The New Brunswick Aviation Museum, a provincially incorporated, not-for-profit, charitable organization, is being established at the old RCAF Station/CFB Chatham air base to capture and preserve the military and civilian aviation stories of New Brunswick and of No. 1 Air Division in Europe.
In order to create memorable exhibits and outstanding programs for visitors, we require your support. We need both cash donations and artifacts (log books, flight suits, jackets, helmets, photos, letters, diaries, aircraft components, maps, boots, etc…) to support the creation of the New Brunswick Aviation Museum. Appraisals can be arranged for donations of artifacts and tax receipts can be issued based on the assessed value of the items. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20, upon request.
We have recently begun a capital fundraising campaign in order to secure the funds necessary to either purchase one of the original Second World War hangars at the old Chatham air base or to build a new facility close to the Miramichi airport.
We are also very excited to be raising funds to bring a deHavilland DH100 Vampire and a Canadair F-86 Sabre back to Chatham! While it may seem strange to try and acquire these aircraft before the Museum is ready, the rarity of these aircraft is driving our efforts to secure these items.
See the attached donation forms to contribute to either, or both, campaigns.
As the Canadian home of the Sabre, our museum in Chatham is dedicated to sharing the stories of this iconic aircraft. From exchange operations in Korea to providing air defence in Europe, our mandate is to educate Canadians on this exciting period of Canadian aviation history.
We currently have over 2,500 artifacts in our collection, including a number of Sabre-related items. In order to adequately represent the Air Division though, we are looking for helmets, flight gear, and patches for each Squadron as well as photos, documents, memoirs, etc….
With our strong ties to the RCAF Golden Hawks, we will be highlighting Canadian aerobatic teams with ties to NB. These include Sabre teams from the Air Division - the Fireballs and Sky Lancers, as well as teams with New Brunswick personnel such as the 410 Squadron Blue Devils (F/O Fred Evans, Saint John, NB); the Gimli Smokers and Golden Centennaires (F/L Russ Bennett, Saint John, NB); the Red Knight (F/O Rod Ellis, Bathurst, NB); and the Snowbirds (various personnel – both air and ground crew).