Canada Aviation Museum

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Address(1)Rockcliffe Airport - Rockcliffe and Aviat
Address(2)P.O. Box 9724, Terminal T
ZipK1G 5A3


    Building a collection
    When the National Aviation Museum (NAM) first opened in 1960 at Uplands airport in Ottawa, it was one of three major collections owned by the Canadian government.

    At that time, NAM's focus was on bush flying and early aircraft manufacturers in Canada. A second collection, held by the Canadian War Museum, concentrated on military aircraft from World War I to the 1950's, while the Royal Canadian Air Force collection emphasized military aircraft related to RCAF history.

    Beginning in 1964, the three collections were amalgamated for public display under a new name, the "National Aeronautical Collection", in new quarters at Ottawa's historic Rockcliffe Airport. The arrangement, which gave visitors a better perspective on the development and use of aircraft in Canada over the years, proved to be tremendously popular.

    Coming under the wing of the National Museum of Science and Technology in 1967, the National Aeronautical Collection continued to acquire both military and civil aircraft important to Canadian and world aviation history. It has since grown to include 118 aircraft and countless artifacts such as engines, propellers, instruments, armament, flying gear and wind tunnel models.

    In 1982, the collection was officially renamed the National Aviation Museum. The Museum has avoided the tendency to concentrate exclusively on the aviation accomplishments of a single nation, or on developments within one sector of the aviation industry. Instead, the Museum's collection policy is to illustrate the development of the flying machine in both peace and war from the pioneer period to the present time. The collection gives particular, but not exclusive, reference to Canadian achievements.

    Consequently, aircraft from many nations are represented in the collection -- a fact that has earned it a strong international following.

    The Museum's qualified technologists restore vintage aircraft to original airworthy standards; the Museum has a well deserved reputation for excellence in our conservation and restoration work.

    The National Aviation Museum is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the best in the world.

    In 1988, the importance of the collection was acknowledged in the opening at Rockcliffe of the first phase of a multi-phase development program to serve as the new home of the Museum.

    Exhibits and special events
    The move into a new facility has permitted the expansion of the Museum's mandate. The Museum does not merely focus exclusively on the collection and display of aircraft and aviation-related artifacts. It has also become an influential medium for communicating a wide range of aviation historical, scientific, cultural and artistic messages.

    The story of aviation is told through a variety of techniques, ranging from our flying program (one of the aircraft we fly on special occasions is a reproduction Sopwith Pup, a World War I fighter aircraft), to on-floor demonstrations, off-site educational activities, special events, animation and a growing list of hands-on explanatory exhibitry, including computers which allow the various themes to be developed. We are in the process of completing a new media plan for the Museum which will considerably enhance our abilities to interpret and demonstrate a range of concepts applicable to aviation and the science and technology which underlie it.

    Christopher J. Terry
    National Aviation Museum
    Information: (613) 993-2271
General Information
    Hours of Operation
    Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Thursdays until 9:00pm
    Closed Mondays before May 1st
    Adults: $5.00
    Students and Seniors: $4.00
    Children under 6: Free
    Families: (1 or 2 adults and their children): $10.00
    Members: admission included in membership
    Thursdays free from 5 to 9 p.m.
    15 or more adults: $3.50 per person
    15 or more seniors or students: $3.00 per person
    Guided tours are avilable at an additional cost of $50.00 per group (max. 30 persons)
    15 or more children:$1.25 each
    15 or more children, with guide: $1.75 each
    Free Parking
Exhibits - By Primary role
Army Co-operation (UK)
 Westland Lysander III Serial No: Unknown  
Bomber (UK)
 Avro 683X (Lancaster) Serial No: KB944  
 De Havilland D.H.98B.Mk.XX (Mosquito) Serial No: Unknown  
Bomber - USAAF 'B' 1924-Present
 Consolidated B-24L (Liberator) Serial No: 44-50154  
 North American TB-25L (Mitchell) Serial No: Unknown  
Commercial Transport (Canada)
 Fairchild 82A Serial No: CF-AXL  
Commercial Transport (Germany)
 Junkers W.34F Serial No: Unknown  
Commercial Transport (UK)
 Vickers 757 (Viscount) Serial No: Unknown  
Commercial Transport (USA)
 Aerial Experiment Association Silver Dart (Silver Dart) Serial No: Unknown  
 Bellanca CH-300 (Pacemaker) Serial No: CF-ATN  
 Boeing 247D Serial No: 7638  
 Douglas DC-3C (Dakota) Serial No: Unknown  
 Fairchild FC-2W2 Serial No: NC6621  
 Lockheed 1329 (Jetstar I/II) Serial No: Unknown  
 Lockheed L.10A (Electra) Serial No: 1526  
 Lockheed L.12A (Electra Jr.) Serial No: CF-CCT 
 Stearman 4EM Junior (Speedmail) Serial No: Unknown  
 Stinson SR (Reliant) Serial No: CF-HAW  
Fighter (Canada)
 Avro Canada CF-100Mk.5 (Canuck) Serial No: 100757 
 Avro Canada CF-100Mk.5 (Canuck) Serial No: 100785  
 Canadair (North American) CF-86E (Sabre 5) Serial No: 23455  
 Canadair (North American) CF-86E (Sabre 5) Serial No: 23651  
 McDonnell CF-101B (Voodoo) Serial No: 101025  
Fighter (France)
 Nieuport 17 Serial No: Unknown  
Fighter (Germany)
 Fokker D.VII Serial No: Unknown  
 Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a (Komet) Serial No: Unknown  
Fighter (UK)
 De Havilland D.H.100Mk. 3 (Vampire 3) Serial No: Unknown  
 Hawker HurricaneXII Serial No: 5584  
 Hawker Sea FuryFB 11 Serial No: Unknown  
 Sopwith 2F.1 (Camel) Serial No: Unknown  
 Sopwith 7F.1 (Snipe) Serial No: Unknown  
 Sopwith Pup Serial No: Unknown  
 Sopwith Triplane Serial No: Unknown  
 Supermarine SpitfireMk IIB Serial No: Unknown  
 Supermarine SpitfireMk IX LF Serial No: Unknown  
 Supermarine SpitfireMk XVI Serial No: Unknown  
Fighter - 'F' 1922-1962
 McDonnell F2H-3 (Banshee) Serial No: Unknown  
Fighter - RCAF 'F' 1948-Present
 Lockheed F-104A (Starfighter) Serial No: 104700 
Flying Boat (USA)
 Curtiss Seagull Serial No: Unknown  
Glider (Canada)
 Czerwinski/Shenstone Harbinger Serial No: C-FZCS  
Gyro/Autogyro (USA)
 Pitcairn-Cierva PCA-2 (Autogyro) Serial No: Unknown  
Helicopter, Observation - RCAF 'HO' 1944-1962
 Sikorsky HO3S-1 (Dragonfly) Serial No: 9601  
 Sikorsky HO4S-3G Serial No: Unknown  
Helicopter, Utility - NAVY 'HU' 1950-1962
 Piasecki HUP-3 (Retriever) Serial No: Unknown  
Homebuilt (USA)
 Stits SA-3A (Playboy) Serial No: Unknown  
 Zenair CH300 (Tri-Zenith) Serial No: Unknown  
Observation & Communication (UK)
 Auster AOP.6 Serial No: 16652  
Patrol (Canada)
 Canadair CL-28 (Argus 2) Serial No: 10742  
Patrol (Germany)
 Junkers J.I Serial No: Unknown  
Patrol Bomber - RCAF 'PB' 1935-1962
 Consolidated PBY-5A (Canso A) Serial No: Unknown  
Pioneer (Pre WW-I) (France)
 Maurice Farman M.F.11 (Shorthorn) Serial No: Unknown 
 McDowall Monoplane Serial No: Unknown  
Primary Trainer - RCAF 'PT' 1925-1947
 Fairchild PT-26B (Cornell III) Serial No: Unknown  
Pursuit - 'P' 1925-1947
 Curtiss P-40D (Kittyhawk I) Serial No: Unknown  
 North American P-51D (Mustang) Serial No: Unknown  
Trainer / Utility Transport (Canada)
 De Havilland Canada D.H.C.1B-2-S5 (Chipmunk 2) Serial No: 18070  
Trainer / Utility Transport (UK)
 Avro 504K Serial No: G-CYCK  
 Avro 504K Serial No: G-CYEI  
 Avro 652AMK V-P (Anson) Serial No: Unknown  
 Bristol 149IVT (Bolingbroke) Serial No: 9025  
 Fairey Battle IT Serial No: Unknown  
 Fairey Swordfish IT Serial No: Unknown  
Trainer - 'T' 1948-Present
 Canadair (Lockheed) T-33AN (Silver Star) Serial No: Unknown  
 North American T-6G (Texan) Serial No: 2352  
 North American T-6G (Texan) Serial No: 3840  
 North American T-6J (Harvard) Serial No: Unknown  
Transport - RCAF 'C' 1925-1962
 Douglas (Canadair) C-54GM (North Star Mk 1) Serial No: Unknown  
 Douglas C-47B-DK (Skytrain) Serial No: KN451  
 Noorduyn UC-64A (Norseman) Serial No: 787  
Undesignated Aircraft - '!UND' 1909-1919
 Allgemeine Elektrizitots Gesel G.IV Serial No: Unknown  
 Curtiss HS.2L Serial No: Unknown  
 Curtiss JN.4 (Jenny) Serial No: 39158  
 Nieuport 12 Serial No: Unknown  
 Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2C Serial No: Unknown  
 Spad VII Serial No: Unknown  
Utility Transport (Canada)
 De Havilland Canada D.H.C.2 (Beaver I) Serial No: CF-FHB 
 De Havilland Canada D.H.C.3 (Otter) Serial No: Unknown  
 Fleet Model 80 (Canuck) Serial No: Unknown  
 Found FBA-2C Serial No: Unknown  
Utility Transport (UK)
 Avro 616IVM (Avian) Serial No: CF-CDQ  
 De Havilland D.H.60X (Moth) Serial No: G-CAUA  
 De Havilland D.H.80A (Puss Moth) Serial No: HM534  
Utility Transport (USA)
 Aeronca C-2 Serial No: CF-AOR  
 Cessna T-50 (Crane) Serial No: 8676  
 Fleet Model 16B (Finch II) Serial No: Unknown  
 Taylor E-2 (Cub) Serial No: Unknown  
 Travel Air 2000 Serial No: CF-AFG 
V/STOL (Canada)
 Canadair CL-84-1 (Dynavert) Serial No: 8402  
[Not yet classified]
  CF-18 Serial No: 188901  
  HA1112M1 Serial No: C-4K-114  


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 ottawa, Ontario

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 ottawa, Ontario

Boutique PlaneScience is located in Ottawa, Canada and is part of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation. At PlaneScience, we strive on offering unique and collectable items for the aviation buff or the next Einstein. The products found within our Facebook page are among our best sellers. We are always selling unique Museum quality gifts and collectables. 613-990-4340
02/11/2010 @ 19:54 [ref: 9258]
 John Coryea
 , New York

I checked the website this a.m. ...Sept 4 2007, for schedule which said "open 9-5 daily except monday."..drove five hours round trip with family, bridge tolls, gas, only to find the place closed..sign in front says,"closed on Tuesdays "..looks like a great museum,somebody needs to pick up the ball. John Coryea
09/04/2007 @ 16:33 [ref: 6279]
 Ron Nowlan
 Ottawa, Ontario

I have visited the museum 4 times and every visit is better. Refreshing to see the international flavour of aircraft history, permits one to compare aircraft-especially the old warbirds. Seeing the Argus was the biggest thrill - I remember feeling the thunder of it's engines at Chatham airshows and also at Greenwood, Nova Scotia as an Air Cadet. What a great investment of resources by Canada and special thanks to the volunteers!
04/09/2007 @ 19:49 [ref: 5798]
 avation dude
 , Ontario

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