Piece of Lethbridge history lands in the city – Lethbridge | The Canadian News

For the first time in nearly half a century, this plane landed in Lethbridge.

The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter that Time Air leased as part of its fleet when the airline was operating out of Lethbridge.

Courtesy: Rik Barry

“It’s humbling,” said Time Air Historical Society president Rik Barry. “Obviously, you start off a little sleepy, and from there, everything starts to be an avalanche.”

The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter once carried travelers for Time Air, an airline that ran out of Lethbridge for nearly 30 years.

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According to Barry, the airline leased the 18-passenger jet to test its appetite for larger jets.

“The actual aircraft wasn’t in the fleet for long, but it certainly set the pace for Time Air’s expansion,” Barry said.

One of only 500 twin otters ever made, this de Havilland has quite a past, including a flying stint in the Maldives after his days with Time Air.

“It was actually a 1967 de Havilland Canada demonstration aircraft, so it flew around the world demonstrating to different airshows and airlines and entities the particular capabilities of this aircraft,” said Barry.

Now that he’s returned to Lethbridge, the plan is to reunite him with other members of the Time Air fleet.

Barry says the historical society has already acquired three other aircraft, including a Fokker F-28-1000, the largest type of airliner the airline has ever flown.

A rendering of the Fokker F-28-1000 used by Time Air that the Time Air Historical Society plans to return to Lethbridge.

Credit: Time Air Historical Society

“Once all the planes come back, we will start with the renovation of the plane,” Barry said.

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“This, depending on the aircraft, will be anything from a simple repaint to a complete refurbishment and restoration.”

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When that day finally comes, the historical society hopes to turn this part of the city’s history into an attraction for others to enjoy for years to come.

“All you have to do is ask the right people and ask for the right amount of help. Then you can make things happen, ”Barry said.

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