The Canso PBY-5A C-FNJE started its life as RCAF11094 and had its first flight in 1943 as a patrol bomber during WWII. After the War, it was converted for civilian use, mostly as a water bomber to help fight forest fires first in Newfoundland and later in western Canada. In 2001,while fighting fires in the Inuvik, NWT area, it started taking on water while loading and sank in about 100 feet of water. It was floated to the surface and pulled to the north east shore of Sitidgi Lake where the engines were removed and salvaged. The aircraft, according to the Aviation Safety Network, was written off, and left to decay.
Written off, but not gone.
Six Fairview AB farmers heard the Canso's distress call and decided to step in. Led by vintage aviation enthusiast Don Wieben, the Canso crew hauled the bird from the tundra to a farm in Fairview. For nine years, they went to work on restoring the plane to her former glory. The team formed the Fairview Aircraft Restoration society to source donations of all sorts, and the community of Fairview and those outside of it banded together in hopes of seeing the Canso take to the sky.
It all paid off on June 18th, 2017, when the Canso PBY-5A fired up and lifted off at the Historic Wings Over Canada 150 Celebration.
That's why this year, we're bringing her in for all to see at the Edmonton Airshow.
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