Photos © Ruud Leeuw
In celebration of my 25th anniversary of employment, my employer (Martinair) issued me tickets for a destination of choice; I decided to revisit a favourite corner of the world: Western Canada & Alaska. And I decided to aim for a few places I had not been before.
On June 20th we flew Ketchikan to Seattle and onward with flight AS2174 (Horizon Air), deHavilland Canada DHC-8 N365PH to Vancouver IAP,BC.
It was built in 1952 and operated with Continental Airlines (N90852), North Central Airlines (N90852), Republic Airlines (N90852), Tigerair Inc (reregistered N32KA in 1981), Key Airlnes (N32KA), Air Florida Commuter (N32KA), Westates (N32KA, Richmor Aviation trading as Sundance Air (N32KA), Transworld Express (N32KA) and Westates Airlines (N32KA).
This one was delivered to Pan American as N11151 on 18Feb54. Later that year it went to National Airlines and in 1960 to Lockheed Aircraft Corp and onward to Allegheny Airlines; it was converted to CV440 and CV580, being reregistered as N5823 on 18Apr67. It operated for Aspen Airways (03Aug76-), Air New England (lease, periods in 1978, 1979 1980); it may have been operated by Cosmopolitan Airlines, not sure.
C-FKFZ was assigned for Kelowna Flight Charter on 06Feb92, leased to Trans Provincial in 1992 and since March 1993 with Kelowna Flightcraft again.
The Type Certificate of the Convair (short for: Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft) series is held by Kelowna Flightcraft of Canada these days and they have done wonderful things with it: they developed the stretched CV5800 and the airtanker CV580, a success in present aerial firefighting equipment.
I returned to Vancouver IAP in 2010 and once more came across C-FKFZ, see MY 2010 REPORT
Skyliner magazine ran a Convair special in their Sep/Oct.2006 issue and included a table of active ConvairLiners in North
America as of July 2006; here I reproduce the Canadian operators-
|Environment Emergency Science||CV580||C-GRSC||72|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-GKFG||22|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-GKFU||82|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-GKFQ||86|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-FKFA||100|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-FIWN||126|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-FKFZ||151|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-GKFF||160|
|Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter||CV580||C-FKFS||343|
|National Aeronautic Establishment||CV580||C-FNRC||473|
|Province of Saskatchewan||CV580F||C-GSKR||509|
Driving around Vancouver Int'l Airport I found a spot I could take a photo of N582P, which just finished unloading.
N582P is a Convair CV580 operated by Air Tahoma and deployed everywhere they can get a contract. It has that "Skytruck" -finish all over it...
My records show it is in use with Air Tahoma and 'N582P Inc' is a construction within Air Tahoma.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revoked Air Tahomas AOC effective January 14, 2009. A recent audit resulted in 30 findings related to "systemic problems" involving record-keeping, maintenance and operations.
Update on N582P (Feb.2017): ATDB.aero online database has it as 'stored at LCK'. And I have that one in my database as 'at Columbus-LCK 28Sep2007 minus tail'.
From the same source, here is a table of ConvairLiners active in/from the USA-
|American Airpower Heritage||VC-131D||N131CW||205|
|Beaufort County Mosquito Control||C-131F||N8149H||291|
|Beaufort County Mosquito Control||C-131F||N8149P||292|
|Beaufort County Mosquito Control||C-131F||N4444F||301|
|Coastal Air Transport||CV340||N154JR||47|
|Dodita Air Cargo||CV440||N912AL||353|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air
ex/ Contract Air Cargo)
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV580F||N151FL||51|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV580F||N141FL||111|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV580F||N131FL||155|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV5800||N381FL||276|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV5800||N391FL||278|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV5800||N371FL||309|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air;||CV580F||N171FL||318|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV580F||N191FL||326|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV580F||N181FL||387|
|Gulf & Caribbean Air||CV580F||N991FL||508|
|Miami Air Lease||CV440||N41527||346|
A Grumman Tracker, no doubt "struck off charge" from the military but it still shows '148' as identification.
Sean Keating and Karl Hayes replied to my question as to what fate has fallen on this (re?)tired Tracker...
Sean: "the Tracker is owned by BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) as a training device… I think it was given to them by the government upon retirement, but it hasn't been used very much; I don’t know anyone who has seen it running…
You can see the BCIT logo on the hangar door in the background."
Karl: "About the Tracker 148 at Vancouver, there is (or certainly was) quite a large school for aviation mechanics at the Vancouver International Airport. I don't know if it is still active there, but it was one of their instructional airframes on which the student mechanics learned their trade.
It was called the Pacific Vocational Institute or something like that. In years past, they also had an ex Air Canada Viscount and a Jetstar. At one stage they also had an ex canadian military Otter, until it was made flyable again and sold."
This smart DHC-2 Beaver is c/n 118 and was first delivered on 30Apr51 as CF-GQZ for McNamara Construction Co Ltd.
More photos of mine at:
Vancouver Coal Harbour Seaplane Base
At the end of a day which saw only some touristical activity, I decided to have a teenie weenie look at Vancouver Coal Harbour Seaplane Base, but problems with parking the car and mounting frustration in traffic jams in
Vancouver City made me decide to cut it short; I stayed less than 30 minutes.. Next time!
For more photos see:
Vancouver - Coal Harbour SPB
However, my actual reason for visiting was to see this vintage Lockheed L.18-08 Lodestar CF-TCY (18-2064) on display and it was a brilliant day, so no worries!
|In August 2007 this was published in the The Vancouver Province
Sunday, August 26, 2007
"In its earliest days in the late 1930s, the twin-engine Lockheed Lodestar represented state-of-the-art aviation -- and made headlines on a number of fronts.
Millionaire aviator Howard Hughes used it to set an around-the-world flying record of three days, 19 hours in the summer of 1938. Soon after, it figured prominently in newsreels of British prime minister Neville Chamberlain flying home from Germany to announce his "peace in our time" agreement with Hitler.
This 14-passenger, transcontinental "airliner" was also the flagship of Trans-Canada Airlines' fleet between 1941 and 1947.
Today, very few of these magnificent flying machines remain, but one of them -- CF-TCY -- has been sitting for over a decade in Delta's Heritage Air Park at the foot of 104th Street beside Boundary Bay.
This particular aircraft was part of TCA's fleet and was once Canada's version of Air Force One in the U.S. when it served as the official carrier of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, other dignitaries and visiting heads of state in the early 1950s.
However, this historic aircraft, which is owned by the Langley-based Canadian Museum of Flight, won't be at the Heritage Air Park much longer.
It's getting a much-needed cosmetic overhaul, thanks primarily to the University College of the Fraser Valley's aircraft structures technician program, which runs out of the UCFV's Aerospace Centre at Abbotsford International Airport.
The museum is currently working on the logistics of moving the Lodestar from Delta to Abbotsford. Since its flying days are long past, the Lodestar's wings may have to be removed, given its 13-metre wingspan.
This aircraft was discovered at Chicago's Midway Airport in the 1960s, where it was about to be sold for scrap. The buyer, who owned an Illinois air museum, had to remove the Lodestar quickly so he hacked off its wings with a chainsaw...
When the Illinois museum closed in the late 1980s, the Lodestar was sold to the Canadian Museum of Flight, which at that time was located at Crescent Beach.
Once the work is done, the Lodestar will be placed on permanent display at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley."
See my full report on
This DC-3 was manufactured on February 24th, 1940 for American Airlines as 'Flagship Texas'. Since that date she also served in the USAF, under the colours of Trans Alaska Airlines, Queen Charlotte Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Great Northern Airways and Trans Provincial Airlines.
Information from: Canadian Museum of Flight
Next stop: Conair at Abbotsford,BC.
This is Airtanker 55, registered C-FHKF for Conair. But it hasn't always been so...
C-FKFM is Conair's Airtanker 54 and has c/n 70.
Across the airfield, near the airtanker base, sits a fair number of airframes in storage (all Grumman
More photos on my ABBOTSFORD 2006 page
See my page dedicated to my visit to:
Ten Canadair CL-66B (CV540) Cosmopolitan's were bought by the Canadian Air Force, designated CC-109. Eight, including this RCAF 109151, were converted to CV580 (engines). It has been stored here since July 1994...
There is a special story to the Canadair CL-66B's: see my Saskatoon 2007 page.
UPDATE: CL-66B N4AX (ex RCAF 11151) was issued special marks C-GULQ on behalf of Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd.
Next stop is Red Deer,ALB where Air Spray (specialist in Forest Fire Suppression) is located. The days of their Invaders being used as Airtankers are over...
Air Spray has converted to the Lockheed L.188 Electra for its airtankers.
The other major company here at Red Deer Industrial Airport is Buffalo Airways, who have a large maintenance hangar here; the aircraft here are stored, awaiting maintenance or for sale.
This rather uncommon looking plane was the main reason for me to visit the Reynolds-Alberta Museum; this is Bristol 170 Freighter, registered C-GYQS and many years ago I had just missed it visiting Terrace,BC, off to a mine on a contract flight while operated by Hawkair.
An excellent DVD was released by Avion Videos in 2008, showing Hawk Air's 'Biffo' and Carvair in operations during the Bronson Creek / Snip Mine Airlift. Excellent footage !!!
I had several targets here in the area of Edmonton; the first one was Villeneuve Airport (near St.Albert), where Global Industries have 3 former Israelian Airforce stored and for sale.
Global Aircraft Industries is a specialist aircraft parts and salvage company and apparently one of the largest in the world. They imported 6 C-47s from Israel and 3 have been sold to museum in the USA: N15SJ (ex/4X-FNK, c/n 33049, to Farmingdale-Republic Field,NY), N155JM (ex/4X-FNX, c/n 25869, to Chesterfield-Spirit of St.Louis,MO) and N751A (ex/4X-FNT, c/n 12060, to McAlester,OK)
I drove up here, a pleasant drive through a countryside I am sure Vincent van Gogh would have found inspiration in with many of the canola fields in full bloom, to get the remaining 3 on camera...
As of 22Feb08, the American Aeronautical Foundation (already proud owner of a B-25J bomber and based at Camarillo,CA) became the new owner this Douglas C-47B-15-DK!
It has a background serving with the 15th AF and 12th AF in Italy, from Dec1944 to Sep45. This C-47 also brought troops home to the US from the Italian front, during late-1945. The American Aeronautical Foundation obtained her original WWII records card and service records from the Smithsonian.
The American Aeronautical Foundation intends to sell plane rides on it to help support the foundation and the rest of their aircraft.
And indeed, on 22Sep08, it left Villeneuve for the USA!!
|Next on the list was Westlock (located north, a one hour drive) as in aforementioned book I had read a Beech D18S C-FDSV was based there, serving the Edmonton Skydive Centre. But alas this proved to be outdated and I saw nothing of interest on this deserted airfield (being a wednesday, things may be more lively in the weekend).
So I continued, driving in easterly direction passing oilrigs and Ukraine orthodox churches, searching for Chipman Gliderport where C-47A CF-IQR (c/n 11876) should await me...
Unfortunately, this information was no longer current and no one to talk to here either. At the local gasstation I was told it had been moved into town years ago and departed later without leaving a forwarding adress...
This link shows it gutted and stored in Chipman: www.douglasdc3.com/borek/borek.htm by 2002.
So where did it go to ???
ATDB.Org has it listed as destroyed... I hope not!
All was not lost on this 28Jun06, as I still had a visit to the Alberta Aviation Museum scheduled. This museum is located on Edmonton Municipal Airport.
See my dedicated to my visit of the
On thursday June 29th I boarded Canadian North flight 5T450 for my flight to the Arctic North.