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British Columbia's proud aviation past
The Aviation Museum is an interesting place to visit if you enjoy airplanes and British Columbia's proud aviation past. The museum is conveniently located near the Victoria International Airport at 1910 Norseman Road in North Saanich.

McTavish Road
To get here you take the McTavish exit off the Pat Bay Highway heading north to Sidney. Once on McTavish, take a quick right onto Canora Road. Follow Canora and look for the signs and the large hanger situated on Norseman Road. There is plenty of free parking available with lots of room for RV's and Motorhomes.

Displays of Planes and Aircraft Machinery
The display is open seven days a week all year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The covered museum has various pictures, models, displays of planes and aircraft machinery for you to view.

Layout Map
Once you enter the museum make sure you pick up the information brochure that gives a layout map of all the aviation pieces that have been collected. There are also volunteers and guides available that will gladly help with any of your questions concerning the British Columbia Aviation Museum.

Aviation History
The museum has been set up in sections dealing with all types of aviation displays. There are examples of flight simulators, ultra lights, jet fighters and helicopters.

Wright Cyclone Motor
A really interesting exhibit is the one dealing with the 18-cylinder Wright Cyclone Motor. The "Cyclone" motor, first introduced in 1937, was one of the most powerful radial style engines ever produced in America.

2500 Horsepower 18-Cylinder Radial Motor
This 2500-horse power motor is still used today on the two Martin Mars Water Bombers that are stationed at Sproat Lake near Port Alberni. If you get a chance, visit Sproat Lake and watch four of these engines come to life as the Martin Mars Bomber takes off to fight forest fires.

Old Gauges and Radio Tuners
Another artifact that is really neat is the radio display. You will get to hear the local radio tower from the Victoria International Airport come over speakers that have been set up. Have a look at the old gauges and radio tuners in and around oak furniture. You will go right back into time when radio was the lifeline for a pilot.

Take Your Time
Make sure you have a couple of hours to spend time here. Take your kids as they will really enjoy the displays of aircraft and aviation history.

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british Columbia Aviation Museum
British Columbia Aviation Museum

 

Wright Cyclone Motor 2500  Horsepower 18-Cylinder Radial Motor
Wright Cyclone Motor

 

Wright Cyclone Motor 2500 Horsepower 18-Cylinder Radial Motor
Wright Cyclone Motor

 

Old Gauges and Radio Tuners
Old Gauges and Radio Tuners

 
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