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Contributed by Anthony T. Jarvis vmfa@telusplanet.net
President, VMFA

Ventura Memorial Flight Association Membership

The Ventura Memorial Flight Association, is a registered Canadian Society dedicated to the restoration, preservation and demonstration of a 1943 Lockheed Ventura aircraft.

The Ventura was a WWII twin engine bomber/reconnaissance aircraft. This Ventura saw active service with 149BR Sqn. stationed at Terrace, B.C. during the War, and is the only Ventura remaining in Canada.

It is the intention of the Ventura Memorial Flight Association to restore this Ventura to its original WWII flying condition, complete with appropriate squadron markings and identification. This aircraft will service as a tribute to the contribution that crews of the Western and Eastern Air Commands, as well as R.C.A.F. Ventura crews overseas, made during WWII.

After the War, Ventura 2195 was decommissioned and sold to Spartan Air Services under the registration CF-FAV, and was used for airborne survey work In the North West Territories. In 1953 CF-FAV crash landed approximately 50 nm North of Yellowknife, where it sat for 35 years.

In the summer of 1988 the aircraft was recovered from the crash site by members of the Ventura Memorial Flight Association with the assistance of 447 Squadron, C.A.F.

The Ventura was air lifted to Yellowknife, barged to Hay River and towed to Canadian Forces Base. Edmonton, Lancaster Park, for storage until a suitable facility for the restoration process could be found.

In 1991 the City of Edmonton provided a facility in the form of the 418 (City of Edmonton) Sqn hanger. The restoration process has started, and with continued support from all sources, the process will continue until the Ventura is once again airborne.

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Ventura Service (if any):

Mail to: The Ventura Memorial Flight Association, 14210-24A Street, Edomonton, Alberta T5Y 1L7 Canada, PH (780)478-8992

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