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RAMWC museum on an orange background with caption of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Friday, September 30, 2022


Advancing Reconciliation at RAMWC

In the 1920s, bush pilots began flying into northern Canada in search of natural resources like lumber and minerals. The arrival of aviation in the North would have long-lasting impacts—both good and bad—on the Indigenous peoples of the region. The …

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RAMWC museum on an orange background with caption of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Advancing Reconciliation at RAMWC

In the 1920s, bush pilots began flying into northern Canada in search of natural resources like lumber and minerals. The arrival of aviation in the North would have long-lasting impacts—both good and bad—on the Indigenous peoples of the region. The …

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Grade 6 students learn about the four forces of flight at the Royal Aviation Museum

New STEM programs launch at RAMWC

It’s a new school year and for us that means the resumption of our popular ‘Take Flight!’ curriculum-based programs. Education programming has been a priority for the Royal Aviation Museum since 2005 and since then, we’ve delivered programming to more …

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Queen Elizabeth II at opening of Western Canada Aviation Museum 1984

Our Royal memories

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month was a surprise to many and we have great sympathy for her family and those around the world who revered her and feel the loss. The Queen showed remarkable commitment during …

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Meet our newest arrival: The Lockheed L-10A Electra

Our museum got a little bit shinier when earlier this month we welcomed the Lockheed L-10A Electra, CF-TCC, donated to us by Air Canada in celebration of its 85th anniversary. Its all-metal body, polished to a high shine courtesy of …

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RAMWC mourns the loss of Whit Petch, museum’s lead architect

We were deeply saddened this week to hear of the sudden passing of Whit Petch, Principle of Reich & Petch Architects Inc., and the Lead Museum Architect for our new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada facility. Whit was a …

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De Havilland Canada Beaver, C-FMAA

Is the de Havilland Canada Beaver the best bush plane ever built?

Anyone successful will tell you that one of the keys to success is understanding your audience. De Havilland Canada understood this and subsequently developed “the best bush plane ever built,” as it’s so often been called. In 1946, de Havilland …

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Our new home, one year later

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 …

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A fun family day at the museum

Nik Rave of Rave Photo recently visited the museum with his children and shared these lovely photos with us. Enjoy!

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Felixstowe F.3 G-CYBT

A heroic rescue in the wilderness of northwestern Ontario

Felixstowe F.3 was a WWI-era British military flying boat, one in a series designed by Lieutenant Commander John Cyril Porte at Royal Naval Air Station, Felixstowe, Suffolk for long-range maritime patrols[1]. Following the First World War, in 1920 Britain presented …

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A group of young students receives at tour at the Royal Aviation Museum

2,300 STUDENTS, 50 SCHOOLS, 26 DAYS

Our ‘Take Flight!’ curriculum-based education programs were incredibly popular when our museum was on Ferry Road, so offering them at our new location was a high priority. On May 25, just four days after our grand opening, we welcomed our …

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Jim Carr, Terry Slobodian, Terry Duguid at PrairiesCan funding announcement, June 10, 2022

RAMWC receives funding through PrairiesCan for exhibit development

(Above image: Honourable Jim Carr, RAMWC President & CEO Terry Slobodian, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Terry Duguid) Thanks to funding from Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) …

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Royal Aviation Museum honour victims of 1972 Linwood Street tragedy

(WINNIPEG, MB – June 24, 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 …

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RAMWC welcomes three new board members

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, …

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Fun-filled grand opening weekend

After a long, three-year closure, we finally opened the doors of our new museum on May 21, 2022. It was wonderful to welcome visitors into our new facility and to see the joy and awe on their faces. Thank you …

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A new chapter for an iconic Winnipeg museum

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 …

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Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada mascot Hobbs the Bear with visitors on opening weekend

Meet our mascot, Hobbs!

We’re very excited to introduce you to our brand-new mascot, Hobbs the Bear. Why ‘Hobbs’? The name was inspired by a decorated Canadian pilot named Basil Deacon Hobbs who lived from 1894 to 1963 and is a favourite of our …

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Celebrated Canadian artist Jim Bruce donates three original aircraft paintings to RAMWC

It’s an exciting week at the Royal Aviation Museum! We received three beautiful paintings to add to our collection, generously donated by Jim Bruce, a wonderful Canadian artist known for his aircraft paintings. Jim originally trained to be a draftsperson …

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Bellanca Aircruiser

Bellanca Aircruiser Restoration Nearly Complete Thanks to Historic Photographs

With the re-opening of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada set for spring 2022, a lot of prep work is taking place. While the museum was being constructed, the archives were put into temporary storage in Magellan Aerospace and …

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New Era for Beloved Manitoba Museum Arrives May Long Weekend

As temperatures rise this spring, Manitobans will have an exciting new attraction to explore.

Slated to open over the May long weekend of 2022, the newly rebuilt Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) is excited to welcome visitors to its state-of-the-art facility.

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Scott Fielding at RAMWC

If you get a chance to visit the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, jump on it

Winnipeg Free Press article by Scott Fielding, November 30, 2021 I was fortunate to get a sneak peak at this world-class facility prior to its March 2022 opening thanks to a tour organized by Kristi Meek and the Assiniboia Chamber …

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Exterior RAMWC

One of Canada’s largest collections of aviation history coming to life at YWG

Winnipeg Airports Authority article, November 3, 2021

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“Birthplace of the Air Force in Manitoba”

Marking 1921 Opening of Victoria Beach Air Station Victoria Beach Herald article by Hedley Auld

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Victoria Beach Air Station – 100 Years Ago

Marking 100 years since the opening of Victoria Beach Air Station Manitoba Free Press Article from July 16, 1921

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CF-104 Starfighter

Lovingly restored aircraft prepares for landing

CF-104 Starfighter finds new home Winnipeg Free Press article by Staff Report Katlyn Streilein

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CJNU Interview with Terry Slobodian

CJNU Interview with Terry Slobodian

Check out this interview that Terry Slobodian, President & CEO RAMWC had on CJNU July 12th, 2021.

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Navigating A New Future For The Past

By Alan Small, Winnipeg Free Press The Royal Aviation Museum of Wester Canada will take “straighten up and fly right,” to a whole new level when it reopens early in 2022. The museum, which was founded in 1974, unveiled a …

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Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Lands a New Look

 (WINNIPEG, MB – March 22, 2021) – With the grand opening of its beautiful new facility slated for early 2022, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) has unveiled sleek new branding and an equally impressive new website.  Designed …

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Construction On Museum More than 50% Done

Winnipeg, Manitoba (November 26, 2020)  – The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is very pleased to share that the construction of its new building is more than 50% complete, and despite pandemic restrictions the project is currently on time …

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Volunteers – Join the Crew!

Volunteers have always been an integral part of the Royal Aviation Museum community. During the Museum’s closure to the public, while the funds were being raised for the new facility, there have been fewer ways for volunteers to engage with …

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Province Announces Endowment Fund for Signature Museums

  The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was thrilled to learn that the Province of Manitoba would be providing a new endowment fund that will help make the Royal Aviation Museum financially sustainable into the future. On Friday, July …

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Annual Report 2019

Members of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada will be attending a virtual Special Meeting and AGM on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00pm and 7:15pm respectively. The Annual Report can be seen by downloading a pdf of the document …

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Museum Breaks Ground on New State-of-the-Art Facility

Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 1, 2020) – The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is very pleased to share that the construction of its new home is commencing on the campus of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, at 2088 Wellington …

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Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada signs construction contract with PCL

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is pleased to announce that PCL was the winning construction firm that will build its new 86,000 square foot home in time for a late 2021 opening. With this milestone met, the Museum …

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Sneak peak of the new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

As we head into spring and Manitobans looking forward to summer vacation, we’ll be looking forward to seeing construction of our new museum begin! The first shovel will hit the ground on May 1, signifying the official start of seeing …

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Government of Canada supports construction of new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada facility

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 23, 2019—Investing in cultural and historical infrastructure plays an important role in developing dynamic communities, promoting tourism and preserving Canada’s heritage. Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe …

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Anniapik Weetaltuk, The Story of Canada’s First Indigenous Flight Attendant

By Aine Dolin Ann Weetaltuk became Canada’s first Indigenous flight attendant when she was hired by Manitoba-based TransAir in 1958. Ann made a habit of breaking boundaries, both as a woman and as a person of indigenous ancestry, throughout her …

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Not Just a Museum

By Helen Halliday, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada “The new facilities will be more than a building. The museum will represent repayment of a debt that this community owes pioneers of air travel and …

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Packing up the RAMWC

The airplanes, artifacts, and archives of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada are all packed up and safely in storage. It was a major undertaking (to say the least) and could not have been completed without the museum’s employees, …

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A fond farewell to Hangar T-2

Wheels Up! Gala Dinner Committee It was fitting that the last special event in Hangar T-2, the museum’s home for the past 34 years, was the 2018 Wheel’s Up! Gala on Saturday, October 20.

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