More than just aircraft collections
As well as our wonderful collection of aircraft we also have on display at the Museum a great many engines, artifacts, and weaponry, each one playing its own part in aviation history, and that of Atlantic Canada’s aviation history. To truly appreciate everything we have a visit is the only way to do that, but here are a few of our most featured exhibits.
Both civilian and military aviation history is depicted in the extensive displays found within our facility. Included are hundreds of artifacts, large and small, from books, badges, and uniforms to engines and aircraft. Designed to be informative, from a heritage standpoint, a visitor will leave with a greater knowledge of aviation. From the earliest balloons and gliders up to modern aircraft our collection covers it all.
The museum has on display various engines from the OX-5, used in Curtiss Jenny aircraft of WWI vintage, the Merlin, famous for use in the Spitfire, Mosquito, and Lancaster to name a few, up-to-the massive J-57 engine as used in the CF-101 Voodoo. With more than a dozen engines on display, the development of power is traced in our exhibits.
Of special interest is a cutaway Wright Cyclone R-3350 radial engine as used in the Canadair Argus maritime patrol plane. The engine is able to be run by an electric motor so that the visitor can see the internal workings on a piston engine.
Since the days of early flight the military potential of aviation has always been in the forefront of aircraft development. Among our aircraft on display are various air deployed weapons from anti-shipping torpedoes to air-launched nuclear-capable rockets, our collection is a truly diverse one.
Next to our CP-121 Tracker, various torpedoes and sonobuoys are displayed. With our jet fighters are displayed an Mk-84 bomb, CRV-7 rockets, Sparrow and Falcon missiles, and the nuclear Genie. But perhaps one rather famous bomb that is definitely worth a look on any visit to the Museum is that of the V-1 Fieseler FZG-76 Buzz Bomb.
V-1 Fieseler FZG-76 Buzz Bomb
The V-1 Buzz Bomb was developed by Germany during the Second World War to be used as a weapon of terror. Designed to run out of fuel over the target area, Buzz Bombs inflicted heavy damage on England during the war.
The history of our Museum’s example is uncertain, it is believed however to have been brought back as a war prize. For many years it was on display at CFB Stadacona, the Citadel museum, although some parts of the V-1 are not original, it adds an interesting piece of weaponry to our display.