Message from the Executive Director
Happy Holidays to all!
This holiday season The Hangar has been quite busy hosting corporate Christmas parties, school programs, and youth sleepovers. We hosted our own volunteer appreciation party recently and it was great to see staff, volunteers, and board members there - we do have a spectacular venue and even more impressive volunteers!
The main project keeping us busy over the last month has been fundraising for the restoration of the CF-100 Canuck. I'm very impressed with how much we have fundraised over such a short period of time. We're over halfway to the total $82,000 goal. This really speaks to what we are capable of for future fundraising projects.
2019 is ramping up to be a very exciting year! We're looking forward to ongoing fundraising and eventual restoration of the CF-100 Canuck beginning in 2019. The deHavilland Tiger Moth is returning to us in March followed by the Hawker Hurricane homecoming in Spring 2019. Stay tuned for more detailed information closer to those dates. I'd like to take a moment to thank the City of Calgary and the Calgary Mosquito Society for their partnerships that have made the restoration of the Hawker Hurricane happen.
Speaking of partnerships, we're extremely grateful to the City of Calgary for their support through their 2019 budget. They have increased the operational dollars that they invest in our museum which will allow us to do more for our community and more to protect our artifacts. We will be using these funds to hire a much needed full-time Collections Manager, support a full-time educational Museum Assistant position, contribute to our ongoing exhibit refresh, and more!
As we prepare to close out another year, thank you to all of the support we've received this year from our members, volunteers and stakeholders! From myself, the Board of Directors, and the whole Hangar Flight Museum staff, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Up and onwards!
CF-100 Restoration Update
Thank you for your help
We would like to give you an update on where our fundraising total is at for restoring the CF-100 Canuck. As of the morning of December 11, we have raised 50% of our $82,000 goal. This is a big step in the right direction and we are very pleased to see the support we have received to restore this important aircraft!
The CF-100 is a very important piece of Canadian aviation history. It is the only Canadian-designed fighter aircraft to go into mass production. It was the first straight-winged jet aircraft in the world to acheive controlled supersonic flight. This exact CF-100 has been in Alberta for the past 63 years being stationed at Cold Lake, Calgary, and Lethbridge. It has been a beloved Calgary landmark for 45 years and we want to do our best to have this aircraft last for future generations.
Our holiday hours this season are:
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day: closed
December 27-December 30: open 10am-4pm
New Year's Eve: open 10am-2pm
New Year's Day: closed
Gift Shop Sale
We would like to invite you to do your last minute shopping in our shop! Skip the mall parking lots and the crowds while picking up a unique gift you won't find anywhere else!
Give a Gift That Lasts All Year
Gift a Membership
Our yearly memberships make a great gift that keeps on giving! You can purchase a membership online or in person and let us know where you would like the membership card sent.
If you happen to be around the Museum during a busy weekday when a school group is in you will likely run into Bain Spielman. Bain started volunteering with the Museum in February 2018, but it feels like he's been part of the team for years! Bain's love of aviation started at a young age. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a teenager for three years, and afterwards, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. From 1959-1964 he was a part of 403 Squadron based in the Museum's Main Hangar as an Air Frame Mechanic. Bain has a deep love for the Beechcraft since it was the first aircraft he ever worked on. After the RCAF, he made a living in the print industry as a printer for 20 years and selling paper for over 25 years.
Bain is always willing to lend a helping hand around the Museum - from helping with school tours to power washing the Lancaster. He started volunteering with the Museum as a way to give back to the community that was so good to him. He loves having different experiences every day, and providing unique learning opportunities to students that they'll never forget!
This photograph shows some of our amazing education volunteers with Bain on the far right!
January Movie Night
January 10, 7:00 pm
Our January Movie Night will feature The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell on Thursday, January 10th.
US Pictures 1966, Colour, 100 minutes. A dramatization of the American General and his court-martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.
2019 Western Canadian Application
Application Deadline - January 6, 2019
The deadline is fast approaching for high school students to apply to become the 2019 Western Canadian delegate at the FISE: United Space School! It doesn't get much better than spending 2 weeks in Houston, Texas learning from experts in the space industry and getting a real handle on whether a career in that industry is the future for you!