Thursday, February 5, 2015

Voodoo 101006 - Is There Any Progress On The Restoration?

Rusting away at Cornwallis

 In May of 2013 I wrote about a forlorn sight I discovered at the decommissioned Cornwallis military base near Digby, Nova Scotia. At the time I thought it was a pitiful shame to see this McDonnell Douglas CF101 interceptor exposed to the weather and rusting away and wondering how this CF101 could be ignored in this way given that it was an important part of our military heritage. A shame!
Tail section of #006
It was with great pride that I discovered that this fine aircraft was destined to be reborn to museum condition. In the fall of  2013 the plane was moved by flatbed truck to London, Ontario where she will be restored to its former glory.
Nose view missing a few pieces
The plane is presently at the London International Airport. Some information. Voodoo #006 was one of two of the last in service CF-101 Voodoos in 1987. On April 19, 1987, Voodoo #101006, made the world’s last Voodoo flight, going to CFB Chatham, NB. The aircraft was then moved to its display place in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia at the Cornwallis Military Museum. However, the aircraft had been sitting outside for many years exposed to the elements and it must have been a difficult decision to award the aircraft to the Jet Aircraft Museum (JAM) museum at London International Airport in London, ON, Canada.

Engine view minus engine of course
Well, I hope that the plane is completed as planned. Sadly, my last visit to the JAM website revealed virtually minimal progress since November 2013. Although a fund raising effort appears to be still underway it would be nice to see it finally completed. When that day comes I hope to travel from my home in Nova Scotia to the Jet Aircraft Museum in London Ontario to see the final restoration.

If you know what is happening with the restoration, please leave me a note and make my dream of seeing it finished a reality.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Vinyl Records - Recent Vinyl Purchases

 I picked up 3 albums at Taz Records in Halifax today. One is a  new issue, another is a 2007 release but new in the package and one, "Great Organ Works" is used.

Dianna Krall
The first is Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. I have a number of Diana Krall CDs but nothing in vinyl so a compilation hits album seemed appropriate. This is the 2007 release and a little internet surfing reveals that it was #1 on the Billboard chart (jazz) that year. So, probably a good album to have in ones collection. This is a two-record set and looks and feels like 180g vinyl (turns out that it is). I saw her in Halifax about five years ago and she was terrific. She has a smooth haunting voice and a wonderful stage presence. Incidentally, she is married to Elvis Costello.

The second album is Great Organ Works which includes Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Gigout, Widor and Bonnet and a couple of others performed by Nicolas Kynyston. Should be interesting. It looks like it was either rarely played or perhaps never played, and looks to be a very clean record.

Great Organ Works - Various
The last is also a two-record set, Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Max Richter who I assume collaborates with the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin. I take it that he interprets Vivaldi so I am expecting something a little different maybe even a little off the wall. We'll see.  It is 180g vinyl and produced in the spring of 2014. The fact that it is a Deutsche Grammophon recording should make it impressive from a production standpoint.
Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin

Collecting vinyl in the digital age is fun but not necessarily inexpensive. The total for the three albums was just under 70CDN. Used albums are a bit of a crap-shoot; you never know what you're going to get. Generally a classical record is a good bet because it has not been played as often as popular music records and those collecting classical music tend to take better care of their records. If purchasing new, 180 or 200gram vinyl records are worth the price and virtually indistinguishable from CD and I would venture further t say that there is an airiness and depth that one does not experience on a CD.

Anyway, onward with my record collecting.