Bomber Command Museum of Canada facts for kids
The Bomber Command Museum of Canada, formerly the Nanton Lancaster Society Museum, is an aviation museum in Nanton, Alberta. The museum opened in 1986 and was founded to protect and restore Avro Lancaster FM159, one of only 17 remaining in the world. It has since grown to include a large collection of aircraft, many of which were used during the War by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
The Nanton Lancaster Society was formed in 1985 with the mission of preserving the town's Avro Lancaster, which had been on outdoor display since 1960. The following year, the society officially began displaying the aircraft as a museum. In 1991 the NLS completed a building to house the plane, and throughout the 1990s the museum acquired a large collection of aircraft to complement the Lancaster. Following the opening of the original building, the museum has expanded in 1998, 2002, and 2007. The museum includes a library, archive, and restoration shop. It is presently working to add second hangar for its collection.
Since 1986, the museum's Lancaster has undergone a full restoration, and all four engines are operational. The Society elected to restore the aircraft using the livery of Lancaster ND-811 (F2-T) "T for Tommy," the Lancaster in which Ian Bazalgette was killed on 4 August 1944. In 1990 the Society held a dedication ceremony for the aircraft. Among attendees were Mrs. Ethel Broderick, Ian's sister, F2-T crew members Chuck Godfrey and George Turner, as well as 407 Squadron's commanding officer, Colonel Terry Chester.
In 2005 the museum dedicated its Bomber Command Memorial, and in 2010 changed its name to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. In addition to its airplanes and vehicles, the museum has an extensive collection of engines, art, and other related objects.
Bomber Command Museum continues to develop its collection. Currently, in conjunction with the City of Calgary and the Calgary Mosquito Society, it is restoring Mosquito RS700 for display. Additionally, it is working with Halifax 57 Rescue to recover Handley Page Halifax HR871 from off the coast of Sweden, which it will restore and display. This would make the museum one of only four in the world to have a Halifax.
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|Beechcraft Model 18||CF-MPI|
|Canadair CT-114 Tutor||114177|
|Canadair CT-133 Silver Star||21272|
|de Havilland Tiger Moth||1405|
|de Havilland Mosquito||RS700|
|Messerschmitt Bf 109 (full size replica)||n/a|
|North American Harvard||20419|
|North American Yale||64-2157|
|Vickers Viking (7/8-scale replica)||n/a|
|Westland Lysander (2/3-scale replica)||n/a|
|1941 Dodge||fuel bowser|
|1941 Ford F-60||transport truck|
|1942 Ford||crash truck|
|1943 Ford||fire truck|
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