Canada's National Aviation Museum: Its History and Collections - Kenneth M. Molson with Special Sections by R. W. Bradford & P. A. HartmanOttawa: National Aviation Museum, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Glossary; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Since Canadians began the world’s first commercial bush flying operations shortly after World War I, aircraft have played a critical role in opening up this vast, rugged, and sparsely populated land. Perhaps no other nation has relied as heavily as Canada on aviation, and, as a result, Canadians have made pioneering contributions that are out of all proportion to this country’s population.
This illustrious history of our aviation heritage is celebrated in the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. The Museum has a sizeable collection of aircraft and the historical importance of the Museum’s specimens to Canada plus their excellent state of conservation make it one of the top collections in the world. It is one of the few collections with military and civilian aircraft representing all the key periods in aviation history and, appropriately, highlighting Canada’s outstanding contributions.
This book, published on the occasion of the opening of the Museum’s beautiful new facilities in Ottawa, traces the history of the Museum from its early beginnings in the halls of the National Research Council in the thirties to its present world-class status. And, for the first time, the Museum’s impressive collection of aircraft is fully documented and illustrated. From the Aerial Experiment Association Silver Dart through to the award-winning Zenair CH-300 Tri-Zenith lies the fascinating history of aviation, a delight for any student of aviation or Canadian history. Supplementary material on the engines in the collection and the restoration program is included as is a delightful and informative essay by Paul Hartman, the former Chief Pilot of the Museum, on flying the collection. Appendices on the World War I German war trophies and the Sopwith Snipe and complete listings of the Museum’s holdings make this the definitive work on one of Canada’s finest heritage institutions.”