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Event: Return to Goderich

Date: June 14 to 15, 2024

Location: Goderich Regional Airport

Admission: Admission by donation


On June 14, 1964, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flew retired Lancaster FM213 to Goderich, where the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion displayed it as a war memorial. In 1977, it was acquired by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, where the aircraft was painstakingly restored until its triumphant return to the air in 1988. The Lancaster continues to fly and remains one of only two airworthy examples in the world.

On June 14, 2024 – sixty years to the day since its arrival – the Lancaster is set to make a celebratory return visit to Goderich. This momentous occasion will be celebrated with a series of exciting events and activities, providing a unique opportunity for residents and visitors alike to witness the legendary aircraft, which holds a special place in the hearts of local aviation enthusiasts and history buffs, up close.


  • Lancaster arrival at approximately 10:00 am*
  • Formal welcoming ceremony following arrival
  • Barbeque lunch hosted by COPA
  • 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm - inside tours of the Lancaster (by donation)
  • 5:30 pm to 12:00 am - Legion Dinner Event/Entertainment


  • Local flight of the Lancaster at approximately 11:00 am*
  • Barbeque lunch hosted by the Goderich Lions Club
  • 2:00 pm Lancaster departure
Additional info at the Goderich Legion's website.

*NOTE: Aircraft appearances are subject to change due to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.

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