Throughout May, take a tour focused on Manitoba's home-grown flying heritage at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. The myriad rivers of the north and the vast frozen plains of the south challenged early explorers and settlers of Manitoba. Bush planes – which first appeared in Manitoba skies in 1920 – provided a gateway to the vast northern resources of our province and today form the backbone of the modern industry. The challenge of adapting the fair-weather bush planes of the 1920s and ‘30s to our extreme climate launched many Manitobans to hero status, among them Punch Dickins and Wop May. Manitoba inventors and engineers made countless breakthroughs, from cold weather flying technology to Canada’s first helicopter, and advances in satellites and rocketry. Tours are free with paid admission. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit Western Canada Aviation Museum.