The Firecat's Epic Jourey Home (full length video)
Take the last Conair based flight of Tanker #64 as she makes her way to her new home at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. Piloted by Ray Horton with Bill Findlay in the right seat, the Firecat makes two farewell passes at Abbotsford and two passes at Langley (each with a 2 door water drop) before touching down. The old Royal Canadian Navy number of this aircraft is 1539. Video footage, photos and editing done by Mike Luedey at Yellow Drum Productions. Ground based video provided by Dave Beales (Canadian Museum of Flight).
The reconstructed wing for the port side was attached on
Tuesday, Oct 30th. Huge thanks to our tireless volunteer group for reaching this
massive milestone for the Hampden. Still some 'dressing up' to do and aileron to be attached but soon enough we'll give her a good clean and new paint.
The Canadian Museum of Flight is located at Langley Regional Airport, Langley, BC, on Canada’s Pacific coast. The rugged west coast has been a natural area for aviation to flourish since the early days of powered flight. William Boeing owned a biplane that carried the first International airmail from Vancouver to Seattle in March 1919. The present Vancouver International Airport opened at Sea Island in 1931. In 1947, Art Seller, who had returned from flying in World War 2, opened a flying service in Langley. 1996 saw the Museum’s move to Langley with its active airport. Langley Regional Airport celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2008 while the Museum celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
The Museum’s mission is Bringing British Columbia’s Aviation Past into the Future. With this in mind you will find a comprehensive collection of aircraft and artifacts illustrating this region’s long involvement with aviation. These range from replicas of WW1 aircraft, to a Waco biplane from 1930, a Douglas DC-3 transport from 1940 and a 1942 Hampden bomber. The collection moves into the jet age with a Vampire fighter, the all-Canadian designed and built CF-100, and the needle-nosed Lockheed Starfighter.
The Museum believes that their collection should be an active one, and to this end maintains a number of aircraft in flying condition, including a 1930 Waco INF, a 1937 Waco AQC, a 1940 Tiger Moth, a 1940 Fleet Finch and a 1942 Harvard. In addition, a replica of a WW1 SE5A and a replica of a WW2 Mustang are part of the Museum’s collection that fly regularly in the summer months.
We will be delighted to share our collection with you!
Bruce Bakker, President