A historic Lockheed aircraft donated to the Royal Aviation Museum in Winnipeg

The Royal Aviation Museum for Western Canada landed a new addition to its permanent collection on Wednesday and the model has a bit of history.

To mark its 85th anniversary, Air Canada donated a Lockheed L-10A Electra to the museum.

The plane was one of the first aircraft to enter Air Canada’s fleet and is the same model of aircraft that Amelia Earhart flew when she attempted to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 .

Rob Giguere, who is a retired captain, said his father flew the plane when it was brand new and has been an advocate for the plane ever since.

“The first time I heard about planes when I was a little boy was about this plane,” he said. “In 1962 (my dad) flew it across Canada for the 25th anniversary of Trans Canada Airlines. And then, of course, it came back to the fleet for the 50th anniversary in 1987 and ever since , it’s truly an iconic sign of the airline’s history in Canada.

He added that when the plane was first launched, it was considered state-of-the-art.

Gerry Norbert, another retired Air Canada captain, said there was a lot of history associated with the aircraft.

“This one was therefore in service with the Ministry of Transport. It developed new air routes across Canada, calibrated new navigation systems, inspected new airport sites and transported VIPs and dignitaries across the country” , said Norbert.

Both Norbert and Giguère flew this plane, and Norbert said it was a bit different from today’s planes.

“It’s a lot of hands and feet, there’s no autopilot. You feel all the gusts of wind and things like that. It’s a tail drag plane, so it’s a bit different to manage on the ground. Flying through the air is quite easy, on the ground handling can sometimes be a challenge in crosswinds. But it was a lot of fun to fly,” said Norbert.

Giguere said it was a nice plane to be in, adding that nothing beats hearing the engine roar when it starts.

Norbert said he was only aware of one other plane, which is of the same model, which still flies occasionally, adding that it is in Europe.