1941 CHEVROLET STAFF CAR
Because of space limitations, you may not be able to see many of our wheeled vehicles. The 1941 Chevrolet staff car, which was bought by a farmer NE of Brandon who donated it to the museum, required some repair and was worked on by the Crocus Plains students who did up the body work. We had the motor work done at Fowlers and we use it for parades.
There is a half ton truck that was used here at the station during the war. It was completely restored by Allan Johnson who was, at the time, the head mechanic at Wilton Motors.
HALF TON TRUCK
The big red truck is an RCAF crash truck. This truck was used at number 10 Service Flying Training School at Dauphin and after its use there it went to the St. Rose Fire Dept. When they were finished with it, they left it sitting out behind the Fire Station where it was all seized up and rusted. We picked it up, restored it, and it runs beautifully.
RCAF RED CRASH TRUCK & YELLOW FUEL TENDER
The Ford tractor, which is located nearby is one that was also used during the war years at this airport has been restored and is used for pulling aircraft around when required.
The RCAF Jeep of the 1940s was donated by Tom Duncan of Ninette and was restored by museum volunteers, Honda Land and the roundel by Adrax Advertising, Financial assistance was provided by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 247 and the Manitoba Department of Culture & Heritage.
BOLINGROKE TURRETThe turret from the Bolingbroke aircraft is displayed here and you can take a closer look at it. We donít have the hydraulics hooked up on it but you can get some idea of how they were operated.
BEECHThe twin engine all silver aircraft is a Beech aircraft which was used by VIPs during the war but not in operations. We picked this aircraft up at Silver Falls a few years ago and there were several different coats of paint on it according to the different companies that used it for freighting fish and carrying passengers. We have stripped the paint off and would like to get it in the air someday when we get enough money to overhaul the engines and put an additional spar item on it which is now required.
AVRO ANSON MK I (being rebuilt)The Avro Anson Mk I is in process of being rebuilt to display status but a lack of space prevents us from displaying it appropriately. The Mk Is were used as bombers at the beginning of the war. When they became obsolete, they were sent to Canada for pilot and navigator training. The starting procedure for these aircraft was you cranked them until you got the inertia starter going well and then you flipped it into gear, got the right-hand motor running then you went underneath the aircraft, over to the port motor and repeated the procedure. A second Bolingbroke has been rebuilt and is on display on #1 highway in front of the Comfort Inn. It represents the aircraft technology of the era and is dedicated to all who died in training during the BCAT.
#2 BOLINGBROKE AT COMFORT INN
That pretty well covers all the aircraft in here, again I want you to remember that these items were all used more than 50 years ago and are all antiques and we are very proud of the fact that we still fly the Cornell, Tiger Moth, Harvard, and the Stinson.
William G. Hillman
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
Photos by Bill Hillman ~ Copyrighted 1999/2010