July Newsletter

News from Hangar Flight Museum




Open Plane Days



Join us for the third year of Now Boarding - Open Aircraft Days! This year we will be running this program that gets you behind the scenes and into our aircraft on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays beginning on June 22nd and ending on September 2nd. 

The next few dates you can look forward to are:

Saturday July 27: Anson
Sunday July 28: Beechcraft
Saturday August 3: Twin Otter
Sunday August 4: Avro Lancaster
Monday August 5: Fighter Jets






With Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Join The Hangar Flight Museum and visiting author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail to celebrate a fantastic new book all about aviation! Alis the Aviator by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail and Kalpna Patel will take you on an A-Z aviation tour from the Avro Arrow to the Zeppelin and everything in-between. 

Learn more about Danielle's work at 





Video Shoot

Be an extra!

On August 1st from 1pm-4pm we will be shooting video footage at the Museum to use in our marketing endeavors. We'd love to have our members come out to be extras in the footage, showing visitors enjoying themselves. As part of this day, we would like to film a few kids building some of the fun flying contraptions from our school programs! If you bring in children age 6 - 13 they can learn how to build things that fly and take their project home with them at no charge.

We will also have our Lancaster bomber open during the afternoon for interior tours. 

We will have media release forms that need to be signed by anyone featured in the footage. We hope to see you here. 





Volunteer Highlight

Grant Bears

This month’s volunteer spotlight is with Grant Bears! Here are the questions our summer students had for him and his responses. 

What did you do before volunteering here?
Grant has been retired for a number of years and currently enjoys volunteering at the Museum, as well as spending time with his family, including his two grandchildren and one step-grandchild. Prior to retirement, he worked at Reid Carruthers in Calgary. Before living in Calgary, Grant lived in Central Alberta in the Gull Lake area. He has been interested in flying ever since he can remember and has taken flying lessons. As a child, he remembers how fascinated he was when planes would fly overhead once or twice every week. 
Why did you start volunteering at the Museum?
Grant was recruited by fellow volunteer Dougie after attending our Father’s Day Weekend event with his family. Grant’s daughter knew Dougie and Dougie got Grant in contact with Caitlin. He had his interview and began volunteering shortly after.
Why do you continue to volunteer here/what do you like about it?
Grant thinks that volunteering at the Hangar is one of the most rewarding and best experiences he has had in his life. It has allowed him to pass on his personal experiences to the younger generation and has allowed him to share his knowledge with those visiting the museum. He has had the ability to meet a number of great people who volunteer, work at and visit the museum. Grant also loves that he learns something new every day he comes in.





Collections Corner: Why and what do museums collect?

Cassandra Cummings

Museum. A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.[1]

As most people know, museums collect, display and interpret collections and stories. The collections are held in the public trust, preserving our history for future generations.  Unfortunately, not everything can be collected- there just really isn’t enough space! (Maybe especially true when the collection is made up of aircraft).

Beyond the idea of collecting to preserve history, each museum will have its own mission, vision and collections mandate, which outlines what its specific purpose and relationship to the community is. The Hangar Flight Museum hopes to foster the understanding and appreciation of the evolution of flight by telling stories that inspire, and specifically to western Canadian aviation, and Calgary’s story in particular. These are stories that we can tell like no one else can- our building is even an original Second World War training hangar.

These specific mandates help museums to decide what to collect, which can be difficult decisions to make. They are important decisions though, so must be weighed carefully. This affects what is preserved for the future, what stories can be told, and things you may not think about like storage space, preservation needs, and available exhibitions spaces. All of these things are taken into consideration when assessing a potential donation or acquisition. In some cases, maybe an object would not fit our collection, but would fit in with another museum’s collection, where that object can better tell a story.

Sometimes, something already exists somewhere else. This is particularly the case with materials like books, magazines and newspapers. Since they already exist in many other places, museums often do not need to collect these types of materials. They can be borrowed or reprinted from another place, which could include archives, libraries or other museums.  Increasingly, these types of materials have also been digitized and are very easily accessible.

It is also important to ask questions about the object itself, including if any hazards or dangers might be present, or if the object is too damaged and would be difficult or impossible to preserve or restore. Hazards could include lead, asbestos, or preservatives used on animal specimens. Health and safety is of utmost importance, for staff, volunteers and the public, so this needs to be considered when thinking about storage, preservation, and display.

In general, I ask a set of questions about every potential object or set of records that could be added to the collection. I want to make sure that it fits our collection, that it is safe, if we already have it or not, and if it helps tell Calgary’s aviation story. This can sometimes mean a lot of research behind the scenes! If something does not seem like it would be a good fit, I am always happy to make other recommendations. I know how important these objects, stories and records often are to potential donors and the public, and I want to do my best to help you find the best home for them.

If you think you might have an object or records that might find a good home at The Hangar Flight Museum, I would love to hear from you. Since I do often need to do a lot of research, I would encourage you to please send an email instead of dropping by with your item. Unfortunately, I’m not always here and can’t always make these important decisions on the spot!  Please send an email to  with a brief description and photo or two if possible. I would love to discuss your objects and stories with you! 

Please note that any potential donations should be related to western Canadian aviation, and Calgary if at all possible. At this time we are also unable to accept donations of books, magazines, or models, as we do already have an extensive collection of these items. Thank you so much for considering The Hangar Flight Museum.





Find Us at the Airshow

What's new in the shop

We're headed out to the Wings Over Springbank Airshow on July 27 & 28 and we've brought in extra stock for the occasion. We have Snowbirds pins, hats, tshirts and sweatshirts that we only carry for this airshow. If you're interested in one of these pieces, act fast, or come see us at Springbank!



Red and grey Snowbirds Hoodie $60
Snowbirds pins $7-8.50
Snowbirds earrings $10.50





In the Media


We have received some great media coverage over the last year in local newspapers and on news broadcasts. If you miss seeing us on the news, you can always find the recent pieces on our Media Page.