ATLANTIC CANADA AVIATION MUSEUM - HALIFAX

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

This museum is located at the airport, quite a distance out of town. I also found it poorly signposted, the museum sits tucked away between entry- and exit roads to the airport terminal and ramps.
The museum was set up by local enthusiasts, the idea launched in 1975 but realisation had to wait until 1985.
The wooden building was formerly used by the local tourist board (still present) and in 1996 a large hangar was added. A nice collection was formed over the years.
Entrance was free, donations welcomed and gladly given. Only on our way out a few other visitors entered the building. The caretaker was out for lunch somewhere, which meant the souvenir shop was closed, alas.
Date of visit: 23Sep11
 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
McDonnell F-101B (CF-101B) Voodoo, 101043

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Not bad looking for a 'homebuilt'!

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

 

 Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Daniel Bernoulli (Groningen, 8 February 1700 Basel, 8 March 1782) was a Dutch-Swiss mathematician and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He is particularly remembered for his applications of mathematics to mechanics, especially fluid mechanics. [Wikipedia]
Nice to see the Dutch recognised here for a valuable contribution to aviation!

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
From fabric-covered wings to hypersonic ones!
From the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) Silver Dart to the Canadair CF-104 (serial 104783)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

The Silver Dart (or Aerodrome #4) was a derivative of an early aircraft built by a Canadian/U.S. team, which after many successful flights in Hammondsport, New York, earlier in 1909, was dismantled and shipped to Baddeck, Nova Scotia. It was flown off the ice of Baddeck Bay, a sub-basin of Bras d'Or Lake, on 23 February 1909, making it the first controlled powered flight in Canada. The aircraft was piloted by one of its designers, John McCurdy.
The original Silver Dart was designed and built by the Aerial Experiment Association, formed under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.
When the Silver Dart lifted off on 23 February 1909, it flew only half a mile, at an elevation from three to nine meters, and a speed of roughly 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph). The aircraft was the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to fly in Canada.
The Silver Dart had great difficulty taking off. On its fifth flight on 2 August 1909, McCurdy wrecked the craft when one wheel struck a rise in the ground while landing. The Silver Dart never flew again.
[Wikipedia]

 

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Rotorway Executive C-GLYE (c/n RB1992)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax'CF-CAF' is Bell 47J-2 c/n 1827, former CF-PQZ

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Bell 206B Jet Ranger C-FDOI (c/n 980)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Front fuselage mock up of BAe 146-200

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
The history of aviation in Nova Scotia shows great variation!

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax



Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
I'd never heard of the Keystone Puffer; below history tells the obscure details
Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
The new hangar could do with an extension, it is very crowded...
'C-FBIL' is a Pitts S-1C Special (Ogden's book does not provide the original tailnumber nor the msn)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax 
This Lockheed 1329 Jetstar 6, C-FDTF, is a fine specimen with a very nice 'V.I.P interior'

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
CF-RZU was a problem for me to identify, but Anson Chappell helped me out: "C-FRZU is a Piper Tomahawk, used extensively in the Maritimes for flight training."

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
C-IBEO is an Ultralight Flight Mirage (c/n TC2515)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
The huge wing of Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck, 18747, dwarfs the Pitts Special C-FBIL and, what looks,
like a V-1 Flying Bomb from World War II.

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Scheibe L-Spatz 55 C-GBBI (c/n 530, ex/ D-7047)

 

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
On loan from Toronto's Canada Air & Space Museum (CASM):
North American NA-81 Harvard II, 3840 (81-4107)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

The Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone was one of the most powerful radial aircraft engines produced in the United States. It was a twin row, supercharged, air-cooled, radial engine with 18 cylinders.
Power ranged from 2,200 to over 3,700 hp (1,640 to 2,760 kW), depending on the model.
First developed prior to World War II, the R-3350's design required a long time to mature before finally being used to power the Boeing B-29 Superfortress.
After the war, the engine had matured sufficiently to become a major civilian airliner design, notably in its Turbo-Compound forms.
Wikipedia, more...

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Cessna 305C Bird Dog (L-19E), 119720

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
In the background sits restoration project Consolidatd 28-5A Catalina (PBY-5A), CF-HFL (c/n is 520: it is often quoted as s/n 110 -also officially-, but that is merely a line number).
During the 1990s it had been reported 'for restoration'and was up for painting in Labrador Airways colours in 2002; still long ways to go!

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
The Catalina / Canso was recovered from a crash site
You may want to see a photo by Ron Mak, while this derelict Canso was in transit at Goose Bay!

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Front fuselage of a Canadair CL-28-1 Argus 1 (CP-107), unidentified

An information sheet in the museum showed 6 'Argus Survivors'
  • 10715, at Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MAN. (MY REPORT 2007)
  • 10717, at Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia (MY REPORT 2011)
  • 10718, Comox Ar Force Museum, Comox, BC
  • 10732, RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, ONT.
  • 10739, Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • 10742, National Aviation Museum, Ottawa, ONT. (MY REPORT 2009)

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Impressive warbird restoration: Grumman G-40 Avenger (TBM-3E) CF-ZYC (c/n 3669, ex/ Bu53607, N8398H); restored using parts from c/n 2552 Bu85733, N6824C, C-GLEK and c/n 4194 Bu91289, N7833C, C-GFPN.

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

The identities above were taken from Ogden's Air-Britain book: C-GFPL (Tanker 24) was not listed.
C-GFPL is fake? Yes!
Aad van der Voet has this to say: "Avenger Tanker 24 C-GFPL is indeed wearing fake markings. It is actually c/n 3669 ex CF-ZYC (Tanker 20), as the Ogden book says.
This aircraft crashed on take-off from Juniper (NB) on 20May1975, and the wreck was abandoned there.
It was salvaged from the accident site 10Jan97 by the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum and then transported to the Forest Protection Ltd. facility at Frederiction (NB) a few months later for restoration, using some parts from C-FBEF c/n 3140, C-GFPN c/n 4194 and C-GLEK c/n 2552.
After restoration it was painted to represent Tanker 24 C-GFPL in Aug2005 (when it was still at Fredericton). It was finally delivered to the museum a month later and placed on display."

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Grumman G-103 Tracker (CP-121), 12176 (c/n DHC-75)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Canadair CL-13A Sabre 5 (North American F-86E), 23355; this former gateguard at the now closed base at Chatham has been painted in the colours of Canada's 'Golden Hawks' aerobatic team.

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Canadair CF-116A (CF-5A), 116748

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum - Halifax
Canadair CL-30 Silver Star 3 (CT-133), 133174



List from Bob Ogden's 'Aviation Museums North America'

From: Bob Ogden's AVIATION MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS, NORTH AMERICA by AIR-BRITAIN (2011, 2nd EDITION
 

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My general account this trip (incl. links to other aviationmuseum)
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External link:
www.atlanticcanadaaviationmuseum.com

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