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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum logo.jpg
Location John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario
Type Military aviation museum
Founder
  • Dennis Bradley
  • Peter Matthews
  • Alan Ness
  • John Weir

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a Canadian aviation museum located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario. The museum has 47 military jets and propeller-driven aircraft on display.

Displayed is a collection of Canadian military aircraft, many in flying condition. The museum is also restoring several Second World War and Cold War aircraft, including a TBM Avenger a De Havilland Canada built S-2 Tracker and a Bristol Bolingbroke. The flying collection performs at air shows and is made available for local flights by museum visitors.

The Avro Lancaster flown by the museum is one of only two airworthy Lancasters in the world. Known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster in honour of Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski, it is painted in the markings of his aircraft.

History

After pooling their money to purchase a Fairey Firefly, Dennis Bradley, Peter Matthews, Alan Ness, and John Weir moved the aircraft into Hangar 4 at Hamilton Airport in 1972. A few years later, the museum purchased a second hangar, Hangar 3, as well. The collection was expanded with the acquisition of additional aircraft – including a B-25 in 1975 and a Lancaster in 1977. However, that same year Alan Ness was killed in the crash of a Fairey Firefly at the Canadian International Air Show.

On February 15, 1993, a fire destroyed most of Hangar #3. Destroyed in the fire were also the Hawker Hurricane, General Motors TBM Avenger, Auster, Stinson 105 and Supermarine Spitfire. A new, purpose built hangar was completed in 1996 to replace it.

In August and September 2014, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster Bomber flew across the North Atlantic to RAF Coningsby to participate in six weeks of airshows and events across the United Kingdom. Unique to this tour, the Lancaster VeRA (as it became known due to its wartime VR-A markings) flew in close formation with the Royal Air ForceBattle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster bomber PA474 for most of the 60 displays and events over the two months of the tour. Lancaster VeRA returned to Hamilton on September 29, 2014.

Collection

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Exterior 1
CF-104 Starfighter
  • Auster AOP.6 16681
  • Avro Anson V 12417
  • Avro Lancaster X FM213
  • Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck Mk.5D 18785
  • Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer 134222
  • Beechcraft D18S A-0156
  • Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet 41-8621
  • Canadair CF-5A Freedom Fighter 116757
  • Canadair CF-104D Starfighter 12641
  • Canadair CF-104 Starfighter 12790
  • Canadair CT-114 Tutor 26038
  • Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 21275
  • Canadair Sabre Mk.6 23651
  • Canadian Vickers Canso 11084
  • Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 21085
  • Cessna Crane I 7862
  • de Havilland DHC-1B Chipmunk 18035
  • de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth 8922
  • de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth 4947
  • de Havilland Vampire FB.6 J-1145
  • de Havilland Canada CSF-2 Tracker 1577
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo 811
  • Douglas Dakota III FZ692
  • Douglas DC-3 2141
  • Fairchild Bolingbroke IVT 10117
  • Fairchild Cornell II 10694
  • Fairchild Cornell II FV702
  • Fairey Firefly VI WH632
  • Fleet 21K FAL-11
  • Fleet 60K Fort 3540
  • Fleet 60K Fort 3643
  • Fleet Finch II 4738
  • Hawker Hurricane II – Replica
  • General Motors TBM-3E Avenger 53858
  • McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo 101045
  • Nanchang CJ-6A 47-22
  • Noorduyn Norseman V N29-47
  • North American B-25J Mitchell 45-8883
  • North American Harvard IV 20213
  • North American Harvard IV 20412
  • North American Yale 3350
  • North American Yale 3400
  • Stinson 10A
  • Supermarine Spitfire XVI TE214
  • Westland Lysander IIIA 2363

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Affiliations

The museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, OMMC and Virtual Museum of Canada.

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