Airplane in Brandon MB Comfort inn

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Cottius on October 28, 2008

Hi - This plane seems to be a Bristol Blenheim, a former WWII english bomber (here obviouslymodified for more peaceful purposes!). See for example http://avions.legendaires.free.fr/blenheim.php for more info. Howw did this relic landed there?? - Greetings from France - Cottius

DieselDucy on October 28, 2008

Not really sure. it is really cool. it is in the front yard of the motel.. I should have asked the desk clerk..

DieselDucy on October 30, 2008

what is written on the plane: commonwealth air training plan museum.

Cottius on November 2, 2008

So the last service of this plane was about "air training" (pilot school?) and then exhibited in a museum, and then....sold to the hotel's owner? - May be.. Strange biography! Thanks for passing the info. I'll try to get more info about that (I am intereted in aviation history). Greetings - Cottius

Sauzee on July 16, 2009

The aircraft is a Bristol (Fairchild) Bolingbroke which was a licensed built version of the Bristol Blenheim IV patrol and reconnaisance bomber. It was initially built for the RCAF but was used in large numbers for training RAF personnel in relative security - as the inscription on the nose tells.

It was the aircraft which the Canadian aircraft manufacturing industry cut their teeth on but was obsolescent fairly quickly.

The poor old kite looks like it could do with a bit of shelter and restoration.

Cheers, Sauzee

brandonman on August 11, 2013

The Bristol Bolingbroke belongs to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum at the airport at Brandon Manitoba - approximately 1/2 mile east and one mile north of the location of the Bolly. The museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan which trained over 250,000 aircrew and groundcrew for the Allies. The museum is housed in an actual WWII hangar from the plan. The Bolly was fully restored for static display when it was placed at the motel. The museum has an additional 20 aircraft on display of which four are flight-worthy - Harvard, Cornel, Tiger Moth and Stinson - also relics of WWII. The museum also has a number of ground vehicles on display -- crash tender, fuel tender, fire truck, snow plow, staff car, jeep etc. which also are operable. It also has over 25,000 small artifacts of which many are on display. The web site is www.museum.ca. The web site is messy but the museum itself it something to see -- you'll be impressed.

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