How time passes
We know we’re all getting old – even though we don’t like to admit it – when the aircraft we flew as pilots or worked on as engineers are being put out to pasture and into museums to be restored. Here’s information on a couple of museums that are working on the restoration of aircraft formerly owned and operated by Viking Helicopters Ltd.
- Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum – Bell 47J-2 serial #1827 CF-PQZ. Plans are to restore this machine to present serial #1839 registration CF-CAF, which was a Canadian Coast Guard machine based in the Atlantic region during service with the Coast Guard. The museum is located at the Halifax International Airport beside the Quality Inn. [The page on the Bell 47J-2 seems to have disappeared.]
- Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre – Bell 47D CF-ODM was converted by Viking into a 47G-2 in the old barn near Orleans, Ontario in 1969. The Bushplane museum is restoring the helicopter to its original 47D status. The museum is located on the waterfront, where you can still land a helicopter or a seaplane at their licensed facility. Here’s a map to help you through the nightmare of the Soo’s convoluted streets.
If you know of others, let me know and I’ll put them up.