Why We Exist
RETAIN, RESTORE, HONOUR and EDUCATE
Aviation history is an important component of Canada’s identity, especially our role during and after World War II. As time continues to march on, many of these marvelous war time machines and the valiant men who flew them are disappearing, taking with them the evocative and heroic stories of Canada’s contribution to world history.
In 1954, Spartan Aviation of Ottawa purchased 15 World War II Mosquito bomber aircraft from the British government and brought them to Canada to fulfill photo mapping contracts, in which, for the first time, all of Canada was mapped using aerial cameras. As world leaders in aerial photo mapping, Spartan used the aircraft throughout Northern Canada, West Africa, South and Central America until 1962.
Upon retirement, one of the Mosquitoes was sold to a group in Calgary which sought to establish an aviation museum in the City. When this organization failed in the late 1960s, the City of Calgary took ownership and possession of the Mosquito and a dozen other vintage aircraft.
In 2012, after a five year campaign to prevent the overseas sale of the aircraft, the City of Calgary signed a contract with the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society allowing us to take possession of the Mosquito and Hurricane so that they could finally be restored. The Society has subcontracted the restoration of the Hurricane to a professional aircraft restoration company in Wetaskiwin, AB while focusing its volunteer efforts on the restoration of the Mosquito in space provided by the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, located in Nanton, AB.
The Hurricane will be restored as it served during WWII in 133 Squadron on Canada’s west coast. The Mosquito will be restored as it flew and served in Canada with Spartan Air Services, making it the only non-military Mosquito in the world. The aircraft will not be flown, but both will be brought to ground running, or taxi status. Upon completion, both will be returned to the City of Calgary.