It is gratifying to observe the many accomplishments of the Society this past summer. High marks go to Milt Magee and the girls who worked with him in conducting tours through the Lancaster. We have had many complimentary remarks on how will this was done. Over 15,000 persons had on opportunity to see the inside of the Bomber and have its operation explained to them. This has brought home to many the endurance and sacrifice of the aircrew during WWII.
A big thanks goes out to Garth Hurl and his Rover crew from Calgary. They were responsible for the new look that the big bird took on with its fresh coat of paint and new identification letters.
Due to the dedication of some of our other members, interesting things are going on in our shop. Gun turrets from the Lanc along with Anson engines and other things are being refurbished. I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in this kind of work to contact our Society, as there are lots of things to do.
I recently had the opportunity to see the restored Lancaster fly at Hamilton Ontario. Thousands of people attended this show. The Warplane Heritage Museum personnel, who have spent the last 4-5 years doing this, can be justly proud of their accomplishment. A feeling of great satisfaction must come with the completion of such a project.
While in eastern Canada, I paid a short visit to the Aviation Museum in Ottawa. They have about any aircraft ever made on display there. A Lancaster, which looks perfect, is one of these. I was particularly interested in a separate display which was a mock-up of the front portion of a Lanc. This depicted all the crew forward of the main wing spar in their positions and in the act of "doing" their particular job. This display had walkways where the visitor could look right into the cockpit while this "crew" carried on its mission. Our future museum should have a similar display.
We have the unique position of being the only group in western Canada that has a rebuildable Lancaster and is actively attempting to preserve and refurbish it, along with other WWII aircraft.