Canadian Aviation and Space Museum – Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum is open to the public (not on Tuesdays) and houses a broad selection of aviation history from the early days of bush pilot exploits to some of the latest in jet propulsion wonders. The exhibits are placed on a time-line pathway to guide visitors through time but laid out with plenty of room to just wander. My brother was visiting us in Ottawa and my father likes to go back and see the WWII vintage planes including the Lancaster bombers that he worked on and flew in during the war years so off we went for another look at what had stayed the same and what exhibits had changed.

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Fighter Pilot manaquin in cockpit of fighter jet at Canadian Aviation Museum


I had to stop a few times to look at the motorcycles on display. Interesting to see the design changes that have occurred in motorcycles over the years.

1912 Harley Davidson Motorcycle
1912 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

1940 Indian Four Motorcycle
1940 Indian Four Motorcycle

1925 Henderson Motorcycle
1925 Henderson Motorcycle

1925 Henderson Motorcycle

A number of different engine assemblies and components were on display at the museum and some of these were of interest to my father as he had worked on engine components at one time. Now 92 and with failing eyesight, his engine work is long a thing of the past.

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Propellers at Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Propellers at Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Any visit to the museum with my father must include a stop by the Lancaster bomber display as it was a plane that he had flown in and worked on and it is also a plane where some of his close friends were in the dangerous position of being tail gunners.

Lancaster bomber at Canadian Aviationa and Space Museum

Lancaster bomber at Canadian Aviationa and Space Museum

Lancaster bomber at Canadian Aviationa and Space Museum

Each time that I go to an aircraft museum, whether here in Ottawa or elsewhere, I always marvel at the fact that some of the planes on display were actually capable of flight. I understand the principles of flight, but it still amazes me.

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Rescue Helicopter at Canadian Aviationa and Space Museum

Each time that I go through a museum, I always seem to see something that I didn’t see before, either because it is a new display or it is something that didn’t catch my attention on previous visits. This day, the surprise was seeing a wall of Air Force insignia and colours that I had never seen before. Certainly couldn’t photograph all of them but did have a good time photographing a number of them.

RCAF Squadron 437 “Husky” Transport Squadron Omnia Passim (Anything anywhere)RCAF Squadron 437 Omnia Passim

RCAF Squadron 432 “Cougar” (All Weather) Fighter Squadron Saeviter Ad Lucem (Ferociously towards the light)RCAF Squadron 432 Saeviter Ad Lucem

RCAF Squadron 435 “Chinthe” Transport and Rescue Squadron Certi Provehendi (Determined on delivery) (More history of the squadron here)RCAF Squadron 435 Cert Provehendi

RCAF Squadron 429 “Bison” Transport Squadron Fortunae Nihil (Nothing to chance)RCAF Squadron 429 Fortunae Nihil

RCAF Squadron 441 “Silver Fox” Tactical Fighter Squadron Stalk And KillRCAF Squadron 441 Stalk And Kill

RCAF Squadron 430 “Silver Falcon” Tactical Helicopter Squadron Celeriter Cerioque (Swiftly and Surely)RCAF Squadron 430 Celeriter Cerioque

RCAF Squadron 428 “Ghost” (All Weather) Fighter Squadron Usque Ad Finem (To the very end)RCAF Squadron 428 Usque Ad Finem

RCAF Squadron 425 “Alouetté” Tactical Fighter Squadron Je Te Plumerai (I shall pluck you)RCAF Squadron425 Je Te Plumerai

RCAF Squadron 426 “Thunderbird” Transport Training Squadron On Wings Of FireRCAF Squadron 426 On Wings Of Fire

RCAF Squadron 422 “Tomahawk” Tactical Helicopter Squadron This Arm Shall Do ItRCAF Squadron 422 This Arm Shall Do It

RCAF Squadron 411 “Grizzly Bear” Tactical Helicopter Squadron Inimicus Inimico (Hostile to the enemy)RCAF Squadron 411 Inimicus Inimico

RCAF Squadron 408 “Goose” Tactical Helicopter Squadron  For FreedomRCAF Squadron 408 For Freedom

RCAF Squadron 410 “Cougar” Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron Noctivaga (Wandering by night)RCAF Squadron 410 Noctivaga

RCAF Station Trenton Comme Il Se DoitRCAF Station Trenton Comme Il Se Doit

RCAF Station Summerside Fundamenta In FuturumRCAF Station Summerside Fundamenta In Futurum

RCAF Station Winnipeg ProspiceRCAF Station Winnipeg Prospice

RCAF Maritime Operational Training Unit 2 Cum Scientia ViresRCAF Maritime Operational Training Unit 2 Cum Scientia Vires

RCAF AssociationRCAF Association

RCAF Squadron V111 Determined to DefendRCAF Squadron V111 Determined to Defend

RCAF Squadron 407 “Demon” Maritime Patrol Squadron To Hold On HighRCAF Squadron 407 To Hold On High

RCAF AC &W Squadron Silens ExploroRCAF AC &W Squadron Silens Exploro

RCAF Auxiliary Unit 2403 Sweep The SkiesRCAF Auxiliary Unit 2403 Sweep The Skies

 

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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