Replica of Royal Air Force SE5a Biplane now at the Port Moody Station Museum

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The Port Moody Heritage Society is very excited about a donation the Museum has received, come down to the Museum to view a  7/8 scale replica of a Royal Air Force SE5a biplane. The plane was generously donated to us by Debra Nijdam and John Grasty. The plane can be viewed by walking to the back of our museum where it sits inside our WW1 Trench Exhibit, or take a different view of the plane by going onto our patio which can be accessed within the museum.

The replica kit was built by an aviation enthusiast named Vic Murray in Maple Ridge, BC who spent 10 years building it from a kit and flying it for a few as well. The plane has been painted to resemble the colours of Canadian pilot Freddie McCall of Vernon, BC. McCall flew a SE5a with the No. 41 Squadron of the Royal Air force.

History of SE5a Replicas

The SE5a replica kit was designed by Canadian manufacturer Replica Plans, and crafted for amateur construction.  The first prototype flew in 1970 and the planes are built out of wood and fabric, and use engines between 65 and 125 HP. Estimated construction time is 2500 hours.

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