USA Northeast & Canada 2009

Vintage transports and warbirds

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

Taking my chances on the autumn weather, I visited parts of the US Northeast, as well as crossing the border for a few days in Canada.
Serving various priorities, what I saw and recorded was by no means all the vintage aviation activity in this area. A number of museums or preservation groups I could not visit, there just wasn't enough time or commitment, perhaps for another day.
Still, there is plenty to enjoy on these pages I think.

Driving north from Allentown,PA and heading for Greenwood Lake,NJ a sign to an airfield made me turn the wheel. I don't go chasing all airfield signs, but there was a feeling here... Also, it was a brilliant day and I was making good time for my destination, so a little detour would do me no harm.
This was how I got to the Aeroflex-Andover Airport,NJ.

This airport is not atc controlled and I found myself walking across runway 03/21 in order to get to the buildings and, more importantly, to the Boeing B75N1 Stearman I noticed parked in the hangar...
N68972 has been registered to the Andover Flight Academy since 19May2005.


Andover Aeroflex


When I looked N164CC up on the FAA N-inquiry website, I noticed the manufacturer's name 'Cub Crafters'. And I thought this was just another Piper Super Cub! Seems Cub Crafters was founded as recent as 1980.
The "old" Piper Aircraft stopped production of the venerable PA-18 Super Cub during the late 1980s/early 1990s, and over the years CubCrafters has refined and improved its rebuilding and modification process to the point where it was literally building new airplanes, though much improved and updated from Piper’s aircraft.

N164CC is model CC18-180 (msn CC18-0011) and registered to Andover Flight LLC on 15Mar2006.

In North America, Canadian World War II veteran Welland Wilford "Weldy" Phipps is generally credited with being the first using the balloon-size tires, overcoming landing problems in Canada's northern territories. He used a Piper Super Cub equipped with oversized tires he crafted himself, Phipps opened much of Canada’s high arctic to air transportation. Later, operating a fleet of 19-seat de Havilland Twin Otters also furnished with balloon tires, Phipps brought airline service to Resolute Bay, Grise Fiord and numerous other remote Inuit communities. Read more...

In her book "Flying the Frontier", Shirlee Smith Matheson dedicated a chapter to Weldy Phipps.
1996 Weldy Phipps Obituary and HERE...

Piper J3F-65 NC38519, msn 7088
Stinson 108-3 N596C, serial 108-3596, 1947-vintage!
Piper J3C-65 N87955 / 454969, serial 15573
Piper J3C-65 N6114H, serial 19275
Piper J3C-65 N6114H, serial 19275
Manufactured in 1946!
Those 'tundra tires' are better suited for landing on grass here than on the runway

N4912H Constellation at Greenwood Lake
Target for the day was this Lockheed L.049 Constellation N9412H at Greenwood Lake Airport in New Jersey, near West Milford. This modest airport has a tradition of organizing interesting air shows with classic planes. Not on the day we were visiting, but we enjoyed the next best thing: a very sunny day!
More can be read on my page dedicated to this visit; GREENWOOD LAKE AIRPORT - 04OCT09

And anno 2017 it is still there!
Constellation at Greenwood Lake Airport

Adirondack Lake

Driving throuh the Adirondacks (06Oct09), we stumbled on something here. I noticed people working around that seaplane and stopped the car. I got to talking to the guys: they were transferring from a truck to that seaplane buckets of small brook trout and were restocking several lakes in the area with some 17.400 (!) brook trout that day. For this they used that morning 2 Cessna floatplanes and a helicopter. They were flown by local people, who were well acqainted with the area. The restock program attempts to fight the dwindling number of brook trout in these lakes. The young ones are in a 50 - 50 mix of locally raised and imported from a lake in Canada.

Driving NYS 28 and 28N, from Adirondack Lake to Long Lake (where we would continue west on NYS 30), we arrived at Helm Seaplane Base ( on NY9)
Scenic flight over Adirondacks

Helms Aero Service: office closed. We went for lunch across the road, but that delay did not create ...
N735MP at Long Lake

...the opportunity for a scenic flight. The weather also changed for the worse.
A rather rare bushplane in which I would have loved to have made a scenic flight, is this Cessna 195. From a distance it could be mistaken for a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver. Unfortunately we found the office closed.

Cessna 195 N3069B Cessna 195 N3069B (msn 7953) was registered on 30Apr07 to Paul B. Rasmussen of Long Lake,NY.
This Cessna 195 was manufactured in 1952 and is equipped with a Jacobs R755A-series engine.

Mr Rasmussen also owns Cessna 180H N26PR, which is of 1966 vintage. N26PR was registered to his name on 02Feb2001.
That blue Cessna U-206G above is N735MP, registered to Herbert R. Helms on 23Apr1979. Would Mr Rasmussen be involved in Helms Aero Service?

The Cessna 190 and 195 Businessliner are a family of light single radial engine powered, conventional landing gear equipped, general aviation aircraft which were manufactured by Cessna between 1947 and 1954.
The 195 model was also used by the United States Air Force, Air National Guard and US Army as a light transport and utility aircraft under the designation LC-126.
The Cessna 190 and 195 were Cessna's only postwar radial-engined aircraft. The first prototype flew in 1945, after the end of World War II and both the 190 and 195 entered production in 1947.
The aircraft was expensive to purchase and operate for private use and Cessna therefore marketed them as mainly as a business aircraft under the name 'Businessliner'.

Cessna 195 N3069B

The Jacobs engines fitted to the 190 and 195 became well-known for their oil consumption... The aircraft has a 5 gallon oil tank, with 2 gallons the minimum for flight! Typical oil consumption with steel cylinder barrels is two quarts per hour.
The A factory-produced floatplane version was equipped with a triple tail for improved lateral stability. The tail resembles that of the Lockheed Constellation


Gananoque Gananoque, Ontario

Oct.07th we crossed the border into Canada. I intended to check out a small airfield at Gananoque, north of town. There is this dilapidated hangar. A skydiving club is based here. And the "Gananoque Ghost".

The 'Gananoque Ghost' is Consolidated PBY-5A 'Canso A/2F' CF-NJL, which has been calling Gananoque its home since 1975. Story is that it's been taken out for a wash and some engine running only once a year! It hasn't actually flown since it has been here.
The c/n is CV-435 and the owner is David T. Dorosh.
Its serial, when operated by the RCAF, was 11093. has a photo by Alain Rioux on a rare occasion it was out of the hangar:
Saw a photo of CF-NJL dated 14Sep19 towed outside; under active restoration?

Canso in hiding
canso / Catalina CF-NJL
Note the usual large observation 'blisters' have been replaced by a small domelike contraption.
Gananoque, Ontario

Manufactured at Canadian-Vickers in Montreal, hence the Canso A/2F designation.
  • Taken on strength by Canada's Eastern Air Command: 16 June 1944 .
  • Delivered new to stored reserve. Served with No. 162 (BR) Squadron, probably from 05Dec44, used in Iceland, coded "D".
  • To No. 10 Repair Depot in Calgary on 13Aug1945, for conversion to freighter.
  • To Experimental and Proving Establishment on 21May47, for prototyping of fuel tank modifications.
  • On 12Sep47 reported as "time since new 471:25, fitment standard".
  • With No. 413 (P) Squadron at Rockcliffe January 1949.
  • On 06Apr49 airframe time reported as 590:00.
  • To de Havilland Canada on 17May49 for modifications.
  • Issued to North West Air Command on 25Oct49.
  • At Sea Island 1949 to 1951.
  • To Canadian Pacific Airlines (Repair) Limited on 07Sep51 for repairs, "on a fly in basis".
  • To Aircraft Industries Limited in January 1954 for reconditioning, and on 25 November 1955 for modifications, including installation of an APX6 ignition analyzer an automatic electric bilge pumps.
  • Assigned to No. 408 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe on 23Aug55.
  • To serviceable reserve at Lincoln Park on 10Jul57.
  • Available for disposal there from 10Aug60.
  • Last date: 10 April 1961 - Struck off, to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation for sale.
  • Sold to D.T. Dorosh of Edmonton, Alberta. To civil register as CF-NJL. [1961?]
  • Latest Certificate of Registration issued to this owner 08Jun04, reported based at Kingston, Ontario at that time.
    [Source: Canadian Military Aircraft Serials, RCAF 11051 to 11100]

    In Sep.2018 I came across this online article:

  • Inside the hangar at Gananoque
    Small fry also found in the hangar.


    Kingston Airport, Ontario; 08Oct09
    AJ693/67, the rudder showing wear
    North American Harvard Mk.2 AJ693 (cn 76-3663).
    Crashed into Lake Ontario in Jan. 1944, recovered in '83!
    In Memoriam, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, VC DSC

    The next day we drove north, route 15 (on the way I noticed a T-6 Harvard preserved in a park, but we couldn't stop and I forgot to make a note where it was), to Arnprior. I had trouble finding my destionation: Ed's Autoparts & Salvage. Before I knew it I was driving into town. not a place to have a salvage yard...
    I had been recommended to check out the airport here and thought I could do that since I had to backtrack anyway. But it wasn't signposted and I was misdirected, loosing more time in huge traffic works.
    So by the time I got to the airport, I only took this photo of Stinson 108-3 C-FLAU, got back in the car and drove off. As I was on a deadline.
    Stinson 108-3 CF-LAU

    CF-LAU was registered to its owner, Maxwell Garvie (Kanata,Ont.) on 25Jul91.

    The Stinson Aircraft Company was founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1920 by aviator Edward “Eddie” Stinson, brother to Katherine Stinson. After five years of business ventures, Stinson made Detroit, Michigan the focus for his future flying endeavors. Stinson found Detroit's business community receptive to his plans. A group of local businessmen — the Detroit Board of Commerce's Aviation Committee — supported Stinson's plans to establish the Stinson Aircraft Syndicate in 1925 at a site southwest of Detroit, where today's Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is located.
    Stinson Aircraft Corporation sold 10 SM-1 Detroiters in 1926. Business was steadily increasing, and Stinson delivered 121 aircraft in 1929.
    At the height of the Depression in 1930, Stinson offered six aircraft models, ranging from the four-seat Junior to the Stinson 6000 trimotor airliner.
    Eddie Stinson did not live to enjoy the success of his company. He died in an air crash in Chicago, Illinois on January 26, 1932, while on a sales trip. At the time of his death at age 38, Stinson had acquired more than 16,000 hours of flight time — more than any other pilot at the time.
    The Stinson name did not last much past the end of World War II. Eddie Stinson's death accelerated the assimilation of Stinson Aircraft Corporation into larger corporate entities: first by Cord Corporation, then by Aviation Corporation (AVCO), and later by Consolidated Vultee. By 1950 the Stinson company was sold to the Piper Aircraft Corporation, which continued to produce 108s for a limited time.

    Hawker Hs.748 at Arnprior, C-GBFA?
    While driving around Arnprior, it occurred to me that the salvage yard could close at 5 pm. Then I found the Google Maps screendump which I had printed, was incorrect: the salvage yard was further out of town. Adrenaline pumping I drove up the correct muddy path, a turn out of Upper Dwyer Hill Road (parallel to Highway 417 South) at 4.55 pm!

    Brad, son of Ed, drove me down to where the two aircraft were located. My reference works were outdated, as DC-3 C-FGKZ reported here was long gone. I got confusing tips of where it might have gone to.
    Two Hs.748's, formerly operated by First Air, were here now. The one above (and the two thumbnails below) has no markings by which I could identify it. And I couldn't climb on it. See my theory on C-GBFA below.

    Hs.748, Ed's Salvage, Arnprior

    Hs.748 C-GDUL
    This is Hs.748 C-GDUL (c/n 1578).
    C-GDUL on
    One of the images on has C-GDUL in a line up of stored aircraft at Carp in 2005, the others were C-GGNZ & C-GBFA. The latter, C-GBFA, had markings blacked out like the unidentified one here....

    Ken Swartz sent me images, taken in 2005 at Carp, of C-GDUL, C-GGNZ and one unmarked - which I
    believe to be C-GBFA based on the research of this post. See Ken's gallery on my website.

    C-GDUL at Ed's Autoparts, Arnprior
    Cabin of Hs.748 C-GDUL
    Richard Church, specialist on the HS.748, summarized the situation of the 748s with First Air (Jan.2010):
    "First Air have pulled out of Carp completely. Their head office is now at Kanata, while their main engineering base is now at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier Airport (with secondary engineering bases at Iqaluit & Yellowknife).
    The last two 748s to be withdrawn were retired to Trois Rivieres, namely C-GJVN (with registration still current) and C-GTLD (with registration cancelled 23Dec08).
    First Air have just one 748 still flying: C-GFNW. It had a Period Check performed by Premier Aviation Overhaul Centre Inc at Trois Rivieres, rather than in house, from late Jun09 before a period of storage and it is now based in Iqaluit effective from 18Sep09.
    The last 748s to be withdrawn at Carp were C-GBFA on 05Nov02, C-GDUL on 05May04 and C-GGNZ 21Jan05, while C-GYMX was withdrawn at Carp on 21Mar03 and handed over to the RCMP as an exercise hull." (See the update on Photos by Friends & Guests #28)
    Cockpit of C-GDUL
    Click on the image for a larger size image

    With the sun setting fast (disadvantage of autumn: shorter days) I said my thanks to Brad and drove off to Ottawa. Did not give myself time to check out the airport at Carp, leave that for another day.

    Ken Swartz sent me photos taken at Carp in 2005 of these HS.748's - see Photos by Friends & Guests 23

    Ernie Szelepcsenyi wrote me in Nov.2010: "I flew over Ed's Salvage yard on 06Nov10 and saw that both C-GBFA and C-GDUL are still there (45°23'2.31"N 76°17'2.82"W). I can confirm that it is BFA for sure. For one I used to work at First Air back in the late-1980's/early 90's and second, the stripe down the fuselage had curve up the vertical stabilizer unique to this airframe. See Ernie's photos.

    Ernie also sent photos in Nov.2020 (two photos on Friends & Guestst #61)
    Two HS.748s at Ed's Salavage near Arnprior - by Ernie Szelepcsenyi



    DHC-2 CF-FHB, Canada Aviation Museum
    See for my visit to Ottawa's Canada Aviation Museum HERE..
    Junkers W 34f/fi, CF-ATF
    Junkers W 34f/fi, CF-ATF
    See for my visit to Ottawa's Canada Aviation Museum HERE..
    Canadair C-54GM North Star 1 ST, 17515 (c/n 122)
    Canadair C-54GM North Star 1 ST, 17515 (c/n 122)

    17515 was manufactured in 1948 and served with No. 426 Squadron (RCAF) until 1962.
    It was transferred to the Museum in 1966.

    Vintage Wings - Gatineau Crossing the border of Ontario province into Quebec province, but actually only a short drive from downtown Ottawa, I visited the Canada Vintage Wings at Gatineau Airport. Click the link for MY REPORT...

    The visit to Montreal was not much of a success. The Montreal-Mirabel IAP was a 'ghost airport', deserted except for a Fedex 727 and DC-10, grass growing through the ramps. I had intended to have a look at a seaplane base, but had marked it incorrectly on my Google Maps printout and did not bother to turn back.
    We had great difficulty in finding our hotel, the Novotel at Montreal airport. It wasn't signposted and in a difficult location. For personal reasons I wanted to cut my stay short from the booked 2 nights to only one night and declared as such when I checked in. The Novotel refused to give me a refund, didn't even budge when I found I had to pay extra for the breakfast (the hotel is very isolated and there are no restaurants of any sort nearby) and tried to cut some sort of deal.
    By that time I was thorougly fed up with Montreal and the Novotel in particular. I did not venture out to try to locate Nolinor Aviation, as I feared I would not find the hotel again. So we drove into town for a quick look round and a meal.
    The next morning, Sunday 11Oct., we checked out and headed for the airport of St.Hubert.

    Montréal/Saint-Hubert Airport (IATA: YHU, ICAO: CYHU) is located in the Saint-Hubert borough of Longueuil, Quebec, near Montreal.
    Piper PA-23 N33ZS In operation since 1928, it was Montreal's first and only airport until the construction of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (formerly Montréal/Dorval International Airport). As of 2008, it is Canada's second most important general aviation airport, behind Boundary Bay Airport, and is ranked as Canada's 6th busiest airport by aircraft movements.

    Driving up to it, we first had a quick look at the smaller planes.

    This is Piper PA-23-250 N33ZS (c/n 273284), which in spite of its N-number is registered to Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc (Trustee), of Cornwall, UK.

    Lake LA-4-200 CF-BOQ (c/n 521)

    Beech E50 C-FUZE (c/n EH-43)
    My reason for visiting this airport were the three propliners stored here.. I had read that members of the Fondation Aérovision Quebéc were working on setting up a museum here. Accommodations would be found in buildings which were to be vacated by the military. But the museum seems to be a long way off...
    The view from the road was disheartening, how would I be able to get close to that DC-3 and Vickers Viscount?
    Montreal - St. Hubert Airport
    DC-3 C-FDTD
    Vickers Viscount C-FTID-X
    V.Viscount and DC-3 at St.Hubert

    Just when I contemplated climbing over the fence, I thought I'd drive around first. I was kindly permitted to enter the ground of Mellrose Studios for a better position to photograph these two vintage airliners.

    The DC-3A-456 (C-47A) C-FDTD was acquired by the museum in 1992, their first aircraft.
    C-FDTD saw service with Trans Canada Airlines between 1945 and 1963.And also flown by the Canadian Government aircraft, until at least the late-1980s. It is now stored here, forever waiting to be put on display in the Quebec Air and Space Museum... Photos on

    In June 2016 Jan Koppen visited this location and published a report on his website; from his images I noticed that the DC-3 had been worked on: the lh-side had the red cheatline removed, the starboard side still had the red cheatline but looked scrubbed clean.
    Jan quoted the owner as Foundation Aerovision Quebec.

    Kenneth 'Ken' Swartz came across 'DTD again, in may 2016, and shared a photo (the DC-3 now devoid of any colours) on his gallery on my website HERE... Plus a little more explained on how these planes ended up here.
    You'll also see progress of a restoration project started in 2017! Benoit De Mulder was behind the renewed initiative, but things did not work out (stumbled mainly on acquiring budget is my understanding).

    No trace of the Vickers Viscount on Jan's report. See the 2016 update below.

    UPDATE Dec.2018: C-FDTD was being auctioned as '1944 Douglas C-47A / DC-3C #12253 - D-DAY and Market Garden Veteran' with a current bid (less than 7 days to go): US$12.500,00.
    'Special notice: Aircraft has to be moved before January 10th 2019 or special arrangement has to be defined with the airport administration.
    Aircraft condition: Project, not airworthy, sold as is and without warranty. The aircraft is sold without engines / propellers / instruments / seats / elevators
    Airframe: 43354 hours.
    See my item on Photos by Friends & Guests #56 (Dec.2018)

    Around 10 or 12Dec18 'DTD was saved, acquired by Buffalo Airways:
    "Well folks, I bought a 'new' DC-3. This isn’t just any regular goonybird [sic] though. This bird flew in the D-Day invasion!
    Her log books (FZ668) even mention she dropped 12 twenty pound bombs as she flew to her drop site that morning. Making her a D-Day “Bomber”. She hasn’t flown in almost 30 years and guess what... we are going to try and fly her on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day where she sits in Montreal.
    This will be a huge undertaking as this aircraft has been stripped out over the past three decades. But luckily enough we know where is lots of DC-3 parts. After that we plan to fly her to Oshkosh Airventure 2019 so you guys can see her in person.

    Aircraft History: this aircraft was built in January 1944 by Douglas Aircraft Company at their plant in Oklahoma City. S/N 12253, C-47A-5-DK, tail number 42-92451. The RAF registration FZ668 was subsequently assigned to her when she was based in Europe.
    The Night before D-Day on June 5th 1944, FZ668, this Dakota, took off at 23:20 as one of a fleet of 108 RAF C-47s whose mission was to neutralize the German forces behind the beaches to be used for the landings. Her crew was F/O Nicholl, F/O Dale, F / s Marsden and Sgt Caves.

    On board FZ668, bearing the chalk number 253 for this operation, twelve 20-pound bombs, "a small surprise for the troops defending the coast in France" as it was referred to in the operation log of the squadron, were dropped when crossing the French coast.
    Seventeen paratroopers jumped at around 00:50 on DZ "K" located near Toufreville that morning on D-Day. Their objective was to destroy the bridges over the Dive River. The paratroopers were split into two groups and met strong German resistance. The bridges were destroyed by engineers and the battle for the liberation of Europe began. FZ668 landed safely back at Blakehill Farm at 3:10. On top of D-Day this Aircraft also flew 5 mission during the operation Market-Garden.

    After the war, she was purchased by Canadair, converted as DC-3C and flew for Trans-Canada Airlines as CF-TER.
    During the 70's she was acquired by Transport Canada who flew her until the early 90'S as CF-DTD."
    Mikey McBryan (on Facebook)


    DC-3 C-FDTD
    Stored propliners at St. Hubert

    C-FTID Viscount C-FTID (c/n 384) history details:

    It made its first flight on 25Feb1959 and was delivered to Trans Canada Air Lines (TCA) on 08Mar59, registered CF-TID, with fleet number '648'. TCA was renamed Air Canada on 01Jun64.
    This Viscount was subsequently leased to The Sarcee Club, between Oct. 1971 and June 1972. And sold to United Aircraft of Canada on 27Nov72, re-registered C-FTID-X.
    It was then used by Pratt & Whitney of Canada, for flight-testing PW124 turbo engine with six-bladed Hamilton Standard advanced propellor, which was destined to power the British Aerospace ATP.

    In Oct. 1989 C-FTID was withdrawn from service and stored at St. Hubert, Quebec.
    As of that date it was deregistered from the Canadian registry.

    Note the photo shows tailnumber N6225C applied, but at this time that registration is assigned to a Cessna T210N... Actually, N6225C was at some time assigned to a Lockheed Constellation, last seen at Lancaster-Fox Field,CA and scrapped in 1972.

    The 2008 Newsletter of reported this Vickers Viscount to be under threat from the scrapman ($ 0.25 per pound!), unless it would find a new home soon...
    UPDATE august 2016:
    A report dated 31Aug10 noticed it stil at St. Hubert (YHU), sadly covered in grafitti. Fortunately it was donated in Sep201 to the Collège Montmorency, in nearby 475 Boulevard de l'Avenir, Laval, Quebec H7N 5H9 1 - for firefighting training.
    Among many, many programs the Collège Montmorency (website | wikipedia) also offers 'Firefighting technology'. I even found a 2015 image on C-FTID-X looking quite splendid!
    Here's its location (current may 2016): 45°38'56.53"N//73°38'19.56"W

    Photos of C-FTID on

    In Dec.2009 I received a reply from Andre Verret of Fondation Aerovision Quebec Inc:
    "The DC-3 you have seen is part of our collection. This aircraft was used on D-DAY, later served with Transport Canada and finally was given to our organization, We have other aircraft : a PBY or Canso, Vickers Viscount, DB-5, a Sopwith Camel, a Spitfire, a CF 100 and so on!
    These airplanes are located in all sort of places. We do not have a proper place to exhibit all the material we have. We are working very hard to establish a museum, but we are still a few years away to solve our problems.
    You may wish to visit our web site, so you may get an idea of what we are doing."


    Consolidated catalina C-FPQK
    Consolidated 28-5A Canso A (a.k.a. Catalina) C-FPQK (c/n CV-264) was flown by the Provincial Government for fire-fighting duties. It is now stored here, waiting to be displayed by the Quebec
    Air and Space Museum here at Saint-Hubert. Alas, that museum never was realized.
    C-FPQK Canso A
    C-FPQK Canso A

    Photos on
    C-FPQK Canso A
    A june 2016 report by Jan Koppen showed Tanker 712 as good as I saw it in 2009, which is hopeful.

    C-FPQK, while still mentioned as a project on the website (28Mar17) has been noted as '..exported to USA per 08Mar2017". The Catalina of the 'Fondation Aérovision Québec' remained out in the open at St Hubert all these years and, while the dream may not be dead, the museum of failed to start
    or open. Apparently 'PQK was up for sale and now its registration was cancelled in Canada's registry.
    As the new owner the Collings Foundation was mentioned, it is a fact that N938CF entered the US registry
    on 23Mar2017, serial quoted as 9830 (which should in fact be msn CV-264). There is hope for this one!
    UPDATE April 2019: fuselage stored in a hangar of Aero Services at New Smyrna Beach Mun'l Airport,
    noted 08Mar19, sans markings, wings, etc.; restoration halted since Collings Foundation has bought PH-PBY.

    Note that N938CF has been reg'd to 'CCT OF 1979 B-17 Series LLC PBY Series' of Stow,Mass.
    The Collings Foundation has on its website, as adress: 137 Barton Road PO Box 248 Stow, MA 01775.
    The B-17 in that registry is probably B-17G N93012 "Nine o Nine" (Wikipedia). I do believe to find
    their planes one has to go to Texas, rather than Massachusets; see my Texas 2015 report.

    C-FPQK Canso A
    C-FPQK Canso A
    C-FPQK Canso A
    C-FPQK Canso A

    The website on Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers has the following information on this airframe:

    Consolidated designed the Catalina PBY-5A, but Canadian Vickers of Montreal had a series license-built, whch were dubbed the Canso. C/n 264 is a Canso A/2R and saw its 1st flight on 31Jul1943.

    Taken on strength 31Jul43 at Eastern Air Command, RCAF serial 9830.
    With No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia, c.1943 to 1944. Coded 'P'.
    To Clark Ruse Aircraft Limited for repairs on 17Jul44, back to EAC on 30Sep44. Radar, nose gun installed 02Dec44. Redesignated as a Mk. 2R (search and rescue configuration) post war.
    Had 735:15 hours on 06Jan1948, when it was delivered to de Havilland Canada for modifications.

    To Canada Car and Foundry for repairs on 29Sep49. Had 789:00 airframe time then.
    To No. 6 RD for repairs on 06May1950. And again to de Havilland, this time for JATO installation, on 25Aug50.
    To Aircraft Industries Ltd on 23Jun51 for repair to nose gear door and adjacent area. Back at AIL on 05Jan53 for repair of "excessive leak" in starboard fuel tank. Was based at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS by then, with No. 103 Rescue Unit.
    To No. 6 RD on 08May53 for repairs, completed Jan54.
    To AIL on 29Oct54 for electrical repairs and modifications. Still with 103 RU in March 1956.
    To No. 6 RD on 11Mar57, for inspection and installation of SARAH radio homing equipment. To No. 11 Technical Support Unit (Montreal?) on 10Nov58 for inspection and weighing.
    With No. 102 (KU) Composite Unit at RCAF Station Trenton by 03Apr59.
    Stored at No. 6 Repair Depot, Dunnville, Ontario by 23Feb61.

    On 26Sep61 to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation for disposal.
    Sold to Department of Lands and Forests, Province of Quebec. To civil register as CF-PQK.
    Still airworthy with Quebec in 1976.

    Sold to Foundation Aerovision of St. Hubert, PQ on 01Jun94, latest Certificate of Registration issued on 18May98 as C-FPQK.

    Source: Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Nubers, RCAF 9801 to 9844

    Because space at Vickers' Montreal shipyard was limited, the first 25 Cansos were assembled at St. Hubert airport, across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal. So it seems logical an effort was made to establish an aircraft museum here.

    Work on the Vickers'Cartierville plant began in May 1942 and the first Canso assembled there rolled out in September 1943.
    In the interim, Vickers had received a DND order for a further 100 Cansos and another from the U.S. for 230 OA-10As, a further version of the PBY-5.
    Canso and OA-10A production continued throughout the war in Europe with the last OA-10A being delivered on 17May1945.
    Altogether, the Montreal and Cartierville plants produced 369 PBYs plus 117 PBY hulls and 172 centre sections for Consolidated Vultee.

    Update on the disassembly of C-FPQK was provided by Ken Swartz on Photos by Friends & Guests (49)

    Anno 2019 stored in a hangar of Aero Services at New Smyrna Beach Mun'l Airport, noted 08Mar19, sans markings, wings, etc.; restoration halted since Collings Foundation has bought PH-PBY. The future of C-FPQK is again most uncertain!
    An update I read early-Feb.'20 was C-FPQK reregd' to N983CF for the Collings Foundation, but
    restoration in their hangar at New Smyrna Beach,FL Airport still on hold after purchase of PH-PBY (N459CF).

    From St.Hubert it was only a short drive to St.Mathias-sur-Richelieu. I visited the airstrip and maintenance base here, plus the seaplane base across the road.
    Bushplanes at St.Mathias-Sur-Richelieu I have compiled a seperate webpage to this visit on 11Oct9, click HERE...


    Farnham NouvelAir Skydive Club
    Next stop, that same sunday 11Oct09, on our way to the US border, was Farnham. I had been told NouvelAir Skydive Club operated some Beech 18s here. I had hopes they would fly, being a sunday, but the wind was blowing fiercely and there would be no flying activity that day.
    DHC-6 Twin Otter N223AL
    deHavilland DHC-6-200 N223AL
    (c/n 223).....
    C-FZNH Beech 18  at Farnham, Quebec
    ... Registered to Win Win Aviation, Wake Forest,NC 20Oct03. Manufactured 1969.
    C-FZNH Beech 18 at Farnham Of much older vintage are the two Beech 18s here!
    C-FZNH (c/n CA-275) is a Beech 3NM registered to Parachutisme Nouvel Air Inc. on 27Apr1994.

    Jan Koppen noted C-FZNH on his june 2016 trek through Quebec and saw it stored, lacking various parts (a.o. rudder, engines). He wrote the following history:
    "CF-ZNH was constructed in 1952 as Beechcraft D-18S for the RCAF. After her military duties were over this Beech was transferred to Canadian Forces Aircraft Technicians School at Border during 1968. She went into storage awaiting sale at Saskatoon, Sask. during Jan1970. Three months later she was sold to G. Provencher of Montreal and registrated as CF-ZNH.
    Later owners included R. Shaw of Ottawa, Ottawa Sports Parachutists and M.R. Aviation of Laval. Her last owner was Parachutisme Nouvel Air Inc. of Farnham."
    C-FBKD Beech 18 Nouvel Air

    C-FBKD is a Beech E18S (c/n BA-196) and registered to Parachutisme Nouvel Air Inc. since 15Apr05.
    Further details of its histery would be welcomed! EMAIL
    Jan Koppens update did not include a sighting of C-FBKD; when I checked Transport Canada's CCAR in august 2016 I noticed it still reg'd to Parachutisme Nouvel Air Inc. at Farnham.
    UPDATE 2017: Thomas Setter acquired it and reg'd it as N3717S per 03May17.
    Beech 18 of Nouvel Aur at Farnham
    Picnic tables and Propliners at Farnham,QUE


    Next we crossed the border into the United States again and headed to Auburn-Lewiston,Maine where we arrived on 12oct09.
    A unique restoration project is going on here since Lufthansa has purchased 3 -almost extinct- Lockheed L.1649A Starliners (of which 2 are here at Auburn) and one will be brought to airworthiness!
    Have a look at my page dedicated to this visit: Lufthansa's Lockheed Starliners at Auburn.
    Starliners at Auburn-Lewiston

    Catalina N483CV
    Catalina N483CV at Sanford,ME From Auburn we drove to Sanford,ME that same day, to have a look at PBY-5A Catalina N483CV (c/n CV-483).
    In its career it saw use by SLAFCO, based at Moses Lake,WA and registered N3202. During the mid-1990s it was reported for sale. Anno Apr02 it was still sale at Moses Lake. Buffalo Airways bought it on 10Jul03, registering it as C-GFFC.
    The ferry flight to Red Deer (Alberta), after extensive maintenance, took place late 2004. Only to be put in storage again, and for sale.
    It was reported on 13May05 at Red Deer, stored and the engines removed..
    On my 27Jun06 visit to Red Deer I found it in preparation for delivery to a new owner. Registration C-GFFC was cancelled per 31Oct06, but prior to that date it was ferried to Sanford,ME for new owner Jim Knowles. Tailnumber N483CV was assigned on 04oct07 for Jim's Flying Cat Aviation LLC.
    The tank for its firebomber task has been removed, the hull has been reskinned over where the bombdoors had been, blisters have been put back on and as one can see on these photos: N483CV looks in splendid shape.
    I don't know if it has actually been flown, I couldn't ask as I found no one present at the hangar and had to make do with these images through the fence.

    From World Catalina News, june 2010:
    Flying Cat Aviation LLC has their OA-10A Catalina N483CV at Sanford, Maine.
    Once operated by Flying Fireman Ltd out of Victoria, British Columbia, it later went across the border to Moses Lake, WA where it remained unused as part of the SLAFCO fleet.
    When that fleet was dispersed, it went back to Canada with Buffalo Airways at Red Deer, Alberta before being sold again and being ferried to Maine in September, 2006.
    Over the last few months, work has been carried out to overhaul the engines and props and to repaint the airframe to represent a US Navy aircraft prior to the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness.
    This is another aircraft that has a US registration based on its construction number, in this case CV-483, although for many years the official records have quoted it as ‘013’, not a formal Catalina c/n.
    ./end quote

    (A change of adress, 26Aug015, Flying Cat Aviation LLC now at Lee, NH.)


    On Oct.13th we woke up to a dismal day, it was pouring with rain, as if the sluices of Heaven had opened! The bad weather had finally cought up with us. It even brought snow in the mountains. We drove the rain soaked byroads of New Hamsphire in search of an airstrip near Mason.

    Mason Airfield proofed difficult to find. I drove pas a dirtroad twice, before I decided this dirtroad had to bring me to the airfield, which cannot be viewed from the 'main road' NH13.
    I came to a fork in the 'road', opted for the left fork, continued past a dumpsite (I think) and stopped to turn around, confused.
    At that point I backed the car into a gate, to answer a call of nature.
    Standing at the gate, I looked out on the DC-3!
    DC-3 N33623 at Mason,NH

    The gate was closed, but easy to pass around it. The rain had slowed down to a light drizzle, but I got thoroughly wet by the soaked shrubbery next to the gate. Oh well, when the going get tough, the tough get going!
    Mason Airfield (FAA identifier NH76, see is privately owned by Mr Michael 'Mike' Farrey.
    The C-47A N33623 (c/n 20215) has been registered to the Dakota Aviation Museum of Mason,NH since 17Sep93 and is also owned by Mike Farrey, a retired a Delta pilot..

    See my page dedicated to this visit, featuring more photos and information, click HERE...


    We woke at Hyannis, Cape Cod and found wednesday 14th of October to be a sunny day! So maybe the bad weather had blown over during the night, lucky us. After an excellent breakfast at our motel (Hyannis Travel Inn), we drove at a leisurely pace to Provincetown and had lunch there.
    Then we had to drive back much of the same road, but we took a detour to avoid traffic congestion due to bridgeworks.
    Even though my wife was driving, she spotted a taildragger in the distance, and I have her to thank for a very nice visit to Cape Cod and meeting Chris Siderwicz.

    The Mills Air Servoce, Cape Cod

    When I introduced myself and explained my intentions, a gent in the office asked me to spell my name; when I did, he shook my hands, told me he regularly visited my website and we had exchanged emails before. Small world !

    I rather like that mill in the background, another Dutch touch to this roadtrip, having been to Amsterdam,NY at the start of this tour!

    See my page dedicated to this visit: Mills Air Service at Cape Cod - 14oct09.


    Thursday 15Oct09 we crossed, by carferry, from New London,CT to Orient Point on Long Island. When we disembarked, it started to rain. It would continue to rain all day.
    We drove the entire length of Long Island, traffic delayed us, the area was bland and uninteresting. The rain made it worse and slowed us down even more. Around noon we arrived at Farmingdale's Republic Airport and made our way to the American Airpower Museum.
    Airpower Museum, Farmingdale

    See my webpage dedicated to this visit, HERE...

    HARP -P-2 Neptune
    After the brief visit to the American Airpower Museum, we plodded on in the rain, foregoing lunch as I wanted to keep my appointment at Floyd Bennett Field and, unbelievable, not passing any drive-thru for a quick bite and/or a much needed dose of caffeine
    We did have a spot of bother to find Hangar B where the BAHF and HARP are located...
    The airfield is on Flatbush Avenue, near the Belt Parkway. Coming from the Belt Parkway, we saw see the airfield on the left but turned left too soon and no access to the ramp. It is NOT the hangar you see near the fence on Flatbush Avenue.
    We continued on Flatbush Avenue and spotted the entrance on our left, proceeding almost to the toll booth onto the bridge. So we turned left and found the Park Ranger booth empty. We continued straight on (Aviation Road), but had to turn back.
    We found that once you pass the entrance gate, you have to make the first left, drive down a spacious main runway (!) for a few hundred feet, then turn right and continue down that runway to the end. The hangar is ahead of you on the right, and houses both the BAHF and HARP. If you want to learn who are behind these acronyms, follow THIS LINK.
    BAHF C-97 Stratocruiser

    The next day we enjoyed an upgrade by Delta Airlines to business class and flew home in style. Thank you Delta and many thanks to all who warmed us by their hospitality and kindness

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