Canada 150 Aircraft Profiles

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

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.

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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.

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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


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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