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The past few weeks, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) has featured two aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).
First was the “Red Nose” P-51D Mustang along with the Red Tail trailer honouring the Tuskegee Airmen.
Leading up to Labour Day weekend the CAF’s B-17 “Sentimental Journey” was available for flight experiences from the museum.
Taking advantage of the visiting B-17 bomber, the museum offered a Nose Art Night Run featuring Sentimental Journey, the CWHM B-25 Mitchell “Hot Gen!” and Avro Lancaster “Lady Orchid.”
The evening started with a sunset ramp walk featuring several re-enactors for photographers to shoot. As darkness set in studio lights were turned on and the B-25 was the first aircraft to perform an engine run.
Sentimental Journey followed with the Lancaster being the last aircraft to run. Ample time was given to each aircraft for photographers to switch locations and shoot the aircraft from different angles.
All aircraft were run up to take-off power and it was thrilling to see the blue exhaust flame from the engines and feel the ground vibrate from the power.
The night runs at the CWHM have been very popular. For more events at the CWHM monitor their website as it is frequently updated.