Support bringing an Avro Lancaster aircraft to British Columbia for restoration & display

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The Canadian Museum of Flight has submitted a proposal to acquire Lancaster FM104. We feel that our proposal is very strong and provides long-term stability for the future of this historic aircraft, but we recognize that there is opposition from some interest groups in the Toronto area that want to prevent the airplane from leaving Toronto.

The world’s population of Avro Lancasters sits at 16, with 8 of those Lancaster being located in Canada. Of those 8, 5 are located in the province of Ontario (Windsor, Hamilton, Ottawa, Trenton, and Toronto), 2 located in Alberta (Nanton, and Calgary), and 1 located in Nova Scotia (Greenwood).

The clear majority of Canada’s historical aviation artifacts are located in Ontario, and we at the Canadian Museum of Flight (Langley, British Columbia) believe that Canada’s aviation history should be more evenly distributed across the country. With the availability of Lancaster FM104, we believe that it makes a lot of sense to allow the CMF to acquire this Lancaster so that its brilliant history can be shared with the citizens of British Columbia and our province’s visitors.

Over 400 Lancasters were built in Canada and numerous British Columbians can say they have relatives that served aboard Lancasters with Bomber Command during World War Two. After the war, Lancasters were used by the Royal Canadian Air Force on both coasts for Search and Rescue and Maritime Patrol, up until 1964. The Lancaster symbolizes the great industrial efforts our nation put forward during WWII, and it serves as a memorial and tribute to all those that built, maintained, and served aboard not just Avro Lancasters, but all the aircraft utilized by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Our plan is to acquire Avro Lancaster FM104, transport it to Langley, British Columbia, and have it restored to "ground running" condition (all four engines operational), and it will sit as the crown jewel of our museum’s collection. An acquisition like this would also heighten our organization’s status among aviation museums, and it will undoubtedly attract new members, volunteers, and enthusiasm to our museum.

Ontario has more that its fair share of historic aircraft, so let's share the wealth, why don't we?

We want your help to show the City of Toronto how many people support our proposal to move Lancaster FM104 to beautiful British Columbia.



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