Canadian Air and Space Conservancy

(Canadian Air & Space Museum)



Collection Status:

Please see the Blog above, and keep checking back for updates.

The collection is currently operating an office at the GTAA, but is not currently open to the public or for tours. The new mailing address is:

Canadian Air and Space Conservancy

(Canadian Air & Space Museum)

2450 Derry Rd E, Hangar 9

Mississauga, ON

L5S 1B2

The Curator is Brian Keaveney, email “”.

We still accept physical donations of books and artifacts.

As a Canadian Registered Charity, we accept financial donations at the above address. Tax receipts are available on request with complete donor address.

Webmaster: Brian M Quan

All images are copyrighted by the

Canadian Air & Space Museum or respective owners, and may not be used without permission.

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Curator:          Brian Keaveney

Acquisitions:  Terry Ward  

Space:            Rob Godwin

Volunteer:       Vince Malfara

Webmaster:    Brian Quan 


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John Bailey

The Conservancy announces, with deep regret, the passing of John Bailey. His son, David, sent us the following write-up on his father’s contributions to the collection: starting before the Toronto Aerospace Museum opened:

“His association with the museum began before it was conceived. In 1989 he began work with the crew of volunteers that returned Swordfish HS469 to flying condition, and it is now housed at the Shearwater Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia.

When the idea of a museum was put forth, some of the same people were involved, and he was again asked if he would like to take part, and that began an association that lasted until its

unfortunate closing at Downsview. His wife Mary accompanied him on most days, taking care of the kitchen and coffee, and baking muffins and other treats for the volunteers. He was an expert mechanic, working on many of the engines there. He also worked on and operated the ancient forklift that was used to great effect.

He was part of the team that dismantled and removed Avro Lancaster FM104 from its pylon on Lakeshore

Boulevard, from where it was moved to Downsview.

I can think of no better picture to illustrate his museum relationship than the one I am attaching. He and my late mother are in front of the museum's Tiger Moth, the type of aircraft in which he first learned to fly with the RAF. After training he was selected for flying boat crew, and went to USNAS Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his US Navy wings on the Boeing Stearman, and then moved up to the PBY-5 Catalina. He returned to the RAF for further training, and finished his career flying the Short Sunderland MkV with 209 Squadron.

The funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, at 1pm. The location is:

The Paul O'Connor Funeral Home

1939 Lawrence Ave E

(Between Pharmacy & Warden)

Scarborough, ON M1R 2Y8

Phone: 416.751.7890

Thank you,

David Bailey”