A tour of The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

I have never been to the museum. Not sure exactly why, but it is totally worth the trip. It’s located right on the edge of Richardson International Airport, so many take off and landings can be seen from the museum’s observation deck. Admission fees are minimal, friendly staff and great exhibits.

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (formerly the Western Canada Aviation Museum) is a museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the second largest aviation museum in Canada. The collection is housed in an original Trans-Canada Air Lines (today operating as Air Canada) hangar dating from the 1930s.

Many very good model displays.

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Orville Wright and Charles Lindbergh signatures!

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Great maps.

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CF-101 Voodoo

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Three 20 millimeter machine guns on an CF-86 Sabre

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The crazy Avrocar.

The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was a VTOL aircraft developed by Avro Aircraft Ltd. (Canada) as part of a secret U.S. military project carried out in the early years of the Cold War. The Avrocar intended to exploit the Coandă effect to provide lift and thrust from a single “turborotor” blowing exhaust out the rim of the disk-shaped aircraft to provide anticipated VTOL-like performance. In the air, it would have resembled a flying saucer.

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A very extensive Antonov exhibit.

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Cabin of a Vickers Viscount.

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Erickson Skycrane helicopter landed at the airport. The beast is installing large transmission towers for Manitoba Hydro south of Winnipeg.

There is even a Kiddie zone.

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Interactive exhibits

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