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North Atlantic Aviation Museum

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Address: 135 Trans Canada Highway, Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador A1V 1W6, Canada
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+1 709-256-2923
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09:00 - 17:00
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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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A great little museum filled with so much fascinating bits of history of aviation. A good opportunity to learn how Gander has played such an important role in flight history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada
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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great little museum filled with so much fascinating bits of history of aviation. A good opportunity to learn how Gander has played such an important role in flight history.

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Omemee, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like aviation, this is a good spot to stop in for a short visit. The museum is not huge, so it won't take hours to get through. The aviation history for this small town is pretty incredible. I enjoyed reading the letters that Americans had written thanking the residents of this area for taking them in when the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The museum is small, but filled with very nice exhibits covering various periods of aviation history, including Gander's role during WWII and the days following 9/11. My sweetheart was a military aviator and also visited Gander a couple of times as a child, so the museum had special meaning for him. I also found it very interesting and was glad... More 

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

When you pull up you'll immediately notice these huge airplanes surrounding the building. They are all life-sized and retired airplanes! They are beautiful and huge. I've never been that close to actual fighter jets and there is a huge red plane water bomber out in the back. Most of the models were actually used by the Royal Air Force. Then... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

If you haven't heard about the contribution by Gander International Airport and the Town of Gander's involvement in helping more than 6,500 stranded airline passengers on 9/11, go see the display, video and piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 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 9 November 2016

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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