Saturday, November 16, 2019


With the HANGAR FLIGHT MUSEUM of Calgary Alberta Canada.
The newest addition to the Citizen's of Calgary’s Hangar Flight Museum was unveiled at a ceremony on Wednesday November 6th 2019.
The plane is a Second World War Hawker Hurricane that was built in Ontario Canada in 1942.
#5389 Flew on the West Coast and in Calgary and Saskatchewan.
- Built at Canadian Car and Foundry, Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), 1942. The factory is now a National Historic Site
- Production overseen by Elsie MacGill
- 5389 stays in Canada- including stops in Calgary, Lethbridge, Boundary Bay, Patricia Bay, Yorkton SK
- Pilots include Don Laubman, Gordon Hill, Fred Sproule
- Involved in West coast defense, and locating and destroying Japanese fugo balloon bombs
- Surplus and bought by farmer in Saskatchewan
- Brought to Calgary by Lynn Garrison and co. to start Air Museum of Canada; collection later transferred to City of Calgary, now taken care of by Hangar Flight Museum
- Restoration 2012-2019- Calgary Mosquito Society, Historic Aviation Services Inc in Wetaskiwin
- Many original parts
- Designed in 1934 by Sydney Camm
- RAF had first Hurricane squadron by 1937
- 5389 not used in Battle of Britain, but Hurricanes were very important- more Hurricanes than Spitfires
- Author Roald Dahl was a Hurricane ace
- 14,583 Hurricanes were built; 25 countries
Connections to other exhibits:
- 401 Squadron in Battle of Britain- Canadian squadron
- Willie McKnight flew Hurricanes
- Virtual Reality: Rapid Fire: History of Flight features WWII aircraft including Hurricanes
- Elsie oversaw the design and construction to the Maple Leaf II Trainer
There is a great blog written by Clarence Simonsen with extensive research about Hurricane 5389. Clarence is a former museum volunteer, and has done a lot of nose art, including most of our examples and those at Nanton and the Military Museums: 
The Calgary Mosquito Society has put together several great videos about Hurricanes in general, and 5389:
Info about Elsie MacGill:
Research by Caitlin Reid.
Posted by Richard Abbenbroek.


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