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The National Air Force Museum of Canada is a must-see attraction while in the Quinte area. With over 75,000 square feet of display space attached to a sprawling, 16-acre air park, plan to set aside a few hours to truly enjoy this aviation gem.
Established in 1984, the NAFMC 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. Featured exhibits and static aircraft displays await visitors in an informal and family-friendly atmosphere.
Marvel at the fragility of the Burgess Dunne, Canada’s first military aircraft. Behold the strength of the workhorse of military flying, the Hercules CC130.Over 35 aircraft on-site provide guests with an up close and personal “flying machine” experience, the crowning glory being the fully restored, Second World War, Halifax bomber.The Museum Restoration Shop offers a behind scenes view of the rebuilding process – taking vintage aircraft from mess to masterpiece.
However, it’s the stories of Canadian air force personnel that are the real treasures of the Museum. Meet the ingenious POW aircrews who plotted the Great Escape; the gold medal winning, underdogs of the RCAF Flyers hockey team; or the men and women, both civilian and military, that combined to create the massive, hugely successful British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
Located on the north side of 8 Wing Trenton, the NAFMC is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm from May 1 to September 30 and on Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm from October 1 to April 30.