- The Nanton Lancaster Society was formed 34 years ago with the goals of honouring the Canadian contribution to Bomber Command and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
- The museum was significantly expanded in 1997 and again in 2007.
- The current 37,000 square foot facility displays thirteen aircraft and associated interpretive displays, artwork, and military vehicles. The museum also includes a library, archives, and restoration shops.
- The museum has gained both national and international recognition as a leader in commemorating the efforts and sacrifice of those who served with Bomber Command during WW II.
- The museum has evolved into a facility that restores aircraft to runable-taxiable status. This ability is being constrained by extremely limited tarmac space and the lack of a suitable, designated area from which visitors may observe the aircraft.
- Additional aircraft are being acquired and restored. As these efforts progress, particularly when aircraft are assembled with wings attached, we require additional display space for them.
- Expanded areas are required to accommodate our future development and special events.
- The Society is proposing to build a 25,000 square foot hangar facility immediately west of the existing facility with an adjacent tarmac/parking area.
- As well as a large open area for aircraft display and special events, the building will include a mezzanine to view the aircraft from above, a kitchen and food preparation facilities, washrooms, restoration shop, and storage area.
- The new hangar will be joined to the existing hangar by an enclosed walkway between the two buildings.
- A 120 ft. wide door facing north will allow the Lancaster and/or the Halifax bomber to taxi out onto the grassed area to the north, where visitors may purchase a “ride”.
- This portion of the museum will be utilized to host major community events.
- The Lancaster will be permanently hangared in the new building and, as one of the Town’s icons, will serve as a backdrop for the events.
Museum Expansion Project Donation Options
Pilot Officer: $100 or more
Flying Officer: $250 or more
Flight Lieutenant: $500 or more
Squadron Leader: $1000 or more
Wing Commander: $5,000 or more
Group Captain: $25,000 or more
Air Vice Marshal: $50,000 or more
Air Chief Marshal: $100,000 or more
Expansion Project Donators’ Board
Donators may place their name on our “Donor Board” which is composed of two wing panels from a Canadian-built Lancaster.
It will be on permanent display in the museum.