Message from the Executive Director
Greetings to all!
Please allow me to introduce myself as your new Executive Director for The Hangar Flight Museum. I am truly honoured to have been selected for this position and I must say, I am quite excited! It has only been one month on the job and I feel like I am 'flying,' so to speak. After all, we are a museum with altitude!
I am already impressed with the quality of staff we have at the Museum and I look forward to working with them. I am especially awestruck by the number of volunteers that continue to dedicate their time and passion to the Museum. Without their support, we would not be as successful as we are today.
I would also like to personally thank Interim Executive Director Naomi Grattan. While we only spent a few weeks together, I appreciate her hard work and setting me up for success.
First and foremost, we are a Museum that stewards aviation artifacts and offers a variety of education programs that inspire dreams of flight. My career background allows me to see that our facility is an amazing attraction and tourism product. We have much to offer and a great story to tell. I will strive to bring more media and public attention and continue to build our brand awareness. Fund development, growing revenue, memberships, and bringing more traffic through the door are my ultimate goals.
I am looking forward to a busy 2019. Through new educational programs and exhibits, the return of the Hawker Hurricane and Tiger Moth (Spring 2019), CF-100 restoration fundraising, and the continuation of our annual Father's Day 'Wings and Wheels' weekend, Open Plane Weekends, and of course our hosting of the RCAF Mess Dinner and annual Remembrance Day Service. It is my hope in the coming year to also revive an airport district community with The Hangar Flight Museum as the hub. We will continue to promote the history of flight in Western Canada.
There is much work to get done and I have rolled up my sleeves. I am confident that with the support of a strong and active Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, members, and stakeholders - nothing is impossible. I believe that by working together with a common vision, we can achieve anything.
We look forward to inviting you to our special event that will be planned around the arrival of the Hawker Hurricane next spring. I have no doubt that it will bring tremendous public and media attention to the Museum. Stay tuned for more information.
I look forward to meeting everyone over the coming months. My door is always open. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting me at 403-250-3752 x106 or email at email@example.com
Brian Desjardins (left) helping our volunteers move the Beechcraft 18 from the Main Hangar to the Tent Hangar to make space in the Main Hangar for the Hawker Hurricane!
Hawker Hurricane under restoration in Wetaskiwin. Expected return: Spring 2019.
Restore the CF-100
We need your help
Perhaps you have seen on the news or witnessed with your own eyes that our CF-100 Canuck is worse for wear. It has been on display outdoors in Calgary, first at the planetarium and then at the Museum, since 1973 and the metals a CF-100 is constructed of would corrode from the inside out over time even if it was kept indoors. It is time for a full restoration process, and that's where we need your help. It is an expensive project and we are hoping to raise the full amount before the end of the year. This is not a small undertaking, so we'd really appreciate your help to spread the word.
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 achieve 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.
December Movie Night
December 13th, 7:00 pm
Our December Movie Night will feature Con Air on Thursday, December 13th.
Touchstone Pictures 1997, Colour, 123 minutes. Newly paroled ex-con and former US Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.
Remembrance Day Recap
Our Remembrance Day Service this year was attended by just over 750 individuals from our community. We were pleased to see so many out in the soft snow and cooler temperatures. It was also encouraging to see so many stay after the ceremony to tour the inside of our Avro Lancaster. With this year being the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid we felt it was important to give people that personal experience with our Lancaster.
We would like to thank Eagle Copters and Alpine Helicopters for allowing us to use their space for this ceremony. This is a very special location because it was the parade square for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during the Second World War.
New and Exciting in our Shop
Skip the malls and the crowds while purchasing a unique gift this holiday season. We've got: tshirts and ball caps and puzzles and puppets. Key chains and model kits and stickers and picture books. (This is a much more entertaining read with the rhythm and melody of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!)
Some of the newer items in the shop include a make your own plane sticker book, paper airplane books, Huey helicopter wall sign, educational prints, and Canadian aviator toddler tshirts.
The shop is open the same hours as the Museum itself, 10am-4pm daily.
2019 Western Canadian Application
FISE: United Space School
We are now taking applications for the 2019 United Space School taking place in Houston, Texas from July 21-August 5, 2019. The application deadline is January 6, 2019. We would appreciate your help with making sure that the right people hear about this program. It is open to Western Canadian high school students who are 15-19 years old on July 23, 2019.
The United Space School is the chance of a lifetime if you are considering going into a career in the aerospace industry. Students from approximately 50 countries spend two weeks together in Houston, Texas learning from experts in the field. Applying to firstname.lastname@example.org gives you the chance to become Western Canada’s delegate for 2019. We are looking for someone who will be an enthusiastic ambassador for our country, and who will also benefit from the learning and growth opportunities that the United Space School provides.