The Bomber Command Museum of Canada has announced plans to host a full slate of events this year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum did not hold any events in 2020 and was limited to a couple of major events in 2021.
But with the Alberta government planning to drop more health restrictions in the coming weeks, the museum has scheduled 15 events for this spring, summer and fall.
“We’re going to have a very busy summer if things happen as planned,” said Dan Fox, the museum’s vice-president. “We’re really looking forward to it.”
The first event takes place on April 23, when the museum rolls out its Lancaster for two engine runs, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
That’s followed on May 14 with a themed event on the 617 Dambusters Raid, a flea market, and two engine runs, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.,
June 4 is engine run day, with the engines being fired up at 11 a.m. and 2pm.
The museum is planning an event highlighting the Mosquito airplane on June 25. The Calgary Mosquito Society is restoring a Mosquito at the Bomber Command Museum. Also on June 25, engine runs take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
On Canada Day, there will be two engine runs, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Bomber Command Museum’s popular Bikes and Bombers event returns on July 2.
On July 23, the museum hosts a car show and two engine runs, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
On Aug. 1, during Round-Up Days, there will be an engine run at 2 p.m.
From Aug. 19-21, the museum hosts a women’s powerlifting competition.
On Aug. 20, and again on Sept. 16 and Sept. 30, the Bomber Command Museum has scheduled a night engine run of the Lancaster, starting at 9 p.m. each day.
The museum has a themed event on Aug. 27, around the 429 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. There will be an engine run, at 2 p.m.
On Sept. 17, there will be an update on the recovery of a Halifax bomber from the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Sweden. There will also be engine runs, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
And on Oct. 1, the museum hosts a book launch for Ted Barris’s Battle of the Atlantic. There will be an engine run, at 2 p.m.