The de Havilland Tiger Moth was an important training aircraft during World War II and the Canadian division of de Havilland produced over 3,000 Tiger Moths for the allied countries. De Havilland also built over 1,100 Mosquito bombers at the Downsview Airfield facility as well. Now the city of Toronto has sent an eviction notice to the Canadian Air and Space Museum, which resides in the old de Havilland plant to make way for an ice rink. CTVNews reports about the eviction and demolition of the historic building.
It’s located in Toronto’s Downsview Park and is described in federal heritage documents simply as “CFB Plant #1, Building #1.”
Just one month after the federal government celebrated Canada’s aviation history by reintroducing the name, “Royal Canadian Air Force,” it was sending an eviction notice to a building where RCAF planes were assembled.
Built in 1929, the plant housed the operations of the de Havilland Aircraft company which provided 17 per cent of Canada’s planes during the war years.
The old brick-and-glass building in a sprawling industrial complex produced more than 2,500 Mosquito fighter bombers and Tiger Moth trainers during 1939 and 1945.
The building is on federal land and is currently rented by the privately run Canadian Air and Space Museum.
The museum and neighbouring tenants were told on Sept. 20 they would be evicted to make way for a four-rink ice complex. Everything but the facade of the old airplane factory is slated for demolition.