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Labour Day Long Weekend

September 3-7

Summer isn't over yet! Continue exploring what Calgary has to offer on the Labour Day weekend. We will be open from 10am-4pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the long weekend. We do recommend that you book your tickets in advance to guarantee your admission time, though we will also be taking walk-up admissions. 

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Message from the Executive Director

Brian Desjardins

It has been an interesting, but no less exciting, summer at The Hangar. We have many projects moving forward and we've also been hard at work with our internal processes and policies. In June and July the Board of Directors met in the main hangar while practicing social distance requirements by spreading out with over 6 feet between directors.

Restoration work continues in Wetaskiwin on the CF-100 Canuck. We are looking forward to our first site visit in September so that we can see the progress in person. This multi-year project's length is on track for its return in the summer of 2023. We look forward to providing ongoing updates during this exciting project.
As we focus on ensuring that our artifacts are restored when needed and maintained at the Museum, we are also focused on the maintenance of our Main Hangar. The original wood structure in the building that the Museum calls home has gone through some seasonal humidity changes for years, and we are now in the process of installing a new humidity system so that the humidity level stays more consistent and repairing some wood trusses. After all, the Main Hangar is indeed a 78-year old wood-framed building and typical wood deterioration processes can be expected. We are very thankful to have the support of the City of Calgary (Capital Infrastructure Funds) with the installation of a humidity system, and repairs to some of the roof trusses.

We also need your help. The City has committed to providing 75% (approx. $200,000) of the funding for these projects with The Hangar required to cover the other 25% (approx. $50,000). This means the amount we need to fundraise is $50,000 to be able to complete these two major projects. The long term longevity of the building and aircraft contained within it is contingent upon us performing these maintenance and preventative measures. Every donation makes a difference toward the preservation of our historic building.

Now that we are open regularly again, we would truly appreciate your support through the renewal of your membership or through the purchase of a new membership. We are continuing our work to develop and improve our exhibits, including the limited time introduction of the travelling exhibition Ace Academy, which we discuss more below. If you were to visit the museum today you would certainly see changes since the last time you visited! 
I recently took a trip up to Edmonton and met Jean Lauzon, the Executive Director of the Alberta Aviation Museum, during my holiday. I also met with John Chalmers from the Canadian Aviation Historical Society while at the Museum. We're always recommending that people get out and safely explore Alberta, and it was enjoyable to do so myself with my family. 
I'd like to conclude by thanking you again for your support of The Hangar. Museums cannot operate independently and the encouragement, interest, and engagement that our community provides keeps us motivated to make The Hangar a better place. 

New Virtual Reality Exhibit

Ace Academy

Have you visited the museum to try out Ace Academy: Flight Experience yet?
Players fly the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum’s Sopwith Ship Camel by moving their arms up and down to manoeuver the airplane onscreen.

If you visit the museum and take part in this touch-free experience, let us know your high score by sharing using #hangarmuseum and #AvSpaceMuseum


Collections Corner

New Artifacts

We are excited to have recently received some new artifacts which belonged to flying ace Willie McKnight. While these items are not currently on display, we are exploring possibilities. Keep an eye out in the museum on future visits!

The artifacts include this steamer trunk, with the initials W.L.M on the outside, as well as remains of original stickers from various trips, and some other small items.
If you think you might have an object or records that might find a good home at The Hangar Flight Museum and would help us tell the story of Calgary’s aviation story, 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 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, except in specific circumstances and with some flexibility, we are also unable to accept donations of books, magazines, art prints, models, or uniforms as we do already have an extensive collection of these items.Thank you so much for considering The Hangar Flight Museum.


New Rotating Exhibit

Curated by summer student, Jessica Smallman

We have decided to turn the exhibit case in the vestibule into a rotating exhibit that will have the opportunity to be curated by various staff and volunteers at The Hangar as well as members of the community at large. The first edition On Board Safety is up. It displays some of the items that airplanes and airlines keep on hand to ensure the safety off all those involved. Come see it for yourself in the coming months before the next installment! 


Global Space School 

Skyler Chan

This year’s session of the United Space School went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of being hosted at Houston, Texas. As a result, this year’s space school was renamed Global Space School-1 (GSS-1). The original mission shifted to a competition where teams were tasked to propose a business model for planning a human mission to an asteroid. My team, STAR International Industries, won a multi-year 1.5 billion USD contract for our proposed series of human missions to manufacture steel wire to metal 3D print on asteroid 16 Psyche.

Although we were not able to experience Space City Houston and be present at Johnson Space Centre (JSC), in retrospect, GSS-1 truly encapsulated and simulated the implementation of an asteroid mission. Delegates worked together across 6 continents and attended group calls, team calls and optional Q and A sessions with guest speakers ranging from astronauts to engineers to entrepreneurs. I found these sessions most valuable and impactful, as I not only was able to ask my burning questions , but to listen, giving me a new worldview. We were also invited to attend lectures for NASA interns. The exposure to NASA operations at a systematic level opened my eyes to see how one day I may also be able to work for a space agency. Lecture topics ranged from risk mitigation and management to NASA’s plans with the upcoming Orion and Artemis series. (This part was super exciting!!)

Quite frankly, I got a taste of what being an astronaut is like. Although the 5 AM group calls were early, I felt like I was experiencing the overview effect that many astronauts experience on the ISS. Furthermore, by executing and working as a team in isolation, while communicating with other team members virtually - I felt as if I was an astronaut communicating between the ISS and Earth/Mission Control. Speaking of communication, one of the most intriguing takeaways I learned at an intern lecture was this: it’s not our technology that’s holding us back from Mars—it’s us. A lack of international collaboration was cited as one of the threats that could have killed the early stages of the ISS. Trust and international collaboration between nations is the key to success.

Finally, here are some key takeaways that I learned from GSS 1 on how to become an astronaut:

1. Pursue a STEM career and degree, and aim for the highest level of education possible! Don’t worry about which STEM field you may choose, as space
exploration draws from a diverse array of STEM fields.
2. Speaking of education, if you’re a student, focus on learning—not grades.
3. Stay active, and understand how your body works (and don’t forget to take care of it!) swimming tests, scuba diving, first aid.
4. Be well-rounded, and play an instrument! (We’ve been told NASA asks astronaut applicants this).
5. Be mindful.
6. As cliche as it may sound, follow your passion! (And don’t be afraid if you don’t know what your passion is yet!) NASA astronaut interviewers look to see if you truly enjoy your current job when you apply, so ensure you pursue a (backup) career that energizes you with purpose!


New Exhibit at The Military Museums - Founders Gallery

They Never Talked About It: Untold Stories WWII

Untold Stories WWII details Canada's wartime involvement across multiple continents and campaigns, through the lens of more than forty personalized stories including recorded oral histories from veterans, artefacts, artworks, and historical accounts.

Drawing on the holdings of multiple collections and archives at The Military Museums (TMM), plus loans from other public organizations, this exhibition is co-curated by eight partnering institutions at TMM. […]  Notable inclusions are artworks by Canadian artist and POW Maxwell Bates, nose art from Royal Canadian Air Force planes, and a series of original propaganda pictures from Hitler’s offices in the Reichstag that are being exhibited for the first time since the fall of Berlin in 1945.”

The Hangar Flight Museum has loaned several pieces from our permanent collection for this exhibit.

To learn more about the exhibit and plan your visit to The Military Museums, please visit their website:

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