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Updated: 7th January 2019 13:47

City council approves warplane restoration

Calgary city council says it will spend $800,000 to match any money raised to restore two vintage warplanes.

Calgary city council said Monday that it would spend $800,000 to match any money raised to restore two vintage warplanes, including the de Havilland Mosquito seen here. ((Peter Cromer/Calgary Mosquito Society))

Calgary city council says it will spend $800,000 to match any money raised to restore two vintage warplanes.

The city owns a de Havilland Mosquito, a twin-engine fighter-bomber, and a Hawker Hurricane, a single-engine fighter plane. Both aircraft date from the Second World War.

The planes have sat in pieces in storage for several decades.

On Monday, council approved taking requests from groups that want to restore the aircraft and put them on static display in Calgary.

The Calgary Mosquito Society wants to do the work on both planes. Society president Richard de Boer said this means they've cleared a major hurdle.

"We didn't have permission to go ahead with the airplanes, and without having stewardship on the airplanes it's awfully hard to go out to the City of Calgary, to the businesses and interested parties and say, 'please give us the money for something that might happen,'" de Boer said.

"Well, now we know it's not a might, it's a definite. So I'm sure we'll see some significant money come forward in a hurry on this."

The city will receive proposals and make a decision later this year about who gets to do the work.

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