• Maj Niomi Caldwell

Vampire Pavilion Project

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2024, 19 Wing Comox and the Comox Valley Air Force Museum Association are fundraising to construct a pavilion to house the DeHavilland Vampire Mark III, tail number 17031.



Volunteers Jon Ambler and Al Pelletier refurbished a Vampire model to match DeHavilland Vampire 17031


The aircraft is currently being stored on the base, away from public sight.

Be a part of bringing this iconic aircraft back into the public eye for all to see.


The Comox Air Force Museum is seeking financial support to raise $1.5 million to facilitate the construction of a pavilion in the Comox Air Force Museum Heritage Air Park.


The 1948 DeHavilland Vampire Mark III – 17031 - was taken on to the public account of the Comox Air Force Museum at 19 Wing Comox on May 5, 2000. Arriving in flying condition, it was declared an artifact in February 2001. Impossible to store outside due to its unique wooden construction, it has been kept in a hangar since its arrival.


It is time to put the Vampire on display.



Donations can be made in person at the museum by cheque, cash, credit card or debit, or online at comoxairforcemuseum.ca.


For more information on donations of $5,000 and above - or to donate gifts in kind - contact Maj Niomi Caldwell at niomi.caldwell@forces.gc.ca. All donations will be issued a charitable tax receipt.


The pavilion build is part of a greater Heritage Air Park project that has just started. This project includes an upgrade to the fencing, the construction of a new entrance gate, and the refurbishment of some of the aircraft displayed in the Air Park.


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