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Restoration of Centennial Park plane reveals hidden history

Names found played an important role in Lockeed's first restoration

Not everyone who helped with the about the day the plane was installed in
project was there the evening they the park. “I think that all of the cadets
added their names, so the list of names that worked hard on the restoration felt
includes only some of the people who a sense of pride when we all saw the T-
were part of the first restoration. “I was 33 up on the pedestal.” Those who
just lucky to be there when the names worked on the plane were clearly proud
were put on that evening,” said Tilby, of their accomplishment and they later
who happened to be the only cadet who held a parade after the plane was
had the opportunity to write his name installed.
on the plane before it was installed. Although the plane is yet to be
This was the final thing they did before reinstalled, the next time you take a
mounting the plane. stroll through Centennial Park and see
October 16, 2017 and being there to see it completed can the hard work that was put into. But
Working on such a significant project the plane on its pedestal, remember all
have a huge impact on those who took even important, remember all
part. “There was a lot of us who worked members of the Royal Canadian Air
on the project,” said Tilby, reminiscing Force it commemorates.
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A proud Alberta business, since 1917, oud Alberta business, since 1917, Bob Stogrin of Len’s Sandblasting and Painting found what he calls an ‘Easter
Summers Drilling specializes in water well Egg’ hidden inside the plane from Centennial Park during the restoration
Summers Drilling specializes in water well
work. photo Cassie Kushniruk
drilling and water well repairs. epairs.
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by Cassie Kushniruk “There's certain things that get broken
or damaged in shipping.”
It certainly seems that Edson is not For example, one of the wing tips of
complete without the historical the plane had cracked, so Stogrin had
Lockheed T-33 Silver Star plane to remove the piece to repair it.
landmark located in Centennial Park. However, something quite interesting
On July 3 the plane was taken down came of the situation. Where the wing
to be refurbished and restored to its tip had broken off, Stogrin stumbled
former glory with new paint and some upon some names that were added to
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Stony Plain, AB Although Len Stogrin the former since the plane was first put up. “We
owner of Len's Sandblasting and wouldn't have found it if it hadn't
Painting Ltd. last repainted the plane in broke,” said Stogrin, referring to the Bob Stogrin of Len’s Sandblasting and Painting stumbled onto some names
1999, his son Bob Stogrin, the current find as an “Easter egg”. hidden inside the T-33 Silver Star airplane taken down for restoration from
owner, is the man for the job this time The names found, including Ron Centennial Park in Edson. photo Cassie Kushniruk
around. “I've been painting since I was Tilby, Harold Tobin, Joe Smith, Lorne
14 years old,” said Bob. Tilby, and Mat Pugh, played an
Just like any other job, there were important role in the significance of the
some difficulties that have to be plane to Edson.
worked out. Due to the plane's size The Lockheed T-33 plane was
concerns arose with its transportation formerly used and operated by the
from the park to the paint shop. Royal Canadian Air Force before it
Problems were avoided with some became inoperative and was donated to
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careful planning and constructive the Tiger Moth Air Cadets, when it CoachWRX is pleased to introduce our
thinking. “We used a rig mat to strap it would later be restored and installed it head mechanic, Steve Burt.
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commemoration to all the RCAF
One of the main (and more time veterans.
experience and diagnosis, Steve is
consuming) issues in the restoration That very first restoration project was experience and diagnosis, Steve is
also revolved around the plane's robust led by Ron Tilby, who also brought in prepared to meet any mechanical
prepared to meet any mechanical
size. The plane was too large to fit into some of the members of the 874 Tiger
needs you might have.
any of Stogrin's paint shops, which Moth Air Cadets to help with the needs you might have.
meant painting it outside. This was a disassembly and reassembly of the
minor setback for Stogrin but it forced aircraft. Some of these people included
Come in and ensure your vehicle is
him to work around the weather, as the Harold Tobin, the commander of the air Come in and ensure your vehicle is
plane would be exposed to the natural cadets; Joe Smith, the second in
ready for winter.
elements, such as rain and wind. command to the Air Cadets; and Lorne ready for winter.
Although this may have slowed down Tilby, a Tiger Moth Air Cadet and son
the process, it didn't stop Stogrin from of Ron Tilby; and Mat Pugh, a retired
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getting the job done. RCAF veteran, who was later brought We have special pricing on winter
check-ups which include:
Since the plane is made out of in to ensure that the plane appeared check-ups which include:
aluminum, paint has a harder time authentic to when it was used by the
- Oil change (5 litres)
adhering —another complication for RCAF pilots. - Oil change (5 litres)
Kick off your campaign with the largest Stogrin. However, he was not fazed, There has been controversy over the - Coolant check
- Coolant check
circulation local newspaper including “We just have to be a little more careful years concerning the exact year the - Battery and electrical system test
- Battery and electrical system test
that things have a good profile for the
plane was installed in the park. The
Edson and Yellowhead County! paint to stick to.” inoperable aircraft was donated to the - Brake and suspension inspection
- Brake and suspension inspection
As the plane will be exposed to the air cadets in 1984, where it sat in the
- Tire rotation
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- Block heater check
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The restoration was completed in
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said Stogrin. “The red should stay their names on a spot behind the wing
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Although seemingly straight- to put our names in there like a time
forward, this job requires more than a capsule,” said Lorne Tilby, a former
quick repaint. “There's some pieces we 874 Tiger Moth Air Cadet who had 780-725-0067
have to take apart,” said Stogrin. been part of the restoration project.
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