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The Canada Aviation Museum ( ) is the national aviation history museum, located in Ottawa, Ontariomarker, Canada, at the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airportmarker.

History

The Canadian Aviation Museum was formed in 1964 at RCAF Station Rockcliffe as the National Aeronautical Collection from the amalgamation of three separate existing collections. These included the National Aviation Museum at Uplands, which concentrated on early aviation and bush flying; the Canadian War Museum collection, which concentrated on military aircraft, and which included many war trophies, some dating back to World War One, and the RCAF Museum which focused on those aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In 1982 the collection was renamed the National Aviation Museum and in 1988 the collection was moved to a new experimental type triangular hangar from the Second World War-era wooden hangars it had been residing in. In 2006 an additional hangar was opened, which allows all of the collections aircraft to be stored indoors.

2008 remodelling

The museum closed 2 September 2008 for remodeling and rearrangement of the aircraft on display. This project was completed and the museum reopened 19 November 2008. The changes made include making space for a new exhibition entitled Canadian Wings: A Remarkable Century of Flight that will be unveiled on 23 February 2009, the date of the first heavier than air aircraft flight in Canada.

2009 expansion

In December 2008 the museum announced that approval has been granted for a C$7M expansion to begin in May 2009 and to be completed by the fall of 2010. The improvements will include an addition of 2600 m² (28,000 ft²) giving 18% more space and providing room for a new foyer, auditorium, cafeteria, lookout tower, retail space, a landscaped entrance and classrooms.

Organization

The Canadian Aviation Museum is under the control of the Canada Museum of Science and Technology Museum Corporation, an autonomous Crown corporation. The Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation's purpose is to preserve and protect Canada's scientific and technical heritage. The Corporation is responsible for three museums:



The museum is also home to 51 Canada Aviation Museum Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Collection

The museum's collection contains a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft, representing the history of Canadian aviation from the pioneer era before the First World War up to the present day. Particularly noteworthy is the collection of vintage bushplanes from the 1920s to the 1940s. The military aircraft represent aircraft flown by Canadians in the First World War, Second World War, and the Cold War. The museum's best known exhibit is the surviving components of the Avro Arrow interceptor from the late 1950s.

Also on site are interactive activities on the science of flight, films, demonstrations, a boutique, and guided tours.

A few of the tours take the visitors "behind the scenes" to see conservation and restoration work in progress, and pieces which are in storage.

Aircraft in collection



Affiliations

The Museum is affiliated with: CMAmarker, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

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