My apologies to the good folks at the association for the delays in getting their web page listed here, and thanks for the reference to us on their own page. - B.M.
These pages presented here by members of the IPMS "Buzz" Beurling modelers club. We encourage you to become involved in this fascinating restoration project, but we do wish to point out that we are not an official representative of the Halifax Aircraft Association, and are only providing these pages to further what we feel is a very worthwhile project.
Much of what is shown below (photos excepted) has been taken directly from the information package provided by the Halifax Aircraft Association, though any typographical errors are likely mine ( Brian MacNamara - macnamarahedgehoghollow.com)
In September, 1995, Handley Page Halifax MK VII NA337 was recovered from the bottom of Lake Mjosa in Norway. The Halifax Aircraft Association has been formed to help restore this, the only complete original Halifax bomber in existence.
The following pages come from the paper "THE PHOENIX HAS RISEN" by Jeff Jeffery, D.F.C. as provided by the Halifax Aircraft Association: (note: these images average between 60 to 140kb)
For those of you who would like to assist in this exciting endevour, and we would strongly encourage you to do so, the HAA is looking for:
Our (IPMS "Buzz" Beurling) intention for putting together these web pages is to let the world follow the restoration of the Halifax, and, to try and encourage support for the Halifax Association.
After the arrival of the Halifax at CFB Trenton, Dave Askett was fortunate enough to gain access to it while the parts were laid out. He is hoping to follow the restoration with various sets of photos as things progress:
While there is an incredible amount of work to be done, the state of preservation is truly amazing for a plane that's was under water for 50 odd years.
This particular aircraft was a bomber, glider tug and transport, and used for covert operations (dropping agents and supplies) throughout Europe, hence the removal of upper turret and replacement with a plywood plug, and the similar removal of the H2S, with supplies being dropped through the resulting hole in the floor.
The (very complete) interior was stripped by the restoration volunteers and the instrumentation is fully restored to all its former glory, ready for installation into a restored fuselage when that happens. This is in storage, apart from the rest of the aircraft. The armament (ammo belts of .303 rounds) is still in Norway pending deactivation and transportation, by the military.