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jolly_magpie
01-28-2006, 02:32 AM
Here's a quick tour of the NLS that I shot back in May of 05 and only now got around to sharing.

Here's the tail of an immaculate Blenheim IV.

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The front view.

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In the museum lobby there is a gleaming forward fuselage. I believe they have since traded this for parts.

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Here's the interior. Nice! Note the compass just behind the yoke.

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Here's a plaque in the inside of the Lancaster's stbd bomb bay door, showing the sequence of loading for the various bomb types and which winch to use.

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Another shot from INSIDE the bomb bay, through one of the small perspex viewing windows. I believe these windows were used to make sure the re were no "hang-ups".

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Oh, yeah!!! Note the Tallboy sheet metal replica at center and the engine sans cowling. A few weeks after this visit the engine was started for the first time in 6o years.

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A general view of F2-T. Darn exposure control!!!

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Surprisingly large....

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This is as far forward as you can go these days. Previously I have sat in the pilot's seat!!

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Inside looking aft.

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Other parts of the collection, aero engines and a Harvard.

http://static.flickr.com/26/92076645_2c121fee8a_o.jpg

This id fun, here's a Lanc's main gear hooked up to a hydraulic pump. Put in a two dollar coin and the gear will retract, lock, and then extend.

http://static.flickr.com/24/92076126_7c8950fb65_o.jpg

More soon...

jolly_magpie
01-28-2006, 02:32 AM
Here's a quick tour of the NLS that I shot back in May of 05 and only now got around to sharing.

Here's the tail of an immaculate Blenheim IV.

http://static.flickr.com/36/92076121_7a3e6dd600_o.jpg

The front view.

http://static.flickr.com/29/92076123_3b7eaf2405_o.jpg

In the museum lobby there is a gleaming forward fuselage. I believe they have since traded this for parts.

http://static.flickr.com/31/92076122_c8e9cbc1a7_o.jpg

Here's the interior. Nice! Note the compass just behind the yoke.

http://static.flickr.com/12/92076124_d79d7f96ab_o.jpg

Here's a plaque in the inside of the Lancaster's stbd bomb bay door, showing the sequence of loading for the various bomb types and which winch to use.

http://static.flickr.com/33/92076125_10ec762bce_b.jpg

Another shot from INSIDE the bomb bay, through one of the small perspex viewing windows. I believe these windows were used to make sure the re were no "hang-ups".

http://static.flickr.com/40/92076939_1de753325a_o.jpg
Oh, yeah!!! Note the Tallboy sheet metal replica at center and the engine sans cowling. A few weeks after this visit the engine was started for the first time in 6o years.

http://static.flickr.com/30/92076938_4195a28bda_o.jpg

A general view of F2-T. Darn exposure control!!!

http://static.flickr.com/16/92076937_8c86551907_b.jpg

Surprisingly large....

http://static.flickr.com/35/92076650_93de3c7337_o.jpg

This is as far forward as you can go these days. Previously I have sat in the pilot's seat!!

http://static.flickr.com/24/92076649_0fbaa0cc8f_o.jpg

Inside looking aft.

http://static.flickr.com/26/92076647_9103490427_o.jpg

Other parts of the collection, aero engines and a Harvard.

http://static.flickr.com/26/92076645_2c121fee8a_o.jpg

This id fun, here's a Lanc's main gear hooked up to a hydraulic pump. Put in a two dollar coin and the gear will retract, lock, and then extend.

http://static.flickr.com/24/92076126_7c8950fb65_o.jpg

More soon...

jolly_magpie
01-28-2006, 02:38 AM
The museum contains many artifacts and models.

http://static.flickr.com/11/92076651_792104dbc0_o.jpg

Here's a great story, not sure if it's readable. This bomb was dropped by one Lanc and was carried home by another, lodged behind the bomb sight.

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That's it for now. I hope to make another trip south, I'd like to investigate the ruins of #7 SFTS, many of the hangars and station buildings are still standing.

-HH-Dubbo
01-28-2006, 02:45 AM
Nice pics mate. Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Waldo.Pepper
01-28-2006, 02:55 AM
Is this the plane that used to be the outdor static display at the Calgary airport? If it is that is just marvelous that it has a good permanent home.

WTE_Ibis
01-28-2006, 03:12 AM
Thank you, wonderful photos. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

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bolillo_loco
01-28-2006, 03:16 AM
England always knew how to build things!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v358/bolillo_quemado/lancasterpong.jpg

jolly_magpie
01-28-2006, 04:07 AM
HAHAHAAA!!!

The Lanc on the pillar at the Calgary airport has thankfully been taken down and is now in open air storage in the Calgary Air Museum Yard.

Pop by the "Old School" website for the whole story: Nanton Lancaster Museum (http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/)

jolly_magpie
01-28-2006, 04:18 AM
Some Google Maps links:

Here's the BCATP school, remnants of runway visible. If you look around, you will see tons of old bases, the one at Claresholm has all three runways clearly visible. I'd like to document them all sometime.

#7, SFTS (http://maps.google.com/?ll=49.705499,-113.417959&spn=0.04102,0.080509&t=h)

And here's Nanton itself, the Lanc is just above the "N" in Nanton. Nanton (http://maps.google.com/?t=h&ll=50.348418,-113.7745&spn=0.040475,0.080509&t=h)

Locals tell in the 50's there were many crashed trainers lurking in farmers fields. Ansons, Cranes, Oxfords, Harvards. The NLS is a clearing house of sorts for the warbirds of the southern part of the province.

Next up I will try to get downtown to the museum, they have a Mosquito....

jolly_magpie
01-28-2006, 04:22 AM
Being farmers they also have a large collection of airfield service vehicles, bowsers, firetrucks, trucks etc.

Taylortony
01-28-2006, 04:28 AM
Excellent photos, love the sunburst effect http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You can tell it is a Canadian Lanc from this pic

Look they have put signs up so the crew know where to sit http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

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