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Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918

Special Exhibition

Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918

June 10, 2016 – January 29, 2017

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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Go beyond the dogfights and immerse yourself in the lives of nine people, from both sides of the conflict, who experienced the first air war.

Join them as they train to fly, gather intelligence, fight aerial battles and drop bombs. Their stories — told with more than 80 authentic artifacts woven into an innovative graphic novel presentation — provide insight into the history and consequences of the first air war.

A series of gallery programs and interactive presentations will further immerse you in the experience of early air combat:

Balloon Observation Mission
Climb into a balloon basket and search for enemy activity on the Western Front.

Welcome to the Aerodrome
Suit up, assemble a map and get your airplane ready for action.

Ace Academy Flight Experience
Test your First World War piloting skills in virtual combat in this interactive application developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Continue your First World War adventure at home! Download Ace Academy and its sequel Ace Academy: Black Flight, for free.

An exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum with the generous support of the J. P. Bickell Foundation.

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Who will you meet?

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The exhibition in pictures

Video Gallery

Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918 Trailer

Installation timelapse

Meet Ada May Smith

Meet Heinrich Mathy

Meet Eric Ohman

The Sopwith Pup


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Deadly Skies cover for the souvenir catalogue

Complete your visit by picking up the Deadly Skies souvenir catalogue, on sale online and at the Museum Gift Shop.

Official Partners, First World War Centenary

John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family

H.Col (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and H.Col Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D., R.N., LL.D.

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