The Bomber Command Museum in Nanton is starting to gear up for another year of trying to get a Halifax Bomber off the ocean floor, off the coast of Sweden.

Museum Director Karl Kjarsgaard had a chance to meet with RCAF Commander Lieutenant General Mike Hood back in February in Trenton, Ontario to bring him up to date on the "Halifax 57 Rescue" project and other things happening at the museum.

"We brainstormed on how to help each other in all these museums across Canada. And it was a very constructive meeting of minds. That's an acknowledgement to us that we're on the right course and doing the right things."

halifax rescue november9 2017 003 editedThis photo shows the wreckage of the Halifax off the coast of Sweden and the work that needs to be done to dig it out and get it to the surface.

Kjarsgaard says General Hood offered to machine any parts they need for the project, as well as air transport once they get the air frame out of the ocean, hopefully this summer.

Bad weather all last summer really hampered their efforts, but Kjarsgaard, says they've wrangled even more help this year.

"We've got a brand new salvage boat that's just popped up. It's about 50 feet long, 15 feet wide, with an eight tonne crane on the front. And the owner of this salvage boat is going to give it to us just for (the cost of) the gas to operate it."

Kjarsgaard says if they get better weather this year, he's confident they can get the airframe up and transported back to Nanton where they can start the restoration by next fall.

 

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