Press Release

July 12th, 2021                  

For Immediate Release

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan of World War II was the largest infrastructure program Canada had ever seen, surpassing the construction of the transcontinental railway. Over 200 training establishments changed the social and economic conditions in many communities forever. The influx of 1,500 or more trainees and staff suddenly added to communities like Brandon, and after the war ended many of the B.C.A.T.P. buildings became community halls, hockey rinks, housing, and business structures. With young men & women from all parts of Canada coming together during training, it was one of the greatest unifying forces in our history.

#12 Service Flying Training School – Brandon, with satellite fields at Chater & Douglas, was a huge part of our local history and that story is a National story. 

This July 19th is the 80th anniversary of the grand opening of #12 SFTS in 1941.

Celebrate with the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum on July 19th virtually at, we are also on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. (see links in the site banner!)

Starting 12 noon, July 19th the museum will be flying our historic training aircraft over Brandon!   Look to the skies!

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is Canada’s only air museum solely dedicated to the preservation of those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during WWII. 

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is proud to be one of the seven Manitoba Signature Museums, a Manitoba Star Attraction and a National Historic Site.

For more information about the CATPM’s virtual event, please contact:

Stephen Hayter, Executive Director

Ph: 727-2444  Fax:725-2334  Email:

Published by catpmuseum

The CATPM mission is to commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan by telling its story, preserving its artifacts, and paying tribute to the thousands of Air Force personnel, who gave their lives during WWII.

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