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On Remembrance Day 2018, the newly formed Québec Aerospace Museum displayed its first aircraft acquisition at an open house held at the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA), the largest aviation technical school in Canada.
Outside the school hangar, the fuselage of an Avro CF-100 interceptor built in 1958 (RCAF No. 100760) was displayed on a trailer next to the ENA’s newly acquired Bombardier C Series commercial jet.
The three founders of the museum–Pierre Gillard, Gilbert McCauley and Éric Tremblay–have a rich variety of civil and military aviation and aerospace industry experience.
The goal is to establish a museum on the property of St-Hubert Airport that will showcase for the general public the innovation and achievements of the aerospace industry in Québec and Canada. In addition, the museum will celebrate the rich aviation heritage of the City of Longueuil and also highlight and promote career opportunities in aviation and the aerospace trades.
In 1967, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) received 100760 to test fly the new JT15D turbofan being developed to power a new generation of small business jets, staring with the Cessna 500 Citation.
The three-engine CF-100 (with JT15D attached beneath the fuselage) made its first flight in August 1968 and was used to flight test new engines until 1982 when it retired.
The museum obtained the CF-100 by road in early November on a five-year loan from the Canada War Museum in Ottawa, Ont. It plans to restore it as P&WC’s JT15D testbed with three engines. Two Orenda II engines for the CF-100 and a JT-15D are now being sought. The aircraft is being stored at Saint-Hubert garrison, home of No. 438 “Wildcat” Tactical Helicopter Squadron.
The long-term goal of the museum is to establish a permanent aerospace museum facility that is integral part of the Saint-Hubert Airport community that includes an exhibit gallery, an educational centre and aircraft restoration workshop that will attract local residents and visiting tourists.