The Aero Space Museum of Calgary is located just south of the Calgary International Airport.
The Aero Space Museum of Canada is nearby and there is time to survey outside attractions for a few minutes while waiting for the buildings to open.
The austere exterior of the buildings cloaks the major and exciting attractions inside. It is easy to drive by the bland looking museum buildings located at 4629 McCall Way, NE but today is the opportunity to explore the interior after paying a reasonable admission charge. The reception area shares space with a very unique gift shop.
Entrance into the main display area is visually stunning. A significant number of meticulously reconstructed and maintained aircraft, spanning many decades of aircraft development, are surrounded by historical exhibits and memorial tributes to the pilots who flew them. The pride of the aircraft community is permeable. There are knowledgeable guides to answer questions and provide fascinating repertoire.
Some of the unique displays are fascinating. One which catches the attention is the presentation on parachutes which were collected and used to make wedding dresses. The story board features a young couple who were married at the end of World War II. Somehow the change in value systems over past decades seems important. This place may be a goldmine for open and impressionable young minds.
The upstairs balcony along the periphery of the main building provides fascinating perspectives above ground floor aircraft. It also contains an actual gun turret and an impressive collection of aircraft engines dated from the early 1900's to relative present. The visual progression of technology is obvious.
Satisfied the majority of indoor exhibits have been examined, the next step is to leave the main building and enter the adjacent and massive structure containing an additional display of aircraft ranging from helicopters to passenger aircraft, a crop duster and a massive bomber. Fascinating and descriptive plaques educate.
The amount of effort required to collect, restore and exhibit the aircraft has been massive. The pride of ownership is palpable. A visit is highly recommended.
Before leaving the museum grounds, a tour of jet combat aircraft outside the building is completed. There is still time for a walk before heading to the airport.
A quick bit of on-line research identifies nearby Prairie Winds Park in the Community of Westwinds as a potentially lucrative walking possibility.
The 16 hectare park, located on Castleridge Blvd, NE contains an outstanding spray park and a wading pool for summer swimming as well as a pond for winter skating. There are many features for enjoying a picnic lunch and wiling away a recreational day. The layout of the park includes rolling grassy land, streams, rock gardens, a soccer pitch, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, lawn bowling and a superbly planned toboggan hill. Check it out.
This is a good way to end a short visit following the hike at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park near Cochrane.
Photographs at the Aero Space Museum of Calgary were taken on May 3, 2015.