Toronto's Premier AIR & SPACE Attraction
Home of the AVRO Arrow Full Scale Metal Replica
Our Collection and Displays
The aviation heritage of the greater Toronto area spans more than 100-years.
The Canadian Air & Space Museum contains artifacts and full-size aircraft showcasing the air and space achievements of Canada and the role played by pioneers, veterans and innovators of the Greater Toronto Area.
One of the Museum's most ambitious early projects was the construction of a full-size replica of the magnificent Avro CF-105 Arrow supersonic interceptor that first flew at Toronto's Malton Airport in 1958.
When the Arrow program was cancelled in 1959, almost everything associated with the program which employed 15,000 people was scrapped leaving in a huge gap in Toronto aerospace history that was gradually reconstructed by volunteers over a period of eight years.
Another great project taking place in the Museum workshops by CASM staff and volunteers, is the restoration of the City of Toronto's rare Avro Lancaster Mk. X bomber "FM104", one of 430 built by the 10,000 employees of Victory Aircraft Limited at Malton during the Second World War.
Lancaster FM104 is one of Canada's largest and most complex historic aircraft restoration projects. In 1964, it was dedicated as a Toronto memorial to the 10,000 Canadians who died on wartime RCAF bomber operations. Torontonians will recall it sat atop a pole alongside Lakeshore Blvd, outside of Ontario Place, for many years.
A total of 7,736 Lancaster bombers were produced in the UK and Canada but only 18 complete aircraft survive (two in flying condition).
Visitors are also invited to step back in time and see the original shop equipment used by Canadian Aeroplanes Limited in Toronto to build 1,200 Curtiss JN-4 'Canuck' biplanes between 1916 and 1918 during the First World War.
The exciting 80+ year history of the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada and its successor Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto is depicted in a growing collection which includes photos, artifacts, a wartime DH 82C Tiger Moth trainer and the last CS2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft built for the Royal Canadian Navy.
Other Museum exhibits highlight the history of military aviation and the development of the space satellite industry in Canada.
Did you know that the Canadarm remote manipulator arm flown on the NASA Space Shuttle and the International Space Station was developed by Toronto area engineers?
The collection also includes trainers and light aircraft, piston engines and Toronto-made jet engines, and rare flight training simulators used to train military and airline pilots in the 1940s and 1950s.
All this, in addition to thousands of archived documents, photos, medals and rare artifacts. Many private individuals have brought their father's and grandfather's personal and professional items to the Museum, recognizing they will be properly cared for, archived and displayed in a most respectful manner.