Thursday, July 29, 2010

WWII Lancaster Bomber flies into Winnipeg today

WWII Lancaster Bomber flies into Winnipeg today

WINNIPEG - A special bit of wartime history flies into Winnipeg about 11:15 a.m. today for the long weekend.

The Mynarski Memorial Avro Lancaster Mk10 Bomber will be on public display at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum from Friday until Monday.

The bomber is famous as the "Dam Buster" involved in the Second World War raids on Germany’s Ruhr Valley dams in 1943. The bomber was primarily used by the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.

Visitors will get to step back into history as they climb into the cockpit, walk through the craft, visit the mid-upper-gunner’s and tail-gunner’s turret and the bomb bay. Visitors can also chat with the crew and get a sense of what it might have been like for the seven-member crew living in the craft during combat decades ago.

The public is welcome to view the bomber from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 2.

Museum admission rates for this special event are as follows: $5 for kids, students, seniors and Museum members; $10 for adults; $30 for families with up to three children.

And here is a view from the cockpit (picture taken over the UK)

1 comment:

  1. WWII Lancaster Bomber is a beautiful bird