Aviation History on Display in Brandon Manitoba

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US Navy Trainer in Brandon - Photo by Skylar Perreault
US Navy Trainer in Brandon - Photo by Skylar Perreault
Hawker Hurricane Fighter at the Brandon Museum. These fighters were built in Thunder Bay at the Canada Car facility that today is Bombardier
Hawker Hurricane Fighter at the Brandon Museum. These fighters were built in Thunder Bay at the Canada Car facility that today is Bombardier’s Manufacturing Facility.

BRANDON – AVIATION – 19,000 airmen and women died during World War Two. Many of those individuals trained in Brandon Manitoba as part of the Commonwealth Air Training program. Bases like the Brandon training facility provided training for many of those pilots who fought during World War Two.

Today, they are remembered and honoured at the Air Museum in Brandon Manitoba. Many of the aircraft which were used for training during the war are at the museum, and others are being restored as well.

There are displays and restored aircraft at the museum which allow you to understand about the history that happened across Canada during the war.

After the war, many of the fighter aircraft were either sold off, some to be used for crop dusting, and others to be used as chicken co-ops. Many of the aircraft were sold off. Often in order to transport the old aircraft, the wings were sawn off so they could be towed down the road. Farmers across Western Canada in many cases used the engine parts and other parts from planes for projects around their farms.

United States Navy History Visits Brandon

US Navy Trainer in Brandon - Photo by Skylar Perreault
US Navy Trainer in Brandon – Photo by Skylar Perreault

A piece of United States Navy history arrived at Brandon Municipal Airport today at the Maple Leaf Aviation. The trainer aircraft, which is the first plane that any pilot in the United States Navy or Air Force during the late 1950s and right through the 1970s is now owned by Ed and Ruthie.

The couple were in Brandon at Maple Leaf Aviation in order to get a specialized part for their aircraft.

Ed is the owner of the US Navy 1957 era training aircraft.
Ed is the owner of the US Navy 1957 era training aircraft.

Across Western Canada, and Northwestern Ontario the growing importance of aviation to the local economy is growing. Airlines are providing important links for business, pleasure and vacation travel.

The Brandon Municipal Airport serves as a training base for many Government of Canada pilots, Dash 8 aircraft use the airport for training their crews.

 

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