Manitoba is home to some of the world’s most famous and valuable aircraft parts, but it also has a long history of finding parts in a desperate bid to find more planes.
One of those parts is the Douglas DC-8.
“It’s one of those planes that when it’s on display it really, really gets a thumbs up,” said Gary O’Brien, who owns a local aircraft salvage shop.
“If you have the DC-6 or the DC8 or whatever, they’ve got a good chance of being found and if you don’t have the parts to get those planes, you’re not going to get a job.”
The parts used to build airplanes have been on display at the Winnipeg Municipal Museum for more than 100 years.
They’re part of the history of aviation in Manitoba.
O’Brian has been operating the local business for nearly 25 years.
The first aircraft parts made at the Manitoba Aviation Museum were donated to the city in 1885 by an American aircraft builder, John G. Clark.
O-Bryant said Clark used the parts for the city’s own aircraft.
Today, Clark has a large collection of parts.
The museum holds about 10,000 parts and about 100 aircraft parts.
It also maintains a collection of other historic aircraft, including the Wright Brothers’ Wright Flyer.
“It doesn’t have anything like this in Canada right now, and there are some things that are a little bit different, but overall it’s pretty good,” said O’Bryan.
The museum has a selection of aircraft parts to choose from, but O’Brady said parts are rare.
“I’ve had a lot of luck in the past where they’re just gone, and they’re in storage, but that doesn’t mean they’re good to go,” said James.
“They’re usually a little different to the ones that we have in storage.
We’re fortunate that we’re able to have some of those.”
The museum says that while it has to be careful in collecting parts, there’s still a lot to be learned about what is out there.
“We’re constantly working on getting better tools and more understanding what the aircraft really was,” said Adam O’Connor, the museum’s vice president of research.
O’Connor said that it’s important to keep an eye on the condition of the parts.
“There are some parts that are really, actually, they’re not working, so we’re going to do our best to make sure we can restore them,” said he.
“Hopefully the process can be reused for the next aircraft.”