Living and Breathing


One of the finest aviation museums of its kind on the North American continent has had a turbulent past. Bob Gordon details its success in the face of adversity, and finds out about the exhibits on show


Tragedy has struck twice at Ontario’s Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) in Hamilton. The death of one of its founders and the destruction of its facilities have conspired against it, but have not undermined its mandate: “to acquire, document, preserve and maintain, a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians – in tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced and flew these aircraft and in memory of those who did not return.” These courageous and determined people are fittingly memorialised by a museum (and its staff and volunteers) that has overcome misfortune with an indomitable commitment. It is now well on its way to becoming a pre-eminent World War Two aircraft collection.

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