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jolly_magpie
05-21-2006, 11:50 PM
Whew. Quite an event on Vancouver Island today, it got a lot of local media coverage, TOO much as it turned out.

Here is the restoration, it's in the small blue shed at the center:

GMaps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=52.152749,82.441406&q=comox&ll=49.708958,-124.907523&spn=0.002626,0.005032&t=h&om=1)

Outside were the local vintage vehicle club. Looking good.

http://static.flickr.com/51/150969575_3f62601832_o.jpg

Here's what looks like an old BMW sidecar with wooden gun. The sidecar wheel was driven by a short shaft.

http://static.flickr.com/49/150969576_11932679a2_o.jpg

Here's the door to the restoration. At the end of the day the cash box on the door was CRAMMED. Good. What is inside??

http://static.flickr.com/55/150969577_e26fcda554_o.jpg


PURE CHAOS. Hundreds of people, staff overwhelmed, camera crews all over the place, it took me nearly half an hour to walk around the plane.

I didn't get to talk to any of the restoration staff or veterans, many of whom looked very tired after being barraged all day. I will return during the week to get better pics!!

I heard from the staff that it has taken 6 years to get this far. The A/C will be almost a new build..very few parts from the MkV airframe will be re-used. The quickest that this rebuild will take to the air is two years from now, and that's if someone donates ONE MEELION DOLLARS.

http://static.flickr.com/48/150969578_085afef8fc_o.jpg

I waited patiently to get pics of the 'pit.

http://static.flickr.com/56/150970889_90dbeb4306_o.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/48/150970890_eb6e1aeea9_o.jpg

Here's the side of the fuselage. The gent on the left is wearing a MC!

http://static.flickr.com/53/150969579_d5cde7598f_o.jpg

At least the door is done.

http://static.flickr.com/44/150970893_e0fc1c4882_o.jpg

Some original items.
http://static.flickr.com/51/150970892_a5d2184713_o.jpg

Next: The Static Park and Museum.

jolly_magpie
05-21-2006, 11:50 PM
Whew. Quite an event on Vancouver Island today, it got a lot of local media coverage, TOO much as it turned out.

Here is the restoration, it's in the small blue shed at the center:

GMaps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=52.152749,82.441406&q=comox&ll=49.708958,-124.907523&spn=0.002626,0.005032&t=h&om=1)

Outside were the local vintage vehicle club. Looking good.

http://static.flickr.com/51/150969575_3f62601832_o.jpg

Here's what looks like an old BMW sidecar with wooden gun. The sidecar wheel was driven by a short shaft.

http://static.flickr.com/49/150969576_11932679a2_o.jpg

Here's the door to the restoration. At the end of the day the cash box on the door was CRAMMED. Good. What is inside??

http://static.flickr.com/55/150969577_e26fcda554_o.jpg


PURE CHAOS. Hundreds of people, staff overwhelmed, camera crews all over the place, it took me nearly half an hour to walk around the plane.

I didn't get to talk to any of the restoration staff or veterans, many of whom looked very tired after being barraged all day. I will return during the week to get better pics!!

I heard from the staff that it has taken 6 years to get this far. The A/C will be almost a new build..very few parts from the MkV airframe will be re-used. The quickest that this rebuild will take to the air is two years from now, and that's if someone donates ONE MEELION DOLLARS.

http://static.flickr.com/48/150969578_085afef8fc_o.jpg

I waited patiently to get pics of the 'pit.

http://static.flickr.com/56/150970889_90dbeb4306_o.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/48/150970890_eb6e1aeea9_o.jpg

Here's the side of the fuselage. The gent on the left is wearing a MC!

http://static.flickr.com/53/150969579_d5cde7598f_o.jpg

At least the door is done.

http://static.flickr.com/44/150970893_e0fc1c4882_o.jpg

Some original items.
http://static.flickr.com/51/150970892_a5d2184713_o.jpg

Next: The Static Park and Museum.

jolly_magpie
05-22-2006, 12:14 AM
Here's the military part of CFB Comox, a small civilian airport has been added to the south. A bit diminished from the cold war days, SAR and Maritime Patrol A/C operations and no fighters. Here's the tail of a CP-140 Aurora, or a P3 Orion to the Yanks.
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Let's take a walk down the road to the Museum itself. Here's a good view of the C-47, in an off-limits area.

http://static.flickr.com/56/150970895_361521aee5_o.jpg

Almost forgot the static park. Here's a flying Banana.

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Here's the rear.. what curves!!!

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I loved these markings on the S2 Tracker.

http://static.flickr.com/50/150971969_b937a0dbf4_o.jpg
Hey!!! It's a MiG 21!!! I have never seen one of these before...
http://static.flickr.com/53/150971971_f95940d6f6_o.jpg

Acquired from the Czech AF in 1992...

http://static.flickr.com/48/150971973_b5a126e4b6_o.jpg

Here's the static park area. Mig21, Cf101, Cf100, Cf104, T33.

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IN RUSSIA PLANE FLYS YOU.

http://static.flickr.com/52/150972701_d9704f9c80_o.jpg

Enough OT, on to the Museum. Here's the gate guard...Note the crew! Get those guys some food, they've been there since 1992!!!
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The museum, with snappy red lightning bolt that was applied to RCAF planes in the 50's.

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This was unmarked but as you can see it is the Italian AF marking from a Cr42. Heh. Can't wait to shoot them down in the new BoB sim!!

http://static.flickr.com/51/150972704_01078a6e26_o.jpg

Engine from an old Argus. It's a Wright 3350.

http://static.flickr.com/51/150972705_e818f80b16_o.jpg

Now this was what I came for. Not a lot of my interior pics worked out very well but I shot a ton of this. This Japanese balloon bomb was recovered on Denman island in 1944. Too bad the pics obscure it...

http://static.flickr.com/49/150973432_ce9569a5fe_o.jpg

Here is more info on the balloon firebomb:

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Balloon_Bombs)

This was not here last time. It's the pressure release valve.

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Finally here's some yummy 60 year old escape candy.

http://static.flickr.com/48/150973435_39dd1d6553_o.jpg

So I will be re-visiting this facility when the media interest calms down a bit. Stay tuned and thanks for looking.

Chivas
05-22-2006, 12:43 AM
Nic pics Magpie. I was stationed there in 68 and worked on the CF101 Voodoo. I've visited the Spit restoration a couple of times in the last few years to throw a couple of dollars in the collection box. Very nice...its too bad its so expensive to restore...

~Salute~

jolly_magpie
05-22-2006, 04:30 PM
Thanks, I lived on the island a bit in the early 90's and remember seeing T-33s hotdogging over Tofino. I miss the fighters...