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:

Finally Re-Opening on Monday July 19th!

We are so excited to announce that we are re-opening on Monday July 19th! Loosening restrictions were announced as more people receive vaccinations and Covid numbers decrease. Let’s hope that this time everyone continues to take precautions, vaccinations keep going up, and Covid numbers keep going down. Note that some restrictions must still be observed, visitors must be fully vaccinated, wear masks, and capacity is limited, but it is great to be re-opening! We are fortunate to have two summer students this year, they have been getting the hangar prepared and are looking forward to greeting visitors. Our hours will be regular summer hours: 10 am – 4 pm, seven days a week!

We hope to see you soon! We have an important story to tell and so many amazing artifacts – aircraft, vehicles, and so much more. Did you know our hangar is an original from the BCATP here in Brandon’s #12 SFTS and dates back to 1941? Actually, Monday the 19th is the 80th anniversary of the grand opening of #12 SFTS! When you are here, bring a camera and share your photos on social media using the hashtags #catpm and #airmuseum. (all of our social media platforms are linked in the post previous to this one – be sure to follow us!) Our gift shop has a range of items for sale too! Here are a few photos to get you in the mood!

Join us online!

We hope that our new website provides the information you need for a great visit to our museum once Covid restrictions are lifted! The site will continue to grow as we add content, so check back often – and of course, our goal is to keep the blog up with new posts every few weeks. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on social media too! We have a new Facebook page to go along with our Twitter and Instagram accounts. We also have a YouTube channel with videos of museum happenings. The links are in the website banner, but here they are for your convenience – please follow us on any of the platforms you use!

Also, remember when you get to visit us, share your pictures using the hashtags #catpm and #airmuseum

Hope to see you on social media and later in our museum!


Welcome to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum’s brand new website! We would like to thank Bill Hillman, our previous webmaster for an amazing 22 years of service. Bill still maintains his personal website at where he has a wealth of content, including his military tributes.
We are excited at the new opportunities our new website will afford our museum. Since we have just gone live May 27, 2021 with this new format please let us know what you think and what you want to see. Over the summer we will be fine tuning the content and adding many exciting features.
Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

Stephen Hayter, Executive Director, CATPM