Air Force Museum Society
The Air Force Museum Society of Alberta is the sponsoring agency for the Air Force Museum of Alberta.
The role of the society is to raise funds to sustain the operation of the museum. This includes providing funding to develop exhibits and to pay the salary and expenses of the Air Force Museum Curator. Additionally funds are required to sponsor special days or events that have a particular air force historical significance. There may also be occasions when it will be necessary to purchase artifacts for the Air Force Museum’s collection
The crest of the Air Force Museum Society of Alberta is comprised of the former Royal Canadian Air Force crest with a ribbon beneath carrying the name of the Air Force Museum Society of Alberta.
The Air Force Museum Society of Alberta was formed in 2002 to plan and outfit the new Air Force Museum of Alberta. The society partnered with the Sharing Our Military Heritage Campaign, the organization charged with securing funds to build a new facility housing the Naval Museum of Alberta, the University of Calgary Military Library and Archives and the Air Force Museum of Alberta. The society was also involved in planning the design and layout of the new building.
In 2003 the society was recognized by the Province of Alberta under the Society’s Act and by the Federal government as a charitable organization able to issue tax receipts for donations of money and artifacts.
The goals of the Air Force Society of Alberta are to:
- preserve the history of the Canadian Air Force at war and at peace,
- highlight Alberta and Albertans in the greater Air Force story,
- provide a unique educational opportunity to schools and youth groups,
- provide a focus for the remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada while serving in the Air Force,
- maintain an account of those distinguished Air Force personnel who have served their country in times of war and peace,
- uphold the customs and traditions of Canada’s Air Force,
- provide educational support to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and
- ensure the museum is open to all members of the service and public.