The Sikorsky S-55 HOA4S-3 is close by the two helicopters I showed you yesterday. This class of helicopter was in production for more than a decade starting in 1950, for both military and civilian purposes. This one spent its active career with Canadian navy ships, its crews distinguishing themselves in rescue missions and the helicopter taking on a nickname- the Shearwater Angel. Its most famous rescue occurred on November 17th, 1955, when its crew rescued 21 crew members (plus the ship's dog and cat) of a Liberian freighter after it ran aground off Cape Breton. This Sikorsky has been in the Museum collection since 1970.
There is an area here with several planes in yellow that is designated for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). This was a program that was a legacy of the Second World War, when training young pilots in Canada before sending them over into the fight was an initiative as part of the war effort. The same initiative was done in Australia and New Zealand, as well as similar ideas in other parts of the old Empire. Canadian bases for the purpose ended up training over 130 000 pilots and crew during the war. The artifacts here include a flight simulator. Among the planes here (though one that I didn't photograph in full) was a Harvard II, one of the training planes used for the program.
This is the Avro Anson, one of the planes used for the program. A twin engine plane suited for the job, this continued to see service through the war, but were soon phased out afterwards.
This is the nose section of a Lancaster. A staircase is set up to allow the visitor to ascend and have a look into the cockpit. Looking at the map layout of the Museum, I believe the yellow wing below at left is the Harvard, while above that is the right wing of the Anson.
Here we have a look across at the Douglas DC-3, the X-01, and the Challenger.
Something on a smaller scale- toy planes. These are equipped with wheels for toddlers to have a go with around the paths. I saw several kids with these.