Come See What’s Hiding in the Hangars . . .

Hanger Crawl poster 03-08-16

Burgers and drinks are $5 per person.  Proceeds will go towards PPAC hangar upgrades.

What do you hope to discover at the Hangar Crawl?


  1. I am really looking forward to this club event. Hanging out in hangars around interesting airplanes with great people is high on my list of things I like to do. A big thanks to all of those who are opening up their hangar doors and organizing this event.

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  2. Student of Mr. Armstrong documenting my experience and learning here.
    The most interesting part of Tim’s spiel was learning about the history of and role of the trainer planes in the war. How pilots in training would progress, starting from the Fairchild Cornell and progressing to the Harvard if they were among the best.

    My favorite plane was Doug’s Piper Cub from around 1940. One of my classmates pointed out that the Cub did not have rivets, this lead to us learning that it was made of a poly-fiber, something uncommonly found in my experience with planes. Also quick fact this plane could fly a surprisingly slow 40 MPH!

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  3. Documentation of the experience in hanger 18 for Mr. Armstrong’s aviations class.
    The most interesting part of this experience was the being able to actually look inside all of the different old war trainers. Each was quite different from the last the first not even having flaps. I also found it cool that had it’s own unique cockpit design even though they were a progression set.
    I learned about a different type of recreational plane that does not require a propeller but actually has a jet engine. This sparked my interest I now want to take a further look into the designs of these types of planes. To see how they are able to withstand the speeds while being so much smaller than an average jet and on a related not what the top speed they can reach is.


  4. This is Kritika Parmar, a student of Mr. Armstrong’s Aviation 20 class, sharing my experience of this TC Hanger Crawl event.

    Hanger Crawl was my very first experience encountering such a group of people with a common interest in aviation. As a student stepping in this unique field and developing interest, personally I had been looking forward for this event because it would be a great opportunity for learners like us to interact and learn about real world flying experiences by meeting such qualified people.

    The whole event in itself was an inspirational one, starting with Hanger 18 exhibiting the historical planes like Fairchild Cornell, the Chipmunks and the Harvard. We learned how these planes were used during war trainings and had a briefing on their characteristics. This presentation set a good mood for the rest of the event.

    Having seen airplanes perform aerobatics in the sky doing unusual maneuvers, I had a desire to see one of those sport planes and learn about its characteristics. Well, at this Hanger Crawl event fortunately I got to see the homebuilt sport plane RV-4 which became the most interesting topic for me that night. This low – wing monoplane RV-4, had the capacity to carry one passenger with a tandem seating arrangement keeping the front area to a minimum. This plane could be flown from the front seat only but had a control stick for the rear person as well. For the forward/taxi visibility, an upright seating is present which prevents the passengers from trying to look forward over their engines. This unique cockpit design was admired by me the most. Talking about the wings, RVs are seen to have a wide wing chord which in turn widens up the wing area and decreases the wing loading despite that fact that it has a short wing span. Its increased wing span with low wing loading and wide speed range provides it a good climb and altitude; which finally helps it to perform aerobatics. One last excellent feature of this plane was that its compacted size enabled it to land at any airport; which meant that along with being a sport plane, this could also be used for short distance travels.

    Learning about the primary controls in our aviation class, I was glad to see one aircraft under construction with its fuselage and primary control cables. This helped me understand the mechanism of all the primary controls like ailerons, elevators and rudder, more efficiently. We are often introduced to these controls during a flight training, however this encountering enabled me to practically see how the yoke/joystick have those cables wires running all along the fuselage and connecting to the primary controls. It was amazing!

    I would like to conclude by thanking all the organizing members for giving the teens like us the opportunity to have a glance at many historical as well as modern airplanes like Glasair II, Comanche 250, Piper Cup and many more…

    Thank you!


  5. Blog comment for Mr. Armstrongs Aviation class.
    Some of the key most interesting points for me were; the trainers displayed to us in the first hangar. The Cornell being the last of 6 (flyable)in Canada was suprising to me. As the years of training advanced, it went from the bi-plane, to the Cornell, then the Harvard, but then to the miniscule chipmunk. Moving on in the tour to the individual hangars, there were many awesome things around. learned about some planes, how they handled, how they were built and even about one with floats. I learned how some of the pilots share hangar space with each other, which makes sense. All in all, looking at this glimpse of some of these peoples investments, it reassured my decision to follow into aviation because it looks like a fun and adventurous lifestyle.


  6. Drew Letwin documenting my experience at the TC Hangar Crawl.
    I really enjoyed learning about the trainer aircraft and the advantages/disadvantages of each of them. I thought it was especially interesting to learn that the large, 600hp Harvard was replaced by the comparably wimpy looking Chipmunk. I think the most interesting part of this event was talking to some of the owners of the aircraft and personally learning about their experience with flying and building aircraft, as well as actually getting the chance to see these aircraft in person. The Cessna’s interior was actually quite a bit more luxurious than I was expecting, whereas the Harvard was essentially just metal all around.

    I had an interesting discussion with Shane Armstrong and a couple of my peers about the possibility of nuclear-powered planes. Apparently the US attempted to design such aircraft in 1940-1960 with the NB-36H and the Convair X-6, however the projects were cancelled due to the extreme excess weight and radiation complications. As human ingenuity goes, I would hope to see some nuclear-powered aircraft within my lifetime.


  7. I thought it was a really amazing time visiting the hangar and Mr. Armstrong’s aviation glass. We got to see some pretty awesome planes like old World War II fighter planes and trainers and we also got to see more in depth what recreational flying is like. I would say that my favorite thing is being able to see all of the old world war to fight it plans because I find those plans are pretty amazing. It is also super awesome to be all the talk to you about aviation and learn more about being just a private pilot and flying as a hobby. I left say that my favorite plane though was a little personal plan this one guy had really cool. The interior was all more modern looking than a Cessna I thought that that was really interesting. I hope we get to do this again


  8. My favourite aircraft is the North American Harvard, because it is a very interesting aircraft. The propeller of the aircraft travels at supersonic speeds, and creates a distinct sound. The Harvard was one of the most important single engine training aircraft’s. The aircraft was called “the pilot maker” because it was a great aircraft for preparing pilots for combat.


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