1943 Fairchild M62A-3 (Cornell)

From early 1942 to 1945, 2,853 Cornell’s had been built. 

The Cornell featured a fabric-covered welded steel tube fuselage. The remainder of the aircraft used plywood construction, with a plywood-sheathed center section, outer wing panels and tail assembly. The control surfaces were a metal structure covered with fabric. The landing gear was fixed with the large wheel span giving good ground handling.

The Cornel was a primary trainer originally built by Fairchild to replace the Tiger Moth. Like the Gypsy Major engine in the Tiger Moth, the Fairchild Ranger engine is an “inverted” engine with the crankshaft at the top and the pistons at the bottom of 

The Cornel was intended to replace the Tiger Moth, and it was faster, with an excellent rate of climb. Pilots could perform complicated aerobatics with the Cornel, but relatively early in WW2 some Cornels experienced a main spar failure during aerobatics with subsequent loss of wings in flight. 

The fleet was grounded until engineers identified and resolved the problem.Our museum Cornel was based at Assiniboia, one of a handful of Royal Air Force bases including Moose Jaw, Dafoe, and Davidson, all locations in Saskatchewan.I

Important: Change of Hours & New Entry to Museum

(Oct 1st to Apr 30th)

Open Wed to Sat,  9am to 4pm daily
Closed Sun, Mon & Tues

Pre-arranged Group Tours may be available upon request on closed days.


Effective August 1, 2020, the museum no longer has street-front access. Unfortunately, due to the economic impact of Covid-19, the museum has had to move all its activities to our unit at the rear of Hangar 5. The new entrance to the museum will be via the gate at the north side of the building. Signage with contact and entrance instructions is displayed. Please check back here for updates on our progress as we reorganize the museum. As always, contact us with any questions or to schedule a visit or a flight.