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Bell 47-D1 Helicopter in B&W

At the beginning of November we took Tasha to The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.  Among the many exhibits was the Bell 47 D1 Helicopter

This helicopter is being restored in the configuration of one owned by the Ontario Lands and Forests in 1953. That helicopter was the first to be owned by a government agency in Canada. Our Bell 47D was donated to the CBHC by Canadore College in North Bay.  The Bell 47 was the first helicopter allowed for civilian use.

You can not touch, but you can photograph.  The museum does include many interactive exhibits and with great hands on activities for all kids.

The Bushplane museum includes two theatres at the Centre, one of which is a 3D sensory experience.

There is much to reflect on at this excellent destination,  history, technology, the environment.  ( See the links above for more information. Their web site includes many useful resources for educators, parents, students & the curious.)


12 responses

  1. Michelle Gillies

    This place looks awesome. I would love to visit.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

    • elmediat

      It is an intriguing place. It offers a window into Canadian history that is under appreciated.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  2. Awesome!!

    November 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

    • elmediat


      November 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  3. Looks like some great lighting in there, too (always a plus for a museum)…
    I love the reflections in that canopy!

    November 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    • elmediat

      I was as fascinated by the reflection as by the display. You could spend hours photographing all sorts of things.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  4. I’m afraid I don’t much like helicopters. I find then ominous, and not just because of Apocalypse Now.

    November 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    • elmediat

      They do have an almost strange authoritative quality, perhaps because of their uses in society. Media also tends to emphasize them as power symbols. They also have a mechanical insect quality that crates a primal reaction in some people. Most interestingly is their association with UFO sightings. Black Helicopters, especially in America , are as strongly linked as Men in Black with UFO investigation tropes.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      • When they are overhead, I always wonder what they are doing. Like huge metallic mosquitoes searching for something/someone to attack.

        November 24, 2012 at 3:41 am

      • elmediat

        Yes, primal memories from the universal Collective Unconscious. Helicopters can give you quite a buzz.

        November 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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