The Canadian Museum of Flight is a non-profit, volunteer-driven museum dedicated to restoring, preserving and showcasing Canada's rich aviation heritage.
In the early 1970's, a group of aviation enthusiasts made a move to stop the exodus of historic aircraft leaving Canada for the U.S. and Europe. This group pooled their resources, to acquire as many of these aircraft as possible. The Canadian Museum of Flight and Transportation was incorporated, as a non-profit society, in March 1977 and was given the authority to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations. The Museum was located on Crescent Road in Surrey, British Columbia.
In 1996 the Museum moved to the Langley Airport. In the spring of 1998, the Museum legally changed its name to the Canadian Museum of Flight Association.
The Museum and restoration site is open year round, and houses over 25 aircraft both static and flying. The aircraft range from a WWII Handley Page Hampden to a T-33 Silver Star. The Canadian Museum of Flight possesses the only displayed Handley Page Hampden in the world. On February 13th, 2002, after a 22 year restoration, Museum volunteers saw the 1937 Waco AQC Cabin biplane take to the skies. This restoration was done solely by the Museum’s volunteers whose age range from 16 to 82. Many of our volunteers spent their career in the aviation industry just to retire and put in full time hours at the Museum. We have a number of aircraft flying: Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, SE5A replica, Waco AQC Cabin, Fleet Canuck and the Harvard II. Two Sopwith Pup replicas joined the flying fleet recently and will be seen at airshows in the area. A Waco INF and a North American Mustang replica are under refurbishment to flying condition at present. The historic Stearman biplane owned by the Seller family has joined the collection and is awaiting its turn to get back in the air. An Ercoupe is another recent acquisition, just needing some TLC to get it in the air.
The Museum is a very “hands-on” facility. A large selection of our aircraft can be touched, and the children can feel that aircraft are made not only from aluminum, but also wood and fabric. The Museum is constantly undergoing display changes to allow our visitors to see something new each time they stop by. Visitors can take a chronological walk around the Museum starting with WWI to present day, and can see how large a part Canada has played in aviation history.
The Museum is a ground-level facility, with ramps for easy wheelchair access. Vehicles and HandyDART buses can pull up adjacent to the main entrance.
Along with the aircraft and displays, the Museum has an extensive aviation gift shop with everything from posters to books, hats, t-shirts, toys, videos and much more.