Photos from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

To be more precise I did not go to visit the Warplane Museum at all. I went to see the Woodworking show that is held in part of the Museum every year. After having taken my fill of woodworking goodies, I wandered into the plane section of the area. They had moved a few planes to the outside and compacted the displays but there was still lots to see.

What a Treat!

In their own words:

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was founded in 1972 and is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of World War II to the present. Our role is to preserve the artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to this mandate. The Museum now houses almost 50 aircraft, an extensive aviation Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery.

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De Havilland HD.100 Vampire FB.6 Jet Fighter. It has a wonderful split tail. This class of airplane made it's first flight in 1943. It was designed to operate from an aircraft carrier. The link is to the Museum's description. Many more details.

Consolidated PBY-5A Canso was a flying boat designed in 1933. With its large carrying capacity and long long range it became a workhorse of WWII. Used in patrols, convoy protection and submarine hunting. After the war they were used for photo reconnaissance and search and rescue till 1962 then commercially till 1995.

North American Harvard Mk.IV were used as advanced trainers for WWII

Fleet Model 21K Used as a demonstrator. This particular plane was used to test parachutes and later in aerobatic displays with Tommy Williams.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe Spitfires were used in Battles including North Arica, Italy, Normandy, Europe, Asia and Australia. They helped provide air cover for the D-Day Landing in 1944.

North American Yale were used as trainers.

Nanchang CJ-6A came into production in 1962. It is still in use both in military service and in private use. Built and upgraded by Chinese engineers who took the Yak-18 and redesigned it. This particular plane was part of a Chinese Military displey team and has kept it's paint scheme.

Fairchild Cornell

Fairchild Cornell Mk. II were used as a training aircraft. In Canada one of the schools was "Little Norway". It was established by a number of Norwegian airmen, escaped from the Germans in 1940

Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer Designed in 1960 as a light personal/training plane.

Fleet Finch Mk. II developed to be a fully aerobatic primary trainer.

Visit the Museum

It's well worth stopping in and seeing the museum. it's near the Hamilton Airport. When I went the display was not complete as several airplane had been moved out. It was also raining and cold so I was not so inclined to look at the outside display. There were several planes being restored and engine displays as well.

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