BCATP aircraft flown during World War II

The Canadian Lancasters

During the early years of the war, the British and their Allies were making plans to build as many aircraft as possible. If some of this manufacturing could be done…

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The Saga of the Red Deer Lancaster

KB885 prior to being placed on supports at the service station, April, 1948. Lancaster Mk. X KB885 was built at the Victory Aircraft Plant at Malton, Ontario and ferried to…

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Boeing Stearman

300 U.S. built Boeing Stearmans were obtained by the RAF to be used by three RAF Elementary Flying Training Schools that were being operated in Canada. They were delivered in…

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The Halifax was the second of the four-engined heavy bombers to enter service with the Royal Air Force. The huge Stirling was already flying operations but the prototype Lancaster had…

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Vickers Viking
The Museum's Vickers Viking IV Replica as it is displayed in Edmonton.

Vickers Viking

The Vickers Viking IV biplane was the first amphibian aircraft to be used in Canada. Although designed in Britain by the British Vicker's Aircraft Co, most of those used in…

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North American NA-64 Yale
[ Photo courtesy Sam Stead ]

North American NA-64 Yale

The Yale is a fixed undercarriage, lower powered, lighter weight version of the well known Harvard. Both the Yale and Harvard evolved from the North American Aviation NA-16 which was…

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Beechcraft-18 “Expeditor”

The Beech-18 is one of the most adaptable and versatile twin-engined aircraft ever built. The type first flew in 1937 and orders for military versions were placed in 1941 with…

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Bristol Blenheim Mk IV

Just one minute after Britain's formal declaration of war against Germany took effect on September 3, 1939, a Blenheim IV of 139 Squadron took off to fly the RAF's first…

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Cessna Crane

The British built Airspeed Oxford and Avro Anson Mk I were the only twin-engined trainers available for service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada at the beginning…

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Fairchild PT-26A Cornell

In the spring of 1941, the Fairchild Cornell was selected to replace the aging de Havilland Tiger Moths and Fleet Fawns and Finches and become the primary RCAF trainer used…

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Messerschmitt Bf 109

Referred to as the Me 109 by Allied pilots and aircrew, the aircraft was designed in the mid-1930's. One of the first truly modern fighters of the era, it featured…

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De Havilland Mosquito
[ British Aerospace photo ]

De Havilland Mosquito

The first thing that struck one about the Mosquito was the beauty of line of the fuselage, tailplane, fin and engine cowlings. They all went together and made a lovely…

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