David Perston's vintage aeroplanes

David originates originally from Scotland, but came to Canada over 25 years ago (date stamp Feb.2022)
and now lives west of Toronto.
He describes himself as 'a scribbler in the plane spotting community', i.e. spending most of his time chasing new aircraft registrations and for years spent mostly, while traveling for work (with BlackBerry) to many exotic places in the world in Asia, South America and Europe.
After ending with BlackBerry, he joined another start up which brought on more travelling during the next 6 years to Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
He writes: "I do take some photographs but not too many.
I'm now semi retired and last year given all the craziness in the world only did three trips with a couple of fellow spotters all in Ontario.
Given the number of Beavers, Otters, Norsemen and other goodies I saw, I decided I really needed to do some more investigating of whats in my own back yard. Hence why I looked at your website and then saw the piece on the two Norsemen in Sarnia (Chris Hadfield) Airport (YZR).

Where applicable, David has added his comments.
Much, if not most, of the historic data is learned from my (RL) database, the online database ATDB.aero and 'Piston Engined Airliner Production List' / J. Roach & A.B. Eastwood (TAHS, 2007).

Photos © David Perston

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David Perston shared some 2021 images of vintage air transports he came across in Canada's province Ontario
HS.748 C-FFFS at Thunder Bay, 2021
HS.748 C-FFFS at Thunder Bay, 31Oct2021 - photo by David Perston
BAe (Hawker Siddeley) HS.748 c/n 1663 is ex/ G-BHCJ) and its last operator was Wasaya Airways.
See my Photos by Friends & Guests #11 of many years ago, operational with Wasaya A/W.

HS.748 C-FCSE at Thunder Bay, 2021
HS.748 C-FCSE (c/n 1679) at Thunder Bay (YQT), 31Oct2021
I have a photo of C-FCSE, operated by Air North, seen on 18Jun2007 on my: Photos by Friends & Guests #8

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
HS.748-335 (Srs 2A), C-GANA (c/n 1758) at Thunder Bay, 31Oct21.
Reported in 2017 for conversion to freighter with expected operations in 2018... Alas?!

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
"Some nice gentleman opened up GANA to let me get onboard."

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
David: "Despite coming from the UK it was my first time on a HS748!"
Seems (almost) good to go!

HS.748 C-GANA at Thunder Bay, 2021
David: "Seen on departure from YQT (01Nov21) were these two in the fire training area. Have asked around
and it is believed that it's a CL.215/415 beside the HS.748 C-GBCY."
For C-GBCY (c/n 1803) see flickr.com/

HS.748's stored at BAR RIVER - 12FEB2021
HS.748 C-FGET at Bar River 12Feb2021
HS.748 C-FGET at Bar River 12Feb2021
See also photos at my Photos by Friends & Guests #50

From my database:
Avro 748-244 SRS 2, c/n 1724 (ex/ D-AFSG)
C-FGET Air Inuit, owned by Makivik, the Inuit Nation of the region. Active during 2006, 2007, reported stored @Bar River (Ontario) 2016.

History HS.748 C-FGET by ATDB.aero
History HS.748 C-FGET (c/n 1724) by ATDB.aero

HS.748 C-FDOX at Bar River 12Feb2021
HS.748 C-FDOX at Bar River 12Feb2021

From my database: C-FDOX Air Inuit, owned by Makivik, the Inuit Nation of the region (2002). Current in 2007.

History HS.748 C-FDOX (c/n 1749) by ATDB.aero
History HS.748 C-FDOX by ATDB.aero

HS.748 C-FKTL at Bar River 12Feb2021
HS.748 C-FKTL at Bar River 12Feb2021

From my database: C-FKTL Wasaya A/w, std Bar River,ONT (nr Sault Ste Marie). Pic @Flickr.com. L/n 22May16. Seen moved by road from Big Trout Lake to Bar River, Ontario.

History HS.748 C-FKTL (c/n 1613) by ATDB.aero
History HS.748 C-FKTL by ATDB.aero



Thunder Bay Waterdrome (CKE6) - An Otter and a couple of Beavers.
The Beavers were locked up in a compound and there was no one around to get access.
DHC-2 C-FOCC by David Perston (2021)
DHC-2 C-FOCC Sapawe Air Ltd. of Atikokan,ONT R15Jul99. A March 2012 photo by Rich Hulina HERE...
I came across C-FOCC at Fort Francis in 2007: ruudleeuw.com/canada07-fort_frances.

DHC-2 C-FLPL by David Perston (2021)
DHC-2 c/n 1313, for full history see Neil Aird's www.dhc-2.com

DHC-3T C-FYCX by David Perston (2021)
DeHavilland Turbine Otter DHC-3T, C-FYCX (c/n 44)

Otter c/n 44 was delivered to the RCAF on 20Sep1954 with serial 3683, its first tasking being with the Central Experimental & Proving Establishment (CEPE) Air Armament Evaluation Detachment, based at Cold Lake, Alberta passing on two months later, in November 1954, to the Station Flight at RCAF base Cold Lake. I
t was joined in February 1955 by 3698 (65) and together these two Otters served the Station Flight at Cold Lake until May 1957, when they were replaced by another two Otters, 3685 and 3661.

A jump in time sees 3683 having served with 402 Squadron, Winnipeg for seven years until transferred in May 1973 to 401 Squadron, St.Hubert.
Its military career came to an end in November 1975 when it flew to the AMDU, Saskatoon and was handed over to the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation for disposal. It was to remain in government service, however, as after two years in storage it was one of seven Otters at Saskatoon allocated to the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources and after a complete refurbish at the Ministry's base at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario was registered to the Ministry as CGOFC in April 1978.

Through various owners this Otter was sold to Wilderness North Air Ltd of Armstrong-Waweig Lake, Ontario, to whom it was registered C-FYCX in May 1996. It had been delivered by Mr Wesley to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in August 1995, where a company associated with Wilderness North Air is based.
The Otter was converted to a Vazar turbine Otter during 1997.

After a lease in Alaska c/n 44 was re-reg'd on 23May2003 as C-FYCX to Waweig Air of Armstrong, Ontario on its return to Canada, a company 115 associated with Wilderness North Air. It joined turbine Otter C-FQND (233) with Waweig Air.
[Source -much abbreviated- 'De Havilland Canada DHC-3 OTTER - A HISTORY' monograph, by Karl E. Hayes, current by latest update 2008].

DHC-2 N590RS by David Perston
DHC-2 Beaver, N590RS (c/n 84) by David Perston [275 River Road, Sault Saint Marie 02Dec2021]

From Neil Aird's www.dhc-2.com ¬
• CF-GQJ Saskatchewan Government Airways, Prince Albert, SAS. Delivered 30Jun1950.

Accident: @Lac La Ronge, MAN. 19May1956.
While taking off the aircraft struck Cessna 180 CF-HZE. It suffered minor damage to the propeller, and port float strut and the belly of the fuselage was slightly damaged. The Cessna had its port wing sheared off and rear part of thefuselage and complete tail section was cut off.
There were no injuries to persons on board.
Note: Last aircraft built without a porthole window

• CF-GQJ & C-FGQJ Norcanair/North Canada Air Ltd., Prince Albert, BC. Reg'd prior to C of A issued 16Dec1970. Registration format changed prior to Jun-1976.
Canx 27May1982

Accident 26Apr74: South end of Scott Lake, SK near Tait Lake.
The aircraft slid over a patch of glare ice during the landing roll. It left the glare ice while skidding sideways and the right ski struck an ice ridge. The right undercarriage leg collapsed. Aircraft suffered substantial damage.
Pilot and two passengers uninjured.

• C-FGQJ Northern Manitoba Outfitters & Air Service Ltd., Berens River, MAN. Reg'd 04Aug83. Canx 05Sep96.
Airworthiness Date: 11May98
• C-FGQJ Allen Airways Ltd., Sioux Lookout, ONT. Reg'd 05Sep96. Canx 03Sep97.
• C-FGQJ Northern Manitoba Outfitters Ltd., Berens River, MAN. Reg'd 24Sep97. Canx 20Jan98 on export to US.
N590RS Randy's Olde Towne Service Inc., Traverse City, MI. Reg'd 13-Feb-1998.


DHC-2 C-FOCV by David Perston
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FOCV (c/n 74, ex/ CF-OCV) - by David Perston [275 River Rd., Sault Saint Marie 02Dec2021]

From Neil Aird's www.dhc-2.com ¬
• CF-OCV Province of Ontario Government, Department of Lands and Forests, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Certificate of Registration #8668 issued 20Apr1950.
Delivered 26Apr1950 and operated until 1967.
Aircraft Allocated to Orient Bay, 1954-55
• CF-OCV Nuttall Airways, (Nuttal’s Charter Service), Hurkett, ON. On CCAR for May-1980. Canx 08Jun1994.
• CF-OCV William Ferring, Armstrong, ON. Canx 29-Apr-1988.
• CF-OCV Ignace Airways Ltd., Ignace, ON. Regd 29-Apr-1988.
• Total Time: 10,525.8 at Jul-1995 • Canx 28-Aug-1996.

• C-FOCV Ignace Airways (1996) Ltd., Ignace, ON. Regd 18-Aug-1996 & 08-Feb-1999. Canx 26-Feb-1999.
• C-FOCV Armstrong Air Charter Service (Armstrong Outposts and Air).Thunder Bay, ON. Based Mackenzie Lake. Regd 13-Jul-1999 & Canx 22-Jul-2002. Regd 17-Mar-2003.

For sale: Dec-2011, $220,000CDN. Total Time: 13,880 at Dec-2011. Mods include: EDO4580 floats; Battery forward kit; Bubble window on rear cabin doors; Enlarged cargo compartment.
• Sold - being delivered by road to new owner 22Aug2014.
• C-FOCV Mervyn L. Punkari, Sault Ste Marie, ONT • Reg'd 02Sep2014.



Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (01Dec2021)

Beech UC-45F CF-UWE, by David Perston
Beech UC-45F, CF-UWE / c/n 8034

Constructed as a C-45F.
Circa 1944 - Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-47626.
30 January 1945 - Taken on Strength/Charge with the Royal Canadian Air Force with s/n 1421 as a Expeditor 3TM.
Transferred to RCAF Station Portage la Prairie, MB.
24 November 1966 - Struck off Strength/Charge from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
To Crown Assets Disposal Corporation. Sent to Crown Assets for sale.
To unknown owner reg'd CF-UWE.
To Atlantic Central Airlines reg'd C-FUWE.
Markings Applied: CF-UWE. Based at Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
[From ¬aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier]

Stinson Reliant CF-BGN at Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Stinson SR-9 Reliant, CF-BGN (c/n 5702), was part of the Ontario Provincial Air Service fleet from 1937 until its sale
to Green Airways of Red Lake in 1948. In the spring of 1979 CF-BGN was burned in a grass fire set by vandals.
It has been restored by the volunteers of the Centre.

1937 - Constructed as a SR-9FM.
From 1937 to 1948 - To Ontario Provincial Air Services with c/r CF-BGN.
Circa 1948 - Certificate of airworthiness for CF-BGN (SR9FM, 5702) issued.
1948 - To Green Airways.
25 June 1956 - To Green Airways Ltd, Red Lake, ON.
1979 - Damaged.
Burnt in a grass fire started by vandals.
Based at Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
[ ¬ www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier


Noorduyn Norseman CF-BFT at Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Noorduyn Norseman IV, CF-BFT (c/n 017)

1938 - Constructed as a Norseman IV.
15 January 1938 - To Noorduyn Aviation Ltd, Montreal reg'd CF-BFT.
21 February 1939 - To Hudson Bay Transport
25 April 1958 - To Sioux Narrows Airways
01 June 1959 - To Parson Airways
17 July 1968 - To Ignace Airways
09 September 1976 - To Douglas Fiedler, Terrace, BC
24 February 1988 - To Larry Noordquist
Ca. 05 January 1999 - Certificate of airworthiness for CF-BFT (NORSEMAN MK. IV, 17) issued.
05 January 1999 - To The Canadian Heritage Bushplane Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
[ ¬www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier]

C-FAYE deHavilland Rapide
C-FAYE deHavilland Rapide
This deHavilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide, C-FAYE, known as Lady Faye, was built in England in 1944.
It was imported to Canada and eventually obtained from the Lemay family of Calgary in 1999.

Saunders ST-27, C-GCML
The Saunders ST-27, C-GCML, on display at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center.
It was donated to the Centre by Voyageur Airways in 1994.
The Saunders ST-27 and ST-28 is discussed on my report of a visit to Gimli, Manitoba in 2007, where
I found a Saunders ST-28 (C-GYAP, c/n 101) sitting there.

Bushplane Heritage Center, Sault Ste. Marie - by David Perston
The Fokker F. VIIb-3m Trimotor 'FriendShip', NX4204, was constructed specifically for starring in the 2009
movie 'Amelia', starring Hillary Swank, Richard Gere, and Virginia Madison.

Bushplane Heritage Center, Sault Ste. Marie - by David Perston
Fairchild Husky CF-EIR was the last Fairchild F-11 Husky ever built and was acquired by the Centre in 1994.
Beginning its career with Nickel Belt Airways of Sudbury, it later was used by the Saskatchewan government,
Sherritt Gordon Mines, Northland Airways, Island Lake Flying Services and Watson Lake Flying. It’s career
ended when it crashed near Copper Bluff, B.C. in 1976. It was obtained by the CBHC from the Western
Canada Aviation Museum and is currently being restored.
(Source ¬bushplane.com/exhibits/bushplane-collection/fairchild-husky/)

Bushplane Heritage Center, Sault Ste. Marie - by David Perston
Beaver CF-OBS was the 1st production deHavilland Beaver manufactured by de Havilland Canada.
It was purchased by the Ontario Provincial Air Service in 1948 and was the first of a total of 44 aircraft
purchased by them over the years. CF-OBS is the oldest production beaver in flying condition.


Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre , Sault Ste Marie - continued
DHC-3 Otter C-FODU
deHavilland DHC-3 Otter, C-FODU (c/n 369)
The Ontario Bushplane Heritage And Forest Fire Edu.

deHavilland DHC-2T Turbo Beaver CF-PSM-X
deHavilland DHC-2 Mk.III (DHC-2T) Turbo Beaver, CF-PSM-X (c/n 1525)

Conair Firecat, 577
Conair Firecat, 577
The museum’s Grumman Tracker was one of Ontario’s fleet of 6 trackers sold to Conair Aviation who converted them into single-seat 'FireCat' aerial firefighter. The Tracker in the collection was donated by Conair Aviation.




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