It hunted enemy planes in the Second World War and fought forest fires in the Canadian north before sitting for years, broken and deserted on the shores of a frozen lake.
Canso PBY-5A C-FNJE started its life as RCAF11094 and had its first flight in 1943 as a patrol bomber during WWII. After the War, it was converted for civilian use, mostly as a water bomber to help fight forest fires first in Newfoundland and later in western Canada. In 2001,while fighting fires in the Inuvik, NWT area, it started taking on water while loading and sank in about 100 feet of water. It was floated to the surface and pulled to the north east shore of Sitidgi Lake where the engines were removed and salvaged. The aircraft, according to the Aviation Safety Network, was written off.
Now, C-FNJE has taken to the skies again after a decade-long restoration mission led by a group of Fairview, Alberta area farmers. We are priviledged to have this unique Canadian aircraft at our show. For more information visit http://www.savethecanso.com/