MEET THE ACER COLD WAR MUSEUM CREW

WHO WE ARE

The ACER COLD WAR MUSEUM (ACM)   is a non-profit corporation founded to promote, collect, document, and operate various types of aircraft and vehicles originating in both current and former Communist Bloc nations. 

The ACM mission is to combine the creation and operation of museum aircraft, vehicles, historical artifacts, records, and memorabilia, while simultaneously keeping representative historic aircraft in the air whenever and wherever major aviation events are held across North America.

The Museum offers membership to everyone interested in preserving these Cold War articles for a noble jet age heritage. Governance is provided by a Board of Directors and officers.



DONORS & SUPPORTERS

We can fly because of you! Thank you for the generous support of all our donors who believe that the ACER Cold War Museum is a valuable part of our history.
 
Are you interested in donating to the ACM? Looking for someone to contact about arranging a donation? Please contact our President by email: skidmk@acmadventures.com or by phone: 613-866-2790

All donations received over $150.00 will receive a signed glossy picture of the bird of your choice (with you in it, if you wish), as well, a really cool challenge coin commemorating your impact on our organization.


WHAT OF THIS TALK OF CHALLENGE COINS?????

here are several stories detailing the origins of the challenge coin.

The Roman Empire rewarded soldiers by presenting them with coins to recognize their achievements.[2]

According to the most common story, challenge coins originated during World War I.[3][4] Before the entry of the United States into the war in 1917 American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war.[5][6]

In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallion, the pilot’s aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol.[7] In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man’s land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot’s American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.[2][5][6][8]

Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times.[2] This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner: a challenger would ask to see the medallion, if the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.[6][8]
                                                      Our standard Challenge coin.

                                                      Our standard Challenge coin.

A message from our President, SkidmK

Please join our museum events, and don't forget your coin.  You never know, when someone may challenge you, and you have to buy the coffee, or pop, or the scotch...

THE TEAM

Mike "SKIDMK" Bourget - CEO,  Director Museum Operations.

As Director of Museum Operations, Skidmk's task is to oversee all aspects relating to the ongoing operation of the museum.  Skidmk's other full-time job is as an Air Traffic Controller for Nav Canada. He has been a controller since Sept 11th, 2001.  Skidmk has been involved in flying since 1996 and has time in over 23 different aircraft types, up to, and including a P51 Mustang. Skidmk has been involved in Warbird flying since 2008 when he acquired his first Nanchang Cj-6. 
Contact Skidmk now:

Skidmk@acmadventures.com

Mike "PRIMER"  Kirk -Vice President,  Director of Flight Operations, Chief Pilot.

As Director of Flight Operations (DFO), Primer's task is to oversee all aspects relating to the safe and efficient (and fun!) operation of ACM aircraft.  From the exciting side of flying the aircraft and training new pilots to the more mundane. 
Primer's 'other' full-time job is flying B777's with Cathay Pacific Airways in the role of Senior First Officer.  He has been with Cathay for 17 years, and flying professionally since 1989.  He has also been involved with warbird flying for 10 years both as a former owner of a Nanchang CJ-6, and as a training pilot on DH-82a Tiger Moth's and PT-26 Cornell's.
Contact Primer now:

Primer@acmadventures.com

This kind of Hero shot, just doesn't get any better!!  :)

This kind of Hero shot, just doesn't get any better!!  :)

Joanne "Sox" Jordan,  Volunteer Director of Member services

"Sox" is our Member services person, from mailing out your membership packages to booking your flights, she's our gal.  She is a volunteer, so please be nice to her when she is helping you.  ;)

Most importantly, she is Skidmk's co-pilot and navigator in life, and is always telling him where and how to go.

Sox, enjoying a flight next to the Snowbirds

Sox, enjoying a flight next to the Snowbirds

Mike "JM (Just Mike)" Wilson,  Director of Youth Programming

Having grown up around aircraft, and being third generation aviation, he enrolled in the Air Cadet program at 12yrs old and learned to fly at 18. Working in a variety of aviation-based roles over the past 15+ years, including Loadmaster on the legendary B727, "Iceman" at the YOW CDF, and the most recent 5 years as an Operations Control Centre Duty Manager with First Air, Mike has had the opportunity to experience the country from coast to coast to coast in a wide variety of cool aircraft. For the past 8 years Mike has been a volunteer instructor with the 742 National Capital Air Cadet Squadron General Ground School program, and in 2013 was recognized by the House of Commons for his commitment to volunteering. He has flown over 30 types of aircraft, holds a CSPA Solo Certificate, and enjoys snowboarding, white water rafting, freeboarding, Jeopardy, and all-you-can-eat buffets.

           The ICE, with his old flightsuit.... ;)

           The ICE, with his old flightsuit.... ;)

Jeffery "theShow" Charter, Director of Special Events