By going through the glass door and down the small ramp you will arrive in our workshop. As this is a workshop, you will understand that restoration items are constantly changing and are being moved in and out.This makes it very difficult for us to be 100% accurate in our description of this part of the tour.
As you come down the ramp, the funny looking blue aircraft to your left is a Link Trainer. The Link was one of the first flight simulators. The first time an airman saw a Link was at Initial Training School. The Link could simulate all aspects of flight except inverted flight and was an excellent instruction tool to teach coordination and blind flying.
PORTABLE DISPLAY CASESThe next series of display cases and the instrument panel are repeats of what you have seen and are used as portable displays.
BLACKBOARD MURALPlease turn to your right, face the exit door and look high on the wall above the door and you will see an historic mural. In the early part of 1997 this mural was uncovered by a demolition crew busy demolishing the interior of the 90-year-old Greenway School in Winnipeg. As soon as Wayne Imrie saw the mural he instructed his workers to cover it up immediately. Wayne knew the difference between what was rubble and what was rare. This chalk-decorated black board had been walled up -- hidden behind two pieces of wall board -- since 1943. Amongst the writing on the mural were the words in red chalk, “Please do not rub off.” John Dryzstek, the principal of the school, dug out the 1942-43 class list from Mrs. Christine Mitchell’s Grade 7 class. There were 46 names. The first of the 46 to be reached was Frank Scardina, a retired teacher now living in Quebec City. “Don’t tell me they found that picture,” were Scardina’s first words. He drew the mural to go along with a class project to raise money for the war effort and to promote the purchase of War Bonds. Those cherry-coloured bombs he dropped from his chalk aircraft each represented a target amount of money the class had raised. Lowering your vision back down onto the display floor you will see an aircraft that is not painted yellow. The Hurricane you will recognize, if you see any war pictures, as one of the two main fighters of the British Commonwealth Air Forces. When we picked this aircraft up all we had was the centre section. Jack Leonard has been working on this aircraft for nearly six years now and will put it in good display condition as soon as he is able to spend some more time on it.
CESSNA CRANEAt the front of the workshop is a Cessna Crane which is being restored to flying status.
William G. Hillman
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
Photos by Bill Hillman ~ Copyrighted 1999/2010