The restoration of Windsor, Canada’s Avro Lancaster Mk X is progressing “much faster” than expected due to a partnership between the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association and nearby St. Clair College.
The aircraft, FM212, was originally built at Malton shortly after the end of WW2 and was delivered to the RCAF where it was modified for aerial and photo-reconnaissance work. The machine went on to map much of northern Canada, amassing 8,000 hrs before being retired from service in 1962. Shortly thereafter, FM212 was acquired by the city of Windsor and mounted in Jackson Park as a WW2 memorial.
Damage caused by exposure to the elements prompted the Lancaster to be removed in 2005 and delivered to the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association’s No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School for restoration.
The recent partnership with the St. Clair’s College aviation program has helped put the project about a year ahead of schedule while also providing students with valuable hands on experience. Additional assistance and valuable knowledge has been provided by veterans volunteering with the Association.
All work is being done to current Transport Canada standards and will be “acceptable for flight,” however, FM212 will reportedly remain on the ground due to cost restrictions and the city’s wishes. Instead, the goal is to return the machine to ground running condition so the community of Windsor can connect with this iconic piece of history.
Check out the complete report from CTV below.