August Newsletter


News from Hangar Flight Museum


New Professional Photography Session

Wednesday August 28th - friends and family of members get in free!


Most of the photographs you see in our newsletter, on our social media channels, or even in our advertisements are photographs we have taken ourselves on our cell phones (like the one above) or are professional photographs we commissioned in 2014. We have new aircraft in our collection since 2014, nevermind the new lighting system, new blinds, different exhibits and updated wall colours - it is time to make sure that our photographs match the experience! 

Most importantly, we want to showcase visitors experiencing the Museum! 

We would really appreciate your support in this endeavour by visiting the Museum on August 28th. Our intended schedule for the day includes opening a few planes at the below approximate times:

F86 Sabre 11am-12pm
Twin Otter: 1pm-2pm
Avro Lancaster: 2pm-3pm
DC-3: 3pm-4pm
*this schedule is subject to change

It's a great time to show off this place to your friends and family because on this day only they get in free with your membership card! We look forward to seeing you here! Thank you for your continued support as a member. 





Open Plane Days



We are at the final two weekends of this program for 2019! It's flown by so quickly! It's your last chance until 2020 to tour the inside of these aircraft. Please don't forget to wear closed-toe shoes.

The final dates for this year are:

Wednesday August 28: photography session + Sabre, Twin Otter, Lancaster & DC-3

Saturday August 24: Beechcraft

Sunday August 25: Fighter Jets

Saturday August 31: Twin Otter

Sunday September 1: Avro Lancaster

Monday September 2: DC-3






Historic Calgary Week

Cassandra Cummings

This year marked the 29th year of Chinook Country Historical Society’s Historic Calgary Week. Each year Chinook Country, along with more than 30 major partners, arranges a number of events throughout the city, exploring different aspects of local history. The theme this year was Oh, The Fun We Had! and included talks on the history of football and baseball, a tour of the brewery district in Inglewood including discussion of the Inglewood Brewery, tours of the Stampede Corral, music history, bike tours, archaeology tours, and so much more. There were more than 100 events to choose from!

This year the Hangar Flight Museum participated at the Calgary Public Library’s Heritage Fair, and also led some behind the scenes tours of the collections. At the family heritage fair we had a few hundred people stop by our booth to build Wright bats and talk about the museum. Here at the museum, we were able to lead more than 30 visitors on a behind the scenes tour of the collection, including talking about some of my personal favourite artifacts. It was a great way to connect with more Calgarians and share some aviation history!



Collections Manager Cassandra talks about some of her favourite artifacts before taking visitors behind the scenes. Photo courtesy of Calgary Heritage Initiative. 



Museum Assistant Michael helping with Wright Bats at the new Central Library. 


You can learn more about Historic Calgary Week and The Hangar Flight Museum's participation this year by checking out our CTV interview:



For a full review of Historic Calgary Week take a look at Chinook Country Historical Society's website: 





Springbank Airshow

A wild and windy weekend

Our staff and volunteers rode out the sudden wind storm at the Wings Over Springbank Airshow on July 27, to finish with a perfect day for an airshow on July 28. We have attended the local Airdrie and Springbank shows for years, but this one was the most eventful. The sudden pickup of wind on the Saturday had us chasing tshirts down the runway and had us hanging onto our tents desperately to make sure they didn't fly away. We're glad to report that even with the show being canceled on the Saturday we were very glad to have attended this year. We're always happy to supply the attendees with their Snowbirds memories with tshirts, hats, etc. The Museum receives revenue we need to keep preserving history through gift shop sales both at the Museum and at off site events such as these airshows. With a tshirt purchase you're helping preserve aircraft for future generations - thank you! 



Museum Assistant Michael with our Hawker Hurricane exhibit at the Springbank airshow.