Anson air cadets take part in Anson aircraft ceremony

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Members of the Amherst Anson 154 Air Canadian Air Cadets squadron gathered in front of the fully restored Avro Anson 7135 MkII on Friday at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum in Greenwood. 

GREENWOOD – A new building housing a fully restored Avro Anson 7135 MkII aircraft was officially opened Friday at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum in Greenwood.

The Amherst Anson 154 Air Canadian Air Cadets squadron was there to participate in the opening ceremonies of the museum extension.

“I never saw so much brass in one small space in my life. It was unbelievable,” said Maralyn Ralph, squadron commander.

Attending the ribbon cutting was Brigadier General Bruce Ploughman, along with a Second World War veteran, and several other top military brass.

The restored aircraft is one of 340 Anson aircraft manufactured in Amherst by the Canadian Car and Foundry Company during the Second World War.

The MKII Anson was donated to the Geenwood museum by the Reynolds Aircraft Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta in 1999, and restoration started in 2003.

Restoration was complete in 2009 but, because of its wooden construction, the aircraft could not be displayed at the outdoor Air Park at the museum.

Funds became available and the extension to the indoor display was built for the Anson aircraft.

“After the dedication and the ceremony the cadets went inside the Anson,” said Ralph. “There was a fellow there who helped with the restoration and he explained how the plane worked and what it was used for during the war.”

While in Greenwood the Cadets also toured and learned about the Military Police facility.

“The trip was an exciting learning experience,” said Ralph. “They had a good time and learned a part about our history.”

dmathieson@amhersdaily.com

 

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