Nine years of work to restore a World War 2-era airplane will culminate Sunday in Fairview.
It will mark the first flight in many years for the Canadian-made Canso.
Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society President Doug Roy says the plane had been abandoned and stripped of its engines and other parts after sinking into a lake while being used as a water bomber in the Northwest Territories.
“Oh, it’s been a long process. Although the plane looked in good shape, and it really was, there were so many little things that needed to be either repaired or replaced or fixed.”
The plane had been abandoned for seven years before it was salvaged and hauled to Fairview.
Roy adds his group is thrilled to see this time come.
“We’re particularly thrilled to be able to share that experience with, we have now up to six veterans that either flew on or worked on this aircraft during the war. They will be in Fairview with us.”
Roy says this is a fitting way to mark Father’s Day and Canada’s 150th birthday. He adds 3300 of these planes were made during the war. This one will be the 13th left in the world that can still fly.
Events include an open house at the Fairview Legion Hall today from 1:00 to 3:00.
There is a fly-in breakfast from 8 a.m. to Noon Sunday at the Fairview Municipal Airport. The flight is scheduled to take off at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.