Aviation buffs will have the chance to pick up pieces of history at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada this weekend.
The museum is opening its doors on Saturday for the first ever summer Fly Market. Surplus items from the museum’s archives and restoration areas will be for sale, including aircraft parts, books, magazines, artwork, models and retired museum displays.
WINNIPEG — The aircraft made famous by the Snowbirds is being added to the collection at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
The CT-114 Tutor was designed as the first jet trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was first produced at Canadair’s Montreal plant in 1963, later accounting for 190 Tutors to be dedicated to service in the RCAF.
“The CT-114 Tutor is a conventional all metal, low wing, single engine turbo-jet aircraft designed for the training of student pilots. It features side-by-side ejection seats for a crew of two in a pressurized and air conditioned cockpit,” the museum said in a release.
Young women dreaming of a career in aviation can see if the wings fit at an upcoming event hosted by Women in Aviation International.
Girls in Aviation is the first such offering at Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. Designed for girls aged 8-16, the morning will include interactive activities, meet and greets with a pilot, flight attendant, air traffic controller, airline dispatcher, maintenance engineer, airport operations manager and aerospace engineer. Different career stations will be set up throughout the museum.
The free event is Saturday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required, and parent/chaperone tickets are also available.
WINNIPEG — They’ve nearly been here a week, but today is your last chance to see the B-17 and B-25 bombers from the Second World War.
The Royal Canadian Aviation Museum is hosting “Maid in the Shade,” a twin-engine B-25 bomber used for high- and low-level bombing, plus “Sentimental Journey,” the B-17 bomber that last visited the city in 2013.
The crew will be available to answer questions from visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Museum members are admitted free, while non-members pay $10 ($5 for students, seniors and children).
Visitors wishing to tour the inside of these aircraft are asked to donate $5 per person/per plane to the Commemorative Air Force, Arizona Wing.
“Sentimental Journey,” the B-17 bomber that was in Winnipeg in 2013, will be returning to the museum along with “Maid in the Shade,” a B-25.
Visitors will have a chance to climb into the legendary bombers and get a glimpse of the inner workings of a combat aircraft. Bristling with gun turrets, large bomb bays and powerful Wright Cyclone radial engines, the B-17 and B-25 became some of the most famous Allied bombers of WWII.
The aircraft will be available for viewing by Winnipeg aviation buffs from June 29 to July 5.
A new exhibit opening today at the Western Canada Aviation Museum tells the story of the country’s first jet pilot.
Winnipeg RCAF pilot Fl/Lt William McKenzie survived 26 days without food in June 1946 when his Gloster Meteor jet fighter ran out of fuel over Northern Ontario on a flight to North Bay.
McKenzie was forced to ditch the aircraft in the lake and spent nearly a month without survival gear, shelter or a way to call for help. Authorities called off the search eight days later, declaring him dead.
Airplane buffs will be excited to see Boeing’s B-17 Flying Fortress bomber up close next week.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum is bringing in the “Sentimental Journey” for a one-week visit from August 12-18.
Sentimental Journey is a B-17 strategic bomber and was the first Boeing plane built with the distinctive and enormous tail for improved control and stability. The aircraft has been credited with helping the Allies win the campaign in Europe. The RCAF flew the B-17 and many Canadians served as crew members.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum will be holding its own Remembrance Day activities on Sunday.
A guided tour, titled “Pilots, POWs and Peril,” will begin at 2 p.m. and is devoted to celebrating the lives and accomplishments of many revered Canadian citizens, on the ground, or in the air, who fought and died for our protection and safety. The public will be shown the museum’s new exhibit on “war art,” and the “Secret Agents, Spies and Moon Planes” exhibit.
Experts will also be on hand to help identify mysterious military medals to explain their meaning and significance.
Tours are free with general admission. The museum, located at Hangar T-2, 958 Ferry Road, will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.