Buffalo Restoration
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Last update March 1, 2010

A crew of volunteers at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has rebuilding a DHC-5 Buffalo. Check out their web site at: http://home.cogeco.ca/~bou2crew/index.htm  The museum is located at Hamilton International Airport in Ontario, Canada.  The aircraft they have rebuilded is cn # 85 delivered in May, 1978 to the Sudan Air Force as tail number 811.  The aircraft was stored at an airfield in Greenville, South Carolina. In the fall of 2002, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum got control of the aircraft and brought it back to Canada.


On August 9, 2009, a Dedication Ceremony for the aircraft and Peacekeepers' Day Service was held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in partnership with the Niagara Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP)


Buffalo 9 (click on photo) is a tribute to the Canadian Peacekeepers and the crew and passengers of the last flight of Canadian Forces Buffalo 115461. On August 9, 1974, Canadian Forces Buffalo 115461 was on a scheduled supply flight from Ismailia, Egypt to Damascus, Syria. Shortly after crossing the Lebanese-Syrian border into Syria, three surface-to-air missiles were fired at the Buffalo resulting in the destruction of the aircraft and the deaths of nine Canadian Forces peacekeepers. Jim Griffith wrote this tribute and Dave O'Malley added the photos and sub titles.


The aircraft is painted, this photo was taken on November 22, 2008 by Kevin Suwala.

We have made good progress on the DHC-5 restoration.  We have finally attached wings and tail.  It now looks like an aircraft.. Outer wings and empenage are painted.  This summer we will work on painting the fuselage and installing props.

Attached is an updated picture of our Buffalo - with tail - installed on June 30, 2007. Please credit "Rick Lund" for this photo.  Thanks to Bruce Gall for this update

Gustavo Corujo took these photos on June 16, 2007


<<<  Andy Marks took this photo on  April 29, 2006

>>> Bruce Gall of the Buffalo Restoration Team took this photo on April 22, 2006. It was grey and drizzly out - so it is a bit dull looking.  The tarps and tires are now gone from the top.


The hard-working team at Canadian Warplane Heritage have made great progress since my last picture! The Buffalo is now in one piece, sitting on its gear. Wing panels and tail surfaces still to come, as well as engines. It will not be flown by CWH, but will be a memorial to CAF crew killed Aug 9, 1974 by missile strike, on peacekeeping duties in Syria.  January 31, 2006 (Den Pascoe)

Seats removed, navigator would have sat on the lower level on the port side.  June, 2005   (Den Pascoe)

This view of the overhead throttles complements the panel view. June, 2005   (Den Pascoe)

Hulk recently recovered by Canadian Warplane Heritage. To be restored as a CAF UN aircraft for static display. Luckily, the panel is almost complete.   June, 2005   (Den Pascoe)


Ex Sudan Air Force 811 (cn # 85) under restoration at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at the Hamilton Airport, Canada on January 11. 2006  (Rod Dermo)     


The Buffalo Restoration Crew send me the following photos to display on my site for all to enjoy.

<<< Buffalo (cn #85) on a truck when it first showed up at the museum in 2002.

>>> The Buff was in the barn shown where we restored the nose.  Here it is being pulled out of the barn and onto the museum ramp to attach the centre-wing section.

<<< Taken while attaching the aft fuselage.

>>> Shows out biggest challenge - the missing nose gear wheel well as delivered.

<<< Shows partially attached new nose from Buffalo CN 1.  Not a perfect fit since our Buff is a DHC-5D which has some differences in dimension in this nose section. 

>>> Moving the fuselage under the centre section.

<<< With wing attached and gear extended.  Behind is the museum's ex-FedEx 727.  




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