This non-profit museum showcases a unique collection of air-crafts and is committed to the preservation and education of ... More
Canadian Museum of Flight (The)
This non-profit museum showcases a unique collection of air-crafts and is committed to the preservation and education of Canada's aviation culture. In the 1970s most of Canada's historic planes were being moved to the U.S. and Europe. Thanks to efforts of a group of aviation enthusiasts, many of these aircraft were acquired, and the museum was created. Some of the aircraft displayed include the T-33AN Silverstar, Bowlus Bumblebee BB1, the CF-100 Canuck Mk 3b, and the DH82c Tiger Moth. As you make your way through the museum, you can take a chronological route, starting with the world wars and ending in present day, allowing you to see the huge role Canada has played in the development of aviation. This is an ideal trip for families, and people of all ages.
This fascinating nostalgic and historical jewel at Langley Airport is a must see.
We loved the museum's fire-engine red flagship, a 1937 Waco Biplane which once belonged to B.C.'s flying doctor, Jack Pickup.
The museum staff also let us tour the inside of their DC-3 (formerly known as "The Spirit of Texas.") Kids would enjoy sitting in the cockpit of the airplane which taught the world to fly. The museum hangar is a working hangar; it was interesting to see some of the volunteers work on their ongoing restoration projects. Besides the airplanes, the museum has many exhibits and artifacts including a vast display of WW2 memorbilia which complimented their collection of wartime trainers like the Tiger Moth and Harvard airplanes (which were also carefully restored to an right off the assembly-line condition.) There are many exhibits and airplanes celebrating B.C. and Canada's civil-aviation heritage. My friend, an ex CP Air flight attendant, recognized some of the chinaware from the airline's 1970 cabin service.
The museum also hosts a gift shop which does not have a huge selection, but their bookcase was chock full of some rare aviation books.
There is a reading table there - you are welcome to sit and take a good look at any potential purchases.
There is also a nice grassy viewing area of the runway behind the museum. We were lucky to see a formation team fly overhead and land the day we visited.
There is also a great little bistro beside the museum called Flights. We had a great lunch there, but come hungry. Their sandwiches are huge!
Parking is free and there is lots of it. I would pick a sunny day to visit, as much of the collection is outside. The museum is 100% wheelchair accessible.