I recently had the opportunity to pay a visit to an aviation museum that I have never been to before and it was such a positive experience that I wanted to share on the blog. I’ve tagged this as an off topic post but I hope this will be of some interest to fans of Rise of Flight and Flying Circus in particular.
The Great War Flying Museum
If you’re ever in the Toronto, Canada area, one of the aviation highlights in the area should be the little known Great War Flying Museum. You may have seen their aircraft at shows before if you live on the East Coast but I highly recommend visiting the actual museum itself.
Located to the north west of Toronto, this museum is an active one that flies a small collection of replica World War I aircraft including the Sopwith 1/2th Strutter, Nieuport 28, S.E.5.a, Fokker Dr.I and a recently restored Fokker D.VII. A Sopwith Camel is their next restoration project.
I had a great opportunity to talk with the staff, learn about their aircraft, and find out a little about what they have to do to keep these types maintained and flying. It was particularly impressive to see and get up close with these historical replicas because as much of a replica as they are, they are absolutely built with the technology and spirit of the originals (with modern features added to meet safety regulations).
In addition to the hangar, there is also a museum section with plenty of World War I aircraft models, uniforms, equipment, artwork, propaganda posters, and more.
If you live in the area or are visiting Toronto, I highly recommend trying to visit this location and maybe donate a few dollars at the front door to keep them flying. Check out their website right here.
Reason enough to fly some Rise of Flight or Flying Circus
Usually visits like these get me excited enough to fly some more simulation missions and I took this opportunity to spend some more time with the Fokker D.VII in Rise of Flight (as we await its implementation into the new Flying Circus Vol 1).
Having had a chance to get very close to what might as well be the real thing helps hold some special meaning when you jump into the virtual cockpit and enjoy some flying above the French countryside in Rise of Flight.
As I’ve said before, I’m really looking forward to flying this and other aircraft again in Flying Circus Volume 1.