|Mcdonnell CF-101 Voodoo|
|Curtis Stinson Special (1918)|
Cigarette lighter replaced by lipstick holder
Upon entering the hangar, the first aircraft displayed is a replica of the Curtiss Special. It was originally built in 1917 for American aviator Katherine Stinson. On July 9, 1918, Stinson flew the first air mail flight in Western Canada, delivering 259 letters from Calgary to Edmonton. Of interesting note, the plane had a small vanity case in the instrument panel (The 1917 version of Marge Simpson's Canyonero.) While fitting within the sequential timeline of the museum, it is interesting to see that the first exhibit seen when entering is that of a female aviator. In doing this, the museum is attempting to promote and inform the public of the diverse nature of the history of aviation in Alberta, and while dominated by men, women were still able to contribute as pioneers.
In addition to aircraft, the museum also showcases pieces that support commercial aviation. There is an exhibit on air traffic control with a map of Canada showing how regions are divided up across the country. The Edmonton FIR (Flight Information Region) is the largest in the country and encompasses all of Alberta, along with Northern BC and Saskatchewan, and almost all of Northern Canada. There is an older Raytheon PPI radar display console showcased, which would have been used by flight controllers based in Edmonton. Air traffic controllers from Edmonton have been directing the skies for many years, and continue to do so currently.
|Edmonton Flight Information Region|
|North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber|
|408 Squandron Crest|
|De Havilland Mosquito B35 (1943)|
|"Please do no cross ropes"|