Learn about Aviation and its History in Langley
Langley, BC – After WW1, the Canadian government wanted to strengthen Canadian defensive efforts and across Canada aviation service lands were commissioned. Emergency landing fields were purchased including an emergency strip in the Langley region. Langley’s emergency strip saw limited use during the war years but in 1968 the Honourable Arthur Lang, Minister of Indian Affairs & Northern Development, officially opened the emergency landing strip to what we know today as the Langley Regional Airport.
To celebrate aviation and Langley’s history, the City of Langley has partnered with the Canadian Museum of Flight and the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) to host a new exhibit on aviation and the history of the Langley Regional Airport. The exhibit is on display until September 9th in the Finance Department foyer of Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent, and is open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday except on statutory holidays.
“We encourage the public to come by and explore the new exhibit that showcases our proud history in the region. We look forward to community members taking advantage of this free display,” said Kim Hilton, Director of Recreation, Culture and Community Services.
The public can drop by to see several models on display including the SE5A cutaway, the Fokker D1 Triplane cutaway and, suspended from the ceiling, a model Curtis Robin and a Taylorcraft Model 19 Sportsman. The museum has also provided a small photographic history on the evolution of the Langley Regional Airport and the growth of skyways in the region.
“The Canadian Museum of Flight was created in 1977 as a non-profit, volunteer driven museum dedicated to restoring, preserving and showcasing Canada’s rich aviation heritage. As a family friendly facility, we have interactive exhibits, displays and a ‘hands on’ mandate that entertains as well as educates” said Mike Sattler, General Manager of the Canadian Museum of Flight.
Further exhibits including the Handley Page Hampden; one of only two in the world, and the only one on display and able to be touched, can be seen at the Canadian Museum of Flight located at Hangar #3 - 5333 216th Street. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm seven days a week. View PDF