Musuem Progress Report from our Fall 2009 Newsletter


While all of these events were underway much was also being accomplished by our dedicated Museum volunteers on the many projects underway. To give them full justice they will be reported on, with photos, in the Winter edition of our Newsletter

Among these were:

  • Raising aircraft on jacks to  unload tires
  • Continued restoration of the  Cessna L-19
  • Completion and delivery to  the  Museum of the Piper PA-38  Tomahawk as restored  in   Fredericton
  • Continued restoration of the  Jetstar interior
  • A remote control aircraft model to demonstrate flying control actions
  • Painting of the CF-101 Voodoo on external display
  • Many incidental, but vital, improvements in Museum displays


We were extremely pleased to have a  virtually complete photo record of our many displays presented to the Museum.  The photos were extremely professionally done thanks to the work of Jennifer McKinnon. Jennifer is the cousin of Colin Wilmshurst who is the prime mover of our L-19 restoration project .

Jennifer trying out the cockpit of the Avenger

(Photo – Colin Wilmshurst)

It is planned that many of these photos will appear in the Museum Website and will appear in the Newsletters as various displays are discussed.

Jennifer – please accept our sincere thanks for a job so very well done.

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T-33 Cockpit Move Fall 2007

In late October, our team relocated the T-33 cockpit from the Silver Dart Gal lery to the MacLoon Gallery as part of the Silver Dart Gallery Renovation proj- ect. To move the cockpit to its new location with the CF-100 and Sabre (Below) required the movement of the Bell 206, the Halifax International Airport Map, the outside J-57 engine (which required the tires to be put back on and later removed, the T-33 fuselage, Bird dog, V-1 and several exhibit panels and or cases. The move went very smooth over 2 Sat urdays. Thanks to the members for their help and to Bob MacIlreith for the use of his truck to pull the fuselage up the hill to the main hanger.

As we finished up the T-33 cockpit move, Piercey’s arrived with the boom truck of building supplies for this win- ter’s project. We were fortunate enough to have all the supplies boomed into both buildings, saving us a lot of mov- ing. Once the boom truck was finished, both buildings were closed up for the

Newsletter Article May 2001 Operation Harvard Part 2

Operation “Harvard” Part 2

Report and Photos by: Rob MacIlreith

A further step in the Harvard Restoration was made over Easter weekend. The Harvard wings were painted at Provincial Western Star late Friday afternoon and returned to the Museum around noon on Saturday. Upon arrival the wings were installed on the Harvard. This is the first time since the Harvard’s arrival at the Museum that both wings have been on at the same time. With the installation of the wings, the look and size of the Harvard has taken on a totally new shape. Thanks to Danny McLaughlin for organizing both the transportation of the wings and their painting. Members involved include: Danny McLaughlin, Ken Brown, Pat Smith, Barry Rodenhiser, Dave McMahon, Bill Leeming and Rob MacIlreith.

Thanks to all the other members that pitched in to unload and install the wings when they arrived at the Museum. Also, thanks to Provincial Western Star for the use of their paint facility and thanks to Fraser Percy for painting the wings. Currently Crew Chief Bill Leeming and Ron Cunningham are working on the landing light covers and installing other completed components on the aircraft. Visitors to the Museum will see a much more complete Harvard, parked in a slightly different location, this year compared to last.

Eventually the restored Harvard will form the center of a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) exhibit at the Museum. In fact, we are currently looking for volunteers to help with the research work on the BCATP exhibit. The Museum Executive would like to see a completed exhibit in place for the 2002 Season. If you might be interested in helping with the research of this piece of history we would like to hear from you.

ACAM’s Harvard Mk II

The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum was fortunate enough to recieve a Harvard Mk II from the Canadian Aviation Musuem, in Ottawa, on a ten year loan. While on loan to the Museum, the Harvard is to be cleaned up and restored for static display. The Harvard arrived at ACAM in the summer of 1996, courtesy of Owen Davis Trucking in Lower Sackville. The aircraft was in fair shape, however much restoration work has been done and still more is required.

A small team of members began restoration at once, beginning with the cockpit and it’s vast greenhouse canopy and proceeding on to the engine. Work proceeded on the old bird under the leadership of the late Doug Ordinal. With Doug’s passing in the summer of 2000, the role of crew chief was turned over to Bill Leeming. By Feb 2001, the fuselage was ready for painting and Operation “Harvard” was carried out

Newletter Articles March 2001 Tracker Update

John Christie has been hard at work installing some of the components that the Museum’s Tracker has been missing. These parts have been shipped to the Museum from Conair in British Columbia. The parts that ACAM received include sonobuoy tubes and instruments. Our thanks go out to Conair for their help in supplying these missing parts.

Newsletter Article March 2001 – Operation Harvard

Operation “Harvard”
By: Ken Brown

After months of corrosion control and prep work the Harvard fuselage was removed from the Museum painted and returned to the Museum during the weekend of Jan 13th. The aircraft was transported by Atlantic Tiltload Ltd. and painted at the Provincial Western Star paint facility in Dartmouth. The wings will be painted at a later date and markings will be reapplied in the spring. A hearty congratulation goes out to Crew Chief Bill Leeming and Ron Cunningham who have spent plenty of hours on the corrosion control and preparation for painting after Doug Ordinal’s passing. Also, a big thank you goes out to Danny McLaughlin, who organized both transportation and the painting at Provincial Western Star.

The following Museum members were involved with the move and masking efforts during the weekend of the operation: Danny MacLaughlin, Danny Price, Bruce Paul, Barry Rodenhiser, Bill Leeming, Dave McMahon, Ken Brown, Pat Smith and Dave Powell.

Special Thanks To:
The Painters: Fraser Percy, Greg Rogers
Provincial Western Star: David Lockhart
Atlantic Tilt Load: Darren Butcher
Driver who picked up the Harvard: Paul Kiddson
Delivery Driver: Darren Tone

Again, ACAM wishes to thank those people and organizations that help make it possible for us to preserve aviation history in Atlantic Canada. Without that ongoing community support our organization would not exist. Your professionalism and generosity is appreciated.

Newsletter Article February 2001 – Jetstar Painting by Paul Tuttle

Local aviation artist and Museum member Paul Tuttle delivered his latest masterpiece to the Museum in early December. It is a 8′ x 12′ painting of ACAM’s Jetstar in flight. The painting has been hanged on the wall at the back of the hanger in the center frame. It is a wonderful addition to the collection. The color is very vivid and it brightens up the back wall significantly. When asked what’s next Paul answered, “I’m thinking of a CF-100 in a large format as a 2001 project.” Awesome job Paul, keep up the great work!