New home found for Cornwallis jet, tank

Eric Bourque
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The RCAF Voodoo at Cornwallis has been moved to its new home in London, Ont., and now the former base will see its T-33 and Sherman tank head to Kentville.

Two more pieces of Cornwallis military history will be leaving the area.

Already gone is the Voodoo jet fighter that stood next to the Cornwallis Military Museum. It recently was taken to the Jet Aircraft Museum in London, Ont.

Now, a new home apparently has been found for the T-33 jet trainer and the Second World War Sherman tank, both located near Hwy. 1 at Cornwallis Park.

The Centurion tank on the museum’s front lawn is not leaving.

Peter Kalkman, owner of PK Construction in Kentville, is acquiring the T-33 and tank. While final plans are yet to be announced, Kalkman said the idea is to preserve them for historical purposes and let people see them.

“One way or another, they’re going to be on public display,” he said.

He couldn’t say for sure when the plane and tank would be moved.

“The snow and the weather is what’s going to hold us up a little bit,” he said.

Paperwork regarding the acquisition had yet to be finalized, but Gordon Magee, president of the Cornwallis Military Museum, said he expects this will be done.

The plane and tank were acquired in return for a contribution to the Cornwallis Military Museum.

A team from the Jet Aircraft Museum in Ontario was in Cornwallis in late October to take the Voodoo apart in order to have it shipped to London.

Providing an update on the Voodoo on Dec. 16, JAM spokesman David Kreutzkamp said, “There’s a lot of corrosion on the aircraft from sitting outside for over 20 years so we have our work cut out for us in that regard, just fabricating some new pieces, as well as just cleaning the aircraft from moss and other corrosion.”

“At the very least, she’s at a new home where she’s going to be restored.”

Unable to look after the planes anymore, the Cornwallis museum had offered both the Voodoo and the T-33 to the Jet Aircraft Museum, but the Ontario crew opted to leave the latter aircraft where it was, given the time and effort it would have taken to remove it.

“It just presented another solid five days’ worth of work for us and we didn’t have that in our time or in our budget,” Kreutzkamp said.

For his part, Magee says it’s sad to see the planes leave Cornwallis, but he says it was necessary to give them up, considering the shape they were in and liability concerns.

“We’re all navy, we’re not air force,” he said. “The people of the military museum are 90 per cent naval. We don’t have the expertise on aircraft.”

Organizations: Cornwallis Military Museum, Jet Aircraft Museum

Geographic location: Cornwallis, London, Ont., Ontario Hwy Cornwallis Park Kentville London

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  • Philippe Frigault
    December 23, 2013 - 04:53

    by the way, when are you guys going to remove all the barracks on the base and sells condos, must as well we are loosing everything else, ship the cadets to NFLD. what a great place to retired !!!!!