturer that was known in more recent times for the Lancaster and Vulcan bombers.

Check out some of the photographs in our Aviation History section;

www.canadianflight.org/content/historic-avro-photographs 

Hampden repair progresses

A heavy snowfall severely damaged the Museum's WW2 Hampden bomber in December of 2008. Steady progress has been made since that time on repairing the damage.

The repair took a great leap forward on March 5, 2011 when the repaired left inner wing was joined to the fuselage. With the BCIT team supervising the proceedings and with crane operator Dustin Yanish using his controls to within a mm the wing was swung into place. The attaching bolts were tapped into place and the job was complete. The excitement was evident among the reconstruction team and the Museum onlookers at this step to bring the Hampden back to its former display glory. The team could not rest there, however, and also placed the propeller on the engine by the end of the day.

For more on this story go to the Hampden story in Collection and scroll down to read the account of the damage and repair.

Back to Baddeck - the CMF experience

Under the leadership of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association (CAPA), aviation museums and aviation heritage sites across Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada with a unique and historically oriented event - a coast-to-coast-to-coast flying relay to mark this very significant aviation milestone. This Canada relay stopped at all of the CAPA member museums across Canada, at each provincial/territorial capital as well as in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and was completed using a variety of vintage aircraft.

The Canadian Museum of Flight (CMF), BC’s only flying aviation museum, played a major role in this relay. The Museum’s Harvard flew from Comox to Victoria and the Tiger Moth, from Victoria to Langley. This story unfolds as the CMF’s 1937 Waco and crew took their turn at being a part of history and continuing the relay, with the mail bag in hand, to Nanton, AB.  

 

Canadian Museum of Flight Announces New Logo.

 
 

At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Museum of Flight on April 25, 2009, the new Museum logo was officially unveiled.

The Museum has had a new logo in transition for some time – that of the Handley Page Hampden. The Hampden is a unique symbol at our Museum, but virtually unknown except among dedicated aircraft fans. This logo also had some shortcomings in its presentation. While it was acceptable on letter size printed material, it lacked definition when printed on larger items, such as shirts.

The Directors studied this problem and came to the decision that it would not be acceptable to go back to the previous logo of the yellow Tiger Moth. Instead we should be forward looking to something that is unique in our collection. One aircraft that met the criteria was the Waco AQC-6 Cabin biplane. It has a long history of flying in BC – about 55 years – and was a unique airplane compared to the ubiquitous Tiger Moth. The red and cream colour scheme made it especially suitable for use as a logo for the Museum.

Well known local photographer, Cam Hutchins, provided the image taken during air-to-air photography with Museum aircraft, and Acro Media Inc. of Kelowna, BC did the design work to provide the logo that is now in use. 

HEAVY SNOWFALL DAMAGES HISTORIC AIRCRAFT

December 2008

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Langley, British Columbia – December 28, 2008 – Despite the best efforts of Museum volunteers the recent extreme weather in the lower mainland has caused considerable damage to some exhibits at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.  Hardest hit is the Museum’s Handley Page Hampden, a World War 2 bomber that was raised from the oceans depths off Vancouver Island in 1985.

Ongoing efforts to clear the rapidly accumulating snow from the wings of the aircraft were overwhelmed during the night of December 26 when a failure of the left wing internal structure occurred as a result of the weight of the snow on the wing.   The wing separated from the fuselage and collapsed onto an adjacent display case containing one of the aircrafts original engines.  The wing itself suffered considerable damage at both the root and tip.  Further damage is visible on the tail of the aircraft although a full investigation of this area has yet to be completed.

The Museum’s Hampden is the sole survivor of its type on display anywhere in the world although another example was recovered recently from a crash site in Russia and is under restoration in Britain. The twin engine Hampden was part of the Royal Air Force’s front line equipment at the start of World War 2 but was soon rendered obsolete and retired from active operations against Nazi Germany during the summer of 1943.

One hundred and sixty Hampdens were built in Canada during WW2 and many were used on the west coast to train crews in the difficult missions of attacking enemy shipping with torpedoes.   The Museum's aircraft was lost on just such an exercise on November 15, 1942 when it crashed into the ocean moments after dropping a practice torpedo. Following its recovery the aircraft was the subject of a long and challenging restoration to static display condition which was completed in 1998.

It is anticipated that a lengthy program of repair will be required to put the airplane back into displayable condition and the Museum is putting out a plea for the public's assistance in providing both financial and practical support to help re-build this important piece of Canadian history.

For updates on the restoration effort see the main Hampden page at;
content/handley-page-hampden

For more information contact General Manager, Terry Brunner at the Museum at 604-532-0035 or at cmflight@telus.net