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jolly_magpie
03-10-2006, 11:55 PM
Before I move away from the Frozen Wastes, I took a final tour to Calgary to see the military museums in town.

Pics shot by Paul and David senior

This pic has zip to do with WW2 but is still worthwhile. Here's the nose cone from Avro Arrow #202. Whatever you do, don't mention the Arrow to Canadians, you will never hear the end of it.

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Bofors AA mount in Calgary Naval Museum. One of my Grandpas carried those clips during WW2.

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It's a Seafire Mk XV!!! This A/C stood outside the offices of HMCS Tecumseh in Calgary for many years, after the disaterous fire of 1981 it was moved inside. Good!

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Another view, also showing the F2H Banshee.

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Seafire again. Thoughfully they have provided a set of steps so you can peek into the cockpit.

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One last Seafire view from the convenient upper walkway. In the foreground is a monsterous model of the Bismarck with working .22 turrets.

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Here's a big, huge Sea Fury, with Bristol Centaurus engine. Beefy!!!

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Rear view showing trhe bulges covering 20mm guns Just like our Tempest!! Also note hail damage on wings due to exposure to prairie thunderstorms.

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That's a lotta guns!! The "nose art" on the big gun is amusing.

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Finally from the Naval museum, a hand-carved model of the Scharnhorst...made my a member of her crew as he was interned in a prison camp in Alberta!!

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jolly_magpie
03-10-2006, 11:55 PM
Before I move away from the Frozen Wastes, I took a final tour to Calgary to see the military museums in town.

Pics shot by Paul and David senior

This pic has zip to do with WW2 but is still worthwhile. Here's the nose cone from Avro Arrow #202. Whatever you do, don't mention the Arrow to Canadians, you will never hear the end of it.

http://static.flickr.com/48/110746355_f5cec2ceeb_o.jpg

Bofors AA mount in Calgary Naval Museum. One of my Grandpas carried those clips during WW2.

http://static.flickr.com/46/110746356_a3d053e970_o.jpg

It's a Seafire Mk XV!!! This A/C stood outside the offices of HMCS Tecumseh in Calgary for many years, after the disaterous fire of 1981 it was moved inside. Good!

http://static.flickr.com/38/110746357_b5cb7194ec_o.jpg

Another view, also showing the F2H Banshee.

http://static.flickr.com/34/110746359_81a6dca1f4_o.jpg

Seafire again. Thoughfully they have provided a set of steps so you can peek into the cockpit.

http://static.flickr.com/40/110746358_18cada7ac2_o.jpg

One last Seafire view from the convenient upper walkway. In the foreground is a monsterous model of the Bismarck with working .22 turrets.

http://static.flickr.com/47/110746360_af61c60993_o.jpg

Here's a big, huge Sea Fury, with Bristol Centaurus engine. Beefy!!!

http://static.flickr.com/51/110747026_0f91911127_o.jpg

Rear view showing trhe bulges covering 20mm guns Just like our Tempest!! Also note hail damage on wings due to exposure to prairie thunderstorms.

http://static.flickr.com/37/110747028_777df93992_o.jpg

That's a lotta guns!! The "nose art" on the big gun is amusing.

http://static.flickr.com/54/110747030_9297ae1b86_o.jpg

Finally from the Naval museum, a hand-carved model of the Scharnhorst...made my a member of her crew as he was interned in a prison camp in Alberta!!

http://static.flickr.com/50/110748012_0bdd40e0f8_o.jpg

jolly_magpie
03-11-2006, 12:06 AM
A few more:

General view of Calgary Aero Museum, showing Waco Cabin Biplane, Sabre, Beech Expediter and a bit of the replica Sopwith Triplane.

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Sad, sad. Lancaster FM136, rescued from a pylon by the Calgary Airport, now rotting away in outdoor storage.

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Here's the rear, painted in ugly primer grey. Visible is the mounting for the ventral turret, H2S was mounted here on most later Lancs.

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This charming gent worked as a guide and flew Spitfire and Hurris! Top cover over D-Day and everything. I was amazed and pumped him for info. "Hey, there's a flight sim called Pacific Fighters that has all your Spits in it..." Well not the XV and XVI...

He also flew a captured Me-108 that was a VIP transport for a Nazi general. It had all red leather upholstry! He was in line to fly a captured Fw190, but the guy ahead of him burned out the engine so he never got his chance!!!

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I also visited the Museum of the Regiments, not as applicable here but still worth a visit.

CornbreadPattie
03-11-2006, 01:11 AM
Awesome documentery on those museums. They are truely fascinating and so was your story. I would like to see the Regimental Museum if you are willing to upload pictures of it.

Also, if you are interested in USN aircraft I would highly recommend Pensacola FL.

Beirut
03-11-2006, 04:40 AM
Ack! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Lancaster... rotting in snow... pain in chest... can't breathe...

"Plop!"

zoinks_
03-11-2006, 01:20 PM
sweet pics. i always like museum posts.

Waldo.Pepper
03-11-2006, 02:19 PM
I've been to the Museum with the Seafire in it. It is kind of an awesome museum. I have very nearly the exact same pictures myself from it.

Beirut
03-11-2006, 04:43 PM
I was at the Royal Air Museum in Ottawa last summer. Got there 15 minutes before closing. Ack! Nice guys though, they let us in free. I asked "Where's the Lancaster por favor?", and ran right to the back where it was. I swear my knees went weak. What a sight.

Pointing off in another direction my woman asks, "Beirut, what plane is that over there?" "That? That's a 109190SpifireCF104CF86andabunchofothers - but baby look at this Lancaster!"

She didn't understand.

I'm going back this summer to see my baby again. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

jolly_magpie
03-11-2006, 08:38 PM
Thanks all.

The Regimental museum has a small tank park with a Universal Carrier, Sherman, Churchill Crocodile, Centurion, M113 and an East German T-72. It has four main galleries each dedicated to a particular Regiment. The lighting was bad so my pics turned out badly, if I can save any I'll post them. They had a German Sturmgewehr machine pistol and a bunch of captured stuff, gotta love that.

The Calgary Areo Museum has a Mossie and an 8-gun Hurri in storage. The Mossie may be sold to the UK. The museum is threatened by the proposed widening of a local road, which will cut out outside storage areas by 70%. A d@mn shame. On the plus side the museum itself is inside a very nice WW2 single-wide hangar that is in great shape.

The Lanc's turrets have been removed and are nicely restored inside the museum, but while I was there the Lanc itself was being damaged by the heavy, late season snowfall, icicles forming all over it.

Read today that the Nanton Lancaster Museum is in line to get a Halifax from the bottom of some lake...I hope they can devote the time that each A/C will need.

In my years of "Lanc-spotting" I have managed to see and touch six of the surviving 23 airframes. Somewhere I have pics of the flying one at Canadian Warplane Heritage as it was being stripped and rebuilt back in the late 70's.

I hope the new version of the Dam-Busters movie gets made. It will be great with modern effects and such. But WHAT are they going to do about the dog's name?!?!

Heavy_Metal1982
03-12-2006, 03:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Beirut:
I was at the Royal Air Museum in Ottawa last summer. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I was there about 6 summers ago, do they still have that awesome display of the B-17? I wish I took some pictures of that, since it was really amazing to see the internal stations of that plane. Also, I remember there being a Tank Museum near Ottawa... They had a Panther Tank there and I was in awe http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

jolly_magpie
03-12-2006, 10:03 AM
Not sure, my most recent visit was in 1979!!!!