Friday, August 07, 2009
The Avro Lancaster Came to Winnipeg
OK, let's leave trains for a moment and talk about planes. I used to be a big plane fan (second only to my fascination for all things naval) and one of my favourite planes was the old Avro Lancaster bomber. The Lancaster was one of the most important Allied bombers in WW2. 7,377 were built, delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties. Sadly 3,249 planes were lost in action, just over 44%. The life of a bomber crewman was short.
One of the only two flying Lancasters in the world, B X FM213 the "Mynarski Memorial Lancaster", owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, came to Winnipeg earlier this week. It landed at the airport Monday around 3 PM and parked at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. I took my kids down to see it, and after waiting in line for quite some time, we were able to walk around and see the outside. There was another line to go in, and my kids' patience was already worn thin so we did not try to get in.
There were quite a few people around. My kids seemed pretty impressed by the plane. The tires on the plane are taller than they are!
There are several videos of the landing on YouTube but I think this is the best.
I was glad to be able to see the old Lanc!