As we continue into fall, we remain open four days a week: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm. You can either purchase tickets online to guarantee your arrival time, or purchase your tickets at the door.
We have reopened the Mezzanine at this time, and we have a few new additions to the museum that we'll introduce to you below!
Plus, don't forget that the travelling exhibition Ace Academy is only with us for a limited time, come experience it for yourself before the end of the year.
Message from the Executive Director
September and October have been especially productive months of planning for the future of The Hangar Flight Museum. On October 20th our Chair, Nora Molina, and myself presented our 2019 Annual Report to the City of Calgary, Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services. Some of the highlights from 2019 that we presented include:
- It was a record year for us at The Hangar Flight Museum with a 10% increase in visitation, 9% increase in educational programs, 65% increase in gift shop sales, and 130% increase in donations - Successfully fundraised $400,000 to restore our CF-100 Canuck aircraft - Celebrated the homecoming of Hawker Hurricane #5389 - The Tiger Moth returned to us after many years on loan at Heritage Park (Gasoline Alley) - Added a new exhibit on McCall and McKnight, celebrating these two famous flying aces from Calgary - Our team grew by 2 full-time staff - Collections Manager and Education Interpreter - We added a new annual event for National Aviation Day, and over 300 visitors came to celebrate - Our 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony had record attendance at over 1600 people, which made it the second largest service in Calgary, as far as we are aware - and more!
The City of Calgary committee members commented that our presentation was a breath of fresh air and that they enjoyed our positivity and enthusiasm for our achievements. Our success in 2019 put us in an enviable financial position this year in 2020 as we faced COVID 'mask-on' with confidence. Of course, we would not have been as successful without member and volunteer support and the aviation community. As well, thank you to our strongest partners - the City of Calgary and Calgary Airport Authority!
At the presentation we also spoke to the development of our new Strategic Plan -Destination 2030, in which we are setting out our short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. We must keep our eyes on the skies to get where we want to be in the next ten years, which unanimously includes a forthcoming capital campaign to replace the Tent Hangar and building expansion.
In September our Board, and a few key staff members, attended a Strategic Planning session at the Best Western Port O'Call Hotel across the street from The Hangar. It was an exciting day of brainstorming and it was encouraging to hear the similarities between all of our dreams for where the museum can be by 2030. Our Strategic Plan is currently in development with the assistance from consultants at Hatlie Group. We look ahead to 2021 and our journey to expand and improve upon the visitor experience that we offer at The Hangar Flight Museum.
Remembrance Day 2020
Wednesday November 11
As we all know, this year is a very different type of year when it comes to hosting events. Rather than hosting our traditional in-person morning service on November 11, CTV has been kind enough to partner with us to broadcast and livestream our service! This is a great opportunity because then everyone can join us from the safety and comfort of their own homes.
CTV Calgary will provide live coverage of The Hangar Flight Museum Remembrance Day Service from 10:57am to 11:30am on Nov. 11th
You can watch the coverage on CTV Calgary and CTV Lethbridge. You can also watch it on a live webstream at CTVNewsCalgary.ca
Admissions: On Remembrance Day we will be taking online admission registrations only, because it will be very important for us to keep our visitation at a safe capacity. Our admission rates on this day will be 'Admission by Donation' with some preselected options based on the restrictions of our online registration system. We really appreciate your support this year.
The installation of a new humidity system has been going according to plan. As we mentioned in the previous newsletter, this project is generously supported by the City of Calgary however we are in need of matching funds in order to be able to complete this project. At the moment we have raised $1300 of the $50,000 goal. Next month marks the 45th anniversary of our non-profit association. We had really been looking forward to celebrating with all of you! If you'd like to gift us an anniversary present, supporting the health of our building with a donation would mean the world to us.
As we begin work on the truss repairs in the Main Hangar, we may have some dates in the upcoming months that we will close for construction. We'll announce these dates, if this occurs, on our social media, website, and through our e-Newsletters.
The CF-100 restoration project, which our members and supporters helped make happen, has also been going according to the schedule. In September a trip was made up to Wetaskiwin to see how the project was progressing (photo above).
From left to right: Byron Reynolds (Historic Aviation), Liam O'Connell (Board member, The Hangar Flight Museum), Rob Ballantyne (museum member), John Melbourne (Board member, The Hangar Flight Museum), Brian Desjardins (Executive Director, The Hangar Flight Museum).
Free gift with purchase or renewal
From now until the end of the year if you renew your membership or purchase a new membership you'll receive a bonus when you visit the museum next. You can select one of two options: 1. Free Hurricane bookazine (value $10) 2. Free Hurricane #5389 collectible book (value $15)
just let us know which bonus you'd like when you purchase or renew!
Coming soon - we also have new cards in the mail that will be to us soon. These will make gifting memberships or admission tickets to a friend, coworker or family member even more fun! We'll show you photos of these next month once they arrive.
On your next visit to the museum, you may notice some new artifacts in our main hangar! We are very excited to have a Boeing 767 Cabin Crew door trainer as part of our permanent collection. This trainer was recently used, and donated by, WestJet Inflight Cabin Crew Training. One of the most important parts of Cabin Crew training is safety and emergency procedures, and trainers like this one help Inflight Crew Members practice their skills.
Along with the trainer, which you are welcome to walk through and even take a seat in, we have other artifacts from WestJet on display including uniforms, life vests, and service items.
Thank you to WestJet for donating these items to the collection and helping us tell more of the commercial aviation story!
To learn more about Cabin Crew Training, take a look at our YouTube channel:
On your walk through the hangar, you may also notice some curious artifacts near the Hawker Hurricane. These two pieces are from Japanese balloon bombs from the Second World War which were both found in Canada, one shot down by fighter planes near Boundary Bay during the war, and one in Wood Buffalo Park post-war. During the war these incendiary balloons were launched in Japan and carried by wind currents to the west coast of Canada and the United States, with the goal of causing forest fires. More than 9000 balloons were launched. The balloons were largely unsuccessful, even though many did make it across the Pacific. Pieces have been found as recently as 2019. These artifacts are on loan from the Glenbow Museum.
Meet Our Collections Intern
Originally from Red Deer, I relocated to Calgary in 2012 to attend the University of Calgary. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Ancient and Medieval History with a minor Museum and Heritage Studies and have recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Resource Management and Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management from the University of Victoria.
I have worked at various museums in Calgary for several years now, mostly focused on the collection and exhibits at Heritage Park Historical Village. I am excited to learn about the history of flight in Western Canada that is represented in this collection and am excited to gain more experience with museum collections as a whole.
In my spare time, I can generally be found doing a puzzle, reading, watching scary movies and history-based TV shows, and going to rock concerts.
New experiences from The Hangar to your home
We're continuing to think up new ways of giving you access to aviation heritage from your home. If you haven't checked our online jigsaw puzzle account recently, we've added some new ones. There are puzzles with more pieces and puzzles where the pieces start out rotated for an extra challenge.
Stephen, our education interpreter, spent time with many of our volunteers in September talking with them about their favourite aircraft. One of our greatest assets at The Hangar is our group of passionate volunteers. We'll be sharing videos featuring our volunteers sharing information about our planes over the next month on our YouTube channel. You can click to watch the first video about the Avro Anson below! (Part II is also online)
Avro Anson Part 1
In case you haven't seen this yet, Heritage Minutes' newest video features Elsie MacGill - the world's first female aeronautical engineer. She oversaw Canada's production of Hawker Hurricanes during the Second World War. You can also learn more about Elsie and Hurricanes with a visit to The Hangar.