A Nation Soars
April 2016 update:
Rapid progress is being made on the construction of the first Sopwith Pup replica.
Steel cables form bracing wires to give structural integrity to the wing.
The process is by Stewart Systems - a water based, non-toxic process.
checked to ensure accuracy before the fabric covering is completed.
Volunteers Sam and Ray work on the fabric covering for the flight controls
The Pup rudder after the first stage of the covering process with a tight fabric surface
Trial fitting of the lower wings to confirm structural details and clearance of parts
under the A Nation Soars banner
The engines for the two aircraft are being prepared for service
A Nation Soars
The Museum is participating in a tribute to the battle at Vimy Ridge in 1917 by building two replica Sopwith Pup aircraft. Here is the update for March 2016.
Authentic? Yes, right down to the wooden tail skid.
The cockpit surround has been completed, while the instrument panel is being prepared.
Forward fuselage fitout is continuing with wheel brakes and pilot's seat being fitted.
The passing of our friend, Doug Moan
It is with our deepest sorrow that we here at the Canadian Museum of Flight announce the untimely passing of long-time volunteer, Doug Moan. Doug was a major force amongst the volunteer ranks, starting in the early days of the Museum when it was located at the Crescent Beach site. His aircraft maintenance skills were legendary. Doug's "maintenance fingerprints" are all over just about every piece of equipment in the Museum, especially the fleet of flying aircraft. Flight Operations will miss his unswerving dedication to keeping the aircraft running. Doug wrote the book on how to prop-start the Museum's non-electric aircraft such as the Fleet Finch, Tiger Moth, Waco INF and SE5a. He and his wife Arline, have spent many decades volunteering their time and energy to ensure the success of the Museum. And for this, the Museum members, volunteers, and staff are so very grateful. A memorial to honour our friend Doug will be held in early January. We will update when we know more.
- Doug Moan and the Tiger Moth – Hope Airport, BC
- Doug Moan “propping” the Fleet Finch – Langley, BC
- Doug Moan and the Museum Flight Ops gang at the 2004 Abbotsford Airshow (l. to r. - Cal Booth, George Kirbyson, George Serviss, Dave Beales, Bill Findlay, Bryan Carr, Steve Serviss, Doug Moan, Bob Fowles).
A Celebration of Life for Doug Moan will be held at the CMF hangar on
Saturady, January 9 2016 at 2pm.
flypast will be conducted at 2:30
A Nation Soars
The Museum is participating in a tribute to the battle at Vimy Ridge in 1917.
It is in the process of constructing two replica Sopwith Pup aircraft. The basic aircraft have been received by the Museum and the first one is under construction.
The firewall is getting attention prior to receiving the engine.
The vertical tail displays the classic Sopwith profile.
Farewell to Don Nikkel
There was a very good turnout of locals to give Don a good send off. We took three aircraft out of the Museum and then set up tables and some chairs, with good catering by the Hangar Cafe people. There was a mic setup and Dan Holliday emceed the event. The pilots briefed at 1350 and then started engines at 1415 – George Miller, Guy Miller, George Kirbyson, and me. I had Ray Fessenden in my back seat – his first ever formation flight.
Don was involved with aviation for 60+ years. He learnt to fly as a teenager and then worked as an aircraft mechanic for the rest of his life. He passed away Friday, November 13, 2015.
He joined the RCAF in the 1950s and worked on many of their big aircraft equipped with powerful piston engines. Later, he went to work for Canadian Pacific Airlines, at first working on piston-powered transports and then on the first generation of jet transports. He then joined Valley Aero in Langley and put his experience to work in the general aviation scene. Do you have a problem with a balky magneto or a leaky carburettor? Just ask Don. Need the cylinders on your Continental O-200 refurbished? Don is the man.
Don and his wife flew light aircraft extensively throughout North America adding to his knowledge of the operational side of aircraft maintenance.
Don was a true friend of the Canadian Museum of Flight, frequently helping to solve problems with some vintage engine that few people had experience with. Occasionally, he would let everyone know in no uncertain terms what he thought of some of the old engines, but he never failed to do his best and get the engine returned to service. The Museum will miss his talents – and his friendly wave and blast of the horn as he drove the fuel tanker past our gate.
Member's Day 2015
Museum President, Bruce Bakker (left),
Museum Vice-President, Dave Arnold (centre) and the
Executive Producer of Sound Ventures, Tim Joyce (right).
On display were the two Sopwith Pup replicas that have recently arrived from the factory in Missouri. Museum members will be busy this winter getting them in flying shape.
the construction while the pilot waits impatiently.
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.
Harvard MK II Annual in full swing at Langley Aero
The rudder's trim tab bearings were replaced
The engine is getting a detailed inspection
The outboard aileron cables have been replaced. Note the splice on the old cable. It's a lost art today in aviation. Working with needle-sharp steel cable ends is not for the faint of heart! The modern equivalent is the machine-manufactured swage fitting, shown at front.
If you want to get into wire splicing, here is a sample from the Vintage Aviator Restoration Company in New Zealand.
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.
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.