This was originally posted on 10 July 2015, and because I lost all of my old content, I am reposting it. In my last attempt at a blog, I tried for part aviation, part travel, but now I’ll leave the travel stuff to twitter and my personal facebook. My plan this year is to stick to aviation related posts. The only two aviation posts that I managed to salvage are this one and one about the Cochrane Pond Hawker Hurricane, which I will also repost. There are a few posts from my first blog on blogspot which I will also eventually repost here. Sadly, I have lost any and all comments from this blog, including a wonderfully detailed one about Le oiseau blanc. I hope it is somewhere in my emails, but I don’t think so.
Anyway, we return to the Alberta Aviation Museum!
First posted on 10 July 2015 on planecrashgirl.ca
This museum has been in the news lately because they are in the process of acquiring a Lancaster bomber. When I was there in May, it seemed to be what was on everyone’s mind; what model, where it will be housed, what work will need to be done on it… It was all very exciting.
The passion of everyone involved at this museum shows, from our friendly greeting to an impromptu tour by one of the volunteers who didn’t even bother to finish his pre-shift coffee before showing us around. I have been to a couple of aviation museums, and I love seeing how each one shows the history and story of aviation. The Alberta Aviation Museum did not disappoint. Actually, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to get in! I had been trying to get to the museum throughout my holiday, and on the day I got back from Jasper, was dropped at the museum. Unfortunately, it was closed for a private event! But no worries, the next day a whole crew of us decided to go together and earlier in the day so we could spend as much time as we wanted exploring the museum.
The group consisted of five adults of varying backgrounds, and two young children, and we all enjoyed ourselves. The kids particularly enjoyed the strollers shaped like airplanes, and I enjoyed encouraging airplane noises while we explored the museum.
The Alberta Aviation Museum is located on the city airport property, which is now closed, in one of the hangars. This gives them a great deal of space to house a number of aircraft, plus space outside for some of their more modern features. The exhibits along the walls look at Alberta’s role in aviation and World War II. Such highlights include information about the first heavier than air flight in Canada, famous Albertan aviators such as Wilfried Reid “Wop” May, and Alberta’s role in Bomber Command. I’ll be honest, there was a lot of information, too much for one visit, so I’ll have to go back the next time I’m in Edmonton.
Honestly, I had a great time in Edmonton, but this museum was a highlight. The staff were friendly and informative, and spent a little extra time with me when I told them what I do. It was wonderful to see the restoration area, especially the Ventura they are currently working on. Hopefully one day we’ll be able to restore the Ventura that crashed near Benton as they are restoring their Ventura. Some day it would be nice to open an aviation museum in St. John’s to compliment those scattered around Newfoundland and Labrador, and I certainly gathered a few ideas from my visit to the Alberta Aviation Museum. Can’t wait to get back!
I see that you have lost a lot of information you had previously posted. Coincidentally a few weeks ago on radio there was a show that talked about such occurrences happening – and that there is a lot of information out there that is not backed up in some form and has or can be lost forever. Indeed a few years ago I had posted information and pictures to a very good and informative railway history site that just disappeared one day forever from the Internet.
In this regard I can forward you my comments on L’Oiseau Blanc that I previously sent you and which you posted previously on your site. Interesting to note that Decre and his gang still continue to strike out in their searches for that aircraft.
If you can send me your email address then I can send you my previous comments on L’Oiseau Blanc.
Thank you so much for commenting again. I have learned my lesson and am saving important comments and backing up all of my posts. I have not yet read the Oiseau Blanc document that I have, but as I hope to have an interview for a bilingual position perhaps I should for practice.
I would greatly appreciate your comments again. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Lisa
Greetings! I’ve been following your website for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout
out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep
up the fantastic work!
Thank you very much. I have much more planned and appreciate the readership.