WWII warbirds ABANDONED in Alberta?

Discussion in 'General' started by Mason_Z, May 19, 2015.

  1. Mason_Z

    Mason_Z Junior Member

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    Well, it's been quite awhile since I've posted here, but while I was an Army Cadet (I just aged out) I went to the now closed Air Cadet camp of Penhold, in Alberta.
    The camp served its final year as a tri-service cadet camp (for all three branches of the cadet program, the three being army, air, and sea), but the only courses which was offered in tri-service were ARMI (Assault and air Rifle Marksmanship), which I staffed as part of Lightning Flight (the other two flights being Bonaventure and Voyageur), and Drill and Ceremonial, but that's beside the point.
    The hangar my flight used as an FOB and HQ was right next to the airfield...sort of. Between the hangar and the airfield was a barbed-wire fence, and between that barbed wire fence and the airfield were abandoned and cannibalised aircraft of all sorts. And how do I sum up the majority of my summer of 2014?
    I had three abandoned C-47s menacing over me.
    Of course, after three or four weeks, I couldn't just sit by and ignore the "no trespassing" sign on the fence as those three C-47s shadowed me off in the corner of my eye every single day- I live in Saskatchewan, and of course, here you never see anything that big that isn't farming equipment, and I have a thing vintage aircraft so it only made my intensions more justified the end.
    So, two other guys in my flight had enough of sitting by too and on our day off the three of us crossed the fence (there's a lot of weak spots, they should really fix that), crawled in a ditch, and made our way to these C-47s. Took pictures, posed with the aircraft.
    Curiosity told us there was more to be seen though.
    So we get back in the ditch. crawl. Stop dead in our tracks as a truck passes by just feet away on the other side. Keep going once its safe. Book it to the other side of the tree line.
    What do we see when we're in the clear?
    Rows upon rows of A-26s, all stripped to the tires and abandoned.
    But none of them were in quite as bad of shape as this one...it had been tripped of it's wings, most of it's nose...right down to the seats, nothing is left of this thunderbird except her body and old, broken, seized controls and guages.

    I know this bird is still here, and I'll try to find some coordinates and post them later if I have time...that is, if someone here lives in Alberta and wants to go take a peak at it.

    (That's me in the fist picture BTW)
     

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