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Canadian Warplane Heritage located at the Hamilton International Airport had its beginnings with one aircraft and a dream. This living history museum is dedicated to preserving and restoring a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military services from the beginning of World War II to the present. Included are other related aviation artifacts and memorabilia of significant historical importance to this period.

Canadian Warplane Heritage’s 108,000 sq. ft. state trainers, fighters and bombers, some in flying condition. Canadian Warplane Heritage is the home of the only operational Avro Lancaster in North America and it is one of only two flying Lancaster’s in the world.

Museum guests can view the Bristol Bolingbroke aircraft restoration project that takes place in the aircraft display area (hangar). The restoration work is completed by a team of volunteer members of the museum who are more than willing to share information on the aircraft, as well as the efforts put into this project.

Canadian Warplane Heritage has an extensive collection of artifacts and interactive displays, easy to read text panels, photographs and memorabilia in the exhibit gallery. Our theatre beckons museum guests to relax and enjoy a movie or some vintage newsreel footage. The museum’s theatre and collection of artifacts in the exhibit gallery are fully accessible. When guests enter the hangar display area they are truly in awe by the size and variety of aircraft that are housed in the museum facility all under one roof! The entire collection is displayed on one level. Guests can also get a bird’s-eye view of the aircraft from our indoor observation deck.

The museum has more interactive displays located in the aircraft display area. Guests can sit in the cockpit of a CF-100 Jet then climb into the cockpit and work the controls of ‘The Restoration Story’, which is a half-restored WWII aircraft. Some aircraft in the display area have stairs so the cockpits are easily visible.

While at Canadian Warplane Heritage, guests can enjoy a delicious meal, snack or beverage in our restaurant. Featuring floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking our aircraft ramp, guests have the opportunity to the museum’s aircraft in flight* while enjoying the climate controlled comfort of the restaurant *weather and crew permitting.

Museum guests can visit our large and most unique aviation gift shop and pick up a special gift or keepsake. There are many items to choose from such as hats, clothing, DVDs, books, models and much more.

Museum membership does have its privileges. If you are looking for a real thrill, look no further than Canadian Warplane Heritage to experience the excitement of a ‘member’s only’ ride in a vintage aircraft. Membership rides are available in a variety of aircraft from our DC-3 to our Avro Lancaster and a selection of aircraft in between. Don’t forget your camera.

As 2009 marks the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight in Canada, aircraft from the museum’s collection will be busy appearing at air shows. In particular the Avro Lancaster is scheduled to appear at CFB Trenton (Ontario), Thunder Over Michigan (Willow Run, Michigan), Air Venture Oshkosh (Wisconsin), Cold Lake Air Show (Alberta) and Western Canada Aviation Museum (Manitoba) just to name a few. For more information, check out the flying schedule for all of our

Michigan), Air Venture Oshkosh (Wisconsin), Cold Lake Air Show (Alberta) and Western Canada Aviation Museum (Manitoba) just to name a few. For more information, check out the flying schedule for all of our aircraft on our web site.

Canadian Warplane Heritage, a registered Canadian Charity, is located one hour from Toronto or Niagara Falls. The museum is a popular attraction for all ages. Open daily from 9am-5pm, we are open 363 days, closed only Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We also have itinerant aircraft parking available on-site.

For more information call (905) 67-WEFLY (679-3359) or our recorded message line 1-877-FIREFLY (347-3359) or check us out at

May/June 2009 Aviators Hot Line WARBIRDS

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