Top 5 photo ops at the Royal Aviation Museum

Have you actually been somewhere if you don’t have photo proof? Our museum is full of fun spaces to pose for pics with friends and family. Here are our top five!

1. Inside the Voodoo flight and tactics trainer

Live your fighter pilot fantasies! Take a seat inside our Voodoo trainer and imagine yourself climbing high above the clouds at nearly 50,000 feet per minute.

This simulator allowed Voodoo pilots and navigators to practice flying skills and aircraft intercept procedures. An instructor at a separate console could change the instrument readings to simulate different operational conditions.

The Voodoo trainer is in our Military Skies exhibit, next to our CF-104 Starfighter. Head outside and see a complete CF-101 Voodoo in Aviation Plaza.

2. Behind the controls of a Beechcraft Musketeer

The Musketeer was used by the Canadian Armed Forces from 1971 to 1992 to train new pilots. It featured twin seats and controls for a pilot trainee and a flight instructor. After gaining basic flight experience in the Musketeer, trainees would move on to the more advanced single or multi-engine trainers. The bright paint scheme increased the aircraft’s visibility, reducing the risk of collisions.

Find this exhibit in our Science of Flight exhibit on the second floor.

3. With Hobbs the Bear

Our mascot, Hobbs the Bear, is named after a decorated Canadian pilot named Basil Deacon Hobbs who lived from 1894 to 1963 and is a favourite of our CEO, Terry Slobodian.

In 1917, pilot Basil Hobbs became one of the few Canadians to shoot down a German Zeppelin. This earned him the Distinguished Service Order.

Snap a selfie with Hobbs in our lobby and listen to the accompanying story of how young Hobbs (the bear) grew up dreaming about becoming a pilot. You can also read this story in our brand-new, hand-drawn colouring book, available at the Landing Zone Boutique.

Bonus points if you visit during one of our special events and snag a photo with our live-action Hobbs!

4. Inside the Viscount

Stepping inside our Vickers Viscount is like entering a time machine. Suddenly, you’re in the golden age of aviation where every seat is first class and the aisles are wide enough to dance down.

The British-built Viscount was the world’s first turboprop-powered airliner. It offered greater speed, reliability, and passenger comfort than earlier piston-engined aircraft.

Check it out in our Stevenson Field gallery.

5. Galaxy Exploration Zone

Our space-themed area is designed for our younger visitors, but we’ve seen adults in there on more than one occasion. Who can resist a slide and a photo inside a giant astronaut helmet?

With plenty of areas to learn and explore and a giant mural painted by muralist Estelle Régnier, this play zone can entertain kids for hours.

What’s your favorite spot in the museum?


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