Pink Aviation Day

FINAL Dphillips pink aviation day screen shot

Boly: The WarBird That Turns Heads

cockpit bolyThe Bolingbroke cockpit is a real attraction and proved itself again at the AéroMontréal exhibition held on February 11th , 2016, where over 2000 people from all ages attracted by the aerospace industry gazed at the Boly with keen interest. Here’s the latest status on the Bolingbroke aircraft restauration project by the Montreal Aviation Museum (MAM) volunteers.

The cockpit is in its final stage of restauration for static display at the center. The crew lighting, the air ducts with stitched leather, the astrocompass, the bomb sight, the Adlis lamp, the navigator head set, the bomb switch, the flare gun, the flight crew original seat belts, maps, the crew equipment canvas pouches with markings and the axe have all have been installed.

There is more work ahead for the cockpit team:

Final touch ups are still being worked on the cockpit crew equipment and electrical conduits provisions;

  • All tie-wraps are to be replaced by waxed cord (embalmer twine thread/cord preferably)
  • One cockpit window is to be replaced;
  • The pitot static is to be completed and temporary fitted;
  • The pilot target aiming post is to be installed;
  • Two small side windows must be made with structural provision;
  • And upon static display location availability hopefully this year, flight control cables will need to be temporary installed with quick disconnect.
    Tail

But that’s not all! The vertical and horizontal stabilizers are both currently being restored for temporary installation of the empennage, where major structural repairs are complete and secondary structural rework is near completion. Once a coat of primer is applied, the flight controls cables and wiring for lights provisions are to be installed, with a completion date near the end of this year.

The tail wheel refurbishment is progressing very well and should be ready for installation early next fall. The rudder and elevators, provided by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Centre, are fully completed and require to be fitted for installation. The navigation lights, wiring and control cables will need to be fitted. However, we know that finding specific hardware parts will be a challenge. Anyone wanting to help is welcome!

turretThe gun turret position is getting a lot of attention. The crew seat mechanism is being rebuilt. While the glass turret mechanism is complete, the access door must be manufactured. One has already been restored. Although we do not have specific drawings, reverse engineering will be applied for the opposite one missing just like the many structural parts that are missing and no longer available to us on this project. The use of 3D printing technology will be necessary in many cases.

The Bolingbroke team is also working on the fuselage. While major structural repairs are complete, secondary structural rework at are final stages for completion. The gun turret fuselage aperture is actively being worked on.

Finally, the radio operator station is near completed. Radio components have been restored and are fully functional. Installation within the fuselage should be achieved most likely next year. The Boly restauration team truly livers by the motto: We Build Heritage!

Of course, a lot of work remains and will keep the Bolingbroke team busy and happy for years to come.

In many cases, we will need to utilise 3D printing technology of which is very expensive. Any one that would like to participate on this Boly restauration project can do so by providing a donation to the MAM allowing us to manufacture parts from our design!

The Bristol Fairchild Bolingbroke, a maritime patrol aircraft used by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, was built by Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. (Canada) in Longueuil, Québec, between 1939 and 1943. As a variant of the Bristol Blenheim Mk IV bomber, it was the first stressed-skin aircraft to be manufactured in Canada. The Boly was donated to the MAM by Fondation Aérovision Québec.

Michel Fréchette,

A Great Film and a Successful Fundraising Event

633 Squadron poster

The fourth Montreal Aviation Museum annual fund raiser featuring wine, cheese and a flying movie was a definite success! The more than 115 attendees left with a smile and the Museum raised more than $4000 to support its activities!

On Sunday February 14, the MAM held a fund raising performance of “633 Squadron” at the historic Hudson Village Theatre. The film was preceded by a first class wine and cheese reception hosted by John Lawson, our President, and his wife Inga. The reception provided an opportunity for the guests, who were mainly aviation enthusiasts, to offer their financial support and to meet with our members and learn more about what the museum has to offer.

The 1964 film is fictional but based on actual Royal Air Force operational missions to destroy Nazi rocket fuel plants tucked deep in Norwegian fjords and heavily protected by AA batteries. As the first aviation movie shot in wide screen and technicolour, it featured authentic flying sequences of five operational Mosquitoes with more serving as props on the ground. The main feature was preceded by a ten minute short video titled “The German” about a British and a German fighter pilot who were engage in a World War Two dog fight. The video is an excellent example of how old aircraft we can be recreated using computer generated imagery.

Audience

An additional evening attraction was the raffling of a 1/24 scale Mosquito made by one of the Museum’s model makers.

The MAM would like to express its thanks to these staunch supporters many of whom have attended all four annual events. A special thanks to the very understanding ladies who gave up Valentine’s Day to allow their men to indulge their passion for aviation !

See you next year!

MAM exhibit at AeroPortail: Vitrines 2016 on February 11, 2016

The Montreal Aviation Museum is proud to have showcase some of its artifacts on February 11 at the Montreal Science Centre as part of the event AeroPortail: Vitrines 2016 organized by Aéro Montréal. This Quebec aerospace cluster event will offered its visitors an entertaining, connected, interactive and educational experience on the world of aviation. More than 50 exhibitors and 1,500 visitors are expected during the day. This is wasa unique opportunity for the MAM to make itself known to aviation enthusiasts of all ages. 

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