Upon learning that the DC-3 C/N 12253 was offered for sale by Fondation Aérovision Québec and in danger of being lost, Benoit de Mulder acquired it in April 2017 and transferred it to Avialogs Aéronautique in early 2018.
This aircraft is a veteran of the Normandy landings, the Battle of Falaise Pocket, and Operation Market Garden. It evacuated thousands of wounded during the Second World War, was converted into civilian configuration in the immediate postwar period by Canadair, then operated by Trans-Canada Airlines until 1957 and by Transport Canada until the end of the 1980s. It was then stored and eventually donated to Aérovision.
The first challenge was to move the aircraft from the location where it had been parked for more than twenty years, which was close to the road and accessible to everyone, including vandals and thieves..
Aircraft move and tail wheel tire replacement
An agreement was signed in November 2017 with the FBO H-18 for parking space for an interim period to give us time to find a permanent home to carry out the restoration.
Our DC-3 at the H-18 FBO
In September 2018, an agreement was reached with the Centre d'aide aux entreprises Hautes-Montérégie to use its facilities at the airport of St-Jean de Richelieu on a long-term basis to realize the project. The work currently underway is related to the upcoming transfer of the aircraft to this airport.
70 years between these two photos
The duration of the restoration process will depend entirely on the funding that is secured, but is anticipated to take between 4 and 8 years.
The required budget is estimated to be in the $350,000 – $450,000 range.
The objective is to display the aircraft during air shows and to offer private flights to Avialogs members.