The Main Gallery- West Coast Aviation History.
Our self-guided tour begins at the dawn of Military Aviation in WWI, loops through WWII, Korea, the Cold War and United Nations Peacekeeping before reaching our Squadron section. Try out our CF-101 Voodoo ejection seat and get an up close and personal view of an Argus Wright 3350, 18 cylinder engine, then have a seat in our viewing lounge to watch a DVD from our collection.
19 Wing Comox Heritage Vehicle Display
CAFM’s Heritage Vehicles are currently on display in the newly renovated Building 268. To view, please call us at 250- 339-8162 or check in at the Gift Shop, as maintenance for these vehicles is ongoing.
The Heritage Vehicles can be seen in parades and events around the Comox Valley.
References/Further ReadingReferences/Further Reading
All references are from the “Canada Weapons of War” series:
- M38A1 ¼ Ton Truck in Canadian Service by Andrew Iarocci
- The WWII Jeep in Canadian Service by Eric Booth
- The ¾ Ton SMP Truck in Canadian Service by Andrew Iarocci
Even before World War II ended in 1945, the Cold War was clearly coming, and Canada and its Allies started rearmament programs. In 1951, the Willys-Overland Motor Company of Toledo, Ohio began production of the M38 ¼ Ton Truck, more commonly known as “Jeep”, to replace the World War II Jeeps of the US Army. It was a light general purpose cargo and personnel vehicle, which was adaptable to reconnaissance, command, communications, medical, and other logistical roles. The Ford Motor Company of Windsor, Ontario built the M38 CDN, under licence from Willys, for the Canadian Forces. As the M38 CDN production began in 1952, a newer model, the M38A1 CDN was already in the works, and this line ran over a span of two decades and through three models before being phased out in the early 1970’s. As of 1971, there were 2,266 Jeeps in Canadian service.read more
During WW2 Canada had developed and produced a range of soft-skin vehicles generally following British requirements although with their own distinct cabs. By the early 1950s it was considered more practical to use American-pattern vehicles to replace the older fleet, both for general economy and for the very practical reason that many US manufacturers of these vehicles had large subsidiaries in Canada. This led to the adoption of the M Series based on the then-new M38 ¼ ton, M37 ¾ ton and M135 2½ ton trucks. In Canadian parlance, the M-Series trucks were referred to simply as Standard Military Pattern (SMP).read more
The Willys MB, commonly known as “Jeep”, created a whole new class of frontline transport. The Jeep is a general-purpose personnel or cargo carrier, especially designed for reconnaissance or command. It is extremely versatile and readily adaptable to any role required. The original design came from the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania in answer to a US Army competition for a small, lightweight, rugged and versatile vehicle. The requirements included four-wheel drive and the capability to carry three passengers or a payload of 600 lbs (272 kg).read more