CAHS Museum Members

By John Chalmers, CAHS Membership Secretary

Museum Members of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society comprise a valued component of our membership. Each issue of our newsletter lists those members, with their names linked to the museum’s website. We encourage readers to visit those web locations, and to visit the museum itself when opportunity arises. This is second in a series of features about our Museum Members.

Alberta Aviation Museum

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The Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton is housed in a 1941 double-wide double-long hangar built for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The museum is home to several aviation organizations in addition to its collection of military and bush flying aircraft. Post-war, the museum was home to 418 RCAF City of Edmonton Squadron. Shown here is the new Katherine Stinson display that features a replica of her unique Curtiss Special, built entirely from scratch by volunteers (Chalmers photo).

Bomber Command Museum of Canada


The Bomber Command Museum of Canada is located in Nanton, Alberta. The showpiece of the museum is its Lancaster bomber, restored by volunteers. All four of its engines are run several times a year at events held at the museum. On the Bomber Command Memorial at the museum are named over 10,600 men who were lost during the Second World War while serving with the RCAF in Bomber Command. Extensive expansion is planned for the museum (Chalmers photo).

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

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At the Reynolds-Alberta Museum at Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has its office in the museum and its displays among the aircraft in the museum’s hangar. Each year CAHF honours outstanding achievement in Canadian aviation. With the 2018 induction gala to be held in Calgary on June 7, the Hall will have 232 individual men and women as Members, and has bestowed its Belt of Orion Award for Excellence upon 23 aviation organizations including the CAHS (Chalmers photo).

Canadian Historical Aircraft Association


The mission of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor is to “honour Canadian veterans by preserving, maintaining, restoring, displaying, and demonstrating antique or vintage military and civilian aircraft and artifacts considered important to Canadian aviation history.” The Association has a fleet of flyable aircraft housed in the 1940 hangar of No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School, built for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. A Lancaster and a Mosquito are included in the aircraft collection (Museum photo).

The Canadian Museum of Flight

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Located at the Langley, British Columbia, airport, the Canadian Museum of Flight is home to six aircraft that fly, including a 1937 Waco AQC cabin biplane that returned to the air after a 22-year restoration by volunteers. In April 2017 the museum’s S.E.5a First World War biplane replica was shipped to France and flew in the Vimy Ridge Memorial flight. Among aircraft on static exhibit is the only displayed Handley Page Hampden in the world (Chalmers photo).