Membership at the Museum

Membership in the SAM Foundation is the best way to support the Shearwater Aviation Museum which is entrusted to maintain your heritage through artifacts, displays, photographs, articles, etc.


Warrior Newsletter

Archived newsletters in PDF format. The Warrior newsletter magazine is an important part of the Foundation's effort to keep in contact and share the history with it's members.


Photo Galleries

test flight Collections from many different eras, old to new.


Wall of Honour

The tile used is made from high quality marble which is 12 inches square. All lettering will be in upper case and the tile will be mounted in the diamond orientation as opposed to a square orientation.


A message from The Foundation President

Hello to all our SAMF Members out there in the wilds of this Covid 19 business! My first thoughts are to all of you, hoping that you are managing to adjust well to the once a week shopping trip to Superstore, talking to the grand kids on the phone as often as you can, hoping that that they aren’t trying to get away from you. Mom, how come they call so often?! They never used to! Can’t you just hear it now. It makes you feel so helpless doesn’t it. We all have to do out personal bit to ensure safety for everyone, but it sure gets old in a hurry. My wife has been cleaning the kitchen cupboards. It almost passes the old boys test, with the peas all sized right to left, next the corn niblets, the various sauces that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before…there must be a lot of sauce in what we eat! Then the chips stacked neatly in their brand new wicker box in the basement, the fridge in the kitchen has never been this organized, the burned out lightbulbs in the garage are all replaced now with brand new ones (I never knew there were that many shades of curly cue light bulbs before), and tomorrow, believe it or not, we’re going to clean out the freezer in the garage. I wonder how many different sizes of turkeys there will be resting on the bottom of it!?

But seriously folks, even if you just want to gab, give a call to an old friend. These are the types of activities we should all be engaging in. Get out your old telephone lists and see if how many of them you can find at the end of a telephone. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts you will find quite a few, and they will be overjoyed you called. Just tell them you are spending the time catching up with old friends. They will appreciate it.

Seriously though folks, don’t let this thing get you down. We have been through hard times in the past, and we persevered. This isn’t any fun, but we’ll persevere again I dare say. And come next fall the sunrises and sunsets may even be a different sort of a colour, as there isn’t as much pollution from car exhausts in the air. If you’ve got something on your mind museum wise, just give Karen or myself a call and we’ll see what we can do for you. But the most important thing to do is to stay safe folks. We want you around for as long as the good Lord wants you to be. Don’t let any of these nasty little virri get you down. It’ll all be over soon and we can all tell our stories down at the golf course towards the end of summer.

Take care all. And be kind to your grocery store clerks. Give them a wave and say hello and that you appreciate them.

John Cody

Memberships/ 500 club tickets/ 50-50 tickets can still be purchased by calling Karen Collacutt- McHarg at  902-461-0062,or 902-462-7043
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SAMF Club Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Weekly Draw for our 500 Club Fundraiser


June 5th Tim Kemp $300

June 12th Tom Copeland $200

June 18th Peter Staley $240 (winner of 50/50 draw)

June 19th Jamie Robinson $200

June  26th Stirling Conrod $200

June 29th Chuck Coffin $200

July 3rd Gordon Davies $250

July 10th Paul Baiden $250

July 17th Weldon Paton $250


Adventure In Chester

George Plawski

In the course of our journey to the 100th-anniversary celebrations of Shearwater, Ted Gibbon, Bill Park and I arrived in Halifax in Ted’s daughter’s car a day early. With time to spare, it was an easy decision to re-visit some of our old haunts, and we were soon cruising through the exquisitely preserved white-washed mini-paradise of Chester.

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Canada Aviation Museum Aircraft - Aircraft Carriers - Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)

Prepared by Commander E.J. L’Heureux CD, RCN (Ret’d)

small bonnieNaval Aviation had its start only eight years after the Wright Brothers first flew their “Flyer” at Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA, in 1903 and less than two years after J.A.D. McCurdy made the first airplane flight at Baddeck, on Bras D’Or Lake, Nova Scotia.  It was in 1911 that Eugene Ely, an exhibition pilot, flew a Curtiss off the deck of the United States Ship (USS) BIRMINGHAM at anchor in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and flew it to Norfolk.  Two months later he flew from Camp Selfridge to a 120 foot wooden deck fitted on the USS PENNSYLVANIA anchored in San Francisco Bay, proving the feasibility of the aircraft carrier.


Canada Aviation Museum Aircraft - Sikorsky HO4S-3 (s-55) Horse Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)


Prepared by Robert Murray LCdr RCN (Ret'd)

This is an abbreviated history of the Canada Aviation Museum SIKORSKY helicopter 55877.  It briefly outlines the development history of this helicopter, the spectacular rescues it achieved and the background leading up to its being included in the Canada Aviation Collection. 


At Work and Play with the Flyboys 1952-1956

hutch5What follows is an excerpt from my memoirs covering the four years 1952-56 during which I was first introduced to the world of naval air. By this time I had graduated as a midshipman RCN from the Royal Canadian Naval College(1945-1947) and received my electrical engineering degree from UBC (1947-1950), graduating as a SLt. This was followed by a summer in the gunroom of HMCS Ontario after which I headed across the country in an old pre-war MG to undertake the Long Electrical course in Stadacona. The MG didn`t make it although I did, but that is another story.

Shearwater Aviation Museum Visit

sanf visitThis video highlights the stories and exhibits you can experience during a visit to the Shearwater Aviation Museum. Funded by a grant from the Directorate of History and Heritage at NDHQ, this project was produced by Red Reed Pictures of Nova Scotia, and is intended to give potential visitors a look at the museum and help our Veterans take a trip down memory lane.

View vidoe on youTube here.

Ship and Air Squadron Badges in use during period 1955 to 1969


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