GIVING TUESDAY

The Tuesday following American Thanksgiving is the largest day of giving in the US and Canada. This year has been a difficult year for charities with decreased giving across the sector. We rely upon the generosity of our donors to continue being able to inspire, share knowledge, and preserve. Important projects such as exhibit improvements, aircraft maintenance, and educational programming are supported through 'general operations' donations. Every donor's contribution is directly giving us the opportunity to connect with more people as storytellers for the history of flight and its transformational power.

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INSPIRE DREAMS OF FLIGHT

At The Hangar Flight Museum we use Our Compass to direct our choices and our future. 

  • We are inspired by bold and adventurous stories
  • We are passionate about bringing aviation history to life
  • We work in service to our communities
  • We are adaptable and agile, embracing quality, professionalism, and courage in our work

The work we do is supported by people just like you. Our ability to preserve artifacts and stories of aviation history, provide fun and exceptional educational programming, and keep aviation history alive for future generations is dependent upon your support. 

By visiting the museum, signing up for a membership, or donating directly to our cause you are helping us preserve and educate. 

A few of our current projects that are supported directly through your donations are: Building Maintenance and Restoration, Operations, Aircraft Maintenance and Restoration, and Expansion. 

MUSEUM EXPANSION

The next phase of upgrades to the visitor experience at The Hangar Flight Museum is replacing the Tent Hangar with a more permanent structure. We have worked with the City of Calgary and YYC Airport Authority and other partners to discuss the future and completed a Feasibility Study in September 2022. We are very grateful to the City of Calgary and Calgary Foundation for supporting this integral project. 

This fundraising campaign will be a long-term project, beginning now. Large-scale projects, such as a museum expansion that will triple the size of our current Tent Hangar, require support of all levels. Every donation gets us closer to being a premiere destination to explore, engage, and experience the transformational power of flight.  

Creating a larger building will give us the opportunity to protect more artifacts than we currently have space to house, including Calgary's deHavilland Mosquito, which is currently out for restoration in Nanton, AB. It will ensure that our artifacts are protected from seasonal temperature changes, as our current Tent Hangar is not heated. This will also have a significant effect on the visitor experience, and make The Hangar enjoyable even on the coldest day. It will give us the capacity to upgrade our exhibits, make them more engaging with the opportunity for multimedia and hands-on learning opportunities, in ways that are not currently possible in an outdoor structure. 

Museum Expansion

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SIKORSKY S-55 HORSE CONSERVATION 

Our most recent aircraft restoration project was the Sikorsky Horse helicopter repainting. This repainting occurred during summer 2022. You can now see the conserved helicopter right at our front entrance! 

This specific S-55 serial # 55822 arrived at The Hangar in 1990 from Buffalo Airways, which means it has now been outdoors on site for 32 years. It is time for this helicopter to receive some care and attention with a fresh coat of paint. Sunshine, rain, and snow are hard on painted metal and regular maintenance is required to keep the structural integrity of the metal. 

The S-55 was a significant step from previous helicopters made by Sikorsky. Its piston engine was located in a unique spot, and it incorporated offset hinges in its main rotor head. The engine placement gave this helicopter plenty of transportation space for passengers or cargo. 

Our final 50/50 Cash Raffle to support this project ended on May 16, 2022. The winning ticket number was 1140. Thank you to all of our supporters who have given us the ability to complete this conservation project. 

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