Nova Scotia Museum to Finally Display their Award Winning Anson

A Pair of heavy duty forklifts maneuver the prize winning Anson over the base guard station enroute to its new home. (Photo credit: Greenwood Military Aviation Museum)

A pair of heavy duty forklifts maneuver the prize winning Anson over the base's guard station enroute to its new home. (Photo credit: Greenwood Military Aviation Museum)
A pair of heavy duty forklifts maneuver the prize winning Anson over the base’s guard station enroute to its new home.
(Photo credit: Greenwood Military Aviation Museum)
The Greenwood Military Aviation Museum of Greenwood, Nova Scotia’s Avro Anson, which won the coveted “Excellence in Restoration Award” from the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association is finally going on display. The plane which underwent a 16,500 man-hour restoration, completed in 2009, has been stored by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 14th Wing at CFB Greenwood while awaiting the construction of an extension to the museum to house the plane, which being of wooden construction would rapidly deteriorate if left exposed to the elements.

The Anson will be joined in its new home by a Bristol Bolingbroke that is presently being restored by the museum. The move of the plane from the RCAF’s hangar on the operational side of the airfield to the museum with the plane intact was a bit tricky, but the ingenious, and no doubt nerve-wracking solution, utilizing a pair of heavy-duty forklifts allowed the 56 foot, 6 inch plane to be lifted over obstacles between the two points, arriving at its new building in the same pristine condition as it was in when it left the RCAF’s hangar.

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