From left: Tania Ryan, Event Chair; Gord Fraser, CMF Pilot; “Bear”; and Administrative Assistant, Brenda Raadstak. Submitted photo by Carla Deminchuk

Step into the wild at the Canadian Museum of Flight

Sept. 15 fundraiser features talk from bona fide 1950s bush pilot

Things have gone a little wild at the Canadian Museum of Flight.

The museum at the Langley Airport is prepping for its annual fundraising dinner and auction on Sept. 15 — Into the Wild, A Celebration of the Great Canadian Bush Pilot.

“This year’s event is a departure from the traditional semi-formal gala format. So we have rented a tent and some of the event will be taken out into the tarmac,” said museum director and event chair, Tania Ryan.

The highlights of the evening include a talk by a bona fide bush pilot, who will regale the attendees with some of his stories from the 1950s, and a live auction that features a trip for two to Yellowknife, N.W.T. — the land of the real “Ice Pilots” — to tour the Buffalo Airways hangar.

Attendees can also enjoy beverages from the Northern Lights Bar and Lounge, located under the tent, fun outdoor games, a hangar dinner complete with a Cookhouse Gourmet buffer, and entertainment that reflects some of the great Canadian songs and music from the north.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person, or $400 for a table of six, and can be purchased at the museum or online at by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The Canadian Museum of Flight is located at Hangar #3, 5333 216 St.

For more information, phone the museum at 604-532-0035.

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