The museum was pleased to host a well-attended reunion of RCAF veterans who had flown in post-war Lancasters, many of whom had flown in our aircraft during its RCAF service from 1953 until 1958. A reception was held on Friday evening followed by a full day of activities on Saturday. The program in the main hangar on Saturday afternoon saw the official opening of new display panels focussing on the post-war role of RCAF Lancasters and, in particular, our museum's aircraft. A commissioned painting by John Rutherford depicting FM-159 during its No. 407 Squadron years was unveiled. Our special guest speaker was No. 407's current commanding officer, Lt. Col. Mario LeBlanc, who paid tribute to the efforts of the squadron's aircrew of an earlier era.
Displays by other aviation related groups and special demonstrations were held in the main hangar. The day also featured the unveiling of a display panel and special artwork by Clarence Simonsen honouring Bomber Command ground crew. Our recently opened "Joe English Room" was the venue for several presentations and the new north hangar was utilized all day for coffee, lunch, and hangar flying. The running-up of the Lancaster's starboard engines and the Fleet Fawn added some aircraft smoke and noise at various times during the day. A much-enjoyed hangar dance featuring a twenty piece band that focussed on "Fifties" music concluded the celebration.