Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Excited to Welcome the A-26B Invader on October 22, 2022


October 14, 2022

Arriving October 22 at 11 am and bringing our on-site aircraft total to 25, we’re excited to welcome the eye-catching Douglas A-26B Invader.

Purchased by Ross Robinson in 2007, this aircraft, C-GWLT, has a storied history dating back to 1944.

Manufactured towards the end of WWII, the Invader—sometimes called the “Badass Invader”—was used extensively during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

After their retirement in 1969, many of the aircraft ended up in civilian hands. C-GWLT was converted to a water bomber and used to combat forest fires.

Robinson, a vintage military aircraft enthusiast, acquired the plane specifically for use at airshows and to complement his 1952 Harvard Mark IV. Its previous owners had painted it in shades of blue, an impractical colour scheme, notes Robinson. “Why would you paint an aircraft the same colour as the sky?” The aircraft’s current livery is eclectic, and there’s no doubt it garners attention at airshows.

Ross Robinson with his Invader

Though it never flew with the RCAF, the Invader displays the air force logo and tail number 098, a nod to the “Trail of 98” in Yukon Territory. Back in the 1970s, this aircraft operated as Invader 7 out of Air Spray’s base in Whitehorse, YT and pilots who flew her requested a name befitting her time there. The reference to the Trail of 98 was chosen for its significance during the Klondike gold rush of 1898.

The aircraft also bears the Manitoba flag and markers to commemorate the F-86 Sabre of the 439 Fighter Squadron.

For the past 15 years, C-GWLT has been a highlight at airshows across Canada. October 22 will mark its final “mission” as it rolls into Aviation Plaza to join our collection. Owner Ross Robinson and Chief Pilot Alan Nimmo will be on-site to speak about the aircraft and its history beginning at 11 am.

Learn more and join us as we welcome the Invader!

Ross Robinson’s Harvard Mark IV and Douglas A-26B Invader en route to an airshow

About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records (including photographs), the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation, RAMWC is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, and to creating a safe space for this to occur.

Air Canada Marks its 85th Anniversary, Donates CF-TCC, Historic Aircraft From its Original Fleet to Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

  • The Lockheed L10A Electra arrives to permanent home for the public to enjoy

MONTREAL, Sept. 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – In celebration of its 85th anniversary, Air Canada today donated its historic aircraft, an original Lockheed L-10A Electra airplane to Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The iconic aircraft, the first fleet type flown by the carrier, made its final journey as it taxied from the Air Canada hangar at Winnipeg International Airport to the Museum at a handover ceremony. The airplane will go on permanent public display as an iconic piece of aviation history.

In celebration of its 85th anniversary, Air Canada today donated its historic aircraft, an original Lockheed L-10A Electra airplane to Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

The aircraft, with registration CF-TCC, was one of three purchased by Air Canada’s forerunner, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), in 1937. It was until recently one of only two Lockheed L10-A Electra aircraft still flying in the world.

Named after a bright star in the Pleiades star cluster, the 10A Electra was the pride of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. In the 1930s, this twin-engine, all-metal monoplane was the exciting new face of commercial aviation.

“There is no more fitting preservation and commemoration for one of our original aircraft than to have TCC be on permanent display in Winnipeg, which was one of TCA’s original hubs when the airline began operations in 1937 thanks to its central location in our country. Air Canada has a long and rich history connecting Canadians from coast to coast which continues to this day, and it all started with the Lockheed L-10A 85 years ago. As we celebrate our 85th anniversary, we mark this milestone by ensuring that such an important part of Canadian aviation history will be available for Canadians and aviation enthusiasts to enjoy for many years to come,” said Captain Murray Strom, Senior Vice President – Flight Operations at Air Canada.

“We’re very pleased that CF-TCC has landed at the Royal Aviation Museum and is now part of our permanent collection. This aircraft has ties to Winnipeg dating back to 1937 and to our museum in particular,” notes Museum President & CEO Terry Slobodian. “Our museum was previously located in the original TCA hangar here in Winnipeg. The Lockheed Electra is a perfect picture of the early days of commercial air travel in Canada. We are grateful to Air Canada for their longstanding support of our museum and for entrusting us with this spectacular piece of aviation history.”

The History of CF-TCC

CF-TCC was one of three L-10A aircraft purchased by Trans-Canada Air Lines. The L-10A aircraft type operated TCA’s inaugural flight on September 1, 1937, a 50-minute trip from Vancouver to Seattle carrying mail and two passengers.

TCA had acquired the route plus two Lockheed L‐10A aircraft from Canadian Airways. In that same month, TCA bought three additional Lockheed L‐10A aircraft, brand new, from the Lockheed factory for $73,000 each. These aircraft were dubbed the “Three Sisters” and carried the registrations CF‐TCA, CF‐TCB, and CF‐TCC. The first aircraft, CF‐TCA is now at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. CF-TCC last flew in 2018, and was one of two remaining Lockheed L‐10A Electra aircraft still flying in the world.

After being operated by TCA from 1937 to 1939, CF‐TCC was sold to the Department of Transport – Canada. During the next 40 years, the aircraft was sold several times to various private corporations and individuals.

In 1962, CF-TCC was leased by TCA and six of the original TCA pilots operated a commemorative flight across Canada on the occasion of TCAs 25th Anniversary.

In 1975, a retired Air Canada employee recognized the faded old registration marks on the aircraft while attending an air show in Texas. Air Canada kept track of the aircraft until 1983, at which point the airline purchased back the aircraft, restored it, and flew it during the Air Canada 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1986. At the end of the Fifty stop Canadian tour, CF‐TCC was featured in the Air Canada pavilion during Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Since 1986, the aircraft has been maintained in flying condition. Volunteers and support from the broader aviation community, including from Air Canada Maintenance and Flight Operations, over the years have dedicated thousands of hours of personal time and other contributions into keeping CF‐TCC flying for generations to enjoy. When not flying, the aircraft has been based in the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or stored in Air Canada’s Winnipeg hangar.

On September 21, 2007, it recreated TCA’s first flight from Vancouver to Seattle, marking Air Canada’s 70th Anniversary.

In 2012, as part of Air Canada’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations, CF‐TCC made several air show and public appearances, showcasing Air Canada’s heritage and the history of commercial aviation in Canada.

In 2017 to mark the carrier’s 80th anniversary, Air Canada’s Lockheed 10A took to the skies for a cross country tour, beginning with a public appearance at the Royal Aviation Museum in Winnipeg. Along the way, the aircraft made stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec City.

In 2022, on occasion of Air Canada’s 85th anniversary, the airline’s Lockheed 10A made its final journey to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg. CF-TCC was taxied to the Museum from Air Canada’s Hangar by the aircraft’s long-time advocates and volunteers, Retired Captain Robert Giguere, Retired Captain Gerry Norberg, Retired Aircraft Maintenance Engineer George Huntington, and Air Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Mike Clarkson. 

By the Numbers:

1937 Lockheed L‐10A
Crew: 
2 Pilots, 1 Flight Attendant (known as a
Stewardess in 1937.)

Capacity: 
10 passengers
Length: 
38 ft 7 in 
Wingspan: 55 ft 0 in 
Height: 10 ft 1 in 
Empty weight: 6,454 lbs 
Max Weight: 10,500 lbs 
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R‐985Wasp
Junior SB, 450 HP ea.  
Cruise speed: 140 knots, 190 mph 
Range: 713 miles / 1,147 kilometres 
Normal Cruising Altitude:  6,000 – 10,000 ft 
Boeing 777-300ER (Air Canada’s largest aircraft) 
Crew: 2 or 4 Pilots, up to 12 flight attendants 
Capacity: Up to 450 passengers 
Length: 242 ft, 9 in 
Wingspan: 213 ft, 3 in 
Height: 62 ft, 4 in 
Empty weight: 353,600 lbs 
Max Weight: 775,000 lbs 
Powerplant: 2 GE90-115B engines 
Cruise speed: 484 knots, 557 mph 
Range: 9,068 miles / 14,594 kilometres 
Normal Cruising Altitude: 35,000 ft 

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network celebrating its 25thanniversary in 2022. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 86 internationally. It is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax, which in 2021 gave Air Canada awards for the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, and an excellence award for managing COVID-19. Through its leading travel loyalty Aeroplan program, Air Canada offers the ability to earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Royal Aviation Museum to welcome 85 years of history with arrival of Lockheed L-10A Electra

Winnipeg, 6 September 2022 – The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) is excited to add the Lockheed L-10A Electra, CF-TCC, to its permanent collection. The aircraft is being donated by Air Canada in celebration of its 85th anniversary and will arrive September 7, 2022 during a special event. One of the first aircraft in the Air Canada (previously Trans-Canada Air Lines or TCA) fleet, the Lockheed L-10A Electra will be a stunning addition to the museum’s collection. The Lockheed Electra is perhaps most well-known as the aircraft flown by Amelia Earhart during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

Speakers include Terry Slobodian, President & CEO – RAMWC; Captain Murray Strom, Senior VP of Flight Operations – Air Canada; Doyle Piwniuk, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure. Former AC Captains Gerry Norberg and Robert Giguere will be taxiing the plane from Air Canada’s hangar to RAMWC and will also be speaking.

WHEN
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Doors open at 9:30, aircraft arrives at 10:00 am
 
WHERE
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, 2088 Wellington Avenue
 
About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records (including photographs), the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation, RAMWC is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, and to creating a safe space for this to occur.

85 years of history will be landing at RAMWC with the arrival of Lockheed L-10A Electra

(WINNIPEG, MB – September 2, 2022) – The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is excited to add the Lockheed L-10A Electra, CF-TCC, to its permanent collection. The aircraft is being donated by Air Canada in celebration of its 85th anniversary and will arrive on September 7, 2022, during a special event.

Photo courtesy of Air Canada/RAMWC

One of the first aircraft in the Air Canada (previously Trans-Canada Air Lines or TCA) fleet, the Lockheed L-10A Electra will be a stunning addition to the museum’s collection.

Lockheed L10A Electra CF-TCC in flight, photo courtesy of Air Canada/RAMWC

“We’re very pleased that CF-TCC has landed at the Royal Aviation Museum and is now part of our permanent collection. This aircraft has ties to Winnipeg dating back to 1937 and to our museum in particular,” notes Museum President & CEO Terry Slobodian. “Our museum was previously located in the original TCA hangar here in Winnipeg. The Lockheed Electra is a perfect picture of the early days of commercial air travel in Canada. We are grateful to Air Canada for their longstanding support of our museum and for entrusting us with this spectacular piece of aviation history.”

Retired Captain Robert Giguere in co-pilot’s seat of Lockheed L-10A Electra, CF-TCC. RAMWC photo.

The Lockheed Electra is perhaps most well-known as the aircraft flown by Amelia Earhart during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

To celebrate the arrival of this iconic plane, the museum is hosting a special event on September 7.

About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records (including photographs), the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation, RAMWC is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, and to creating a safe space for this to occur.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada – New Home One Year Later

August 3, 2022


For nearly 15 years, the founders and key stakeholders of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada dreamt of a brand-new space to call home. A modern museum in which to tell stories of Canada’s aviation and aerospace heritage while providing an environment to inspire future generations of aviators and innovators. A place for education, inspiration, connection, and entertainment. On August 4, 2021, we received the keys to that space.

Located at 2088 Wellington Avenue on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, the new museum is an unusual shape, to take full advantage of the pie-shaped lot on which it sits. The northwest corner of the building boasts a three-story vaulted glass triangle. The main floor gallery functions like an airplane hangar with six vintage aircraft suspended from the ceiling. 

As explained by John Crocker of Architecture49 in Western Exteriors magazine, “The building design itself takes inspiration from the forms of aircraft and flight. The angled shapes of the windows and entrance canopy reflect the shapes of aircraft wings and the dynamic quality of an aircraft taking off or landing.”

Shortly after we got possession, we brought in a photographer to capture our beautiful new home, designed by Architecture49 and Reich + Petch Architects, and built by PCL Construction.

David Lipnowski took a series of photos highlighting the features and design of the building. Then, we started filling it with aircraft and artefacts, and outfitting our event spaces and gift shop—the Landing Zone Boutique.

To celebrate all the changes that have taken place over the past year, we brought him back to take accompanying ‘after’ shots.

Building exterior, August 2021 vs August 2022

Check out the difference a year makes – more photos! (all photos by David Lipnowski)

Royal Aviation Museum commemorates heroic rescue and takes steps towards reconciliation

(WINNIPEG, MB – July 27, 2022) – In a step toward its commitment to meaningful Truth and Reconciliation, the Royal Aviation Museum has identified two Indigenous leaders in a set of 100-year-old photos that document a heroic story of rescue and repair during the early years of Canadian aviation.

The museum is commemorating the 100th anniversary of this event by launching a collectable medallion that shows the incredible story of rescue and teamwork with Indigenous peoples in the wilderness of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario in the summer of 1922.

On July 28, 1922, a Felixstowe F.3 flying boat carrying treaty annuity payments to Pikangikum First Nation in NW Ontario suffered major damage upon landing. Indigenous members of the Pikangikum community were vital in guiding the crew to their rescue and aiding the subsequent field repair of the aircraft, which took three weeks to complete.

Photos and reports of the Felixstowe repair have been in RAMWC’s collection for almost 40 years, but the museum’s account of this event has lacked diverse perspective as the identities of the Indigenous men in the photographs were unknown – until now.

The museum now hopes to work with Pikangikum First Nation to facilitate access to these historic images—perhaps the oldest photos of their people that this community knows to exist and to learn more about their ancestors and their heroic achievements.

“This project is just one step in RAMWC’s larger initiative to identify Indigenous people in photographs the museum holds, providing awareness of and access to these records, and moving toward decolonizing the archival and museum collection,” said CEO Terry Slobodian.

A limited run of 200 collectable medallions, made of 0.9999 silver, will be available in the museum’s gift shop starting July 28, 2022. Proceeds from the coin will be directed to the museum’s research and archives department to support similar projects.

Learn more about the rescue mission and field repair of Felixstowe F.3 G-CYBT.

About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records (including photographs), the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation, RAMWC is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, and to creating a safe space for this to occur.

Royal Aviation Museum honours victims of 1972 Linwood Street tragedy

(WINNIPEG, MB – June 23, 2022) – 50 years after a plane carrying residential school children crashed on Linwood Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) is erecting a monument in their honour.

On June 24, 1972, a plane carrying eight students attending residential schools in Stonewall and Portage la Prairie, bound for Bunibonibee Cree Nation (formerly Oxford House), crashed in a vacant lot located between 426 and 430 Linwood Street just after takeoff.

Students Margaret Robinson, Mary Rita Canada, Ethel Grieves, Rosalie Balfour, Wilkie Muskego, Iona Weenusk, and siblings Roy and Deborah Sinclair, along with pilot Scott Coughlin, all died in the crash.

While there is a memorial for the victims in Long Plain First Nation where two of the students attended school, no memorial exists at the crash site. RAMWC is changing this.

Terry Slobodian stated, “As soon as we, at the museum, heard this tragic story from our Indigenous Curator, Niigaan Sinclair, we felt a strong responsibility to help honour the victims. An important mission of the new Royal Aviation Museum is to bring to light little-known stories of aviation history in western and northern Canada, led by a commitment to reconciliation and partnership with Indigenous peoples. Telling this story is an important step in fulfilling this mission; while the arrival of aviation brought many benefits to northern communities, there were also some heartbreaking consequences.”

A recipient of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Funds through Manitoba Sport, Culture, and Heritage, RAMWC is working with the City of Winnipeg to honour the nine deceased passengers with a memorial close to the crash site on the Yellow Ribbon Greenway Trail near Linwood Street and Silver Avenue.

“The tragic death of eight Indigenous children and a pilot in this plane crash is yet another sad chapter in the residential school legacy,” said St. James city councillor Scott Gillingham. “The new commemorative site will ensure future generations know their names and the devastating impacts of residential schools. I’m honoured I could work with the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and city staff on this small step toward reconciliation.”

Available to organizations bearing the ‘Royal’ designation, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Funds are earmarked to support activities that will advance reconciliation and enhance Manitoba’s efforts toward creating a more equitable and inclusive society.

RAMWC is also working with the Bunibonibee Cree Nation community to erect a monument in their community to honour the students.

“This monument, recognizing one of the worst aviation disasters in Manitoba history, is a much-needed step to honour the lives lost by our relations in Bunibonibee Cree Nation – who lost an entire generation of young people in one moment,” explains Niigaan Sinclair. “I am very happy the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada has committed to rectifying this historical wrong and working with Indigenous leadership to help Winnipeggers recognize this event in our collective history.” 

The memorial site in Winnipeg will feature a black and paradiso solid polished granite pedestal engraved with the names of the students and pilot, surrounded by newly planted trees and seating areas.

A ceremony commemorating the crash victims will take place when the monument is installed in its permanent location after the park is completed in spring 2023.

About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records (including photographs), the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation, RAMWC is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, and to creating a safe space for this to occur.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Welcomes Three New Board Members

June 13, 2022

Peggy May, Marti Ford, and Patricia Gair


We’re very pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members as of May 25, 2022: Patricia Gair, Peggy May, and Martha Ford.

Peggy May is a strategic leader with expertise in piloting organizations and delivering on the mission, vision, and values of the organizations to which she has been responsible. She excels at fostering relationships with stakeholders, partners, tenants, community, and staff.

Her career has been a collection of dynamic experiences in the hospitality, entertainment, and transportation industries. She began her career in Winnipeg in the hotel industry, where she became entrenched in the tourism and hospitality community to raise Winnipeg‘s profile as a destination.

She spent 15 years managing and developing the brand and distribution of IMAX theatres around the globe. During her tenure with IMAX Corporation, she held progressively responsible roles in sales, operational management, training and marketing for international operations managing market initiation for new theatres in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Peggy spent 10 years with Winnipeg Airports Authority as the Marketing and Commercial Partnerships Director. She is proud of her contributions as one of the senior managers assigned to the “Activation Team” responsible for ensuring operational and service success in the development of the new terminal.

Today, as the Chief Executive Officer for Southport Aerospace Centre Inc, she is focused on maintaining and growing the economic impact that Southport makes on the region. Southport’s total employment impact of 970 jobs has an economic output of $170 Million. It is a thriving community, including an airport, aviation and aerospace training facilities, manufacturing and educational institutions, a large residential area, and several recreational options.

As a community builder, supporter and volunteer, she has served as Director and Chaired numerous boards and committees. Currently, she contributes to the Boards of the Regional Community Airports of Canada and Portage Regional Economic Development and is proud to serve as the immediate Past Chair of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

Also joining our board is Martha Ford, a Superintendent with Frontier School Division where her portfolio includes the Fine Arts Program and Aboriginal Language and Culture. Previously, Martha served as Dean for the School of Indigenous Education at Red River College.

Rounding out our trio of new board members is Patricia ‘Patti’ Gair, an experienced executive with an extensive background in operations, accounting, and engineering. She is currently EVP, Business Operations for Novra Technologies Inc, a Canadian public company with subsidiaries in Canada and the US. She has previously served as Novra’s COO, CFO, and Director of Operations.

Prior to joining Novra, she held leadership and technical positions in manufacturing, engineering, software development, IT, quality assurance, and service delivery at several organizations, including IBM Canada, Infocorp Computer Solutions and Continental Healthcare. She has also held Board and committee positions with various not-for-profit organizations.

Patti is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Manitoba.

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A New Chapter for an Iconic Winnipeg Museum – Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

May 24, 2022

Even before its establishment as a city, Winnipeg was the epicentre of trade and commerce for Indigenous nations and travelers headed for all points north, south, east, and west. When air travel landed in Western Canada in the 1920s, Winnipeg continued as a gateway for development, eventually becoming the operational headquarters for each of Canada’s first three national air services. From aerial survey and mapping to cargo and passenger transport, to innovation in cold weather flying and rocket science, Manitobans have led the way both nationally and internationally in aviation and aerospace innovation.

“Because of its geographical location as the longitudinal center of Canada, Winnipeg has longstanding, deep ties with the aviation sector going back to the early 20th century. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada’s state-of-the-art facility will honour that history through exhibits tailored to visitors young and old, local and from away.” The Honourable Jim Carr, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre.

The new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC), on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, will tell the stories of the pioneers and innovators who put Canada on the aviation map.

When the museum’s founders set out on a journey to create an aviation museum, they were driven to preserve the history of bush flying in western and northern Canada. The museum they ended up building is so much greater in scope. They amassed a staggering collection that includes bush planes, military aircraft, commercial aircraft, and more than 70,000 artefacts.

Now, building on the incredible work these visionaries did to build a world-class collection, the team at the RAMWC is shuttling the museum into a new era.

Shifting demographics and the emergence of new technologies have redefined the expectations of visitors. Museum-goers now look for a more interactive experience, a space for community, and enhanced learning opportunities. The team behind RAMWC has taken all this into consideration.

Visitors to the new RAMWC will discover stories of pilots, engineers, explorers, and innovators in a new way. The immersive and engaging experience will take them on a journey throughout meticulously curated exhibits including videos produced by Centric Productions and Foundation Films.

Of special note is the museum’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, threaded throughout its content. The ‘Norway House’ exhibit details the crucial role the Indigenous peoples of this community played in helping pilots map and navigate the area’s challenging landscapes and weather. To help tell this story and others, RAMWC brought Dr. Niigaan Sinclair on board as their Indigenous Curator. With his expertise, the museum has ensured that Indigenous perspectives are considered in every panel of every exhibit.

In addition to its 17 exhibit spaces, the museum includes: a children’s play area – the Galaxy Exploration Zone featuring its new mascot, Hobbs; an observation lounge with stunning views of the airport’s runways and RCAF 17 Wing; meeting spaces; a new boutique giftshop, and more. RAMWC is looking forward to, once again, being a valuable part of Manitoba’s cultural and tourism landscape.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without generous public and private sector support including $10M each from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba and more than $22.5M from private and corporate donors.

“On behalf of all Manitobans, I want to congratulate RAMWC’s team and board, and their donors and dedicated volunteers as they ‘take off’ on this new chapter in their new state-of-the-art facility that is sure to be a must-see tourist destination for generations to come,” said Premier Heather Stefanson. “With enhanced exhibits and visitor experiences, the RAMWC will continue to be a place to gather and celebrate, learn and reflect, and I look forward to seeing the unique ways RAMWC will share the diverse stories of Canadian aviation to Manitobans and visitors from around the world.”

“We’re so thankful for the generous support we’ve received from our federal, provincial and municipal governments,” notes RAMWC President and CEO Terry Slobodian. “We would not be able to fulfill our mission to educate, inspire, and entertain without their contributions, and those of our community.” 

The team at RAMWC, along with its board and a dedicated team of volunteers, is excited to share this new chapter in the museum’s history with visitors.

Museum Celebrates New Flight Path with Grand Opening Ceremony, May 19 at 10:00 AM

(WINNIPEG, MB – May 19, 2022) – With an eye to the future, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) is cleared for takeoff.

After three years of planning and construction, the new museum is slated to open its doors to the public on May 21, 2022.
 
Many of the aircraft and artefacts displayed in the state-of-the-art 86,000 square-foot building will be familiar, but there are also some exciting new differences.
 
A focus on storytelling, the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canadian aviation history, and a commitment to Truth and Reconciliation are front and centre.
 
“The aircraft on display in our museum represent the rich history of Canadian aviation and the wealth of stories that accompanies it,” explains President and CEO Terry Slobodian. “We’re excited to be able to tell those stories in the new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
 
Visitors will discover an immersive and engaging experience as they journey throughout the meticulously curated exhibits, including stunning videos produced by Centric Productions and Foundation Films throughout the museum. Visitors will also notice a dynamic soundscape throughout the museum, courtesy of PSB Integration.
 
In addition to the stunning exhibit space, the museum includes a Galaxy Exploration Zone play area for children, an observation lounge overlooking the airport runways, meeting spaces, a new boutique giftshop, and more.
 
Of course, none of this would have been possible without generous public and private sector support including $10M each from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba and more than $22.5M from private and corporate donors.
 
“On behalf of all Manitobans, I want to congratulate RAMWC’s team and board, and their donors and dedicated volunteers as they ‘take off’ on this new chapter in their new state-of-the-art facility that is sure to be a must-see tourist destination for generations to come,” says Premier Heather Stefanson. “With enhanced exhibits and visitor experiences, the RAMWC will continue to be a place to gather and celebrate, learn and reflect, and I look forward to seeing the unique ways RAMWC will share the diverse stories of Canadian aviation to Manitobans and visitors from around the world.”
 
“We’re so thankful for the generous support we’ve received from our federal, provincial and municipal governments,” notes Slobodian. “We would not be able to fulfill our mission to educate, inspire, and entertain without their contributions, and those of our community.” 
 
To celebrate this exciting new addition to Winnipeg’s impressive collection of museums, RAMWC will be hosting a private grand opening ceremony on May 19 for those who have helped make this dream a reality. The scheduled program includes opening remarks from Her Honour The Honourable Janice C. Filmon. Also slated to appear are Premier Heather Stefanson, Mayor Brian Bowman, and others.
 
The event will also include an Indigenous blessing from Elder Carl Stone and Dr. Niigaan Sinclair and entertainment from the Royal Canadian Air Force Band.
 
The museum opens to the public on May 21, 2022. Hours will be 10 AM to 5 PM daily. Annual passes and single-entry tickets are now available at royalaviationmuseum.com.
 
WHEN
Ceremony to take place Thursday, May 19, beginning at 10:00 am.
 
WHERE
The celebration will take place in the museum’s new home: 2088 Wellington Avenue at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.
 
About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records, the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg.