One of our volunteers, Randy, recently shared his thoughts on our visitors. On this particular weekend, he was quite taken by three special visitors.
“Many of us who volunteer at the Comox Air Force Museum have not only an interest in aircraft and airplanes, but also the history behind aviation and everything connected to aviation. Working at the museum we get a chance to learn a little more, experience a little more, but what most of us find rewarding and interesting is the people who are associated with that experience.
We get a lot of different individuals coming in for research, visiting to find out what’s new or to just hang out. One of the bonuses which has ties to the museum is the people who have experienced what we represent.
A few weeks ago we had a two-day stint where a family related to one of our famous Canadian flyers came in to view our display of what their dad did during the Second World War. It was a special time for this family to view the artifacts but also a special time for us who volunteer at the museum. Giving more value for what we are all about and what kind of job we are doing to represent, in many cases, the Canadian heroes who give their lives to protect us.
On the second day that morning, we had another World War Two pilot come in to see what our museum was all about. He had been a Lancaster pilot who survived a collision with another aircraft during a bombing run over Berlin. He was the only survivor of that mishap and lived to tell about it.
That afternoon, who also should come into the museum is our old friend Stocky Edwards, another World War Two ace who came to spend some time with one our researchers and give some background on his slides that he provided to us and the history behind that experience.
What made it for me over those two days was when we had a grandfather who brought in his two young grandchildren to view the museum and landed up on our flight simulator, learning how to fly. Now these two young fellows were about six or seven year of and what a serendipitous opportunity for them to be taken over to be introduced to a real flying ace, Stocky Edwards. Well, Stocky is the kind of guy who is more than happy to meet young people who may want to be pilots one day and there it was, these young fellows shaking hands with a real hero.
It can’t get any better than that.”