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North Atlantic Aviation Museum

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Address: 135 Trans Canada Highway, Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador A1V 1W6, Canada
Phone Number: +1 709-256-2923
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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Renovated in the spring of 2012, the Museum’s collection focuses on North...

Renovated in the spring of 2012, the Museum’s collection focuses on North Atlantic aviation history as it pertains to Gander and Gander International Airport, from the 1930’s through to present day, with the bulk of the artifacts, photos, and text focusing on the WWII years through the early jet age. Highlights of our collection: We have several WWII aircraft engines, a restored WWII DeHavilland Tiger Moth bi-plane, a WWII Lockheed Hudson MkIIIA mid-range bomber (which we are told is one of only 8 left in the world, and is the only one in North America), a 1950’s CF101 Voodoo jet, a 1930’s Beech 18-S, and a 1940’s Canso PBY-5A waterbomber. Of special interest, above the main entry we have positioned the tail section of a DC-3 (1930’s model), and out the back of the building, overlooking beautiful Gander Lake, is the cockpit of the DC-3, which visitors can enter from inside the building.

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We spent part of a rainy morning there. Very interesting to learn about the gander airport history and the display about ganders role in the 9/11 event. The museum is not huge but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent part of a rainy morning there. Very interesting to learn about the gander airport history and the display about ganders role in the 9/11 event. The museum is not huge but worth a visit.

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Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quaint aviation museum. The staff was friendly and the exhibits, though not many, were fairly interesting. It was really neat to see a bi-plane and water bomber up close.

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Easy to find on TCH 1 in Gander - it is the place with the airplanes parked on the lawn. This museum provides insight into the history of the area. Basically the Gander Airport was a fuel stop for trans-Atlantic flights back in the day when the range of an airplane was considerably less than today. It is also noteworthy... More 

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Zaventem, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

If you like airplanes, aviation, etc, you will certainly appreciate this museum. It is a small but really nice museum.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My Dad was a Pan American pilot and used to transit through Gander; his signature is likely in the logbook on display in the museum. Walk through the displays and you walk through time - why and how the airport was built (in the middle of nowhere, strictly for an airport to support trans-Atlantic flights), information on the early aircraft,... More 

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Thank 922PaulE
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Small museum but covers history of the area and aviation including 9-11 landing of over 40 unexpected planes in an hour. Looks small but has a lot to offer.

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Thank KDMagin
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

The Connection two 9/11 is particularly poignant. What these people did during the tragedy is inspiring

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

The Museum is easy to find on Hwy 1 in Gander. It provides an interesting history of the beginning of the Gander Airport, but is housed in a smaller building than expected. The display ends with the story of how Gander airport and residents provided support during the tragic events of 9/11.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I found this museum interesting . Lots of history about Gander and the plane crash. Not a big museum but I think kids would like it as they can actually sit in a cockpit and check out the instruments. Cost was 5 or 6 dollars for the entry fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Pros: Very interesting little known (at least to us) story of the monumental importance of air travel through the city of Gander. From a small outpost, to a WWII strategic point, to major international flight refueling station, the museum follows Gander's history through time, also highlighting famous people who passed through. Signs were very informative and well-written. The exhibits were... More 

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