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05 December 2020

Photo: DHC © Print 10560B - Digitally restored by Neil Aird

Well, my Otter website did not auto renew yesterday, so it is off line at the moment. It has been renewed and might not be back before Monday. MidPhase Billing does not work weekends. Hopefully all will be will Monday sometime, if not before. The above image created a lot of interest on the DHC-3 de Havilland Otter Face Book Page (2.9K members) - the reaction has inspired me to do more digital restorations - it is a lot of work, but the positive reaction makes it worthwhile. I am working on some DHC-2 Beaver Production images as well. Click on image below for huge images. You may have to adjust your web browser settings to get it all on the screen!!

Photo: DHC © Print 18638/173 - Digitally restored by Neil Aird

04 December 2020

My companion website on the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter reached a milestone today. Five years since launch, and 110,260 unique vists logged. My thanks to Karl E. Hayes and Ian S. Macintosh for their ongoing help and expertise.

01 December 2020

Photo: Kyle G. Cameron © 01 December 2020

Here's something you don't see every day. Hot stuff! Thanks to Kyle Cameron for the image from Whitehorse, Yukon.

Kyle wrote:

So I've got this new CAT(erpillar) phone. It has an IR camera built into it. I got it primarily as a tool for engine and wiring diagnostics and to find the leaks in the walls of our sub-arctic log of house but this makes for a pretty cool shot. This is a customer's -2 after a post-annual inspection test flight; CF-JRO, S/N 1108. Great to see it's popping on all 9.

30 November 2020

• Photo: Neil Aird © 04 May 2005 •

Cutting it close again - the December 2020 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are up. This time one of my snaps, remembered from the item below. At the end of the day, VH-AAM (1492) at Rose Bay, near Sydney, New South Wales, sails to the dock.

27 November 2020

Photo: Rich Hulina © 27 November 2020

Photo: Anthony Aird © 27 November 2020

Two views of the same sunset. One by my pal Rich Hulina in Northwest Ontario near Sioux Lookout, and the other by my son Anthony, in Eastern Ontarion at Kingston.

26 November 2020

Photo:Neil Aird © 16 May 2005

Climbing into our old time machine - back to 16 May 2005 we go. A visit to see Chiang Kai-shek's old Beech D-18-S, now VH-SAU.

25 November 2020

Photo: Anthony Aird © 24 November 2020

Borrowing a nice "got my goat" shot taken by Anthony when out on his chilly hike yesterday with his Mom. Nice light Ant!

22 November 2020

Photo:Ian Woodcock © 1997

Added a bunch of images to my Avra Valley page. Spurred on by a few aerial images taken by Ian Woodcock, back in 1997. Thanks Ian.

20 November 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 03 May 2005

Just over fifteen years ago I went to the Opera, not just any Opera. I'm sure you will know which one?

19 November 2020

Photo: DHC ©

After two hours in the dentist's chair this morning, I need some light relief. Here are a couple of Beaver aircraft, one in the test jig, and the other showing how you stick two halves of a Beaver together . . .

17 December 2020

Got a nice e-mail from Alvin Delahoussaye which I post below. Thanks Alvin. Always nice to get "behind the scenes" info.

Photo: Tom Delahoussaye (left) and Art with N501Z

I just discovered your website.  And besides being very impressed with the extensive collection of Beaver pictures and information - I was especially happy to find pictures of 1668TB38 C-FETN (N501Z).  You see, my father, Tom Delahoussaye was the pilot for the Superior Oil Company through the '60's & 70's - during the time they owned N501Z.

With quite a few of their drilling rigs and production platforms scattered throughout Louisisana's marshland and the Gulf of Mexico, the Beaver was used to fly execs and key personnel in/out.  (With the occasional hunting/fishing trip thrown in)

Having previously flown a Grumman Widgeon & Goose, my father never ceased to be amazed by the Beaver.  I can still recall listening to him regale his pilot friends with stories of both the planes' power and agility.

Again, thank you.

Alvin Delahoussaye 

16 November 2020

Every now and then I trawl through my other backup hard drive on this comuter. Yesterday, I did that and found several slide scans I had made, but not yet cleaned up. Only problem is that I cannot match them up with a photographer. My suspicions are that they were taken either by Peter R. Keating or Sheldon D. Benner, using composition and quality as my criteria. The next few days will mean they get showcased as banners. What a pleasure it is to clean up these images to original pristine condition. I only wish my documentation were up to that standard!!

15 November 2020

Working on a few old pictures taken around Glasgow in 1963, when I was a first year student at the Glasgow School of Art. Processed the film at that time as well. I don't think I ever printed them. Maybe just used them as sketch book material. Seem to remember main project was composition as much as content. Walked around some tenements and then down to the River Clyde - Clydeside. Like everything else, this is a work in progress and just a diversion from Beavers etc!

Photos: Neil Aird © 1963

14 November 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 14 November 11:50 est and 15:55 est

Finally got to snap this little Bell 505 C-GSFF (65156) that is often in the area, it always goes to and from Howe Island. Seems to be shuttling back and forth from Kingston Airport to a factory site east of Rockport, on the St. Lawrence River.

13 November 2020

The work on the upper part is underway today, just sealing areas where new section will go. Mill work on posts not completed yet, everything else is ready to go. Lower part is now complete, we can use our front door again! Mailman is happy about that.

07 November 2020

Previous railing had just six newels versus the nine now, which meets current code!

The work on our front porch restoration / rebuild is progressing. Major work and expense. Being done correctly. Two young women are the main crew these days, very impressed with their careful, skillfull work.

Photo: Neil Aird © April 1995

Added a few more scans of prints, to my Max Holste MH-1521 Broussard page. Must dig out some more snaps soon. The image above of F-GIDJ (No.283) was taken when I visited Pau - LFPB, France. My camera had died, so images were with point and shoot disposable!

03 November 2020

Another aviation icon has passed on. Max Ward died last night in Edmonton, age 98. Blue skies Sir.

Photo: Anthony Aird © 01 November 2020

Anthony was out with his camera the other evening. Got some great captures. As a result I have a new screensaver. Thanks Ant!

02 November 2020

“When I was wee”

 There was a time, back in 1952, when each evening I would anxiously await the arrival on our street of a very special visitor. With permission from Mum, I would run downhill to the west end of Eldon Gardens and sit on the curb. I knew he would arrive soon. It was getting dusk. Unusual for a seven-year-old to have a daily ritual like this, unless it was pouring rain. Wearing his bunnet, the gentleman carrying a long pole, soon arrived. I forget his name, but he knew mine. I tagged along as he stopped at each lamp post and using his special pole, would work his magic. Within seconds, the gas lamp mantel glowed. It seemed to get brighter before he left and went onward to the next standard. I hoped dearly that he might invite me to try lighting one. If he was not running late, he would do something at the lamp, then hand the long pole to me. “Neil, let there be light” he would say. Oh boy, what a thrill when it shone.  I would continue along our street for a few more lamp posts, observing him at work. It was more interesting than watching the window cleaner or coal man when they came by. I got a cheerful “Cheerio” from him, “See you tomorrow?”. I always nodded “Yes” and scampered home, basking in the limelight, full of pride in my accomplishment.

31 October 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 31 October 2020 07:42edt

This was my first look at the day. Later we saw the tree behind our house rain down leaves constantly until 80% were on the ground. There was no wind. I went out and videoed the event, all you could hear were the leaves hitting the ground, and yours truly! It was -6C. Here is Flame at work observing the strange phenomenon!

I'd better ger the November Calendar started, another month has almost gone.

• Photo: Dale Tiedeman © 16 June 2020 •

Well, I manged the November 2020 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages just before November 1st!. Thanks to Dale Tiedeman for the image of C-FZCO (1027) at rest in Saskatchewan.

27 October 2020

16:10 edt

18:16 edt

What a difference. First snowflakes. All gone my 28th!

Photos: Neil Aird © 27 October 2020

26 October 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 25 October 2020 17:40 edt

Still the odd tree with colour. Last night from my window, today, gray, rainy and "driech" . .

24 October 2020

Photo: Anthony Aird © 24 Ocrtober 2020

It has been a while since I did a blog entry. Anthony sent me a great shot from his walk this morning. Here it is. Thanks Ant, cool capture!

15 October 2020

Still working behind the scenes on my three websites, adding new format and updated data, especially on the DHC-2.com Beaver website. The TwinOtterArchive.com website is having many images from a friend, Jay Sherlock, added. Ian and I are enjoying this website as we hated to see it vanish from the web. That can never happen anyway as "The Internet Archive - Wayback Machine" keeps everything, warts and all. It is important that you refresh your web cache every now and then to make sure you are looking at a current iteration.

01 October 2020

Photo:Gerry Norberg © 30 September 2020

Well, C-FZXD (1336) made it safely to Selkirk, Manitoba, and her new owner. (see 01 September 202 blog item below). Thanks Gerry for the snap.

29 September 2020

• Photo: Tom McLennan © 29 July 2020 •

Calendar time again folks. The October 2020 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are ready. A wonderful image captured by Ahmic Air pilot Tom McLennan of C-FMXS (1010) - a personal favourite DHC-2 of mine! The location is Sandy Lake on the Thaidene Nene National Reserve in the beautiful Northwest Territories

28 September 2020

Will be working on updating Beaver files on the websit. my partner ine crime, Ian Macintosh has just sent me the updated data/format for the final tranche of 99, which will keep me occupied for a while. Thanks Ian!

I have had this print for many a year. Here is a scan of an excellent cutaway by one Gary Aldred, longtime DHC and Bombardier Graphic Artist. (Thanks to Ken Swartz for info on Gary) I obtained it from the Canadian Air & Space Museum, when it was at Downsview.

I think it is a good time for another "shout out" to the many folk who have helped in some way to "grow" this website. My sincere thanks to everyone. Quite a few are no longer with us alas.

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23 September 2020

Photo: Bill Hann © 19 September 2004

Back in 2004, I met up with an old friend, c/n 354. Thanks to my pal Bill Hann, I got to say hello again.

21 September 2020

"Turkish Delight"

Lower photo: Neil Aird © 21 September 2020 16:41 edt

One of Danielle's favourite candy bars - I cannot look at a Turkish Cargo aircraft without thinking of it. Here is TC-LJO Boeing 777-FF2 (65743) "THY6363" cruising by yesterday on her way to Turkey. I wonder how many "Big Turk" candy bars you could transport it it? Of course, real Turkish Delight is much preferred!

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 September 2020 10:40 edt

Transport Canada patrol " TGO922" on patrol this morning westbound over St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. 1985 vintage C-GCFR DHC-7-150 (102) at 1,800'.

18 September 2020

Photo: Bo-Göran Lundkvist © 06 October 1964

Another surprise on Facebook today. My friend in Hawaii, Swedish born Bo-Göran Lundkvist just posted an image of G-AOHO Vickers V.802 Viscount (164) "Samuel Wallis" of BEA at London Airport. I made my very first flight in that Viscount on Friday 13 April 1962. BE790 departed Glasgow - Renfrew at 09:30 and touched down at Birmingham - Elmdon at 10:30. One hour on the nose. I enjoyed the flight, especially having one of those huge oval windows to gaze through. Thanks for posting that image B-G! I have been enjoying all your Kastrup images you have been posting on the Classic Propliners & Early Jetliners group.

16 September 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 22 January 1968

I just took a snap of a huge print I had made back in 1968. The subject, as you can see, was a Convair 440-75 Metropolitan SE-BSX (396) which I rode in from Copenhagen - Kastrup to Gothenburg - Landvetter, flight SK494. I was heading to do some Post Graduate work in Sweden, my first real winter experience.

14 September 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 28 May 1960

Back in 1960 I got to snap some interesting USAF aircraft at the Prestwick Armed Forces Day. A treat was to be able to buy a 7-UP in a tin (as we used to say) - only place you could do that in the UK at that time! Above is 56-3883 North American F-100F-10-NA (243-159) from USAFE 20 TFW RAF Wethersfield - EGVT. It was later painted camo and served wearing tail markings 0-63883 in 1967, later in the United States 56883 MI. It finally ended up as a QF-100F Drone No:389!

13 September 2012

Found this young lady hanging around our kitchen window this morning.

12 September 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 12 September 2020 - 19:25 edt

Interesting clouds this evening.

It is amazing what one can find in archived e-mails, if you take the tiime to look. I have been adding great images by Todd Boettcher and Philip Stevens that I have overlooked . . . I am also continually working behind the scenes adding data that I have not managed to add before. I need more hours in the day, and days in the week!

06 September 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 06 September 2020 - 16:25 edt

A sunday, but yet another survey flight. N310XR a 1976 vintage Cessna 310R (310R0626) flew over a few times, very hard to see, but I caught it at 12,300 feet! I have had a few flights in the Cessna 310, mine were in a 310C.

05 September 2020

Happy Flag Day to my Danish friends!

04 September 2020

Photo: Anthony Aird © 04 September 2020

Beautiful clouds last evening, glad to see my son Anthony made it down to the Kingston Waterfront. Beautiful shot Ant! Here's the view from my window.

Photos: Neil Aird © 04 September 2020 19:35 edt

01 September 202

Photos: Neil Aird © 01 September 2020 - 14:24 edt

Oh, that sweet sound. C-FZXD (1336) paid a very brief visit to Kingston's Inner Harbour. Glad I did not attempt a long hike as it arrived at 14:06 and cruised by my window at 14:24! Last time it will be by my window, it is heading to Selkirk, Manitoba in late September or early October to a new home!

31 August 2020

• Photo: Ian Beatty © Summer 2020 •

Well, Calendar time again folks. The September 2020 DHC-2.COM calendar pages are ready. Ian Beatty sent me this great shot of his steed C-FOEU (1678TB46) on their lunch break. Thanks Ian.

Oh yes - I see there are now 4,300 pages on this website!!

29 August 2020

Photo: U S Army © A-70-5-7

Dennis Newell sent me this image of U-6A 56-4416 (1140), which is in US ARMY manual TM 100-500-70. Thanks Dennis.

As Dennis wrote:

I hope the pilot would have allowed me to take the next airplane out because I do not want to be on board this Beaver when they start shoving that stuff outside the door at altitude.  No Thanks, I do not want to hear the thump when this stuff hits the horizontal stabilizer.   It is true we always wore parachutes in the Beaver at all stations (Chest packs on the Otter), good plan if you are going to dump this stuff mid air.

28 August 2020

Last night I lost another aviation friend - Thomas J. Macfadyen "Pud" to his pals, and there are many. Here is a link to a page with some details about Tom sent by good friend Douglas A. Rough. Sympathies to Tom's wife Sheilagh and his daughter. I like this image taken about 1969 by his pal Stuart Sim. RIP Pud.

26 August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 26 August 2020 - 11:28 edt

Back and forth, back and forth. "TIGR337" our venerable RCAF Rescue Herc 130337 (4584) is playing over RMC this morning. Must be some kind of training. Heading back to CFB Trenton as I enter this - 11:39.

23August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 23 August 2020 - 16:45 edt

Sounds so much like a Beaver, but I am used to this local buzzing in from his cottage on Loughborough Lake, north of Kingston. Caught him heading home just now. C-FLLF Murphy SR3500 Moose (259SR) powered by nine cylinder 360 hp Vedenyev M14P Radial Engine - sure sounds a lot like an R.985!!.

20 August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 August 2020 - 19:01 edt

Some odd looking clouds tonight.

20 August 2020

Photo: Danielle Aird © 20 August 2020 - 13:00 edt

The Constant Gardner . . well, when it is cooler anyway. Moving some flowers from one garden to another. Caught in the act by Danie from the kitchen window - so much for a surprise! Here's the view without yours truly.

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 August 2020 - 14:00 edt

13 August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 13 August 2020

I see you Red, I know what is coming . . .

12 August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 12 August 2020 19:49 edt

Turkish delight - "THY5" TC-LLA Boeing 787-9 (65801) at FL379 cruising by Kingston, eastbound.

09 August 2020

Photo: Les Dvorak © July 1974

Here's the story to go with the above picture of CF-RDA (1578TB7) at Norman Wells, supplied by Tim Parrish. Thanks Tim.

Arctic Air Ltd., operated CF-RDA  out of Fort Simpson and Fort Nelson on floats in the summer and wheel/skis in the winter.    In the summer of 1974 Arctic Air Ltd., had a contract with an exploration firm and RDA was based at the float base (DOT Lake) in Norman Wells (VQ) where a camp was set up.  The pilot was John Hnatiuk and the engineer was Pete Austin.  I was in Fort Simpson flying for Arctic Air when the report came in that the aircraft had been damaged at the lake in Norman Wells.  The story was that the engineer took it out for a taxi power check but inadvertently got airborne.  He flew around for a short period of time obviously gathering his thoughts on what to do.  The pilot came out of his tent to see his aircraft overhead.  The engineer got RDA back on the lake but with some damage as the picture shows.

The above picture of the damaged RDA at DOT Lake was taken by Les Dvorak.  Here is what Les wrote back .  " I took the picture of RDA when I had a trip to the lake at NW. Arctic Air had it repaired and Gary Moore installed the overhauled engine down at the shed at WAL where they had parked".   (NW being Norman Wells.)  The damaged aircraft was transported(possibly by barge) to FS where the new engine was installed at Les Dvorak's yard on the Fort Simpson Island Airport.   "I dont remember how they got RDA out . Gary installed the new engine at FS . they had the airplane at Arctic Air and they brought it down the airstrip to where I was and put in the engine. That would have been the next year"   Les has started Wolverine Air (WAL) by then. 

08 August 2020

Photo: Katie Aird © 16 July 1991

Might have shown this snap before? Taken 29 years ago. "Boy in Beaver" . . having fun with Katie (our Daughter) at Middle Wallop.

Photo: Mike Biddulph © 1964

London / Gatwick - EGKK used to be a great place to catch U-1A and U-6A. Here is a crop of an image I saw this morning on the Facebook Group - Vintage & Classic Light Aircraft. I had to clean it up a bit. It was taken by Mike Biddulph in 1964.

07 August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 07 August 2020 16:50 edt

A familiar sound, but not my "regular" - this time C-FKPI Pilatus PC-12/45 (250) RCMP zipping by. I waved.

06 August 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 06 August 2020 09:36 edt and screen shot below at 13:12 landing RWY 19 CYGK.

Busy Twin Otter, flew by on the start of a rabies baiting flight. C-GOGC deHavilland DHC-6 (750) was out working and flew the patterns, low level, that you see above. An annual event in this area.

01 August 2020

Yesterday, as I was working on this website, I "lost" the whole "Front Page" - it was, needless to say, the most nerve shattering, stressful day!! Thanks to distant external backup (It was still on the www) I managed to rebuild it by late evening last night. All is not 100%, but good enough for now - I think?

31 July 2020

N4982U (904) was involved in mid-air with a PA-12 near Sterling, Alaska this morning about 08:30 Alaska time. Tragic loss - six in Beaver and one in PA-12. Sympathies extended to families and friends.

30 July 2020

• Photo: Todd Boettcher © 06 September 2016 •

One more day left in July. Here are the August 2020 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages. Thanks to Todd Boettcher for the image of N564RC (1156) at Renton. Danielle and I were flown in this Beaver from Rosario's on Orcas Island, Washington, to Eagle Nook Resort on Vancouver Island back in 2015.

29 July 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 29 July 2020 20:46 edt

This evening, and every evening recently, if there is a nice sunset, we enjoy the reflections in the windows of Sydenham Public School, across the street.

24 July 2020

Photo & Screen shot: Neil Aird © 24 July 2020 14:15 edt

Getting my picture taken again I guess . . ? Cessna T206H N558TA (T20608621) 3,750', GV Air Inc., a long way from Oregon.

22 July 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 22 July 2020

This tiny pink Poppy measuring 1.5 cm popped up in my window box. I have never seen one so small.

20 July 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © FL390 - 20 July 2020 20:01 edt

A nice pass directly over the house by D-AIKK Airbus 330-343 (896) of Lufthansa operating "DLH441" - Houston / IAH - Frankfurt / FRA. 9 hours 15 minutes en route.

Photos: "The Yard" Neil Aird © 18/22 July 2020

Some of you may know that I am building a small N guage model railroad scene - Layout dimensions 2' 10" x 5' 6" - yes, that's pretty small! - the black oil tank above is a 35mm film container! It is just as a change from Beavers etc. If you wish to follow the progress, you can do so here

It is a lot of fun. A tribute to my Dad.

08 July 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 08 July 2020

Shot from our third floor balcony, this Swallowtail was feeding at the top of a Linden Tree.

07 July 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 07 July 2020 13:26 edt

Biz Buzz - RCAF C-GSYC Beech 300 King Air (FL-20) "CFC1600" zipping by at 1,000' after playing around the eastern end of Wolfe Island for a bit. Difficult day to see high level aircraft, unless very lucky (been lucky twice) aircraft not trailing and high haze. C-17 Globemaster III 02-1098 (50106) "RCH457" went right over the house at FL 310 - heard but not seen!

05 July 2020

A sad day - eight people lost their lives today near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A Cessna TU206G and DHC-2 Beaver collided in the air. The Beaver was N2106K (1131). I met the former owner and his Dad back in 2001. The company was sold, planes, name and all, two years ago. I am relieved somewhat, but saddened by this event.

02 July 2020

A sober reminder folks.

UPDATES

20 August 2020 CANADA (37M) 123,653 9,051

20 August 2020 UNITED STATES (327M) 5,720,387 176,794

20 July 2020 CANADA 110,626 8,884

20 July 2020 UNITED STATES 3,711,413 140,119

02 July 2020 CANADA (37M) 106,289 8,678

02 July 2020 UNITED STATES (327M) 2,688,592 127,299

01 July 2020

I'd like to give a big shout out to Alan Flett in Camden, NSW. Many thanks to Alan for sharing the super images of Australian DHC-2 Beavers taken over the years. Great to have those vintage images!

30 June 2020

• Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 21 August 2007 •

Calendar time as we head into the second half of the year. The DHC-2.COM July Calendar pages are ready. This month a shot by Kenneth I. Swartz of N49771 (1079) at the Tyee Spit. Thanks Ken, nice image.

25 June 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 25 June 2020 10:20 edt

A quick circuit around town at 3,500' before heading off NE, I presume to Ottawa. C-FGXJ Beech C-90A King Air (LJ-1178) of the DoT.

22 June 2020

Photo: Robin Aird © 21 June 2020

Yesterday, Midsummer's Day, local "flight line" down by the river close to where my son Robin lives, 21 km south of Golden, British Columbia. The river is still a tad "refreshing" . . .

10 June 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 10 June 2020 14:30 edt

The clouds and rain vanished, so Top Aces' Alpha Jet C-GVTA (0009) "CHETA61"came to play. Fortunately it is circling at 5,300', so very quiet. Thank goodness.

09 June 202

As promised - Another visit.

"Goodby"

Photos: Neil Aird © 09 June 2020 12:30 edt

At least the Dash 7 is quieter than the two Top Aces Alpha Jets that will be circling overhead for four hours tomorrow. Never quiet around here alas!!

08 June 2020

Photo: Anon - Just like those standing here.

Visit USA 2020 - Social distancing - I for one, will not be visiting.

Meanwhile their buddies in Minneapolis were slashing all the tires of cars legally parked in a K-Mart parking lot!

Photos: Neil Aird © 08 June 2020 13:36 edt

Lots of this going on these days. Nice to follow this one, did me the courtesy of a fly by! Says he will be back this way tomorrow. C-GCFR 1985 DHC-7-150 (102) doing round-robin Ottawa - Ottawa as "TGO992".

I got buzzed by my RCMP friend, PC-12 C-GMPB while I was picking my first strawberry of the season . . but I won't comment further.

07 June 2020

I have uploaded, as a PDF, part two of three lectures I compiled in "Power Point" to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. So here, for the record, is Part Two "Military Days". Remember these presentations were completed in 2007 - they maybe a wee bit dated.

06 June 2020

Wow - big hail storm. Scary stuff, especially if you have a metal roof and lots of skylights. So very loud!! Trees shredded, so clearing eaves trough today, now that things are dry.

Photos: Neil Aird © 06 June 2020

03 June 2020

City of Kingston tree crews are here today to work on the huge tree outside our house. If my cable goes out, there may be no udates for a few days - so, fingers crossed. It might mean more sky for me. 10:45 edt - all clear. Tree saved, lost of branches removed near the house and lower down. Not too big a change up top. Job well done.

Photo: Neil Aird © 16 April 2009

80-0254/DM A-10 Warthog (A10-0604) doing circuits at Davis-Monthan AFB. 357th FS - 355th TW.

01 June 2020

Another long project underway. First four months of Flame's 2020 complete. I always get a giggle when I look back at my "Toonies" - after all, that's what they are for ! There is no sound track and maybe set the speed to "2 or 4" - right click with your mouse and set to whatever speed you prefer. I will be adding to this file over the coming year.

30 May 2020

• Photo: Keith Connors © 2018 •

DHC-2.COM Calendar time again. My thanks to Keith Connors for the beautiful image of C-GZXV (1079) on Turnagain Lake, British Columbia.

25 May 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 25 May 2020 14:01 edt

Another OTT ship - I showed Danielle it on my camera, "Bet you know which country this is from" - thenI zoomed in - "Qatar" - Boy, she is getting good!! A7-ANJ Airbus A350-1041 aka an A35K (266) "QTR729" at FL400, heading from Doha to Dallas.

22 May 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 22 May 2020 19:28 edt

Lovely evening here. PH-BKF Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner (42499) operating "KLM82" FL369. First time I have been able to see the actual registration on my photograph! I think I have a new screensaver for a while.

I have uploaded, as a PDF, part one of three lectures I compiled in "Power Point" to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. So here, for the record, is Part One "The Museum Crowd". Remember these presentations were completed in 2007 - they maybe a wee bit dated.

20 May 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 May 2020 15:34 edt

A colourful regular Freighter above here (OTT) is D-ALMD Airbus A330-243F (1524) "BCS396" with DHL from Leipzig to Cincinnati. Sometimes from East Midlands. The first of five ex Ethiad aircraft - formerly A6-DCB.

16 May 2020

Sterling silver 925/1000 lapel pins © Neil Aird

Promised myself to get back (after doing a Beaver and a few Otters) to scanning my jewellery negatives and slides. Currently working on my "Belugascapes" series, based on these little fellars. Fun to go back in time. Long overdue!

14 May 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 14 May 2020 14:04 edt and 13:42 edt

Skies are getting busier again. Here is a sample. Oldtimer , well twenty years, N412MC Boeing 747-47U(F) (30559) Atlas at work "GTI539". Presume by heading, making for Anchorage and onward to China. (It came back on Saturday 16th at 14:20!). It was following a China Airlines B-2037 Boeing 777-39L(ER) (38677) "CCA 646". Other items of interest to me today, were a USAF C-17 04-4132 "RCH541" and down low a US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon was doing circuits for quite some time at Wheeler Sack Army Airfield.

12:29:53 169542 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (64073) United States Navy "PIONR33" 13:51:50

12 May 2020

Screen capture: adsbexchange.com - 12 May 2020 11:05 edt

A sprightly 63 year old is orbiting upstate New York, near Fort Drum (desert pink area), just about thirty miles ESE from me. 57-2599 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (17735) is delivering fuel to some "chicks" I imagine. It has been there for about an hour and a half. Currently at 23,025'. Arrived from Niagra Falls. Looks like he has had enough of that and maybe heading home at 11:20 edt.

08 May 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 08 May 2020 11:36 edt

As part of their Cross-Canada flight, the RCAF Snowbirds did a fly by over Kingston this morning, as a tribute to out Health Care and Front Line workers in the effort to combat the Covid-19 virus.

02 May 2020

Photo: Jim Hymrack © 28 April 2020

C-GYOJ (442) is progressing along. Latest pictures from Jim Hymrack are on 442's page.

Photo: Neil Aird © 02 May 2020 10:44 edt

Well, there goes another Air China flight, oh so many these days. B-2047 Boeing 777-39L(ER) (60374) "CCA634" following sister ship B-2031 (38670) "CCA981" which went by just twenty minutes earlier. 11:31edt and one more heading back to Bejing, China, 100 nm to my east, the regular track for them. B-2046 passing B-2089 heading to JFK. B-2045 "CCA989" doing the same, but it will pass my window in a while. Still over Hudson's Bay. Noon here now, and B-2088 heading to China.

30 April 2020

• Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 20 August 2018 •

Thanks once again to Kenneth I. Swartz for this atmosphheric image of C-GHPG (713) at a smokey Nanaimo. This is the May 2020 DHC-2.COM Calendar feature. Thanks Ken

28 April 2020

Card by Anthony. © 2020

Well, fifty years ago today, Danielle and I got hitched. Guarantee still good it appears.

27 April 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 27 April 2020 17:15edt

Okay, okay, so you know where I live lads! Get back to work.

25 April 2020

Uh-oh. did I do something? Just noticed this E-6 162783 (23889) US Navy, "GIN048" coming at me - well, after I took the screen capture at 12:25 edt., it veered westbound across the lake. Phew. It is a regular up here, always at FL260 - 265kts.

24 April 2020

L-R: C-GUBD (747); C-GNLA (424); C-FZVR (639); C-FLPF (1300).

I asked Paul to write something to go with the photograph he sent the other day. Thanks Paul - a somewhat "chilling" tale.

Newfoundland to Labrador Annual Winter Food Lift

The photo of wheel/ski equipped Beavers and an Otter was taken about April, 1982 at Long Pond, Forteau, Labrador at: N 51 27’10” & W 57, 00’,00”.

Annual winter freeze-up brought an end to ferry and coastal boat service and these aircraft were a common sight for decades when the annual food lift to Labrador transported passengers and freight across the 20 km wide Strait of Belle Isle that separates Newfoundland from Labrador. Most communities along Coastal Labrador and the North Shore of Québec lacked airstrips of any kind so ski operations were the norm. Lack of hangers also meant aircraft were tied down outside on lakes and harbours, secure against the winter storms and Nor’Easters that struck frequently, packing snow drifts like concrete, or coating aircraft in sheets of ice and drizzle requiring hours to manually deice. In the days before synthetic oil, the Pratt & Whitney engines winter oil W-80 nearly solidified in temperatures of -20C to -30C, requiring pre-heat with the “Herman Nelson” shown on the komatik in front of C-FLPF. If pre-heat was not available, it meant using the aircraft “oil dilution” system that metered a specified amount of avgas into the oil system using a chart from the aircraft manual and based on the overnight low temperature forecast. This meant letting the P&W engine cool sufficiently at end of day before restarting and then adding gas to the oil. The engine needed to be cool enough to add the gas, but not sufficiently hot to evaporate the gas after shutdown. It also meant that start of next day required running the engine at operating temps for a specified time to evaporate the gas prior to takeoff, otherwise there was a risk of loss of oil pressure. Typically, the 70 lb. battery also needed to be removed and stored in a warm location, then re-installed next day. Overall a time consuming but necessary process for winter operations.

Passenger service and food lift operations usually started about New Year and depending on Arctic drift ice conditions continued until late April, but sometimes into May. On short hauls of 30-40 minutes or less, the Beaver could carry 1200 lbs, but for longer flights of 1-2 hours the load was reduced to 1000 lbs. Customers expected the maximum load possible as weight was money and wholesale food distributors became adept at maximizing weight and volume, so that the aircraft was always at maximum weight and fully bulked in volume.  For certain there are many pilots that still have images of a box of bananas or oranges strapped into the co-pilots seat to prevent freezing during the flight. Short winter days also meant pilots started their day and aircraft pre-flight long before daylight, flew the daylight hours and put the aircraft to bed well after dark, often with temperatures that never rose above -20C and windchills of -40 and colder that continued for days at a time. Restricted to Day VFR operations, pilots faced whiteout conditions over treeless terrain, hidden ice ridges during take-off and landing, cross winds on icy surfaces as well as rapidly changing weather in a region notorious for extremes of climate. Communication with HF radio meant frequently talking to someone possibly 500 km away to relay a message or ETA or get weather updates for a destination that was only 50 km away. In those days, GPS was nonexistent and pilots soon got to know the best weather routes and could readily identify hills, rivers, shorelines and treelines from memory.

During the 1980s construction of Labrador coastal airstrips brought turbine aircraft, GPS and IFR capability to much of the area. Further transportation progress occurred in 2010 with the completion of the Trans-Labrador Highway that introduced road transport combined with marginal success with year around ferry service across the strait which has eliminated the need for these study aircraft and the pilots that flew them.

Paul Bennett

23 April 2020

Another stealthy visitor, snapped napping, from my third floor studio. Enjoying a sunny spot behind our house.

An RCAF Airbus trying to be stealthy - but I was waiting - you know me by now! "Husky 04" at 4,300' just 2.3 nm to my south. Cruisin' . . 15004 Airbus CC-150T Polaris (444). - aka A310-304 MRTT. Heading back to CFB Trenton.

Photos: Neil Aird © 22 April 2020 10:17 edt

21 April 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 April 2020 11:04 edt

Finally, an interesting flyover. My persistence paid offf - fast moving clouds here! I noticed 54+26 Airbus A400M-180 (086) "GAF 286" German Air Force heading my way from Bangor at FL319 doing 331 kts. I stared at the clouds from the time it was 60nm away. He left Wunstorf yesterday - it took 8:03 to reach Bangor, Maine. It was nice that it jogged my way en route today ;-)

NOTE: Returned eastbound at 18:15 Thursday at 23 April 2020, from Nellis, FL320 on the same track!

Eventually, some blue skies arrived, I spied him trailing while still 22 nm from me. Managed a few shots as he trailed (noisily) by and was hidden my clouds again while overhead.

He passed a German registered Learjet LJ60 just west of here. D-CPMU (60-032) "IFA183A" heading east from Toronto at FL390. I wonder if they waved to each other?

20 April 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 April 2020 14:49 edt

Makes a change from Jets and high flyers. CF-XHF is a local (CYGK) Piper PA-18 Super Cub (18-5465) 1957 vintage. There was a yellow one earlier, but that avoided positive identification!

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 April 2020 08:56 edt

19 April 2020

Danielle is still working away fundraising for her charity CalcuttaRescueCanada - her way of helping the destitute. Getting lots of customers who pick the masks up from a basket outside our door, then they leave a cheque. Well done Danie! I hear the sewing machine . . . . . Here is the main Calcutta Rescue website - we are so fortunate!

14 April 2020

Not had an entry here in a while. Here's one! DHC-3archive.com just had a "roll-over" . . . 10:45 edt.

02 April 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 02 April 2020 13:06 edt

Busy day in the skies too - not as busy as usual - here is RCAF 130604 CC-130J-30 Hercules ( 5636) "CFC2584" heading east from Toronto - CYYZ, at FL290 - leaving a very long trail. Not to be outdone, N441WD Cessna 441 Conquest (441-0107) was trailing also at FL290! It is on approach to Burlington - BTV as I type this. Everything higher was not trailing!

Screen capture: 02 April 2020 12:45 edt

Not only do I check on plane traffic, I keep tabs on what enters and leaves the St Lawrence Seaway for my maritime friends around the world. My Grandfather was a Chief Engineer, I therefore have more than a passing interest. I have sailed the North Atlantic twice, and the North Sea four times (as a passenger I might add!)

Now here is a brilliant idea for today's transportation issues. Image came via Flight Global this morning. Congratulations to Colibri Aero / J&C Aero! 252kg for each block - 75kg on the seat and 9kg under each A320 seat!

Photo: Neil Aird © 02 April 2020 10:51 edt

I happened to see PH-MPS  Boeing 747-412 (BCF) (24066) operating "MPH 8141" from Chongquing to Chicago. A long flight, almost 8,000 miles. Well done to the Martinair crew and the 29 year old airframe! The aircraft was 26 nautical miles away and at FL360 hence fuzzy image.

31 March 2020

• Photo: Marcel Fluet-Lecerf © Summer 2008 •

March is finishing out, so the April 2020 DHC-2.COM Calendar image to brighten up your month! Thanks to my dear frriend, the late Marcel Fluet-Lecerf with an image of C-FGBF (168) departing the dock at Lillabelle lake, near Cochrane, Ontario.

26 March 2020

Photos: Neil Aird © 1984

Another change of pace . . . "What's he on about?" I can hear you say. Scanning eleven slide pages of my "Queen Elizabeth Chalice" design and construction archive. Above is the finished "Turtle" which was to be integrated into the base later. Quite a long story as to why I finished up one item, when the chalice had yet to be completed.

Short version is that my wife Danielle and I had to meet the Queen and Prince Philip on their visit to Canada in 1984. I wanted part of the chalice to have actual contact with the Queen, since she was my patron. When I was chatting with her, I produced the item from my pocket, I asked if she would hold the turtle . . "Is that all?" she enquired. I mentioned that the rest would come "later" . . . the drawings had been to Windsor Castle already, they were on the table in front of us. Prince Philip, hands behind his back looked at the drawings and said "Everything appears to be rather pagen . . . is there anything Christian?" I mentioned there were a couple of "token" crosses on the stem. "Jolly good" he replied. I had wanted to greet him as "Rainbow One" which I knew was his call sign. I had once tried to marshall the Queen's Flight Avro 748 to park at my training school, as I had recognised the callsign. The f/o waved, and they proceeded to The Kingston Flying Club at the east end of the field. I spoke my CFI, owner of Wagner Aviation, and I shrugged and said "I tried" . . .

I did not address the Prince by his callsign.

25 March 2020

The website still seems to be popular . . . . just saw the counter roll around!

Photo: Neil Aird © 25 March 2020 12:33 edt

A quick fly over RMC at 1,300 before dropping back down to follow the river downbound. Lockheed CC-130J Hercules "CFC2568" was 130606 ().

Before

After

Had a very intensive two hours cleaning up this old image by Don Neely. My thanks to Doug Chisolm for adding the first image of CF-DIX (16). A welcome image. For a minute, I began to wonder if all those black specks were mosquitoes and black flies!!

24 March 2020

A big shout out to Beaver owner and friend Doug DeVries in Seattle area who is ramping up production at his company VENTEC Life Systems, to produce more ventilators for the United States. He has linked up with GM in this important "mission" - good luck Doug and all your crew!! Special link.

During this difficult time, with most of us staying in our residences - you can always go and check out our banner archives when you have had enough of TV and on-line updates about COVID-19!

17 March 2020

Good grief - it sure is a quiet day on my screen! Ten aircraft checking in, usually 40 to 60!

I was listning to some Nina Simone and other "blues" when this appeared on my screen, over Ottawa, Ontario. Kind of appropriate I thought! Boeing KC-135R 59-1461 (17949) "BLUE 22" on deployment.

Screen capture: 17 March 2020 13:45edt

Photo: Neil Aird © 19 September 2004

While adding some images to AirHistory.net yesterday, I came across an image I took at Boundry Bay (CZBB), British Columbia, back in 2004. It was of an unidentified (no registration applied) Republic RC-3 SeaBee. I did not add the image. Low and behold, on Instagram last night there was an image of the actual aircraft taken by my pal Rich Hulina. I now know which RC-3 it is!! CF-DLX (1016) - thanks Rich!

Photo: Rich Hulia © March 2020

16 March 2020

Photo: Neil Aird ©19 September 2004

An important item, often neglected on this website. I am starting a page for the venerable Pratt & Whitney R.985 Wasp Junior!

15 March 2020

Photo: The Knowledge Network © Gamut Productions 2005

Photo: Gamut Productions © 2005

For those of you who want to watch or rewatch "The Immortal Beaver" Video. You can do so here on The Knowledge Network. You can now watch also on SPARK which is now a legal viewing link on YouTube. You can join the over 353,000 others that have watched the video! (With Advertising - unless you pay for YouTube service or use VPN). David Malysheff of Gamut Productions advised me that "All is good!" Phew - Thanks - Patrol Man Neil

14 March 2020

Photo: Alessandro Parmigiani © 05 February 2020

Here's a flickr page you have to go visit. LINK Follow the work of Alessandro Parmigiani as he builds his RU-6A 51-16862 (433). Sit back and admire his talent. Great work Alex, happy to have been of help!

05 March 2020

Scanning more old black and white negatives, family stuff plus a few aircraft - they are always mixed together!

Photos: Neil Aird © 02 September 1974

Busy scene along the Toronto waterfront during the Canadian National Exhibition - Air Show of 1974. The OMNR busy showing how the do water drops.A local seagull gets into the act as well with the Yellwbirds. Aircraft participating were DHC-3 Otters CF-ODU and CF-ODY; DHC-6 Twin Otters CF-OPH and CF-OPJ; DHC-2 Turbo Beavers CF-OEC and CF-OET; Trackers CF-OPU and CF-OPZ.

01 March 2020

Continuing on my massive project - getting my Metalworking Slides in order. Sorted out 1,245 - now in four binders. Not counting digital images from the latter part of my career. Some scanning done, but first a scan of each slide page, just so I can get my head around all that "stuff" - jeepers, I made all that? Then there are all the design renderings that I have . . . . not ready to go there!

29 February 2020

• Photo: Ron Kosys © 06 June 2008 •

Another great image from Ron Kosys graces thos month's DHC-2.COM Calendar page. C-FSCM (1583) is the subject Beaver. Thanks once again Ron.

22 February 2020

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21 February 2020

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 February 2020 14:16 est

This low flying Griffon caught me off guard - not seen one in this colour scheme before. Looks like the ones used for training out west. This one is RCAF however with a 146** serial, unable to read due to the high gloss paint!! Callsign was "145".

Nasty event overnight at CXH - Vancouver's Coal Harbour. Some idiot tried to steal a SeaAir Beaver C-FPCG (1000) and managed to almost destroy DHC-3 C-FIUZ (135). The thief remains at large. Photos from CBCwebsite, taken by Ben Nelms. The Beaver lost a wing and had more damage I'm sure as can be seen from image below.

Photos: Ben Nelms / CBC © 22 February 2020

20 February 202

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 February 2020 - 15:05 est

Almost home - "CFC4262" starting descent, over my house for CFB Trenton. RCAF Lockheed 130606 CC-130J -30 (382-5649) FL170.

19 February 2020

Photo: Air Force Museum of New Zealand © c 20 January 1960 - REF: MUS19093

A timely image sent to me by Thomas Singfield, shows Squadron Leader L.C. Jeffs and Flight Lieutenant P. S. Rule beside the unfortunate NZ6010 (911).

Photo: Danielle Aird © 09 February 2007

While doing some hard drive cleaning up, I came across this snap taken by Danie on one of her many trips to India. Quiet the shot I thought! Ahmedabad area.

14 February 2020

Recieved this nostalgic e-mail from my pal Dennis Newell.

11 February 2020

Photo: Peter Keating © August 1978

I'm enjoying restoring some old scans of Peter Keating's work (and items from his extensive collection), sent to me many, many years ago by the late Ian MacFarlane. They require some work on my part, but it is a great pleasure to add these images to the website. I do hope you are liking them. More to come!

I am also doing a lot "behind the scenes" on older pages, changing the type face and updating the expanded data. Same goes for the TwinOtterArchive.com website. Much more work there, as it really involves a complete rework of each page. It does, however, make it easier to keep it up to date.

Photo: Rob Cripe © February 2020

On the mend and off to the paint shop. Rob Cripe's image of N9RW (1095) being trailered off for touch ups! Novel method I thought. Thanks to Fred Wallis for sending the screen shot along. Thanks to my colleague Ian Macintosh for identifying the airframe!!

07 February 2020

Trawling through some old slides. Came across these two Cessna 150 aircraft that I flew solo. There was a third, but I don't seem to have a snap of that. In 2020 all three are still in existance. I did my first solo in CF-XSF 1968 Cessna 150J (150-69667) on 27 October 1969. CF-TRJ 1969 Cessna 150K (150-71338) was brand new and I thought it was cool. CF-WRP 1967 Cessna 150H (150-67994) was my third trainer. All three belonged to Doug Wagner, Wagner Aviation. Happy days.

My thanks to Dennis for the research on the tail crest / flash.

The 39th Engineer Group from Wiley Barracks, Neu-Ulm , West Germany. During my time in Europe all the Engineer companies had at least one Beaver as they were common and had a unique flash on the tail.  
I believe 57-2578 to have been an asset of 39th Engineering Group, Wiley Barracks (Kaserne), Neu-Ulm, West Germany, up until it was sold at Coleman Barracks.  The Bell UH-1 Iroquois was the end of the Beaver.

Dennis Newell, Maricopa, AZ.