Thursday, December 17, 2009

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum December 6, 2009

I was back in Canada a couple of weeks ago and got a chance to stop by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. There have been a few new additions to the CWH collection this year.

The Museum has recently added a new Yale to the Collection. 3400 was recently imported from the U.S. It still carries its U.S. N number N129DB. The CWH hopes to get it added to the Canadian register this winter and have it flying regularly next year.

Also recently imported from the U.S. is a Nanchang CJ-6A. Not quite sure why a CJ in a Canadian museum, but it is a very beautiful example in a rather striking paint scheme. Again it still carries its U.S. N number N8120L, and it is hoped it will be flying regularly in 2010.

Everyone loves a Panda, eh.

The most exciting addition to the collection is a TBM-3 Avenger. Some members of the crew were stripping paint.

The CWH purchased the TBM-3E (BuNo. 53858 former C-GFPR) from Frenchman Didier Chable who had purchased the airplane from Forest Protection Ltd, Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2000. The Avenger sat at Fredericton, and while it was assigned a French civil registration (F-WQDN) it never left Canada. The CWH hopes to have the airplane flying in 2010, but it may take a few extra years.

The Fleet 21 spent most of 2009 off-site getting some work done, and it looks wonderful.

The interactive display CT-133 (CAF # 133275) has been moved off its interactive perch for an eventual repaint into Snowbird "taxi" colours. The real reason for the move however, is to free up space for assembly of the Bolingbroke. It is hoped that the wings can soon be attached to the fuselage and the project will be sitting on its gear.

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