If you’re looking for something to do while visiting Winnipeg, or if you’re a Winnipegger on the search for something different, the Western Canada Aviation Museum has three excellent exhibits on now, as well as a new Remembrance Day exhibit opening on November 11.
Here are some details about each of the exhibits and why you won’t want to miss them.
Happy 75th Birthday Air Canada
2012 is Air Canada’s 75th anniversary! The Museum’s latest exhibit features a fascinating panorama of memorabilia, airliner models, travel posters, photos, uniforms and videos dating all the way back to Air Canada’s early years as Trans-Canada Airlines in the 1930s. This collection is one of Canada’s largest.
Canada’s Coastal Patrol
Canada’s coastline stretches over 243,000 kilometres – from the west coast of BC over the north and through to the shores of the Maritimes. It’s the world’s longest coastline and protecting sovereignty would be nearly impossible without the help of aircraft, ingenuity and legendary men and women.
Western Canada Aviation Museum’s new exhibit – Canada’s Coastal Patrol ¬ illustrates how innovative and enterprising Canada’s aviators have been. Whether looking out for Prohibition era rum runners, WW II German U-boats to icebergs hindering today’s ship traffic, this exhibit tells the story of how Canadians used a wide variety of patrol aircraft during peace time and at war. Using large and small aircraft models, video, audio and many museum artifacts, the exhibit covers the innovations, technology and airmen that have risen to the challenge.
Secret Agents, Spies and Moon Planes
What’s the link between Winnipeg’s Sir William Stephenson, the Westland Lysander aircraft, Camp-X, Canadian Secret Agents and James Bond? They all had to do with the Special Operations Executive, Britain’s World War II clandestine organization whose mission was to ‘encourage and facilitate’ espionage and sabotage behind enemy lines. This new tribute explores these fascinating connections through exciting stories, photos, large scale model aircraft, as well as real spy gadgets. Until January 31, 2013.
Remembrance Day Exhibit – War Art (Opens November 11)
This annual exhibit pays tribute to war art from the museum’s collection made by airmen and aviation enthusiasts of aircraft from WW I and WW II. Includes Lancasters, Spitfire, Sopwith Camels and other aircraft in paintings, prints and sketches. As well some rare art and reproductions from local and foreign WW II Prisoners Of War during their time in the famous Stalag Luft 3 “The Great Escape” and Stalag Luft 4b. Ends November 30.
For more information about the Western Canada Aviation Museum, visit their website.