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Old 18th Mar 2015, 20:10
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Lonely Lancaster KB-882 on the move...

Lancaster bomber being transferred from Edmundston to Edmonton - New Brunswick - CBC News

"​Edmundston city council voted Tuesday night to transfer the aging Lancaster bomber to the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, based on the recommendation of the Edmundston Society for the Preservation of the Lancaster."

Not before time, the old girl was starting to look quite forlorn at the side of the highway.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 20:41
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In spite of the similarity in names, Edmonton is 2600 miles from Edmunston. That's an expensive move!

However, there will then be three Lancasters in Alberta.
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I remember touring Canada's east coast as a kid and camping within sight of this aircraft. I was about 9. 40 years later I had some alone time in the Minarski Lanc at Mt Hope when it was used in a TV show. Glad to see KB-882 has found a new home where she'll get looked after.
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Certainly seems to be the right choice, 50 years outside will have taken its toll.
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She will be kept in her post war configuration, by the way. Lancasters played a major role in photographing Northern Canada after the war.
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Good news. Some news reporting last year (I think) showing some holes in the airframe caused by corrosion. Appreciate people feeling sad that its moving but at least its future will be more secure after the move.
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Yes, it was displayed in the open, beside a major highway. Most of the corrosion was caused by road salt.
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Lancaster KB 882 is getting a temporary home

A retired Avro Lancaster bomber, a legendary aircraft from the Second World War, has embarked on a new chapter. The National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC) recently transported the Lancaster KB 882 from Trenton, Ontario, to a temporary hangar at Base 31 in Picton, Ontario.

This journey marks the beginning of a well-deserved restoration for KB 882. Following its service during WWII, the bomber transitioned to a unique role – aerial reconnaissance in the unforgiving Arctic. After decades of dedicated service, the aircraft was placed on display near the Quebec-New Brunswick border for public viewing. However, time and weather took their toll, necessitating its relocation back to Trenton in 2017.

Base 31 offers a fascinating new home for KB 882. This former Royal Canadian Air Force training base now boasts a vibrant artistic community with studios, galleries, and even a concert venue. However, its military roots are about to be rekindled with the establishment of a new museum dedicated to Canadian military artifacts. The Lancaster KB 882 will be a centerpiece of this museum, serving as a powerful symbol of Canada’s aviation history.

The restoration process is expected to continue until the Base 31 museum’s official opening in 2025. Aviation enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing the rebirth of this iconic aircraft, a testament to Canada’s wartime and Cold War aviation history. The Lancaster KB 882’s new home at Base 31 promises to be a unique blend of artistic expression and historical commemoration. KB 882 eventually will be relocated back to the National Air Force Museum as a permanent exhibit once the renovation there is completed.

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