Restoration Project: A 1950’s Cessna 180 Floatplane

Updates on Project

November 2019:

With 2 wrecked fuselages and other used/damaged parts to build a replica Cessna 180 model plane, the project begins! Tom Coates and Dorrin Wallace were instrumental in obtaining repurposed/damaged parts. As well, an experienced (retired) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), Bud Mowery having a long work history in Northern Saskatchewan of all types of aircraft volunteered to work on this project. Dismantled portions of the 2 wrecks salvaging parts of the fuselage to use toward building one.

January 2020:

After many volunteer hours the replica build slowly starts to resemble an aircraft, but still has a long way to go. At this stage it has taken parts of five different fuselages to get to this stage. Progress is slow going as the parts volunteers work with, for the most part, if not all need some kind of repair prior being fitted to the aircraft.

February 2020:

Good progress made! Doors have been fitted, side windows installed as well the former paint scheme stripped with the nose cowling.

March to May 2020:

With the Covid-19 pandemic upon us in March, the museum was temporarily closed. This as well suspended the work on this project. However, our AME (Bud) being bored at home after a while returned to the restoration workshop off and on, and worked alone to help the project move forward.

June 2020:

Stay tuned! We’re have made progress but it’s slow motion. With Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, it may well be sometime before multiple volunteers can work together on this project.

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.

Entry

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.