Visit to The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley BC

Henry Tenby and Andreas Stryk at the Canadian Museum of Flight

Henry Tenby and Andreas Stryk at the Canadian Museum of Flight early February 2019, the snowiest day of the year.

About a one hour drive east along the Trans Canada freeway from Vancouver city centre, at Langley airport resides the Canadian Museum of Flight and their winderful collection of Canadian aviation aircraft and artifacts.

The museum is truly a labour of love for the many dedicated volunteers and fans that keep the museum going. My visit of early February, 2019, so happened to be during the first major snow storm of the year. But that did not stop us from enjoying our visit.

From the main entrance where they have a small selection of gifts and a large selection of donated aviation books for sale, a back door leads to the small courtyard where their nice collection of aircraft are presented for observation and close study, including a CF-101 Starfighter, RCAF Bolingbroke, and a Beech 18 aling with an interesting collection of engines from types that served in Canadian skies.

The indoors part of the collection is lovingly preserved in an adjacent and heated hangar, where Canadian and BC aviation history from the civil airline and military perspectives is presented for leisurely visits by museum visitors. The centre section of the heated hangar is also a quasi aircraft storage and maintenance space for the flying aircraft that are part of the museum’s treasured collection of vintage.

The people and volunteers we met during our visit were super friendly. I can only recommend that all aviations fans visiting the lower mainland take the time and effort to visit and support this wonderful aviation museum. Now you can’t say “I didn’t know there was an aviation museum in the lower mainland of Vancouver.”

Vintage Air Canada 1990s-2000s Flight Attendant uniform at Canadian Museum of Flight

Vintage Air Canada 1990s-2000s Flight Attendant uniform at Canadian Museum of Flight.

CP Air Boeing SST Super Sonic Transport model at Canadian Museum of Flight.

CP Air Boeing SST Super Sonic Transport model at Canadian Museum of Flight.

Air BC Flight Attendant Uniform circa 1990s at the Canadian Museum of Flight.

Air BC Flight Attendant Uniform circa 1990s at the Canadian Museum of Flight. This was the standard Air Canada Connector uniform throughout most of the 1990s.

Air Canada Jazz Flight Attendant Uniform circa 2000s at the Canadian Museum of Flight.

Air Canada Jazz Flight Attendant Uniform circa 2000s at the Canadian Museum of Flight.

Bristol Blenheim cockpit section at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Bristol Blenheim cockpit section at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A nice inside view of the heated hangar and museum display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A nice inside view of the heated hangar and museum display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Restored Handley Page Hampden at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Restored Handley Page Hampden at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Air Canada mainline Flight Attendant uniform 2000s at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Air Canada mainline Flight Attendant uniform 2000s at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Queen Charlotte Airlines LTD Stranraer flying boat model at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Queen Charlotte Airlines LTD Stranraer flying boat model at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Rare Canadiana! A colour view from the 40s or 50s of a Junkers brush plane, somewhere in the Canadian hinterlands. Not sure of the operator. Image is at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Rare Canadiana! A colour view from the 40s or 50s of a Junkers brush plane, somewhere in the Canadian hinterlands. Not sure of the operator. Image is at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A restored RCAF De Havilland Vampire at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A restored RCAF De Havilland Vampire at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A 'to-the-point" no BS US Military Base restricted area warning sign from the 1950s! At the at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A ‘to-the-point” no BS US Military Base restricted area warning sign from the 1950s! At the at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Guess the type! It is a Canadian Forces CF-104 Starfighter at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Guess the type! It is a Canadian Forces CF-104 Starfighter at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Always happy at an aviation museum! Henry Tenby doesn't mind a little snow getting in the way of enjoying a visit to at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Always happy at an aviation museum! Henry Tenby doesn’t mind a little snow getting in the way of enjoying a visit to at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Lovely 1/50th scale CP Air Boeing 737-200 travel agent display model by Pacific Miniatures, circa early 1970s. At the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Lovely 1/50th scale CP Air Boeing 737-200 travel agent display model by Pacific Miniatures, circa early 1970s. At the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Canadian Coast Guard Sikorsky S-55 on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

Canadian Coast Guard Sikorsky S-55 on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

A very nice 1/100 scale Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-8-8-63 in the goose livery on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. Models dates from 1968 and was likely made by Westway Models of Wembley, Middlesex, UK.

A very nice 1/100 scale Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-8-8-63 in the goose livery on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. Models dates from 1968 and was likely made by Westway Models of Wembley, Middlesex, UK.

A very nice 1/100 scale Pacific Western Airlines Boeing 767-200 executive desk model on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. Models dates from 1982-83 and was made by Scalecraft Models of New Zealand.

A very nice 1/100 scale Pacific Western Airlines Boeing 767-200 executive desk model on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. Models dates from 1982-83 and was made by Scalecraft Models of New Zealand.

A 1/72 scale desk model of Transair Cargo's Armstrong Whitworth Argosy Freighter at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. This aircraft was based in Winnipeg in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A 1/72 scale desk model of Transair Cargo’s Armstrong Whitworth Argosy Freighter at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. This aircraft was based in Winnipeg in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

An incredibly grotesque model. This being a brutishly ugly attempted representation of a CP Air DC-8-43 circa 1970s. This model was originally made by Peter V. Nelson of the UK in the 1960s and was originally finished in the Canadian Pacific goose colours. The model is part of the artifacts collection at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

An incredibly grotesque model. This being a brutishly ugly attempted representation of a CP Air DC-8-43 circa 1970s. This model was originally made by Peter V. Nelson of the UK in the 1960s and was originally finished in the Canadian Pacific goose colours. The model is part of the artifacts collection at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC.

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