December 10, 2018
Henry Tenby of AirlineTV.net filmed this footage at the Abbotsford Airshow 2010 media day on Thursday, August 12, 2010.
This footage highlights the Lanc's flight that day with engine starts, run ups, take-off, airfield beat-ups, tax in and shut down. It was fabulous to hear four Rolls Royce Merline engines perform. Where else on the planet can you relive the authentic sounds of a DC-4M2 NorthStar, Argonaut, Avro Lancastrian and Avro York in this day and age! This Lanc and one other Lanc (in the UK) are the only two operational examples in the world.
Without a doubt, the RCAF Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum in Hamilton, Ontario stole the show at the 2010 Abbotsford Airshow. The Lanc was flown all the way across Canada to attend the show, and made a week's long maintenance stop in Calgary enroute to Abbotsford.
What an amazing sight to see and hear a fully operational Lanc in all her splendour. This particular aircraft was built in 1945 and did not see service in WWII, but served in a Search and Rescue role with the RCAF until the early 60s. It was music to the hear to hear this old girl perform.
Sadly all of our media requests for interviews and filming were refused by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum PR lady when we spoke to her several weeks before hand. Every single question was answered with the word "no" ... what a shame. They would not allow us to film them in Calgary, we could not install a micro video cam in the cockpit for inflight filming, we could not do air-to-air, we could not fly on the aircraft, nor could we get any exclusive interviews.
That said, I am extremely grateful that we captured the Lanc on HD video for the viewing enjoyment of future generations, as nobody really knows how long this flying museum piece will remain operational. Shame the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum wasn't more helpful.