The Avro Lancaster was born during WW2 as a heavy long range night bomber, capable of carrying a huge bomb load. After the war, a number of these workhorses were part of 408 Photo Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, based at Ottawa, Ontario. When I was posted to the squadron, it was engaged in a photo-survey of all of Canada,working with Geodetic Survey of Canada, a government agency.The end result being maps of unprecedented accuracy.
My years with the squadron were spent in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Canada. Flying very long hours to take advantage of the summer sunlight (almost 24-hours in most places),the Lancasters frequently had to have engines changed.In this photo, taken on the runway at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory,Canada in 1955, one of the outboard engines is being replaced while we were experiencing some poor weather, with mist and fog shrouding the mountains and a heavy overcast. This sort of weather was rare in the summer, but it did give some of us a day off, and also allowed maintenance of the planes to catch up. This plane was probably built around 1943, with a very short life expectancy, yet it and it’s mates were still doing yeoman service in 1955. As the title says, “never say die” to a Lancaster!
August 1955, Exakta Varex 35mm SLR, 50mm.Biotar lens, Kodachrome ASA 10 film.