Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum logo.jpg
LocationJohn C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a Canadian aviation museum located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario. The museum has 47 military jets and propeller-driven aircraft on display.[1]

Displayed is a collection of Canadian military aircraft, many in flying condition.[2] The museum is also restoring several Second World War and Cold War aircraft, including a TBM Avenger[3] a De Havilland Canada built S-2 Tracker [4] and a Bristol Bolingbroke.[5] The flying collection performs at air shows and is made available for local flights by museum visitors.[6]

The Avro Lancaster flown by the museum is one of only two airworthy Lancasters in the world. Known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster in honour of Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski, it is painted in the markings of his aircraft. An Ontario Historical Plaque near the entrance commemorates Eileen Vollick's role in Ontario's heritage as Canada's first licensed female pilot.[7]


On February 15, 1993, a fire destroyed one of the museum hangars.[8] Destroyed in the fire were also the Hawker Hurricane, Grumman TBM Avenger, Auster, Stinson 105 and Supermarine Spitfire.

In August and September 2014, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster Bomber flew across the North Atlantic to RAF Coningsby to participate in six weeks of airshows and events across the United Kingdom. Unique to this tour, the Lancaster VeRA (as she became known due to her wartime VR-A markings) flew in close formation with the Royal Air Force - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster bomber PA474 for most of the 60 displays and events over the two months of the tour.[9] Lancaster VeRA returned to Hamilton on September 29, 2014.[10]


The museum's aircraft include:[1]

Fighter aircraft[edit]


Jet fighters[edit]




Single engine trainers[edit]



The museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, OMMC and Virtual Museum of Canada.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (n.d.). "Canadian Military Aircraft From Then to Now". Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  2. ^ (n.d.). "Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum". Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  3. ^ Canadian Warplane Heritage (April 2009). "Latest acquisition by Canadian Warplane Heritage". Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  4. ^ Burman, John (27 March 2012). "Aging Grumman on track to fly again". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (August 2009). "Restoration Projects". Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  6. ^ Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (n.d.). "CWH 2011 Flying Schedule". Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Eileen Vollick Historical Plaque". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  8. ^ John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (n.d.). "Airport History". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Flightlines" (PDF). Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  10. ^ Bennett, Kelly (Sep 28, 2014). "Hamilton's Lancaster bomber comes home". CBC Hamilton. CBC NEWS. CBC. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. "de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Douglas DC-3 Dakota". Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum website. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Douglas C-47 Dakota". Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum website. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Noorduyn Norseman MK. V Vintage Transport Aircraft - Aircraft History". Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  15. ^ Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. "Stinson 105".
  16. ^ "Grumman Avenger AS 3".
  17. ^ "Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA".
  18. ^ "Auster A.O.P. Mk. VI Vintage Spotter Aircraft".
  19. ^ "CWH Gets a Bird Dog". CWHM Plane Talk Blog. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  20. ^ John, Burman (April 16, 2012). "Hamilton warplane museum finds Musketeer trainer on Net and in barn". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  21. ^ "Boeing PT-17 Stearman Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  22. ^ "de Havilland Canada DHC-1B-2-S5 Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  23. ^ "de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth".
  24. ^ "de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth".
  25. ^ "Fairchild Cornell Mk. II Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  26. ^ "Fairchild Cornell Mk.II Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  27. ^ "Fleet Fort Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  28. ^ "Boeing PT-13B Stearman Trainer Aircraft".
  29. ^ "North American Harvard Mk. IV Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  30. ^ "North American Harvard Mk. IV Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  31. ^ "North American Yale Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  32. ^ "North American Yale Vintage Trainer Aircraft".
  33. ^ "Nanchang CJ-6A Vintage Trainer Aircraft". Retrieved 17 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 43°09′35″N 079°55′30″W / 43.15972°N 79.92500°W / 43.15972; -79.92500 (Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum)