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Edmonton’s Aviation History: More Than a Century of Adventure (An Alberta A

December 28

Join Alberta Aviation Museum curator Ryan Lee on a twelve-chapter journey through the history of aviation, from a uniquely Edmonton perspective. Starting with the early days of exhibition flights, through pioneering barnstormers, bush pilots, and business tycoons, this monthly online public lecture series will explore how Edmonton became known as “the most air-minded city in Canada.”

Online, 7 pm–8 pm. Free for Museum Members, $7.50 for non-members. Registration closes at 4 pm the day of each lecture.

UPCOMING LECTURES:

Lecture 7 – Edmontonians Abroad in WWII | July 27, 2022
With too many pilots and too little work in civil aviation, many Canadians flock to Britain’s Royal Air Force. When the Second World War breaks out, the former mayor’s son, H.P. Blatchford defends against a fierce German assault. He’s joined by a new crop of aviators from back home, and as the war goes on, Edmontonians serve with distinction overseas, especially in No. 418 Squadron RCAF.

Lecture 8 – Edmontonians at home in WWII | August 31, 2022
With the advent of the war in Europe, a surge of activity transforms Edmonton’s airport virtually overnight. With the Edmonton Flying Club and Canadian Airways supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Air Observer School, to the arrival of the United States’ Air Transport Command ferrying lend-lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and the massive maintenance depot at Aircraft Repair Ltd, Edmonton’s skies are constantly busy.

Lecture 9 – The Cold War | September 28, 2022
The Second World War is done, but the world is not done with war. New military operations fill the hangars at the Municipal Airport, including the return of the “City of Edmonton” Squadron, the new Winter Experimental Establishment, and the expansion of Namao. Inspired by the previous generation, men and women from Edmonton join the front lines in Europe, while at home, commercial outfits like Tommy Fox’s Associated Airways can’t keep up with the demand to ferry supplies north to build the Distant Early Warning Line.

Lecture 10 – Northern Operations | October 26, 2022
With the demise of Associated Airways comes the growth of Pacific Western, and Max Ward’s new company rapidly makes an impact. Smaller outfits find work hauling anything or anyone, brining X-Ray machines, heavy equipment, and settlers north, and Indigenous people, uranium, and fish south. Indigenous children fly for the first time in local bush planes, taken to Indian Residential Schools. Many don’t return home, and others are permanently scarred.

Lecture 11 – Major Airlines in Edmonton | November 30, 2022
The Edmonton International Airport’s opening in 1960 marks the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s first airport, but the concentrated efforts of fiercely loyal aviation enthusiasts fight to keep it open. Pacific Western Airlines’ innovative Air Bus service to Calgary and sparks renewed interest in the downtown Airport, while at the International, Wardair’s Affiliation Charters revolutionize the way Edmonton vacations.

Lecture 12 – The Closure of the Muni | December 28, 2022
After a fierce debate spanning more than 50 years, Edmonton’s Municipal Airport permanently closes. The diaspora takes local business and organizations to new airports, but many permanently close. Edmonton is not the only city to close a downtown airport. The International expands, familiar airlines disappear, and new ones take their place. Is Edmonton still the air-minded city it was once lauded as?

Details

Date:
December 28
Event Categories:
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Website:
albertaaviationmuseum.com/programs/feature-programs/

Venue

Virtual
Online Host
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Join Alberta Aviation Museum curator Ryan Lee on a twelve-chapter journey through the history of aviation, from a uniquely Edmonton perspective. Starting with the early days of exhibition flights, through pioneering barnstormers, bush pilots, and business tycoons, this monthly online public lecture series will explore how Edmonton became known as “the most air-minded city in Canada.”

Online, 7 pm–8 pm. Free for Museum Members, $7.50 for non-members. Registration closes at 4 pm the day of each lecture.

UPCOMING LECTURES:

Lecture 7 – Edmontonians Abroad in WWII | July 27, 2022
With too many pilots and too little work in civil aviation, many Canadians flock to Britain’s Royal Air Force. When the Second World War breaks out, the former mayor’s son, H.P. Blatchford defends against a fierce German assault. He’s joined by a new crop of aviators from back home, and as the war goes on, Edmontonians serve with distinction overseas, especially in No. 418 Squadron RCAF.

Lecture 8 – Edmontonians at home in WWII | August 31, 2022
With the advent of the war in Europe, a surge of activity transforms Edmonton’s airport virtually overnight. With the Edmonton Flying Club and Canadian Airways supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Air Observer School, to the arrival of the United States’ Air Transport Command ferrying lend-lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and the massive maintenance depot at Aircraft Repair Ltd, Edmonton’s skies are constantly busy.

Lecture 9 – The Cold War | September 28, 2022
The Second World War is done, but the world is not done with war. New military operations fill the hangars at the Municipal Airport, including the return of the “City of Edmonton” Squadron, the new Winter Experimental Establishment, and the expansion of Namao. Inspired by the previous generation, men and women from Edmonton join the front lines in Europe, while at home, commercial outfits like Tommy Fox’s Associated Airways can’t keep up with the demand to ferry supplies north to build the Distant Early Warning Line.

Lecture 10 – Northern Operations | October 26, 2022
With the demise of Associated Airways comes the growth of Pacific Western, and Max Ward’s new company rapidly makes an impact. Smaller outfits find work hauling anything or anyone, brining X-Ray machines, heavy equipment, and settlers north, and Indigenous people, uranium, and fish south. Indigenous children fly for the first time in local bush planes, taken to Indian Residential Schools. Many don’t return home, and others are permanently scarred.

Lecture 11 – Major Airlines in Edmonton | November 30, 2022
The Edmonton International Airport’s opening in 1960 marks the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s first airport, but the concentrated efforts of fiercely loyal aviation enthusiasts fight to keep it open. Pacific Western Airlines’ innovative Air Bus service to Calgary and sparks renewed interest in the downtown Airport, while at the International, Wardair’s Affiliation Charters revolutionize the way Edmonton vacations.

Lecture 12 – The Closure of the Muni | December 28, 2022
After a fierce debate spanning more than 50 years, Edmonton’s Municipal Airport permanently closes. The diaspora takes local business and organizations to new airports, but many permanently close. Edmonton is not the only city to close a downtown airport. The International expands, familiar airlines disappear, and new ones take their place. Is Edmonton still the air-minded city it was once lauded as?

Details

Date:
November 30
Event Categories:
,
Website:
albertaaviationmuseum.com/programs/feature-programs/

Venue

Virtual
Online Host
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Join Alberta Aviation Museum curator Ryan Lee on a twelve-chapter journey through the history of aviation, from a uniquely Edmonton perspective. Starting with the early days of exhibition flights, through pioneering barnstormers, bush pilots, and business tycoons, this monthly online public lecture series will explore how Edmonton became known as “the most air-minded city in Canada.”

Online, 7 pm–8 pm. Free for Museum Members, $7.50 for non-members. Registration closes at 4 pm the day of each lecture.

UPCOMING LECTURES:

Lecture 7 – Edmontonians Abroad in WWII | July 27, 2022
With too many pilots and too little work in civil aviation, many Canadians flock to Britain’s Royal Air Force. When the Second World War breaks out, the former mayor’s son, H.P. Blatchford defends against a fierce German assault. He’s joined by a new crop of aviators from back home, and as the war goes on, Edmontonians serve with distinction overseas, especially in No. 418 Squadron RCAF.

Lecture 8 – Edmontonians at home in WWII | August 31, 2022
With the advent of the war in Europe, a surge of activity transforms Edmonton’s airport virtually overnight. With the Edmonton Flying Club and Canadian Airways supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Air Observer School, to the arrival of the United States’ Air Transport Command ferrying lend-lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and the massive maintenance depot at Aircraft Repair Ltd, Edmonton’s skies are constantly busy.

Lecture 9 – The Cold War | September 28, 2022
The Second World War is done, but the world is not done with war. New military operations fill the hangars at the Municipal Airport, including the return of the “City of Edmonton” Squadron, the new Winter Experimental Establishment, and the expansion of Namao. Inspired by the previous generation, men and women from Edmonton join the front lines in Europe, while at home, commercial outfits like Tommy Fox’s Associated Airways can’t keep up with the demand to ferry supplies north to build the Distant Early Warning Line.

Lecture 10 – Northern Operations | October 26, 2022
With the demise of Associated Airways comes the growth of Pacific Western, and Max Ward’s new company rapidly makes an impact. Smaller outfits find work hauling anything or anyone, brining X-Ray machines, heavy equipment, and settlers north, and Indigenous people, uranium, and fish south. Indigenous children fly for the first time in local bush planes, taken to Indian Residential Schools. Many don’t return home, and others are permanently scarred.

Lecture 11 – Major Airlines in Edmonton | November 30, 2022
The Edmonton International Airport’s opening in 1960 marks the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s first airport, but the concentrated efforts of fiercely loyal aviation enthusiasts fight to keep it open. Pacific Western Airlines’ innovative Air Bus service to Calgary and sparks renewed interest in the downtown Airport, while at the International, Wardair’s Affiliation Charters revolutionize the way Edmonton vacations.

Lecture 12 – The Closure of the Muni | December 28, 2022
After a fierce debate spanning more than 50 years, Edmonton’s Municipal Airport permanently closes. The diaspora takes local business and organizations to new airports, but many permanently close. Edmonton is not the only city to close a downtown airport. The International expands, familiar airlines disappear, and new ones take their place. Is Edmonton still the air-minded city it was once lauded as?

Details

Date:
October 26
Event Categories:
,
Website:
albertaaviationmuseum.com/programs/feature-programs/

Venue

Virtual
Online Host
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Join Alberta Aviation Museum curator Ryan Lee on a twelve-chapter journey through the history of aviation, from a uniquely Edmonton perspective. Starting with the early days of exhibition flights, through pioneering barnstormers, bush pilots, and business tycoons, this monthly online public lecture series will explore how Edmonton became known as “the most air-minded city in Canada.”

Online, 7 pm–8 pm. Free for Museum Members, $7.50 for non-members. Registration closes at 4 pm the day of each lecture.

UPCOMING LECTURES:

Lecture 7 – Edmontonians Abroad in WWII | July 27, 2022
With too many pilots and too little work in civil aviation, many Canadians flock to Britain’s Royal Air Force. When the Second World War breaks out, the former mayor’s son, H.P. Blatchford defends against a fierce German assault. He’s joined by a new crop of aviators from back home, and as the war goes on, Edmontonians serve with distinction overseas, especially in No. 418 Squadron RCAF.

Lecture 8 – Edmontonians at home in WWII | August 31, 2022
With the advent of the war in Europe, a surge of activity transforms Edmonton’s airport virtually overnight. With the Edmonton Flying Club and Canadian Airways supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Air Observer School, to the arrival of the United States’ Air Transport Command ferrying lend-lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and the massive maintenance depot at Aircraft Repair Ltd, Edmonton’s skies are constantly busy.

Lecture 9 – The Cold War | September 28, 2022
The Second World War is done, but the world is not done with war. New military operations fill the hangars at the Municipal Airport, including the return of the “City of Edmonton” Squadron, the new Winter Experimental Establishment, and the expansion of Namao. Inspired by the previous generation, men and women from Edmonton join the front lines in Europe, while at home, commercial outfits like Tommy Fox’s Associated Airways can’t keep up with the demand to ferry supplies north to build the Distant Early Warning Line.

Lecture 10 – Northern Operations | October 26, 2022
With the demise of Associated Airways comes the growth of Pacific Western, and Max Ward’s new company rapidly makes an impact. Smaller outfits find work hauling anything or anyone, brining X-Ray machines, heavy equipment, and settlers north, and Indigenous people, uranium, and fish south. Indigenous children fly for the first time in local bush planes, taken to Indian Residential Schools. Many don’t return home, and others are permanently scarred.

Lecture 11 – Major Airlines in Edmonton | November 30, 2022
The Edmonton International Airport’s opening in 1960 marks the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s first airport, but the concentrated efforts of fiercely loyal aviation enthusiasts fight to keep it open. Pacific Western Airlines’ innovative Air Bus service to Calgary and sparks renewed interest in the downtown Airport, while at the International, Wardair’s Affiliation Charters revolutionize the way Edmonton vacations.

Lecture 12 – The Closure of the Muni | December 28, 2022
After a fierce debate spanning more than 50 years, Edmonton’s Municipal Airport permanently closes. The diaspora takes local business and organizations to new airports, but many permanently close. Edmonton is not the only city to close a downtown airport. The International expands, familiar airlines disappear, and new ones take their place. Is Edmonton still the air-minded city it was once lauded as?

Details

Date:
September 28
Event Categories:
,
Website:
albertaaviationmuseum.com/programs/feature-programs/

Venue

Virtual
Online Host
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Join Alberta Aviation Museum curator Ryan Lee on a twelve-chapter journey through the history of aviation, from a uniquely Edmonton perspective. Starting with the early days of exhibition flights, through pioneering barnstormers, bush pilots, and business tycoons, this monthly online public lecture series will explore how Edmonton became known as “the most air-minded city in Canada.”

Online, 7 pm–8 pm. Free for Museum Members, $7.50 for non-members. Registration closes at 4 pm the day of each lecture.

UPCOMING LECTURES:

Lecture 7 – Edmontonians Abroad in WWII | July 27, 2022
With too many pilots and too little work in civil aviation, many Canadians flock to Britain’s Royal Air Force. When the Second World War breaks out, the former mayor’s son, H.P. Blatchford defends against a fierce German assault. He’s joined by a new crop of aviators from back home, and as the war goes on, Edmontonians serve with distinction overseas, especially in No. 418 Squadron RCAF.

Lecture 8 – Edmontonians at home in WWII | August 31, 2022
With the advent of the war in Europe, a surge of activity transforms Edmonton’s airport virtually overnight. With the Edmonton Flying Club and Canadian Airways supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Air Observer School, to the arrival of the United States’ Air Transport Command ferrying lend-lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and the massive maintenance depot at Aircraft Repair Ltd, Edmonton’s skies are constantly busy.

Lecture 9 – The Cold War | September 28, 2022
The Second World War is done, but the world is not done with war. New military operations fill the hangars at the Municipal Airport, including the return of the “City of Edmonton” Squadron, the new Winter Experimental Establishment, and the expansion of Namao. Inspired by the previous generation, men and women from Edmonton join the front lines in Europe, while at home, commercial outfits like Tommy Fox’s Associated Airways can’t keep up with the demand to ferry supplies north to build the Distant Early Warning Line.

Lecture 10 – Northern Operations | October 26, 2022
With the demise of Associated Airways comes the growth of Pacific Western, and Max Ward’s new company rapidly makes an impact. Smaller outfits find work hauling anything or anyone, brining X-Ray machines, heavy equipment, and settlers north, and Indigenous people, uranium, and fish south. Indigenous children fly for the first time in local bush planes, taken to Indian Residential Schools. Many don’t return home, and others are permanently scarred.

Lecture 11 – Major Airlines in Edmonton | November 30, 2022
The Edmonton International Airport’s opening in 1960 marks the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s first airport, but the concentrated efforts of fiercely loyal aviation enthusiasts fight to keep it open. Pacific Western Airlines’ innovative Air Bus service to Calgary and sparks renewed interest in the downtown Airport, while at the International, Wardair’s Affiliation Charters revolutionize the way Edmonton vacations.

Lecture 12 – The Closure of the Muni | December 28, 2022
After a fierce debate spanning more than 50 years, Edmonton’s Municipal Airport permanently closes. The diaspora takes local business and organizations to new airports, but many permanently close. Edmonton is not the only city to close a downtown airport. The International expands, familiar airlines disappear, and new ones take their place. Is Edmonton still the air-minded city it was once lauded as?

Venue

Virtual
Online Host
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Join Alberta Aviation Museum curator Ryan Lee on a twelve-chapter journey through the history of aviation, from a uniquely Edmonton perspective. Starting with the early days of exhibition flights, through pioneering barnstormers, bush pilots, and business tycoons, this monthly online public lecture series will explore how Edmonton became known as “the most air-minded city in Canada.”

Online, 7 pm–8 pm. Free for Museum Members, $7.50 for non-members. Registration closes at 4 pm the day of each lecture.

UPCOMING LECTURES:

Lecture 7 – Edmontonians Abroad in WWII | July 27, 2022
With too many pilots and too little work in civil aviation, many Canadians flock to Britain’s Royal Air Force. When the Second World War breaks out, the former mayor’s son, H.P. Blatchford defends against a fierce German assault. He’s joined by a new crop of aviators from back home, and as the war goes on, Edmontonians serve with distinction overseas, especially in No. 418 Squadron RCAF.

Lecture 8 – Edmontonians at home in WWII | August 31, 2022
With the advent of the war in Europe, a surge of activity transforms Edmonton’s airport virtually overnight. With the Edmonton Flying Club and Canadian Airways supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Air Observer School, to the arrival of the United States’ Air Transport Command ferrying lend-lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and the massive maintenance depot at Aircraft Repair Ltd, Edmonton’s skies are constantly busy.

Lecture 9 – The Cold War | September 28, 2022
The Second World War is done, but the world is not done with war. New military operations fill the hangars at the Municipal Airport, including the return of the “City of Edmonton” Squadron, the new Winter Experimental Establishment, and the expansion of Namao. Inspired by the previous generation, men and women from Edmonton join the front lines in Europe, while at home, commercial outfits like Tommy Fox’s Associated Airways can’t keep up with the demand to ferry supplies north to build the Distant Early Warning Line.

Lecture 10 – Northern Operations | October 26, 2022
With the demise of Associated Airways comes the growth of Pacific Western, and Max Ward’s new company rapidly makes an impact. Smaller outfits find work hauling anything or anyone, brining X-Ray machines, heavy equipment, and settlers north, and Indigenous people, uranium, and fish south. Indigenous children fly for the first time in local bush planes, taken to Indian Residential Schools. Many don’t return home, and others are permanently scarred.

Lecture 11 – Major Airlines in Edmonton | November 30, 2022
The Edmonton International Airport’s opening in 1960 marks the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s first airport, but the concentrated efforts of fiercely loyal aviation enthusiasts fight to keep it open. Pacific Western Airlines’ innovative Air Bus service to Calgary and sparks renewed interest in the downtown Airport, while at the International, Wardair’s Affiliation Charters revolutionize the way Edmonton vacations.

Lecture 12 – The Closure of the Muni | December 28, 2022
After a fierce debate spanning more than 50 years, Edmonton’s Municipal Airport permanently closes. The diaspora takes local business and organizations to new airports, but many permanently close. Edmonton is not the only city to close a downtown airport. The International expands, familiar airlines disappear, and new ones take their place. Is Edmonton still the air-minded city it was once lauded as?

Venue

Virtual
Online Host
Edmonton, Alberta Canada