2017 was a busy year at the Alberta Aviation Museum and one filled with many positive changes and popular public events. Here are some of the highlights:
- January saw us make a major investment in new maintenance equipment including forklift, scissor-lift and Kabota tractor.
- February brought the launch of our new website.
- March included a celebration of Women of Aviation week attended by more than 200 people.
- April was a month with many firsts. We began to install our background banners, our kids drop-in program kicked off and we installed the first of our new story islands.
- May saw our first-ever, and now annual, volunteer recognition event. We also celebrated the reopening of the 418 Squadron history gallery, an event that drew a great deal of media attention.
- June marked the 90th anniversary of Blatchford Field which we celebrated with the help of Denis May, Wop May’s son, and Kenneth Blatchford’s granddaughter, Patricia Barford. We also received an important new addition to our aircraft collection, the original Cirrus Moth first owned by the Edmonton Aero Club (later the Edmonton Flying Club.)
- August was the Edmonton Airshow. Our booth at the Villeneuve event was popular and sales were brisk.
- September was a pivotal month with Open Cockpit Day celebrations,and the start of our new (free) Open Access Nights, sponsored by Servus (held the last Thursday of every month from 5pm to 8pm. ) The month also saw us break recent attendance records. In a one week period we had more than 1,000 visitors.
- October brought a further 400 people through our doors to mark Halloween.
- November saw us unveil a series of new display showcases, covering Women of Aviation, commercial aviation, Pacific West Airlines, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and 80 years of RCMP aviation. We also hosted our annual Remembrance Day ceremony, which attracted hundreds of people to honour Canada’s servicemen and servicewomen.
- December we gathered to celebrate the coming holidays and thank our ranks of volunteers with a festive Turkey dinner.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, volunteers and supporters who have helped us keep Edmonton’s Aviation History alive. We wish everyone best for 2018.