ARGUS
Tactical Crew Procedures Trainer
Restoration Project

 

As part of the new Greenwood Military Aviation Museum complex, the old Argus TCPT that was originally operated in  6 Hangar was obtained from the Maritime Aviation Museum located across from the Halifax International Airport. The plan was to restore the trainer and display it at the Museum to give visitors an idea of the tactical compartment on the Argus. In the spring of 1999 the trainer, which consists of a 22 ft and 12 ft sections was delivered to Greenwood and stored at 9 Hangar.tcpt-ro.jpg (47746 bytes)

In the Fall of 1999 the Greenwood Wing of VP International volunteered to take on the task of restoring the TCPT. Under the direction of Eric Wood and initial survey was conducted to catalogue the equipment in place and to determine the overall condition of the trainer

tctp2.jpg (65066 bytes)During the summer of 2000 the TCPT project received a $25,000 Millenimium Grant to help fund the restoration. The money will be used to purchase missing equipment and refurbish the various stations in the trainer. Bert Page, an aviation collector and former Argus navigator has a number of Argus parts that will be used in the project. Additionally the 19 Wing Comox Museum has offered to help with parts from the Argus they have on display. Individuals, like Ken Hamilton a former Argus pilot, have recently donated two tactical compartment chairs while volunteers are offering their services to the project.

The plan is to place the TCPT outside, next to the West wall of the newtcpt3.jpg (71809 bytes) museum. It will then be enclosed by a glass structure donated by Ray Parsons, Mid-Vally Construction. Access to the trainer will be from within the museum via a seperate entrance and exit. The project is expected to take up to 3 years to complete and will be a work in progress where visitors can view the restoration.

If anyone has any Argus parts they are willing to part with or wish to volunteer contact Eric Wood or phone 902 765 2051


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  The Survey Team

 (R-L) Derek Squire, Norm Donovan, Gerry Keil & Ron Lassetter   

  Routine Navigation Position  Communications Position

Radar Position  Julie/MAD Position  Tactical Navigator Position

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1 May 2001 - Construction has commenced on the TCPT enclosure to be attached to the 14 Wing Military Aviation Museum. The concrete pad is expected to be complete this weekend with the TCPT sections scheduled to be moved into place on Monday 7 May 01

TCPT pad takes shape 1 May 01  Museum wall is removed - 3 May 01

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On Monday 7 May 2001 the Tactical compartment of the TCPT was moved into position ay the museum.

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On Tuesday 8 May 2001 the Routine Navigator/Radio section was moved into place.

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On 23 August 2001 under sunny skies Craig and Paul Parsons, representing the Parson Group of Companies, handed over the newly constructed Annex that is housing the Argus Tactical Crew Procedures Trainer to 14 Wing. Colonel Gerry Morey, Wing Commander and MGen (Ret'd) Ian Patrick, Chairman of the Museum Society joined the Parsons to cut the ribbon. The Parson Group donated the materials and labour constructing the Annex during this spring. Their outstanding contribution was recognized by both the Wing Commander and Society Chairman.