For immediate release
June 24, 2015
Radar Remote Sensing Pioneering Convair 580 Added to Canada Aviation and Space Museum Collection
OTTAWA, June 24, 2015 — After helping to precisely map much of Canada through radar remote sensing for decades, the Government of Canada’s long-serving Convair 580 will be joining the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s collection.
The storied aircraft landed at Rockcliffe Airport neighbouring the Museum today, carrying a precious cargo of scientific equipment. The Convair 580’s radar remote sensing equipment contributed to gaining a better understanding of the Canadian landscape and seascape, and yielded great benefits to sectors as diverse as forestry, agriculture, geology, hydrology, oceanography, ice studies, environmental protection, cartography, oil and gas operations, mineral exploration, and arctic navigation.
Originally used as an executive transport aircraft by the Johnson & Johnson company in the 1950s, from 1974 until 2012 it served as an experimental radar remote sensing platform for various Government of Canada departments and agencies, such as Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, and the National Research Council of Canada. The rugged aircraft flew diverse research missions in Canada’s High Arctic as well as for the European Space Agency.
To learn more about the story of the Convair 580, please visit the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation’s curatorial blog, Collecting and Connecting, at collect-connect.cstmcweb.ca.