Canada 150 Air Force Day

Meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, see their aircraft up close on the ground and learn the many roles performed by Canada’s air force today. From helicopters, trainers and transports to the CF-18 Hornet and Vimy Flight biplanes, plus the collection of vintage military aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Visitors will have a chance to view over 60 aircraft.

Air Force Day - Past, Present & Future
Saturday, July 8, 2017
9 am to 5 pm

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope, Hamilton

AVRO Lancaster


Lancaster plane in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Bomber
Length: 21.18m (69 ft. 6 in.)
Wingspan: 31.1m (102 ft.)
Max Speed: 443kph (275mph)

Probably the most famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics and operational performance. Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with Royal Canadian Air Force Lancaster squadrons in England. In total 7,377 Lancasters rolled off the production lines in Canada and England. Today, only 17 Lancasters survive around the world, but only two are in flying condition. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster took 11 years to restore and has been flying since 1988 as a living memorial to those who served.

For more information, visit Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Profile Page


CF-18 Hornet


CF-18 in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Fighter
Length: 17.07m (56 ft.)
Wingspan: 12.31m (40.5 ft.)
Max Speed: Mach 1.8

A versatile, world class fighter aircraft, the supersonic CF-18, or Hornet as it is popularly known, can engage both ground and aerial targets. Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full size pickup trucks off the ground. As the Royal Canadian Air Force’s frontline multi-role fighter, the modernized CF-18 is used for air defence, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing and evaluation.

For more information, visit the Royal Canadian Air Force


CANADAIR T-33 Silver Star


T33 Siver Star in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Trainer
Length: 11.5m (37 ft. 8 in.)
Wingspan: 13m (42 ft. 7 in.)
Max Speed: 917kph (570 mph)

The Silver Star is more often referred to as the T-33 or T-Bird. The last T-33 Silver Star was retired from the Canadian Forces in March 2005. It had a long and distinguished history with the Canadian Forces and became one of the most versatile jet aircraft in Canadian skies. Now owned by the Waterloo Warbirds, the T-33, nicknamed the “Mako Shark”, features the distinctive shark teeth markings on its nose and is certainly a fan favourite.

For more information, visit Waterloo Warbirds




Douglas Dakota in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Transport
Built: 1939
Length: 19.6m (64 ft. 5 in.)
Wingspan: 29.1m (95 ft. 6 in.)
Max Speed: 369kph (229 mph)

The Canadian Warplane Museum’s Dakota displays the markings of RCAF No. 435 and 436 Squadrons that operated in Burma during 1944-45 and whose slogan was "Canucks Unlimited". It originally flew many years for several airlines including Eastern Airlines, and is now one of the highest time Dakotas currently still flying with over 82,000 hours in the air - equal to over 12 million miles, or 492 times around the world!

For more information, visit Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Profile Page


CH-146 Griffon


CH146 Griffon Helicopter in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Tactical/Search and Rescue
Length: 17.1m (56 ft.)
Rotorspan: 14m (45 ft.)
Max Speed: 260kph (162mph)

No matter where their duties take them, the men and women of the Canadian Forces know they can rely on the CH-146 Griffon helicopter to get them there and back safely. In service with the Royal Canadian Air Force since 1995, providing tactical airlift to soldiers to rescuing civilians in the High Arctic and providing support during natural disasters here at home, Canada’s Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter has served faithfully.

For more information visit the Royal Canadian Air Force


C-130J Hercules


C-130J Hercules Aircraft

Aircraft Details

Type: Transport
Length: 34.27m (112 ft. 9 in.)
Wingspan: 40.38m (132 ft. 7 in.)
Max Speed: 660kph (410mph)

The C-130 Hercules is a four engine fixed wing turboprop aircraft that can carry up to 78 combat troops. It is used for a wide range of missions, including troop transport, tactical airlift, search and rescue, air-to-air refuelling, and aircrew training. It can carry more than 17,000 kilograms (about 38,000 pounds) of fuel for air-to-air refuelling.

For more information visit the Royal Canadian Air Force


North American B-25 Mitchell


North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Bomber
Length: 16.1m (52 ft. 11 in.)
Wingspan: 20.6m (67 ft. 7 in.)
Max Speed: 439kph (272mph)

B-25 Mitchells fought in every theatre of the Second World War and operated in many roles, including tactical bombing, tank busting and anti-shipping strikes. They took part in one of the most famous actions of World War II; the first long range bombing of Japan in April 1942 led by Colonel Jimmy Doolittle. Sixteen B-25s took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, 800 miles off the coast of Japan and bombed Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s B-25 is displayed in the markings of a Royal Air Force aircraft which fought over North West Europe during 1944-45. It is dedicated to the Canadians who flew with that squadron.

For information visit Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum profile page


de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth


Tiger Moth aircraft parked on the tarmac

Aircraft Details

Type: Trainer
Length: 7.29m (23 ft. 11 in.)
Wingspan: 8.94m (29 ft. 4 in.)
Max Speed: 172kpj (107mph)

The de Havilland Tiger Moth was designed in 1931 as a primary trainer for the Royal Air Force. During the following 15 years, the DH.82 was to become the foremost training airplane flown by the Commonwealth’s military and civilian pilots. Besides pilot training, Tiger Moths were used for basic radio operator instruction. Many Tiger Moth trainers were flown at Mount Hope during the Second World War. 1,550 were built in Canada at Downsview between 1937 and 1944. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Tiger Moth was received as a private donation in 2015.

For information visit Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum profile page


Consolidated PBY-5A Canso


Canso aircraft in flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Bomber
Length: 19.48m (63 ft. 11 in.)
Wingspan: 31.7m (104 ft.)
Max Speed: 288kph (179mph)

PBY flying boats manufactured in Montreal served with eleven Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons in World War II. They operated from both coasts and were employed in coastal patrols, convoy protection and submarine hunting. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Canso is painted in the colours and markings of a Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft dedicated to Flt. Lt. David Hornell, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. On June 24 1944, he and his crew sank the German submarine U-1225. During the attack, the aircraft was shot down and Hornell and his crew spent more than 20 hours floating in the cold Atlantic, before being rescued. Sadly, Hornell died from exposure shortly after his rescue.

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Nieuport 11 - Vimy Flight


3 Niewport 11 - WW1 Fighter Planes in Flight

Aircraft Details

Type: Fighter
Length: 5.8m (19 ft.)
Wingspan: 7.55m (24 ft. 9 in.)
Max Speed: 156kph (97mph)

The Nieuport 11 was one of the first true Allied fighters of World War I. Developed from a prewar design intended for competition, the militarized form brought with it the expected excellent performance inherent in a racing platform. On April 9, 2017 pilots from the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC flew a formation of replica First World War biplanes (consisting mostly of Nieuport 11s) over Vimy Ridge, France. This replica squadron from all parts of Canada came together in what became a mission of national pride. Vimy Ridge, for a brief moment in time to the thousands of international dignitaries and spectators watching, were transported back to that momentous day for Canada, 100 years ago. After the celebrations in France, the team will return to Canada for a cross country tour.

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