Keeping a 70 plus year old Lancaster in flying condition is no easy feat. The engine rebuilds alone come in at $125,000.00 a piece. Because of this they only rebuild two engines a year. One is done and there’s still one to go. Now I’m a member of the museum so I wasn’t going to miss this and the fact that for another five bucks you could get your bike in front of a few of the aircraft. Now I could have gone for the CF-5 but I think the Sea Vampire is a bit cooler, history wise.
The B-25J was also pretty cool to shoot in front of as well.
Craig the engineer for the Lancaster has very sweet 400cc Honda Super Sport. The story is he saw this bike when he was fifteen and fell in love with it. Of course he couldn’t buy it at the time and of course there were other bikes over the years. One day he decided to try and find a Super Sport to scratch that nostalgia itch. Turns out the bike he fell in love with was bought and ended up in a private collection in England. Years later it ended up back in Canada and finally in Craig’s hands.
I didn’t take too many pictures on the ride, though I did meet some cool people and had some decent conversations, which is always a good thing. We got a little lost from the main group about 10 km from the airport but made it in at the back of the pack. After a nice BBQ lunch, people started to get their bikes photographed with the available aircraft of their choice.
Of course the platform of choice was the Iphone. So you’ve got an expensive bike, a priceless aircraft and a opportunity to capture a memory and you do it on a tiny sensor with shitty glass. It makes me sad. Next year I’ll try to set it up to take pictures for people.
I did end up taking some shots for a few people and I think they turned out pretty well.