Atlantic Canada has a rich aviation heritage, beginning with the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire in 1909. However, it is a heritage that, until the formation of the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum and our sister organizations at Shearwater and Greenwood, was largely forgotten. Indeed, many priceless artifacts have been removed from the area, never to return. It was the recognition of this loss that lead to the formation of the Museum. Initially restricted to shopping centre displays and storing of many items at CFB Shearwater, the Museum moved to its present location in 1986, with the co-operation of the province of Nova Scotia.
Over the next ten years from 1986 to 1995, the Museum continued to grow, and along with it the visions of all the volunteers working at the Museum for how they saw the future unfolding. It was a very important time for the Museum, a great deal of encouragement and support was received from a large number of individuals, corporate sponsors and government agencies. It was with their help and the efforts of the Museum’s dedicated volunteers that in the fall of 1995 a new 100 x 140ft hangar was constructed. Attached to the original building this new hangar provided the Museum with an additional 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, in which now is showcased a wide selection of aircraft, engines, armaments and other artifacts.