The only time I visited the The National Air Force Museum of Canada was when I did a weekend wine tour in Prince Edward County with my wife some years ago. Admittedly, that holiday was “pre-kid” and the wine was good so I don’t recall most of the details. However, Prince Edward County is beautiful and there is a lot to see and do. The beach at Sandbanks is gorgeous and the wineries (which are more like farms) are very friendly. Lastly, there are excellent restaurants to enjoy.
But this is a model building blog and you are here to read about airplanes! So let’s get to it. Just to the north of all of these attractions is Canadian Forces Base Trenton and right beside the base is this great air museum.
It has a generous indoor display space attached and a very well kept 16-acre air park. From their website it states: “Established in 1984, the National Air Force Museum of Canada is dedicated to preserving and telling the history of Canadian military aviation. From its first flight on a frozen lake in Nova Scotia, through to today’s humanitarian relief missions, the Museum captures the spirit, the daring and the courage of the men and women of the RCAF.“
There are some 35 different aircraft on display indoors and out. Unique to this museum is a fully restored Halifax bomber. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of it because when I visited, I had a prehistoric “digital camera” that did not do indoor pictures well. But I was lucky to have such nice weather during my visit and most of the collection is outside anyway:
Just as unique as the Halifax is the Hawker Hunter – something you don’t see often in North America but you can get right up close to one in Trenton. There is a lot more to the collection, unfortunately these are the best pictures I have. But that is an excellent excuse to go back and take it all in again.
Actually there are a number of air museums I think I need to catch up with: The Smithsonian (I was there in 1999), the RAF Museum in Hendon (1998) and the San Diego Air and Space Museum (1988ish). So little time… so many great museums!