"The Great Escape" - at the Lancaster Bomber Museum in Nanton, AB

The Bomber Museum in Nanton, south of Calgary, is one of the only places to have a functional Merlin engine in an authentic Lancaster bomber.  It's a piece of War history, and several times a summer, they run the engines to keep them in shape - and it's an awesome sound to hear!!!

Museum info: http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca

Here's a basic DSN agenda:
-9:00-9:15 Meet at Somerset/Bridlewood C-Train - be sure to account for a 10-20 minute delay between Chinook/Heritage this weekend!

I'll be wearing a white Stetson and a Meetup pin on my chest; we will meet at the metal seats at the SOUTH end (that's the FRONT of the train as you arrive) of the Somerset/Bridlewood train platform between 9:00-9:15.  The WEST parking lot and the bus building is beside these seats.

-9:15 Leave Somerset C-Train

-10:00-10:15 Arrive at Museum

SPECIFIC ACTIVITY TIMES:

*10:30 Rear Gun Turret Demonstration

*11:00 Lancaster Bomber Engine Run-Up

*12:00 Fleet Fawn Bi-Plane Engine Run-Up

*12:30 "The Great Escape" 70th anniversary lecture (the actual event was in March 1944)

-Museum wandering through this time

-T.B.D. Lunch

There are a lot of neat & interesting stores, shoppes, boutiques, etc. in Nanton (including one of the best candy stores in the country, serving all your old childhood favourites!!) - so we may decide to break up for lunch & browse (anyone with specific interests in seeing a place, please post a comment below for others to consider also!);

as long as return carpooling is workable!!

As well, there's the Saskatoon Berry Farm on Hwy #2 south of Calgary for those that want to stop & pick some on the way back (http://www.saskatoonfarm.com/)

It is NOT a big museum - 9-10 planes, & a few vehicles - but the big, bad Bomber is the driving tourist attraction.

Since the cost is minimal (by donation), it's a nice Saturday out of the City...

Nanton is about 50 minutes' drive south from Somerset C-Train Station.

 

 

COST:
-DSN Fee $1 to me
-Bomber Museum Fee - by donation (suggested $3-$5)
-If you're carpooling as a passenger, something (~$5-10?) for gas to the driver, would probably be appreciated.

Google Map/Directions from Somerset C-Train to the Museum - are here (Driving Directions).

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  • Benita J

    Very cool!

    August 24

  • Mary C.

    Great pics, guys!

    August 23

  • Sara

    Wonderful event! Thank you David for posting it here. I had never heard of Nanton and the Air Museum. I did something new!

    1 · August 23

  • wade b.

    Thnks for suggesting the activity. Hope to see you soon David.

    August 23

  • Kelly

    Thanks David for another amazing day!

    2 · August 23

  • Mary C.

    I think one of the most delightful sights was watching David R's face watching the big engines and props running :) You were soohhh into it as were most other people.

    2 · August 23

  • David R

    Well, even on a dreary day with a chill in the air, one of the biggest crowds I've seen, was at the Museum - The Great Escape was a great story (I'm watching it tonight!!) and I was surprised to hear how much the Canadians had to do with it.

    Good to see several new faces, and even though we never got to the World-Famous Nanton Candy Shop, there's always next year!!!

    Here's the author's website about his book: http://tedbarris.com/2013/08/31/the-great-escape-a-canadian-story/

    1 · August 23

  • Mary C.

    Absolutely awesome! Such a treat to see this special occasion. Thank you David for organizing.

    August 23

  • Roy S.

    I'm going to take my bike if it's nice out. If anyone else rides maybe we can ride together

    1 · August 9

    • Gideon

      Hi Roy, I am riding there with you.

      August 20

    • Benita J

      We are carpooling with Mary C and not taking the bike this time. See you out there

      August 23

  • Marilyn Rose B.

    Hubbie and I will meet youse in Nanton. The weather looks good so we are taking the sick two seater red convertible and no room for passengers. Wave to us if you spot us on the hiway and CU at the museum.

    August 22

  • Mary C.

    Benita J. +guest, and me + 1 will meet you at the museum at Nanton.

    August 22

  • wade b.

    could I get a ride/carpool (in the case I cant get a friend to go)....?

    August 20

    • David R

      I'll be wearing a white Stetson and a Meetup pin on my chest; those who want to carpool, we will meet at the metal seats at the SOUTH end (that's the FRONT of the train as you arrive) of the Somerset/Bridlewood train platform between 9:00-9:15. The WEST parking lot and the bus building is beside these seats.

      Some people will bike/drive themselves, so I'm never quite sure how many will be coming to the C-Train, but we have always had more than enough drivers volunteering; I have no worries there will be enough seats to share.

      IN NANTON, let's plan to meet at 10:30 at the Rear Gun Turret Demonstration - watch for my white Stetson in the crowd to find me.

      August 20

    • wade b.

      got my own ride now thanks David. Meet at the front doors of museum.

      August 22

  • Kelly

    My Dad and me will meet up with everyone at the museum

    August 22

  • Kelly

    Would love to, 2 problems1- in bringing my Dad, 2nd, I'm still recovering for dropping last season and not quite healed enough I get back on :(

    August 16

  • Mary C.

    I will be writhing my 13 year old grandson - I hope that is no problem.

    August 16

    • Kelly

      OMG- I can't wait to see the 3 of you!!!!!

      August 16

    • Roy S.

      Kelly you should bring your bike too

      August 16

  • Jaclyn D.

    I live in Okotoks so will just meet the group there

    July 7, 2014

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