Lancaster Bomber Future Location Survey
The City of Windsor is seeking community input on the future location of the Lancaster Bomber FM 212, which is scheduled to be restored by 2026!
Let us know what you think by taking our short online survey or attending our public information centre (PIC).
The survey will be open between June 8 and June 29, 2023, and the PIC will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, in the lobby of City Hall (350 City Hall Square West) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. City staff will be at the PIC to answer questions, provide copies of the survey and share information boards. A formal presentation is not planned.
Results from the public engagement will be shared in a future report to City Council.
In 1964, the City of Windsor and a group of former Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) veterans purchased a Lancaster Bomber FM 212, built in July 1945, from the Canadian Government. The Lancaster was displayed in Jackson Park for decades as a memorial to the men and women who served the RAF and RCAF.
After forty years of being exposed to the outdoor elements, it was removed for restoration in 2005. On November 1, 2016, the City entered into a Stewardship Agreement with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association (CH2A), now referred to as the Canadian Aviation Museum (CAM), to carry out the approved restoration plan for the Lancaster Bomber FM 212. The final phase of the restoration is assembly, which requires a space large enough to host the aircraft with the nose, cockpit, wheels, bomb doors, mid-upper turret, wings and four engines, props, spinners and cowlings re-attached. Final assembly is anticipated to be ready to commence in the second quarter (April) of 2026.