, 2023-01-13 23:10:20,
If you’re driving down a gravel road in Vulcan County, about 50 kilometres northeast of High River, Alta., a strange sight may catch your eye.
A Fokker F28-1000 — a huge 65-seat passenger jet — sits in the middle of an acreage owned by Jesse Millington.
Onboard the plane, Millington points out the air safety cards, the 2001 edition of Enroute magazine and an air sickness bag, all still intact in a storage pouch.
“I just wanted to have something for myself that I could contribute to aviation,” Millington said.
“When people come out here, if they want, they can go inside the airplane, they can see, they can experience it on a totally different level.”
Occasionally, some people do pop by and take a look, whether it’s a curious driver, an area farmer or someone from the local Hutterite community.
Millington found the plane through his work with the Time Air Historical Society, a Calgary-based not-for-profit. The group formally started in 2018 with the goal of honouring and preserving southern Alberta’s aviation history, and educating people about it.
Initially, the group wanted to focus solely on the history of Time Air, a former commuter service based in Lethbridge that was founded by businessman Walter (Stubb) Ross in 1966.
But through studying the airline’s history, and the purchases and mergers that went along with it, the group decided to expand to the broader history of aviation in southern Alberta and in Canada.
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