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Learn all about Gander's strategic role in the world of aviation and its important role in World War II and beyond!

pilotLocated on the Trans Canada Highway between the James Paton Memorial Hospital and the Gander Tourist Chalet, the North Atlantic Aviation Museum has a wonderful display of Gander's aviation heritage.

On the grounds outside, you'll find a number of vintage aircraft. Inside you can "stroll down memory lane" when you visit the photographic display. You'll also see many civilian and military artifacts.

Have you ever wanted to be a pilot? Well, here's your chance ! Visit the cockpit of a real DC-3. Sit in the pilot's seat and let your imagination soar!

These are only a few of the interesting sights you'll see at the Aviation Museum.

Don't forget the gift shop! For the aviation buff, many unique treasures await you! Go ahead, browse around! We're sure you'll find the perfect souvenir!

Beech 18

The Beech 18 is on loan from the College of the North Atlantic, Gander Campus, where it is used as a teaching tool. This aircraft was manufactured by Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas and is powered by 1-450hp r-985-an-1,-3. It reaches a maximum speed of 215mph/345km/h with an initial climb of 10,000ft/3048m in 8.6 minutes. The aircraft is used for light transport (cargo or passengers) and communications.

Lockheed Hudson Bomber


A familiar sight to the citizens of Gander, as it was on display for many years mounted on a pedestal near Washington Street. The Hudson Bomber was the first of thousands of aircraft to pass through Gander en route to Europe during World War II. Manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation of Burbank, California , the Hudson can carry a crew of 2-4 pilots, 1 gunner and 1 navigator. It is powered by 2 Wright 1200hp r-1820-27 and reaches a maximum speed of 225mph/362km/h with an initial climb of 10,00ft/3048m in 6.3 minutes. Its main purpose was as a light bomber, troop transport and maritime reconnaissance.

Voodoo CF 101

This impressive looking aircraft is owned by the museum, and was manufactured by Mcdonnell Aircraft Company of St. Louis, Missouri to carry a crew of two. It is powered by 2 Pratt and Whitney j57, 2 shaft turbo jets (maximum thrust of 16,000lb), and a maximum speed of 1200 mph/1963km/h (mach 1.85) with an initial climb of 17,000 ft per minute. The initial use of the voodoo was an all weather fighter/interceptor.

Consolidated Canso


This orange, green and white aircraft was donated by the Newfoundland Government and is now owned by the museum. The Canso was manufactured by Consolidated Aircraft Company of San Diego, California with a crew capacity of 2-3 civilian or 7-9 military. It reaches a maximum speed of 179mph/288km/h with an initial climb of 10,000 ft/3048m in 19.3 minutes. The aircraft is powered by 2-1200 HP Pratt and Whitney Waspy r-1830-92. The aircraft arrived in Gander in the fall of 1958 with Eastern Provincial Airways and was then sold to Provincial Government in 1970 and used as a water bomber for approximately 20 years.

All of these aircraft are located at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.

Contact Information:

North Atlantic Aviation Museum
P.O. Box 234
Gander, NL, Canada
A1V 1W8
Tel: 709-256-2923
Fax: 709-256-2923

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