A Canadian Aviation Historical Society Chapter
CAHS Manitoba Chapter normally meets at 7 pm Central Time on the last Thursday of the month, except December. Our meetings are held at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, 2088 Wellington Avenue, and since April 2020, are also on Zoom. June, July, and August meetings may be on Zoom only.
Our meetings are free and open to CAHS members and everyone interested in Canadian aviation history. For those participating on Zoom, the meeting link will be provided around two hours before the meeting. Registration for meetings is required at CAHS-MB. Please register early enough to receive the link.
The Manitoba Chapter was formed in Winnipeg in the 1990s and operated for several years before going dormant in the late 1990s. The chapter was rejuvenated in October 2001 and has been going strong ever since. We typically draw around fifty people to a meeting, with about thirty attending in person. We provide the coffee and doughnuts. Guests are welcome. Parking is free in the aviation museum lot.
The chapter symbol, the Junkers Ju-52/1m, commemorates Canada's first national air service. Canadian Airways, owned by Winnipeg grain magnate James Richardson Sr, operated from 1930 to 1942 before being taken over by Canadian Pacific Railway three years after Richardson's death. The Junkers Ju-52/1m, a single engine version of the famous Junkers Ju-52/3m, was purchased in 1931 and used across Canada, on wheels, skis, and floats. It was the biggest aircraft in Canada at the time. A replica is now proudly displayed in the new hangar of our partner, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
The chapter has hosted the CAHS National Convention four times: once in the 1990s, 2006, 2016, and 2023. Conventions normally include two days of speakers on a variety of aviation topics, and a day of tours to nearby museums or other attractions.
A list of speakers and meeting topics going back several years is available here.
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