Restored war plane unveiled at Calgary’s Aero Space Museum

CALGARY- A new exhibit in Calgary is commemorating Canada’s role in the air services during World War I.

A replica Sopwith tri-plane sits at the centre of exhibit at the Aero Space Museum, which was restored by volunteers back in 2000.

“The aircraft technically is fully flyable, the engine has run and the tri-plane was granted the last serial number from the Sopwith corporation of the 1916 Sopwith tri-planes,” explains Herb Grieder, who works at the museum.

A former Calgary pilot is also honoured through the exhibit. Alfred William ‘Nick’ Carter’s name is etched on the side of the plane.

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“A fantastic pilot…he went on to be a businessman and he also became a bush pilot in later years,” explains the museum’s executive director Anne Lindsay.

About 20-thousand Canadians listed in the air services during the war, and about 1,500 were killed in battle.