Lancaster to make Sunday trip to Devonshire
Sonja Puzic, Windsor Star
Published: Monday, April 23, 2007
Early Sunday morning risers
will be rubbing their eyes this weekend when Windsor's 61-year-old
Lancaster bomber arrives at Devonshire Mall.
The FM212 plane will leave "the shoebox," its
temporary home at the rear of Jackson Park around 6 a.m.
and head down McDougall Avenue, then south on Howard Avenue
toward the Sears department store.
The Lanc will certainly be the eye-catcher of the parking
lot, where it will be on display for several days so that
people can admire it up close and learn about its role in
That's only the first phase of the airplane's ambitious
journey, carefully mapped out by a group of dedicated volunteers
who saved one of this city's most recognizable landmarks
before it succumbed to the elements, perched on a pedestal
in Jackson Park since 1965.
On May 13, the plane will again be on the move,
this time heading to the Windsor Airport, where it will undergo
a decade-long facelift. There will be a ceremonial stop at
the Tim Hortons on the corner of Walker Road and County Road
"There are three reasons why we're doing this," Michael
Kohuch, assistant manager of the restoration project, said
Monday as he and several other volunteers padded Lance's
interior to cover up sharp edges in preparation for the public
"Reason No 3: This is a really cool
plane and it needs to be preserved. Reason No. 2: We want
to educate people and children about the Lancaster and
(the Second World War). And reason No. 1 is, always, honouring
Kohuch said the restoration team of about 40 people, including
engineers, electricians, carpenters and labourers, has already
"thousands of hours" cleaning up and polishing
"We'll spend tens of thousands of hours more restoring
in," project manager Ed Curnutte added.
Curnutte said the plane was removed from
the pedestal "just
in time" in 2005, before corrosion became irreversible.
He said the team's goal is to house the Lancaster in a small
museum at the airport once the restoration is complete, so
that future generations can have "a beautiful memorial."
council made the right decision in letting us do this," he
The Lancaster's restoration and the museum will be funded
by community and corporate donations.
Kohuch said a fundraising team has already been very successful
in getting financial support.
When the plane is ready for its close-up on April 30, visitors
will be asked to make a donation in exchange for climbing
into the cockpit.
There's also something else Windsorites can do to help immortalize
the Lancaster - look for pieces and parts of the plane that
may have ended up in their garages, sheds or attics.
It may sound strange, but one of the Lancaster's seats was
found on a city parks and recreation department lawn roller,
"If people have pieces that belong to the plane, now
is the time to bring them to us," he said. "No