Ontario Abandoned Places

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Royal Flying Corps Hangars

Ontario : Essa Township
Location #3987

Location Owner:timo explorer
Creation Date: 1/29/2012
Last Updated: 2/4/2012

The Royal Flying Corps hangars at Camp Borden are the oldest examples of this type of construction in existence in Canada. These hangars, which are an essential element of the first Canadian military aerodrome, were erected as temporary facilities in 1917, and housed various air training schools. They witnessed the birth of Canada's national air force, the Canadian Air Force in 1920, which became the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1924. (taken from National Historic Site plaque at the museum)

While most of the hangars have been restored and have found new life as working buildings for the base, and one which acts as a museum, at least three of the hangars sit completely empty and unused, in a very sad state. One of the abandoned hangars appears to have the roof close to caving in. The public may visit this site, although it is located on an operational military base, expect tight security. The air museum lies between the abandoned hangars.

I suggest visiting on weekends when the museum is open. So much to see and photograph, and a great piece of history that may not be with us much longer.

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Status: Historic Location | Category: Military


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drtongues3dhouse says:
1/30/2012 12:06:21 AM

It's both great and a shame that many of the old buildings on C.F.B. Borden are being fixed and used while others are left to fall in pieces, the Base was a very long and proud history for the Canadian Military. I have some very fond memories of the Base from 30 years ago while I was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, spending many weekends at the air field learning to fly gliders as well

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On 2/4/2012 11:15:44 PM user timo explorer uploaded photos : Riverdale 006.jpg / Riverdale 007.jpg / Riverdale 008.jpg / Riverdale 009.jpg / Riverdale 010.jpg / Riverdale 011.jpg / Riverdale 012.jpg / Riverdale 013.jpg / Riverdale 018.jpg /
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