What We Do
In addition to the physical restoration of the two aircraft, our mandate is also to Honour and Educate; Honour those who designed, built, flew and serviced these aircraft in wartime and in peace and to Educate ourselves and others about the significant place in Canadian history of these rare machines and the pivotal work they did.
Since acquiring the aircraft in 2012, we’ve built new steel jigs for the Mosquito fuselage and wing, acquired a very rare original Wild aerial camera, tracked down and purchased wartime de Havilland specification birch plywood, scrounged missing parts from around the world and begun the delicate and exacting work of repairing the structural damage to the Mosquito fuselage.
We’ve sub-contracted the restoration of the Hurricane to Historic Aviation Services in Wetaskiwin, AB., while we retain the airplane’s Merlin engine in Nanton where we have brought it back to running status so that visitors can enjoy the sight and sound of the Hurricane’s mighty Merlin engine when the restoration is complete.
As well we have been invited to numerous international conferences to speak not just about the aircraft and the work to preserve them but to share with museum professionals around the world our unique web of partnerships with government, business and other not for profits that allowed us to prevent the sale of these airplanes overseas, to raise all the money required to restore them and to put together a team to get it all done. We’ve been told that our strategy and success in these areas is unique and based on results, very effective.