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These are just-released (via Bomber Command Museum of Canada – Nanton AB’s FaceBook) rare not-publicly-seen-before-as-a-full-set colour photos of the 1960 tow move of Lancaster FM159 a bit more than 28 km across Alberta flat lands (actually not so flat), the Little Bow River and railway track embankment in its final journey from an old airfield (where it was being prepared for scrapping) to Nanton, AB. Up to now we’ve only seen a few fuzzy B&W photos of this unique event.

These are just-released (via Bomber Command Museum of Canada – Nanton AB’s FaceBook) rare not-publicly-seen-before-as-a-full-set colour photos of the 1960 tow move of Lancaster FM159 a bit more than 28 km across Alberta flat lands (actually not so flat), the Little Bow River and railway track embankment in its final journey from an old airfield (where it was being prepared for scrapping) to Nanton, AB. Up to now we’ve only seen a few fuzzy B&W photos of this unique event.

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Recovery of a Lancaster Bomber aircraft - 1960 Alberta, Canada

  1. 1. Recovery of a Lancaster aircraft • These are just-released (via Bomber Command Museum of Canada – Nanton AB’s FaceBook) rare not-publicly-seen-before-as-a-full-set colour photos of the 1960 tow move of Lancaster FM159 a bit more than 28 km across Alberta flat lands (actually not so flat), the Little Bow River and railway track embankment in its final journey from an old airfield (where it was being prepared for scrapping) to Nanton AB. Up to now we’ve only seen a few fuzzy B&W photos of this unique event.
  2. 2. The 1960 rescue of FM159 at start of the tow move. Notice the pile of chopped-up scrap metal in background with a wing-tip sticking upward. This was the remains of another Lancaster (either KB894 or KB949), the fate that FM159 narrowly missed, by only a day or two, because 3 intrepid Nanton residents purchased her::
  3. 3. FM159 today 56 years later, at BCMofC’s museum facility. One of only 4 Lancasters in the world that are in running/taxi condition (albeit not being on an airport, involves only short distance taxi):
  4. 4. Excerpt from Bomber Command Museum: Flown to the UK in 1945, Canadian-built Lancaster FM159 was too late for the war. It was flown back, put in storage, flown by the RCAF during the fifties, and in 1959, flown to an old airfield 28 kilometres east of Nanton, Alberta. Its engines and propellers were removed as the aircraft was prepared to be scrapped. Three residents of Nanton bought the bomber, towed it home, and placed it on display next to Highway #2. It was badly vandalized before being mounted for display where it sat for the next thirty years. In 1986, a society was formed from the Town's population of only 1600 and it audaciously announced that, not only would it build a museum to honour Canada's huge contribution to Bomber Command, but that the aircraft would be restored to taxiable status with all four engines run-able. Today, Canada's Bomber Command Memorial stands on the front lawn of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada that is home to sixteen aircraft, associated displays, restoration shops, and archives. And now. . . Lancaster FM159 has become one of only four in the world that is fully run-able. These accomplishments are the result of a huge volunteer effort by a group that receives no funding for its operation from any level of government.
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