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Armed Forces Day at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

July 2017

On Saturday July 8, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) at Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, hosted Air Force Day, a part of Hamilton’s Canada 150 celebrations.

Visitors had the opportunity to meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, see their aircraft up close on the ground and learn the many roles performed by Canada’s air force today and view almost 60 aircraft close up.  From helicopters and transports to the CF-188 Hornet, along with the museum’s permanent collection of vintage military aircraft, including one of only two flying Avro Lancaster Mk. X in North America.

On the tarmac sat three World War I replica aircraft from the VIMY Flight were also there, sitting in the shadow of a C-130 Hercules, with the massive C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft a short distance away, showing aircraft from the early days of aviation, up to the latest in heavy-lift transport.

Originally housed in an old WWII-era British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) hangar at the Hamilton John C. Munroe International Airport, the CWHM was founded in 1972 for the purpose of preserving and maintaining a collection of aircraft flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force from WWII to the present day, along with an exhibition hall with displays on the BCATP in Hamilton, stories of prisoner escape networks in Europe and traveling exhibits such as memorabilia from the Anne Frank Museum and the important contributions of women in wartime.

The museum also has a collection of artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals in its archives and is open year round.

Sources:  Information provided by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – www.warplane.com.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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