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19 Wing and Air Force Museum aim to raise $1.5 million for pavilion construction

As the Royal Canadian Air Force celebrates 100 years on Monday, 19 Wing and the Comox Valley Air Force Museum want your help to build a pavilion.

This comes as part of the Heritage air park project, which includes upgrading the fencing, building a new entrance gate, and refurbishing some of the aircraft displayed at the park.

The pavilion will be used to house the 1948 DeHavilland Vampire Mark III, an aircraft whose prototype, Spider-crab, became the third British jet to fly in September 1943.

After being made in 1947, the Vampire would be chosen by the air force to equip its squadrons, with 85 of the Mark III ordered.

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According to the air force museum, these planes would be used in local air shows and summer camps around Western Canada before being replaced by F-86 Sabres.

The plane on display was sold to Bill Lamberton in the United States, but it eventually returned in May 2000, where it was declared an historical artifact in Comox.

With it currently on the base away from residents to see, both 19 wing and the museum aim to bring it back into the public eye.

They say they are looking to raise $1.5 million to support the pavilion’s construction.

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For more information on donations, you can contact Major Caldwell at 250-339-8211 ext. 8205.

If you want to donate but it’s less than $5,000, click here.

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