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Museum History

The Alberta Aviation Museum respectfully acknowledges that the land the museum is situated on is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux and home of the Métis. We also acknowledge our Treaty obligations and are committed to living in accordance, with collaboration and friendship.

The Royal Canadian Air Force built the aircraft hangar that houses the museum during the Second World War for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. It is the only double-long, double-wide hangar of its type left. The BCATP gathered men and women from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to train pilots, navigators, and other aircrew to support the Allied war effort.

The Alberta Aviation Museum Association incorporated in 1980 as a group of aviation and history enthusiasts and occupied temporary facilities at the Edmonton Municipal Airport through the 1980s.  In 1990 we partnered with a diverse group of other like-minded aviation groups, under the leadership of the Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society, who approached the City of Edmonton about leasing us the Hangar on Kingsway.

The Alberta Aviation Museum's restored Fairchild 71C CF-ATZ participating in a local parade - late 1980s

The Alberta Aviation Museum’s restored Fairchild 71C CF-ATZ participating in a local parade – late 1980s

The tireless efforts of the Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society’s volunteers paid off, and we cleaned up the old hangar and moved into our permanent home in 1991.

Over the years, thousands of dedicated volunteers have worked on our iconic collection of more than 30 aircraft, including many ground-up restorations.

With the closure of the airport, the museum moves into a new phase, becoming the historic cornerstone of the new Blatchford community. In 2019 we signed a new 25-year lease with the City of Edmonton,  and are embarking on a major revitalization to better tell Edmonton’s exciting flying history to a whole new generation.


Vision:

To boldly share Blatchford’s aviation stories and shine a spotlight on Edmonton as a window to the world.

Mission:

We are an active community partner and stewards of Edmonton’s aviation history, providing a dynamic visitor experience and sharing stories about the role of aviation in building our community.