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22 April 2019

Yesterday - just by chance I looked up from my desk - yup, another Falcon!! This one had just got content for his "Pigeon Pie". I know the term "Carrier pigeon" . . . . grabbed the camera before the raptor headed up to the top of the cathedral spire!! This is one of two resident birds that have been up there for many a year.

20 April 2019

I'm still working away on sorting, rescanning, and adding labels to Ken Swartz's massive slide collection of Beavers. This is why you are seeing many of his images as banner shots! I missed lots of fine photos on the first go around, many years ago.

I was "shadowed" by a Sparrow Hawk on the waterfront this morning, it was almost stationary in the strong breeze. First one I have ever seen at that location. I wonder if it knew about the image below?

19 April 2019

The other day I came across a very dead bird, by the Rideau River. All that remained were some feathers really. I folded up the tail and after some surgery to remove "smelly bits" - I washed and dried, and separated the tail feathers. Today, I put them back together. I think the bird was a Falco Sparverius aka Sparrow Hawk / American Kestral, of the Accipiter family. This was a female , going by the rufous markings. I was amazed with how light and effective the tail feathers are!

Today, the 13th, I added the 13,000th DHC-2 Beaver image to the website.

16 April 2019

Grand foggy start to the day here in Kingston. Met a few regulars on my walk. Not sure if they had had a "falling out" . . . I was under the watchful eye of something larger, after the fog burned off!

Photo: Neil Aird © 17 April 2019 11:54 edt

In the afternoon I walked to the Inner Harbour to take a few shots of a new ship that was built locally. The "AMWAAL" will be heading to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, after her trials here in Kingston. Probably on a trailer! The images were for Ship Tracking outfits.

Photo: Neil Aird © 17 April 2019 14:42 edt

15 April 2019

Maybe as a sign of sympathy or solidarity for our Parisian friends - my neigbourhood cathedral had a wash of red sunset rays. Just for a brief moment or two.

Photo: Neil Aird © 15 April 2019 19:47 edt

A very sad day for Paris. Here is a small etching / aquatint, that hangs in our kitchen. It was saved from an old house we once owned.

Photo: Neil Aird © 05 April 1995

14 April 2019

Life imitating Art eh? This was my "Toonie" for this morning. Done about 08:00 edt. I then went for my usual long walk along the lakeshore. Guess what I came across? Had a giggle! (I only added a bit of colour! - Honest). Obviously too much time on my hands . . . .

xx

Photos: Neil Aird © 14 April 2019 08:31 edt

06 April 2019

March 1987 - 06 April 2019

Was on my walk this foggy morning when I had a "flashback" - 31 years ago in March 1987 I photographed this scene, which eventually became the watercolour painting shown here on the left, later that year. I snapped this morning's shot from memory. The original visit was made late afternoon with my 10 year old son Robin. If things work out today, I will try to recreate the scene with my 9 year old Granson Callum . . . stay tuned.

Well, we went down at about 16:00 and did our photo shoot. The scene had changed considerably, and the sun was out! On 23 March 2019, there was no ice in this area!!

This is how close we came to the snap snaps! we had a lots of fun and got some puzzled looks from passers by!

Callum 9 Robin 10

Photos: "GandPaNeil " © 06 April 2019 and "Dad" March 1987

04 April 2019

What a difference a day makes. Here are three snaps of the Kingston waterfront taken on Tuesday 02 April 2019 (top), Wednesday 03 (middle), and today Thursday 04 April 2019 (bottom). Needless to say, we had very strong winds on the middle day!

31 March 2018

• Photo:Todd Boettcher © 25 May 2016 •

The DHC-2.COM April 2019 Calendar pages are now ready for you. Thanks to Todd Boettcher for the use of his image of N5142G (481) at Lake Hood. I almost gave it the title "Bouy and Beaver" - those of you who know my paintings would "get that" . . .

29 March 2019

Quick on the draw! This RCAF Augusta Westland CH-149 Cormorant 149912 (50124) got my attention. I thought it was just "Bandage 3" leaving the Hospital Pad - grabbed the camera and took quick shots though my windows, achieved a neat image or three as this "hotshot" twisted and turned past my cab!! I wonder what was going on in town today? Found out a lot was happening at CFB Trenton. The very noisy two seat CF-188 Hornet 188927 "Alouette 26" cetainly shook up Kingston at 12:10.

Photos: Neil Aird © 29 March 2019 16:34 edt

Photos: Neil Aird © 29 March 2019 12:17 edt

It's been a chopper day here. The second Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone that I have seen 148823 (92-5023) RCAF. Last one I noted was back on 01 September 2017. As you can see, I managed a few snaps.

The Canadian Coast Guard have been by a few times with two of their Bell 429 helos today, getting the St. Lawrence Seaway in shape, as the first ships have been through. "Bandage 3" flew over me as I was out for my hike by the lake. The Ornge / orange paint sure is fading!

Photo: Neil Aird © 29 March 2019 14:23 edt

24 March 2019

Forty-five years ago, our first born came into this world, a similar day to this one weatherwise. Going to join Katie and her family for a BBQ tonight. The snap is from my morning stroll today along Kingston's waterfront. Meanwhile Danielle , the lady who brought her into the world, is having a well earned break in Costa Rica. She just sent this "tease" from her Hostel. . . .

Photo: Danielle Aird © 23 March 2019

Photo: Anthony Aird © 23 March 2019

Just to prove that I do leave the cab - here I am enjoying a sunset with my youngest son Anthony. The ice will not be here much longer. So we decided to have some "ice time" . .

20 March 2018

Here's another great website to bookmark - AirHistory.net - The Aviation History Image Archive. I hope to be represented there soon, just have to decide what to submit. Thanks for the kind invitation Mick and Aad.

19 March 2019

Photo: Neil Aird © 02 September 1966

Another of my C-46 Commando prints from years gone by, found, scanned and placed in the appropriate section of the website. This image says it all - in my opinion. Hope you agree.

This morning US NAVY U-6A 150191 popped up on my screen this morning. It had just returned to base. As you well know - I do try to keep an eye on "things" . . .

17 March 2019

Happy 75th Birthday "Buffalo Joe" aka Joe McBryan - I bumped into this gent at Red Lake back in 1995. I took a snap of C-GWCB (TD-369) the Beech B95 Travel Air he operated at that time. His fine Noorduyn Norseman MK.V CF-SAN (N2929) was at Howey Lake partaking in the Jubilee Celebrations of the Norseman at Red Lake, Ontario.

Photos: Neil Aird © 17 July 1995

Funny coincidence - after I watched Mikey's most recent episode of "Plane Savers" (Episode 74) - I checked to see if I happened to have any snaps of DC-3 C-FDTD. Well . . . here she is on 05 December 1986 at Montréal - Dorval, captured by my pal Ken Marshall. I have black and white shots I took of her in back in 1972 at the same location! Here's a link to all of the episodes!

Photo: Ken Marshall © 05 December 1986 - Aird Archives

Photos: Neil Aird © 1972

15 March 2019

Had a great visit from my Swiss Beaver buddy Jvan Aeberli and his wife Anna. Here he is in the cab hollding the business card of our mutual friend Cyrus Brantenberg of Norway, another Beaver owner. Jvan noticed it on my desk. We had a truly great visit, and many yarns were told! Today he and Anna are in Ottawa visiting Beaver c/n 1 and perhaps the stored Pakistani one as well - AP-AKB (1034). It depends if they can gain entry to The Annex at the Museum. (Note: Jvan is back in Switzerland and he e-mailed me 20 March to say they enjoyed the museum visit and managed the Annex as well!!)

13 March 2019

Photo: Peter Reardon © 05 November 2010

Got this fun Birthday Card snap today from my pal Pete Reardon in OZ. Yours truly in the Aéronaval Lockheed P-2E Neptune 147566/VH-LRR back in 2010 at the HARS Museum. Thanks Pete!! One of my favourite aircraft. You made my day Pete - today and back then mate! "Clear!"

Photo: Neil Aird © 05 November 2010

Photo: Peter Reardon © 2009

Bit of a coincidence, I just watched a video of the other HARS Neptune A86-273 flying today at their airfield! Here's a screen capture.

Screen capture from video: HARS © 13 March 2019

05 March 2018

Photo: Robert A. Edwards © 20 August 1966

Although light aircraft are not really my thing - I confess to enjoy adding my pal Eddy's images to various Face Book Groups. The reactions are favourable always! I've been foucusing on his quick trip to Northern France in August 1966. Scroll down to the portion called "The French Connection" or click the above image of F-BLCH SNCAN Stampe SV-4C (No:308) at Mitry-Moyen (site of present day CDG!!) is typical. Just love the waiting deck chair!

01 March 2018

Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 27 August 2015

Another Beaver lands on water with wheels down, this time in Auckland Harbour (yesterday our time - 01 March 2019 NZ time). Pilot okay. Presume ZK-WKA (1585) will be salvaged. Glad no passengers aboard and rescuers nearby!

28 February 2019

• Photo: Danny Hoggard © 16 March 2018 •

Well that was a short month. The March 2019 DHC-2.COM calendar pages are ready for you. This month another Danny Hoggard shot. N5595M (1571) dockside at Ketchikan, Alaska. Thanks Danny!

23 February 2019

Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1991 - Aird Archives

"Rescans and Reruns". I'm always scanning slides it seems. The main reason is to get improved quality on the website. Above is a case in point. A delightful image that is already on the website. Perhaps it has been a banner before? Many folk who visit the site are newcomers, and will have missed it - so for our collective "viewing pleasure", I have it as a banner today - just because!

20 February 2019

Photo: HB-IXT Avro RJ100 (E3259) - Neil Aird © 06 July 2011

I've been adding a few more images to my Zurich Tower visit page. A great vantage point!!

16 February 2019

Photos: Neil Aird © 16 February 2019 15:45 est

Almost, but not quite. A 1977 vintage Cessna 337 C-GTAV (337-01812 ) was approaching from the east at 7,800' - I noticed the moon, something glistened. Camera into action, and there was the "Mixmaster". It came directly overhead, en route Burlington, Vermont to Oshawa, Ontario. Perfect day for a flight.

Photo: Neil Aird © 03 July 2011

The vista from LN-NCC (1167) as we turn over Brienzersee and head back towards Bönigen, Switzerland. Pilot Cyrus Brantenberg.

15 February 2019

Thanks to donations, I have the website running for another year, plus something in our "war chest" for slide purchases. Special thanks to Jim & Page (ON), Steve T (BC), Chris L (IL), and Peter R (OZ).

Photo: N59314 DC-3 - Neil Aird © 10 September 1995

Well folks, I now have 100 images on my "Fairbanks Friends" page. I hope you enjoy the delights I have there. I still have a few more snaps to add, but need a wee break first.

14 February 2019

I'd just like to give a shout out to Geoff Goodall in Australia for all his recent (vintage) scans of Ozzie Beaver aircraft. Thanks Geoff, much appreciated. I urge DHC-2.COM visitors to check out his super website.Truly something for everyone!

12 February 2019

Just had unique visitor 1,750,000 have a look at DHC-2.COM. Must be doing something right?

10 February 2019

Photos: Neil Aird © 10 February 2019 14:47 - 15:14est

Not a PC-12 but RCAF 130332 CC-130 Hercules (382-4568) "TIGR332" conducting a much publicised exercise this Sunday afternoon. Dropped two SARTECH jumpers towards RMC moments ago.

07 February 2019

I have some good news to report. Erik is back in his second floor apartment after having to evacuate last Sunday morning at 04:00 due to the downstairs being engulfed in flames. He has been staying in a hotel in Gananoque since that time. He speaks very highly of his small community of Seeley's Bay. It has been a very difficult time recently for Erik, as many of you will know. He certainly did not need this tragic event. If anyone can help him out financially, please visit his GoFundMe page, which he had just updated only a day before the fire!! My thanks to those who have helped out already.

05 February 2019

Photos: Neil Aird © 06 September 1995

Photo: Neil Aird © 11 September 2004

Got Alaska Fever again - that means I've started another page of nostalgia. "Fairbanks Friends" - some images from a favourite haunt of mine.

02 February 2019

I'm not sure if I have posted this image before. It was taken at Nome, Alaska by my pal Tom Baillie. We were exploring the airfield and came across NC7791 Wien's Hamilton H-47. Purchased on 20 October 1928. My picture in it was taken on 15 September 1968. It now rests in the Museum at Anchorage! We just knew it logged it as a "Ford Thingy".

01 February 2019

130613 Lockheed CC-130J Hercules (5667) RCAF "CFC2526" trailed by today, climbing up to FL270, eastbound, doing 336 kts. Managed a quick snap. Temperatures were quite chilly again today. Yesterday no contrails when it was even colder.

Yet another story in the Canadian Press. Time to unplug the phone again. Link.

31 January 2019

Just got my bill for another year of website hosting for DHC-2.COM - US$143.40 - $188.26 Canadian! If any of you would like to chip in somthing towards that, I would appreciate the help. Every donation goes into the war chest for purchasing slides/prints and some of the costs associated with running this website. Thanks much.

30 January 2019

• Photo: Danny Hoggard © 13 September 2018 •

The February 2019 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are ready. Thanks to Danny Hoggard for this fine action shot of N7336 (1229). Cheers Danny. Hope you are enjoying your Florida time off.

Photo: GoPro selfie by Mikey © 29 January 2019

I don't know about you folk, but I am thoroughly enjoying Mikey McBryan's fund raising YouTube video blogs every single day from Yellow Uncle Ronnyknife. If you are into C-47, C-46 and Electra aircraft, and have enjoyed the antics of recent years of this fine young fellar (and his Dad, brother, Stella, and engineer Chuck et al!) - join the club, you will not regret it. Way to go Mikey!!

This is art Mikey, this is art! Keep it up!!

Go back to Episode #1 if you have not viewed any of the episodes (now at #103!)

Graphic: Mikey © 30 December 2018

28 January 2019

Just remembered the "Toonie" I did for January 6th. Those of you who follow the adventures of "Flame", might see the significance of it now. All quiet here once again. Only one interview . . . on the hobby this time. "What got you started . . . . ?"

26 January 2019

Maybe it will be quieter around here today? Yesterday and the day before, the phone never stopped. TV crews up here in the cab. Enough already. An article in the Kingston Whig Standard on 22 January opened the flood gates, then a short video on CKWS/Global later.

Today some of my chums saw this in The Toronto Star. I've been getting e-mails from all over. So far, the swat team has not been by!!

Article: The Toronto Star - Bruce Campion-Smith © 26 January 2019

20 January 2019

Guess what? Winter has arrived . . .

Photos: Jack Frost © 20 January 2019

13 January 2019

JA784A B77W "ANA10" FL350 - C-GMPB PC12/47E FL89

Photos: Neil Aird © 13 January 2019 13:45 est

Enough already! This constant droning PC-12/47E C-GMPB (1304) RCMP has been keeping me up at night, probably many other good citizens of Kingston, Ontario. It all started Friday evening 04 January 2019. It continued, and continued. Again this weekend. Today, I finally saw it for the first time. At night it has no lights, not on commercial tracking radars. However I see it on my system! Height varies from FL6,600 to FL9,700 - stays at same altitude throughout the "loiter". It was joined by NRC Convair 580 the other day. Must be boring as hell for the pilots. I thought people got arrested for loitering!! I've about had it with this farce. It feels more like Syria, Palestine or Afghanistan than peaceful Eastern Ontario.

The fuel supplier at CYGK must be happy. I walk everywhere to do my bit help the environment - I just wonder how much crap that PC-12 has fumed over the area. I know I am fuming - can you tell? I suppose there will be a black Suburban outside soon . . . . .

08 January 2019

Photo: Glen Etchells © March 1985 - Aird Archives

Some slides have a long trip before they reach my studio. The above one of C-GWPF (1309) is a case in point. Taken by my friend in Vancouver, Glen Etchells. I purchased it at auction recently. Today it arrived from Petr Popelar in Prague, Czech Republic. A somewhat terrible transition colour scheme for Harbour Air at that time. many years ago, Glen used to send me a small batch of slides by mail, I would scan, and return ASAP. We did this for almost all of his Beaver slide collection, this one "we" missed.

Today I completed the addition of all of our expanded data to aircraft 1950TB28 to 1692TB60 - some 41 pages!

07 January 2019

I must archive some of this blog - can't believe how fast the years tick by! Working behind the scene again today. Ian has sent me fifteen more pages of information to change/update on individual web pages Gradually getting this done. We change the type face and add data that Ian has compiled over the years. I'm just playing catchup!!

31 December 2018

• Photo: Rich Hulina © 11 October 2018 •

Last entry for the year. Just to mention that the January 2019 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are ready. Thanks to Rich Hulina for the sundown image of C-GBZH (1518) which he was in the process of ferrying. Thanks Rich.

All the best to everyone for 2019!!

23 December 2018

Photo: Robert A. Edwards © 06 June 1994 - Aird Archives

Added a few more images to "Weekend Warriors" page. The above 59+25 Dornier Do-28D-2(OU) Skyservant of the Kriegsmarine, later became civil as D-IDOZ.

21 December 2018

On 19th December 2018 the Falkland Islands released four stamps to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of FIGAS. Beaver VP-FAH (1129) was on one. My thanks to my old chum Douglas Rough for sending the info along. He was also involved in the research for this issue.

15 December 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 10 September 2004

Up high in a Beaver. Trust that 985 eh? I did - exhilerating - one of my favourite "bucket list" items!!

12 December 2018

Photo: N5527A Lockheed 18 Lodestar - Jim Cain © 01 June 1961

As a slight selfish diversion from Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters, I am adding a section showcasing the historic work of Jim Cain of Prestwick, Scotland. Scanned by his son David, I have been granted permission to use some in my section dedicated to Jim. I have titled it "Up the back" - many enthusiasts who used to frequent Prestwick Airport in the 60's and 70's, will be familiar with that phrase. More on that later. Here's the title page and one "teaser". I will have actually seen these airframes myself, hence my interest in Jim's work. Many thanks gents!

09 December 2018

I certainly try to get maximum use out of my coloured pencils!

29 November 2018

• Photo: Bob Kobzey © 14 August 2018 •

The December 2018 DHC-2.COM calendar pages are now ready. Another month taken care of!! Thanks to Bob Kobzey for this pleasant image of his DHC-2 C-FEBE (792). Thanks Bob.

28 November 2018

Time to thank "My 2018 - 25 Champions" - supporters of DHC-2.COM.

James K (WA) four times! Klaus M (WA), Rick N (YT), Bill L (AB), Stan B (CA), Randy S (MI), John R (BC), Ken H (ON), Gerald C (ON), Steve T (BC), Marshall C (MA), Peter R (OZ) twice!, Rob M (ON), Ian Mac (ON), Fred W (AK), Ken T (ON), Ken S (ON), Paige & Jim B (ON), Blake Q (CA), Vince M (BC), Kenmore Air (WA), Mark B (NS), Jon K (AK), Kristin McC (OZ).

Thank you , each and every one.

17 November 2018

Just been thumbing through an old log book from 1964. Here are the outside and inside cover. Typical of a plane spotter I think? The travel was done by bicycle, staying in youth hostels. I also spent several weeks working on a small Danish pig farm, near Ørslev, on Zealand!!

16 November 2018.

Photo: Neil Aird © 16 November 2018 16:35 est

Radar shot from 20:00 est last night. I'm the yellow dot!!

First real snowfall this winter! Overnight and most of today. Bought new winter boots yesterday - timing eh?

Updated new owners for c/n 775 and 1183. Data and picture etc., for 1670TB40.

15 November 2018

Doing the final push to complete the web pages for the remaining items not linked on the Master Index. Today adding c/n 1526; 1527; 1608; 1619; 1630; 1631; 1633; 1634TB19 (large data update);1635; 1660; 1670TB40 and "617 - 6617". The next project will be going through the whole website changing type and format, adding all the data we have. Now that is going to take a wee while!!

14 November 2018

Added pages for c/n 1470; 1475; 1504; 1505, and 1524.

08 November 2018

Been working away behind the scenes, added pages for c/n 1424; 1426; 1435; 1436 and 1443. Also changed text on a few other pages. I can see the end, maybe in a few days.

31 October 2018

• Photo: Butch Weaver © 20 August 2018 •

The November 2018 DHC-2.COM calendar pages are now ready. Another month taken care of!! Thanks to Butch Weaver for this pleasant image of his DHC-2 N985DH (1595). Thanks Butch.

Photo: Neil Aird © 31 October 2018

"The Red Green Show" continues at our house. My garden produce, picked before the frost, is gradually ripening.

30 October 2018

Received my new box from FR24 in Sweden today. F-CYGK2 is back to capturing mostly civil aircraft in the skies within about 200/250+ nm. There had been a hiatus, now my antennas are back up and I must say I'm impressed with this newer box! Well done Flight Radar 24. Great folk to deal with.

Photo: Neil Aird © 30 October 2018 15:50 edt

Inspired by the posting from a few days ago, I created a Birthday Card for our youngest. Anthony had a birthday yesterday. The "Pencil Pooch" was a cartoon character he created when he was about ten years old. The other day he sent me this. It was an exercise showing his mastery of Photoshop "layers". Incredible work Ant!

Design: Anthony Aird © 26 October 2018

28 October 2018

The other morning (26th) was quite spectacular. Here are a few snaps taken from my studio. A few minutes later, the sun was behind a band of clouds!! This morning we had some snow.

Photos: Neil Aird © 26 October 2018 07:50 edt

27 October 2018

I don't know if I ever posted this image on the blog. I thought it was worth showing it off anyway. It was drawn by my son Anthony a long time ago, just after Canada Post issued a new series of definitive, high value stamps. He thought we should have a Beaver on one, since they were all animals! !Thanks Ant. Still looks good today!!

24 October 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 24 October 2018 11:11 edt

Unusual sound and shape. C-FFHW Quest Kodiak 100 (100-0249) based at Ottawa went by this morning. So a quick snap!

Ploughing away here, adding five more pages - c/n 1351; 1370; 1375; 1390 and 1397 on the slate for today. There will only be 26 left to do after today.

14 October 2018

Delightful early morning sky here in Kingston.

Photo: Neil Aird © 14 October 2018 06:43 edt

Photo: Neil Aird © 14 October 2018

Can't leave things alone - looked at my recent antenna set up - hmm. Put the other one up to join the first - Two Up! Maybe I can leave things alone now. A look at my results for part of the day on Flightaware.com ;-)

12 October 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 12 October 2018

Worked on two of my antennas today, restoring them to perform like they used to befor the storm a while back. Great reception now. 205 nautical miles, not too shabby. Ready for winter now.

I was just looking at the current banners. I have had the pleasure of driving two of these Beavers! C-GODH (979) and ZK-SBV (763) in it's previous life as VH-SYS.

11 October 2018

Photo: Anthony Aird © 11 October 2018

A pleasant sunset this evening, captured by my son Anthony, on the Kingston waterfront. Nice capture Ant.

08 October 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 08 October 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!

03 October 2018

IMPORTANT ITEM: Those of you who know me well will have had an e-mail about this subject already.Thank you for helping Erik. Here is his story. We have worked together for many a year. He has been a great help with my DHC-2, DHC-3 and DHC-6 websites during that time. We need to help him in his hour of great need. He will have to re-locate, probably away from the very expensive Toronto are. I will let Erik explain in his own words.

Please click on his photo - thank you.

Photo taken in my studio in 2012

Another excellent video produced by Michael Hays for Kenmore Air. Featured in this production is Mike Allcorn's N898AF (562). Erik Ellison, Director of Maintenance, gives us an intimate view of this aircraft. Another fine Kenmore Air creation. Well done everyone! Here's my screen capture from the video aerial footage.

30 September 2018

Noticed my Otter website crossed another level 76,000 unique visits. Karl and Ian keep me busy with updates about once a week. I'd better get next month's calendar done. Always something! For the October 2018 DHC-2.COM Calendar I have to thank Kenneth I. Swartz for the atmospheric shot of C-GHPG (718) taken in the smoke, at Nanaimo, British Columbia. Thanks Ken!

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

21 September 2018 -

The benefits of trawling through old external hard drives. I came across two images by Rod Millie taken on 20 November 2006 of the recovery of C-GPVB. I have added to the page for c/n 871. I believ the latest remains reside with Sealand Aviation at Campbell River.

Photo: Metalworks © November 2017

While doing some behind the scenes work, checking links etc., on my various websites, I noticed this nice blog article "Echo" by Vicki Westgate on the Metalworks website. My thanks to Vicki and current owner Steve Luckwaldt!

19 September 2018

Doing extensive, essential, time consuming back-ups over the last 24 hours - 74% complete . . . .so nothing hapening on the websites until that is completed.

18 September 2018

Photo: Ken Marshall © 14 September 1968 - Aird Archives

Photo: Ken Marshall © 20 September 1969 - Aird Archives

Still having way too much fun with old slides. Worked on four Gloster Meteor aircraft yesterday, taken at RAF Leuchars. Worth the effort I think? Today been working on the Otter website, now about to get back to Beavers!!

15 September 2018

Photo: Anthony Aird © 15 September 2018

Kingston's waterfront, looking west towards Lake Ontario. As you can see, another very pleasant day. Anthony's image.

Photo: Neil Aird © 24 August 2018 - 05:57 edt

Not this morning, but sunrise on 24 August 2018.

Some website stats for the month so far!

14 September 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 14 September 2018 - 19:35 edt

Nice evening sky - looking eastwards.

Some more pages and format changes - c/n 1308; 1320; 1327 and 1334, plus some adjacent pages. They all have to link up - that's what takes the time. Enough for today!

Noticed I now have 16,000 images on the website and the Otter website DHC-3archive.com has had over 75,000 unique visitors!!

13 September 2018t

Photo: Neil Aird © 13 September 2018 - 12:30 edt

I know it's cold up there at FL399, but this Boeing 787-9, G-CKWD (38789) of Norwegian Air UK "NRS7181" certainly is showing that it is! Gatwick to Austin, TX.

11 September 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 24 September 1968

Still trawling through my old images. Above is N7821M Fairchild FH-227B (c/n 500) of Mohawk, my ride, on the ramp at Binghampton, New York. Below is N743J Douglas DC-3 (c/n 01963) on a very dirty ramp at Atlanta, Georgia. This aircraft was destroyed 23 years later by Hurricane Hugo 18 September 1989 at San Juan / Luis Munoz Marin International Airport - TJSJ, Puerto Rico. I hope Hurricane Florence is kinder to the US coastal residents.

Photo: Neil Aird © 15 September 1966

10 September 2018

Continuing with my final "push" - Additional updated data/format added today for c/n 1287; 1296; 1297; 1298 and 1305. Just noticed that this website now has 4,220 pages!!! Good grief, that would be a very thick book!

My son Robin is sitting in C-GANJ a twenty five year old Boeing 737-500 (ex Aer Lingus EI-COS, and many other idents!) about ten minutes out from Calgary on his Air North flight "ANT517" from Whitehorse. In the hold is his adopted Huskie. They will still have a long drive to Golden to comlete the trip from Dawson City, Yukon.

09 September 2018

Additional updated data/format added today for c/n 1265; 1266; 1271; 1279 and 1280.

08 September 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 08 September 2018 15:28 edt

Today I was entertained by two Aero-Vodochody L-29. I managed to get a reasonable snap of one Delfin (Dolphin) C-GDLG "77" (094146). I've actually seen this airframe before, but certainly not in this striking colour scheme. I saw it at Montréal /Mirabel back on 13 March 2002! Earlier I think it was sister ship C-GGRY (294685) that was barreling around, it had slipper tanks. Presume they were in town giving rides. I did not go to the airport. Both operated by the ACM Warbirds of Canada flight from Carp, Ontario.

Moving along with my adding of new pages to the website. Only 46 more to do. Should manage these within the next few weeks. I'll also be working on my TwinOtterArchive.com website, changing some of the format there, and adding some photos.

05 September 2018

Another picking - more Ozzie Toms and Canadian beans from my patch. The garden enjoys the heat more than I do. Been the hottest summer I can remember here in Kingston. I came here fifty years ago!!

Additional updated data/format added today for c/n 1231; 1234; 1253; 1258 and 1259.

28 August 2018

Photo: Ken Hurford © 23 June 2018

I have just completed the September 2018 DHC-2.COM calendar pages. Cheers to Ken Hurford for his image of C-FAOP (1249) at

the Seal Cove base at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Thanks Ken!

Today I have added a few data pages to aircraft on the master index which do not yet have a "page". New additions today so far, include c/n 1274; 1437, and 1494. Additional updated data/format for c/n 1496.

24 August 2018

One the squirrels did not get, this one from our third floor balcony. Another Ozzie Tom!

21 August 2018

Photo: Ken Marshall © 09 September 1981 - Aird Archives

Change of pace today, for a few hours anyway. Scanned and cleaned up several old slides by my pal Ken Marshall. I post them to the "Memories of Prestwick Airport" Face Book Group. Always get rave reviews! Above is XA-LUT Convair 440 (405) ex Iberia EC-AMW, which I had logged many years before at London Air Port - EGLL (Heathrow).

20 August 2018

The last autumn my DHC-2 friend Lance Higgerson of Adelaide, Australia sent some tomato seeds. Too late to plant then, but this year I got them started early. First fruit on the large plants now. Had half one for lunch! Thanks Lance!! Danielle is enjoying the other half!

07 August 2018

Photo: NPS © 06 August 2018

By now I'm sure you are aware of the sad events in Denali region on Thunder Mountain. Five people have perished on the mountain. N323KT (1022) remains there. Weather did not cooperate with rescue attempts alas. Thoughts are with the folks at KT, the families of the four Polish passengers and American pilot, also the community of Talkeetna. The risks are not yet over as rescuers and recovery attempts take place.

05 August 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 05 August 2018 10:54 edt

Just one more image!!

04 August 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 04 August 2018 10:54 edt

I'm still the target of N125AZ these days as she takes folk for rides around the area. Manged to catch a few nice images. Still have my red roof . . .

Photo: Neil Aird © 03 August 2018 11:08 edt

31 July 2018

I'm still working away steadily on "fleshing out" data for each Beaver. I have all this data (compiled by Ian Macintosh) waiting in the wings. It just takes time to edit individual pages, remove existing data, change type / format and after editing and cross checking Ian's Data, I paste it in. I did N1544 (1230) this morning. As I go through my slide collection, I pull out ones I have not scanned or wish to rescan. I also change the type face on pages that still have the old format. This all takes a lot of time. If I mention each update I do, that takes time away from the editing and scanning work. As I add new photos aI also update that page, so it is quite random. Not adding a Beaver today, will just do the month change over later, and then we are off into August!!

30 July 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 30 July 2018 11:08 edt

Another quick snap from the window. I should have been looking at my screen as N125AZ North American TB-25N Mitchell (108-35262) "Maid in the Shade" was tracking live. I presume it is here to do some revenue flights, as it arrived from Peterborough, where it has been for a few days.

• Photo: John W. Olafson © 16 September 2016 •

I have just completed the August 2018 DHC-2.COM calendar pages. Thanks to John W. Olafson for his image of C-FAXI (1514) arriving at

Vancouver's Coal Harbour base. Thanks for sharing your work once again John.

26 July 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 26 July 2018 11:41 edt

I usually don't look out when I hear a Bell/Textron CH-146 Griffon go by to the base. This time, for some reason I did, and took a quick snap. Lo and behold it was 146430 (46430) just back from her UK visit!!

23 July 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 23 July 2018 12:05 edt

Happened to notice twenty-three year old N14115 Boeing 757-224 (27557) operating the BOS-SFO "UAL477". It was cloudy outside, but you know me, fond of B757's, I went to the window and noticed the sky was clear above my house. Nice trail, and yes, "that" strange effect again. So, grabbed camera, off with screen and opened skylight and managed an image. Aircraft was at 34,000, sun at right angles to the flight path which was due west. Last time it was noted passing by was on 16 August 2017.

21 July 2018

Added pages/updates - this time for c/n 1206; 1212; 1213; 1218; 1224; 1225 and 1228.

16 July 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 16 July 2018 10:50 edt

Heatwave continues here. Through the haze just now, N936MP Gulfstream GIV-X/G450 (4173) arriving over Kingston - CYGK on a short hop from Watertown - KART, New York.

05 July 2018

Today I received in the mail, 88 x DHC-2 slides from my friend John Kimberley in Girvan, Scotland. (Where my folks retired to!) Thank you JK for your very generous donation to the Archives. Needless to say, it will take a wee while for me to digest / scan / process these!! What a treat.

03 July 2018

Added pages/updates for c/n 1194; 1195, and 1198. 58 left.

01 July 201

Added pages/updates for c/n 1186; 1189; 1190, and1191.

30 June 2018

• Photo: Paul J. Draine © 21 June 2018 •

The DHC-2.COM Calendar pages for July 2018 are ready. My thanks to proud owner Mark Stevens and photographer Paul J. Draine for supplying great images of N591DB (1310). Look for this beautiful aircraft at Oshkosh in July! More great work by Kenmore Air. Don't forget to say hello.

Added pages/updates for c/n 1157; 1166; 1170; 1173; 1174; 1176 and 1182 today.

29 June 2018

Sad to report that Danielle's Mom Gäetane Lévesque (née Chaput) passed away yesterday at age 93. Danie is now in Ottawa taking care of "things" - not an easy task.

Photo: Neil Aird © 28 June 2018 19:54 edt

Last night A6-EFO Boeing 777- F1H1 freighter (42233) "UAE9374" passed directly over the studio at FL320. Routing from Brussels to Columbus. Amazing how the logo on belly stands out.

Photo: Neil Aird © 29June 2018 15:344 edt

More advertising today as A6-EUJ Airbus A380-861 (222) "UAE242" cruises by at FL290.

Another month drawing to a close. I'd better get the July DHC-2.COM Calendar image chosen.

26 June 2018

Added pages/updates for c/n 1112; 1113; 1115; 1118; 1120 and 1121 today.

21 June 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 June 2018 15:48 edt

The sound of summer - well, to my ears. C-GRHF (1123) heading eastbound over Kingston waterfront. Heard him again on Sunday 24th at 09:10 edt returning to Montréal area. Aaaah.

20 June 2018

Today I have restarted adding known data to aircraft on the master index which do not yet have a "page". 97 more to go!! New additions so far include c/n 1069; 1071; 1077; 1078; 1082; 1085; 1088; 1091; 1102; 1105; 1107, and 1110. So only 86 to go now!

16 June 2018

Late last night in Glasgow. What can I say - I'm deeply saddened. I graduated from this fine building fifty years ago, almost to the day. So sad.

13 June 2018

Here is the first cleaned up image from a collection of photographs (21) taken when JA-3146 (1511) emerged from her shipping container. The remaing images will be added gradually!

11 June 2018

Screen capture of Banner Archives #41

Just a reminder that if you don't manage by that often, you can always catch up on recent banners in the Banner Archives section. Now at #42. each page has approximately 35 banner images. Always a pleasant few minutes can be spent looking there!

05 June 2018

I was adding a few names to our "Credits" page and it's about time I show you all who have helped in one way or another, over the years. So - are you on this list? ;-) My sincere thanks to everyone.

Jon Abuhl, Danny Acton, David Adam, Colin Adams, Jesse Adams, Jvan Aeberli, Etyan Aidelbaum, Marty Aidelbaum, Anthony Aird, Danielle Aird, Katie Aird, Neil Aird, Robin Aird, Josh Akbar, Torleif Åkesson, Bill Alder, Abbas Ali, Stephen C. Allsep, Paul Altenhofen, Ron Altenhofen, Michael Andersen, Jonny Anderson, William Anderson, Jim Andie, Tammy Andie, Alexis Antonakis, Tony Arbon, Kurt Ariano, Melissa Arntz, Glen Arsenault, Tom Arthur, Farrukh Athar, James Atwater, Sadie Audette, Mike Aune, Pekka Autere, Marnie Ayers, Neil Ayers, Ross Baadsvik, Han Backner, Tim Badham, Bob Baglow, Harold Bailey, Steve Bailey, Peter Bakema, Francois Bakkes, Jan Bakkus, Mick Bajcar, Chad Banfield, Greg Banfield, Russ Bannock, Fred Barnes, Joe Barr, Craig Barratt, Doug Barry, Mike Barth, Bob Bates, Dave Bates, Ross Baadsvik, Lenn Bayliss, Ian Beatty, Jon Beekman, Sheldon D. Benner, John Bennett, Ole Johan Berg, Oscar Bernadi, Ronnie Berning, Trevor Bartlett, Roger Besecker, Michael Besenthal, Rene Biber, Andreas Bischel, Mick Bajcar, Francois Bakkes, Adrian Balch, Dave Bates, Eric Banworth, Jon Beekman, Sandy Benzies, Peter Berganini, Pierre Berube, John Bessette, Warwick Bigsworth, Scott Black, Bill Blanchard, Steve Blanchette, B. Blatherwick, John Blatherwick, R. Blaxland, Mark Blok, Keith J. Bollands, Bob Bolivar, Jean-Pierre Bonin, Mark Booth, Simon Boothroyd, Warren Bork, Nathan Bonyun, Todd Bottcher, Marc Bourdon, R. Bourges, Eric Brady, Cyrus Brantenberg, Andrew Brattkus, Alain Brecqueville, David Bridgen, Bill Brophy, Chris Brown, Darcy Brown, David Brown, Wes Brown, Jean-Marc Braun, Gorden Bulger, Jim Burton, John Burford, Pat Burns, Keith Burton, Joe Bush, Mark Butcher, Ian Burnett, Brian Byl, John W. Calderwood, Ian Callier, Bob Cameron, J. Neil Cameron, Kyle Cameron, Bill Campbell, Kennedy Canarr, George Canciani, Mark Carino, Tammy Carmack, A. H. Carter, David Carter, Ron Carton, Raynold P. Camilleri, Peter Caslick, Caz Caswell, John Caswell, David Chadwick, Terry Challice, Gary Chambers, Paul Chamois, Kent Chaput, Chris Charland, George Charity, Ron Charity, Chris Charland, Glenn E. Chatfield, Bowen Chau, Bob Childerhose, Al Christensen, Terje Christensen, Bill Christopher, Rick Church, George Clark, Harold Clark, Keith Clark, Daniel Clarke, Frank Clautier, Mike Clayton, Garry Cline, Chris Coates, Eddie Coates, Simon Codd, Bill Coffman, Jenny Coffey, Ben Cogger, Barry J. Collman, Keith Connors, Peter Conquerwood, Gerry Conrad, Blake Cook, Peter J. Cooper, Bob Coppinger, Les Corness, Mike Costello, Jim Court, Terry Coxall, David J. Cocks, Robin Cooper, Matthew Cosier, Steve Cos, Ryan Cossette, Jim Court, James Craik, Barrie Crampton, B. Cranston, Darren Crick, Mike Croker, Richard J. Currie, Dave Curtis, Gary Cutsforth, Pierre d'Andre, Andres Dallimonti, Ernest M. Dalton, Ken Dalton, Peter A. Danby, Ben Dannecker, Steve Darke, Levi Darnell, Brian Dary, Doug Davidge, John M. Davis, John R. Davies, Trevor Davies, Carl Davison, Barney Deatrick, Spencer Decorby, Ray J. Deerness, Manuel J. Delgato, Normand Denis, Jeff Denny, Jonathan Derden, Michel Despres, Thierry Deutsch, Jeff S. DeVore, Archie Difante (AFHRA), Rod Digney, Marco Dijkshoorn, Christian Donig, Carl Dore, Jin Dorst, Glenn F. Douglas, Ian Douglas, David A. Dozenroth, Henry E. Dreher, Lindsi Driesbach, Matthew Donica, Bruce Drum, Eric Dumigan, Richard Dumigan, Gary Dumond, Troy Dunn, Andreas Durr, Doug Dzus, Syl Dzus, Martin Eadie, Kyle Eaton, Robert A. Edwards, Verity Edwards, Brandon Elliot, Ben Ellison, Eric Ellison, Kevin Elwood, Chris England, Art Englund, Paul Englund, Jaime Escobar-Corradine, Norman Eastaff, Glen Etchells, Glynn Evans, Oliver Evans, Bill Ewing, Dave F., Bill Fairchild, Kevin Fairley, Adrian Falconer, Joe Fanazick, George Faulder, Robert W. Faulder, Mike Feeney, Pat Feenstra, Rick Feldmann, Martin Fenner, Michael Fenwick, Scott Ferguson, Tom Fex, Bernard Filiatrault, Emin Findikli, Glen Firman, Brian Fisher, Josh Fitz, Peter Fitzmaurice, Lorence R. Fizia, Barry Flahey, Tee Flemming, Terry Fletcher, Dale Floyd, Marcel Fluet-Lecerf, David Fogwill, Harry Follas, Gerald Fontaine, Chas Ford, Harrison Ford, Paul Forsythe, Michel Fortin, Alberto Paulo Fortner, Carlos R. Fortner, Charles Fournet, Bob Fowler, John L. Francis, Chuck Franzin, Dr. W.G. Franzin, David M. Frederikson, Pam Freese, Brienna Friday, Jack M. Friell, Erik Frikke, James "Jim" Neil Wallace Frogley, Dion Fuchs, John Fuller, Mike Fussell, Don Fynn, Robert Gagne, Paddy Gardiner, Bob Garrard, Steve Garlick, Wilber Gates Jr., L. Gautschi, David Gee, Gary Gentle, Ted Gerow, Tom B. Gibbons, Bruce Gignac, K. J. Gilchrist, Don Gilbertson, Pierre Gillard, Michel Giroux, Darrel "Luke" Gisbrecht, Adam Glowaski, Benno Goethals, Geoff Goodall, Fergal Goodman, Michael Goodwin, Daniel Gorun, Pat Gould, Jennifer Gradidge, Bill Grady, Andy Graham, David Graham, Rory Grammer, Wayne Grant, Tom Grant, Joe Green, Brian Greenhalgh, John Greenhill, Michael Greenhill, E. H. Greenman, Gary Gentle, John Goring, Richard Grevatte-Ball, Hallett Griffin, Peter Grimm, Gunter Grondstein, Gert Groenenberg, Brad Greaves, Kim Grist, Bob Groop, Joop de Groot, Jacques Guillem, Dave Guilliams, Andres Restrepo Guitierrez, Peter Gun, Bernie Haberl, Usman Habib, Scott Habberstad, Dan Hagedorn, Bo Haggkvist, William Haines, Jim Hall, Rod Hall, Bill Hann, Ian Haskell, Jim Hansel, John Hansen, Phil Hanson, Christian Hanuise, Nick Harris, Alan Harrison, Ken Hartford, Steve Hartl, Vernon Harvey, Nathan Havercraft, Paul Hawkins, I. B. Hayes, Jack B. Hayes, Michael Hays, Gary J. Hebbard, Dave Hedge, Brad Hegland, Magne Egil Heitmann, Derek Heley, Jeff Henderson, Oliver Herting, Markus Herzig, John Hevesi, Peter Hews, Jos Heyman, Barry Heyton, Rolf Hicker, Jack Hickson, Lance Higgerson, Dave Hilchie, Tom Hildreth, Conor Hildebrandt, Chris Hiles, Steve Hill, Holly Hipwell, Rowly Hipwell, Nigel Hitchman, Jim Hodgson, Danny Hoggard, Mark Holt, Robert P. Hom, Ben Hopkins, John Hopton, Dan Hornseth, Fred Hovestad, M. D. Howley, Frank Hudson, King F. Hui, Sergio Hulaczuk, Rich Hulina, W. G. Humphrey, Andrew Hunt, Arwen Hunter, Colin Hunter, Ken Hurford, Harry T. Hyvonen, Justin Iyres, Rodrigo Santa-Maria Izquierdo, Bill Jackson, Jim Jackson, Nick Jackson, Anthony T. Jarvis, Arno Jannson, Gord Jenkins, David Jaremy, David A. Jarratt, Greg Jensen, William Jesse, "Alaska John", Erik Johannesson, Alan Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Garth Johnson, Jamye Johnson, Mel Johnstone, Clark Jones, John F. Jordan, Dick Josaitis, Mogens Juhl, Christian Hansen Kamhaug, Andreas Kanonenberg, Dwayne Kasulka, Yoshihiro Kawada, Toni Kazakoff, J. D. Kean, Peter Keating, Colin Keith, Mike Kell, Johan Kellerman, Peter Kelly, Ryan Kennelly, George Kent, John Kerr, Jim Kershaw, R. F. Killick, Peter Killin, Tom Kim, John Kimberley, Carrie King, Mike Kincaid, Paul Kip, Peter A. Kirkup, Kihei Kitagawa, Axel Klegian, Marco Klostermann, Kevin Knox, Martin Koetsier, Leo J. Kohn, Bill Kolarik, Karl Kramer, Loet Kuipers, Ken Kula, Jan Kulhavey, Andre Labine, Patrick C. Lace, Vern Lace, Tim Lachenmaker, Franz Lackner, Oliver Lacombe, Bill Laidman, Colin Laker, Dirk Lamarque, Michele Lambert, Bruce Lamond, Jack Lamont, Pierre Langlois, Tim Langton, John Land, Ted Larkin, William T. Larkins, Simon Lawrence, David Lednicer, Barry Leeming, Luc Levevre, Johnny Letto, Valerie Levasseur, Peter Lewis, Dave Lawrence, Peter Liander, Peter Liedtke, Jacques Lienard, Björn Lindström, Lief Lindström, Dick Lohuis, Richard London, Fabrice Loubette, Russ Lougheed, Osborne Love, Mike Lunenschloss, Roland R. Lussier, Greg Lynn, Marathon Museum, Ian M. Macdonald, Ian MacFarlane, Ian S. Macintosh, Barrie MacLeod, Mike Madden, Karsten Madrian, Michelle Madsen, Scott Magie, Chris J. Mak, Ron Mak, Norm Malayney, Daniel Marks, Travis Marsh, Brian Marshall, Chris Marshall, Ken Marshall, Patrick Martin, Richard Martin, Tim Martin, Stuart Martindale, Marcel Martineau, Klaus Marx, Laura Marxen, John Mastro, Ken Mattocks, John Mazepa, Dennis McCallum, Ian McConnell, Dudley McDermott, Geoff McDonnel, Bill McFarland, Scott McGeachy, Ben McGilvray, Stephen McGinn, Joe McGoldrick, Tim McGraw, Len McHale, Michael McKendry, Keith McKenzie, Tom McKibbon, Rod McLean, Gary McLeod, Ken McTavish, Scott McTavish, Trevor McTavish, Jean-Marie Magendie, Charles Mali, Ernest Martin, Laura Marxen, Kai Mecklin, Ken Meegan, Tobias Meier, Martin Meijers, Tom Meikle, Vince Meneely, Mark Merry, Shawn Miller, Stephen Miller, Todd Miller, Graeme Mills, Jason Milot, Joseph J. Miner, Yu Ming, Mike Minty, Wesley Minuano, Mike Mirkovic, Rob Mitchell, Vern Mitchinson, Heath Moffatt, R. Moneta, Jim Moore, Robin Moore, J. A. Morrow, Derek Morton, Jack & Nancy Most, Xavier Mouraux, Harald Mueller, Hugh Mullen, Coert Munk, Eric Munk, Dave Munro, Mark Murphy, Neville Murphy, Terry Murphy, Nicolai Musante, Wayne Mutza, George Neal, Rick Neilsen, Sippo Nevalainen, Dennis Newell, Franklin L. Newton, Nick Nicholas, Air Nikon, Larry Nix, Don Noble, Russell Noble, Gerry Norberg, John N. Nordstrom, Lindsay Nothrop, Bob O'Brien, Michael O'Farrell, Errol O'Hara, Philip O'Regan, John W. Olafson, Harald Olsen, Ron Olsen, David Orberg, Bob Ostrom, Paul den Ouden, Jesse Ouellette, Glyn Owen, Stefano Pagiola, Radek Palika, Robert K. Parmerter, Dave Paull, Ryan Park, Den Pascoe, Ted Paskowski, Craig Paul, Anthony L. Payne, Chris Payne, Stephen R. Peck, Marcel Peerlkamp, Alain Pelletier, Fernando Peña, Alex Penrose, Jay Perrycook, David Perston, Antti Pesonen, Eric Petersen, Dick Petit, Charles Phaneuf, Jules Pilon, Mike Pink, Darren Pitcher, Daniel Piotrowski, Robert Poirier, Jean-Luc Poliquin, Daryl Poncelet, Paul Poppenhager, Patrick Vinot Prefontaine, Anders Presterud, Breck Bresnell, Mervyn W. Prime, Martin Prince JR., Nathan Pritchard, Ted Prodzinski, Michael Prophet, Greg Putz, Marion Pyles, Heiko Quandor, Bob Quinn, Tristan Raab, John Racey, Gary Racicot, Sherrie Radatzke, Tom Radatzke, Don Ratcliff, Peter Reardon, R. Reaville, Gary L. Redhead, Melvin Reed, Chris Reeves, Eugene Reid, Gordon Reid, Verne Reid, Fred Remmler, Steve Rice, Jean-Philippe Richard, Mario Richard, Antony Richardson, Dave Richardson, Rob Richey, Robin Ridley, Martin Riehl, Alain Rioux, Juha Ritaranta, Stephen Ritland, Paul D. Roach, Brian Robbins, Frank Roberts, Dave Robertson, Greg Robertson, Es Robinson, John Rodriguez, Robert Roggeman, Chris Roughan, Willem Rongé, Chuck Ross, Kurt Roth, Rob Rowe, Wayne Rudd, Christian Ruppert, Paul Rushton, David Russell, Davis Rutherford, Dev Salkeld, Daniel Sallée, Mathew Salmon, Kalevi Savola, Paul V. Savora, Bill Sawchuk, Frank Schaefer, Juergen Scherbarth, Peter Schinkelshoek, Walt Schlotfeldt, Jim Schoeggl, Rene Schrijver, Matt Schroeder, Derek Scott, Wally Scott, Bill Scrivens, Colin Sedgwick, Dirk Septer, Dennis J. Seath, Jay Selman, Howard Setzer, Matthias Sieber, Rick Sigurdson, Wallace Shackleton, Bob Shane, Robbie Shaw, Noel Shennan, Terry Shepherd, Frank Shipway, R. A. Scholefield, Charles Shorter, Beth Shrieves, Bill Shull, William W. Sierra, Jose E. Silveira, Tii-Maria Siitonen, Keith M. Simpson, Tom Singfield, Sky Wrench Aviation, Simon Slater, Doug Slowiak, Davis Smart, Jim Smith, Jesse Smith, Malcolm Smith, Mike Smith, Stan Smith, Keith Sowter, Jeff Sparks, "Sparkman", Stuart Spicer, Paul B. Spychalski, Ted Stallings, Erick Stamm, Scott Stamp, Bill Stadnyk, Mark Stedman, Raimund Stehmann, Peter Steinemann - Skyline APA, Ragnar Stenarson, Paul Stenner, Dave Stern, Philip Stevens, Charles R. Stewart, John P. Stewart, Robert M. Stitt, Brian Stockall, Ken Stoltzfus, G. Strathdee, Jim Sullivan, John F. Sumrall, Mike Sutton, N. Suzuki, Baldur Sveinsson, Fred Swartz, Kenneth I. Swartz, Kevin Swash, Terry Sykes, Roger Syratt, Babak Taghvee, E. Tailliet, Ernie Tait, Daniel "Danny" Tanner, David Tanner, Norm Taylor, Henry Tenby, Nico Terlouw, Martin Third, Jochen Thoma, Simon Thomas, Rick Timms, Steve Todd, Walt Torgersen, Phil Treweek, Ellis Trautman, George Trussell, Philip Tsherische, Pekka Tumme, Joan Turner, Harry Tyrpak, Ben Ullings, Gerben Van Beek, Kristof Vandermoere, Steven Vanseggelen, Jessica Veal, Ben Veldman, Gary Vincent, Aad van der Voet, Marcel van Leeuwen, Peter Vine, Ugo Vizenci, Jeff Voigt, Michael Volk, George Volsky, Robin A. Walker, George D. Wallace, Fred Wallis, David Walker, Robin A. Walker, Sally Walsh, Marcel Walther, Trevor Warne, George Warren, Bernard Watson, Peter Watson, W. Watson, Marg Watson-Hyland, Randy Webber, Dave Welch, Cable Wells, Erik J. Wennen, Roger Wensley, Charles Wesley, Robert Wheeler, Brick Wellman, John Wester, Elwood White, Ian White, Shannon White-Zahar, Ian Whyte, R. W. Whitlock Jr., Evan Wick, John Wielickzo, Michael Wiens, Michael Wigen, Kevin Wiggins, Wally Wiggins, Stephen Wilcox, Terrance L. Wilds, Bob Williams, Kevin Williams, Robert G. Williams, Stuart Williams, Chris Wilson, Robert D. Wilson, Robert Wiseman, Shaun vanBergen, Raymond van der Wilk, Steve Van Seggelen, Rick Wilbee, Brad Wilson, Ian Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, Simon Wilson, Warren Wilson, Mark Windridge, Wup Winn, Robert "Bob" Wiseman, Mark Witteveen, Jack Wolbrink, Jim Woolnough, Colin K. Work, Jon Wornham, Neville Worsley, James Wood, Robert Wood, Tim Woodland, Sid Woods, Frank Wright, Kevin Wyatt, Larry Ziminisky, Paul Zogg, Raik Zühlke, J. Zwart, Wim Zwakhals, Crystal Zwicker, " Project DHC-2 ", 656 Association and the Harbour Air Archives.

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And of course "Unknown photographer" whoever you are?

31 May 2018

• Photo: Silas Smith © 29 May 2018 •

Last day of the month- DHC-2.COM Calendar time again! This one comes from a former student of mine!! Silas Smith, originally from Kingston, is a good friend of my son Robin. Strange how a Jewellery student should end up managing an airport in the Yukon!! Way to go Silas. He happened to be in Watson Lake this week and snapped C-GNPO (773), thought I might be interested. Well Silas - you made the Callendar! What a great image, a lot of history there! Many thanks.

26 May 2018

In the pleasant situation of having lots of Beaver images to add to the website. If you have sent some in recently, please be patient, they wil be added gradually. I do appreciate the contributions!! I can't be at this computer 24/7 - need a break every now and then ;-)

23 May 2018

Photo: Danielle Aird © 23 May 2018

This was the view from Danielle's window at dawn today, as she started her day hiking on "El Camino" in Spain. A delight to enjoy her photos - and she claims not to be any good. I beg to differ on that claim! Keep snappin' Danie!

Photo: Ben Cogger © 21 May 2018

"Beaver Crossing" - it's wise to look both ways when crossing an active taxiway at Lake Hood! here. N720 (247) trundles off to the strip on this facility adjacent to PANC.

21 May 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 May 2018 20:16edt

"AAL70" at FL370, heads east, as the sun sinks in the west. N793AN Boeing 777- () operating the service tonight.

20 May 2018

Photos: Neil Aird © 20 May 2018 10:03edt

Korean "KAL081" just went by. HL7614 Airbus A380-861 (msn 68) overhead today at FL370. I presume the apu runs during flight? I see a small trail from that area.

18 May 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 18 May 2018 15:15edt

Not to be outdone RCAF "CNUK10" came by twice today. I was home and ready for it the second time. 130610 Lockheed CC-130J-30 Hercules (msn 5664) was tracking live on my screen, so had the camera ready and the skylight open! They had the rear ramp open for this run.

17 May 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 17 May 2018 10:53edt

This DHC-6 "Twotter" N70EA (139) has been circling for a while this morning. Has now landed at CYGK. It has been playing around CFB Trenton / CFB Mountainview snce Monday.

Photo: Neil Aird © 17 May 2018 14:40edt

Later in the day the colourful CH-146 cruised by. I must say the Rescue colour scheme I have always liked.

Photo: Danielle Aird © 16 May 2018

My wife Danielle and grand daughter Chloë are enjoying their hike on El Camino in northern Spain. Here is a sample of the scenery they are enjoying! Happy Birthday Danie!!

15 May 2018

Continuing my efforts to catch up with the massive amount of data from my colleague Ian Macintosh. He faithfully sends his "Diary" of updates made during the previous month. I am, as you know, happier playing with images than crunching numbers. This is just some of the intensive "under the cowling" work that goes on here at DHC-2.com, DHC-3archive.com and TwinOtterArchive.com - Thanks Ian for your patience!! I'd better get back to it . . . . . phew, finished that little lot. Now to add Beaver C-GJAK (904).

14 May 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 14 May 2018 18:30edt

Just playing with this snap of N235BH Gulfstream GVI / G650 (6222) s it cruised by FL410. A "noir" effect! Not suggesting there is anything sinister about this ship from Oregon! Note: 15 May 2018 just returning home, passing me at 16:02 edt FL430 434.7kts. (cloudy)

13 May 2018

Photos: Neil Aird © 13 May 2018 11:34edt

130611 Lockheed CC-130J-30 Hercules (msn 5665) "CNUK11"came by to say "hello" - I was surprised just how quiet this machine was, had to grab a quick couple of shots as he buzzed RMC and headed back to CFB Trenton, just 99km away.

12 May 2018

Photos: Bob Kobzey © 11 May 2018

Yesterday another Beaver took to the sky! C-GZDH (1171) after a beautiful rebuild by Sealand Aviation at Campbell River - CYBL, British Columbia.

6 May 2018

Starting work on the Master Index while I have some free time (Danielle off travelling again!). Also continuing with labelling the Aird Archives Beaver slide collection. It's quite amazing how many slides I have missed scanning. Currently passing c/n 1000, slow and steady. Sometimes , when able, I have to remove the slides from their mounts so that the scanner does not clip off part of the nose or tail. Often I have to create , using Photoshop digital effects, some space around these areas!! It is handy being an artist!!

30 April 2018

• Photo: Wayne Wohler © 27 July 2017 •

The DHC-2.COM May 2018 Calendar pages are ready for you. This month a shot by Wayne Wohler of N791PW (791) Thanks Wayne, and a special thanks to Steve Burak for sending the great image along!

28 April 2018

I was working on two images today when I noticed something of a coincidence. N444DF and N444EF were my subjects, just purely by chance. As you all know, I'm keen on numbers! The CDF Grumman / Marsh Aviation S-2T Turbo Tracker was shot at their Hemet - Ryan, California air attack base, and the DHC-2 at Lake Hood.

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 April 2009

Photo: Ruben Husberg © 20 May 1992 -Aird Archives

25 April 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 10 June 1972

Found another old print of mine, so popped it through the scanner and added to my CAF/RCAF page. This was taken at CFB Trenton when a sight like that was not to be viewed much longer.

22 April 2018

For those of you who may not know about these other ventures. Here is a "head's up" from my colleague Erik Johannesson.

Dash7World.com and Dash8World.com are now both live. Dash7World is an Archive site with individual histories for each DHC-7, along with a great selection of photos. Dash8World has current and archived news, as well as production histories. As of Apr-2018 500+ histories have been uploaded, along with hundreds of photographs, many being published for the first time. The new sites increases our DHC coverage to five types, DHC-2, DHC-3, DHC-6 and now the DHC-7 and DHC-8.

https://www.dash8world.com

20 April 2018

Been a while since I posted anything in the blog. Looked at my screen a short while ago and I noticed this old soldier somewhere over Vermont / New York. Figured it might be coming this way. Well, it did! 59-1486 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (17974) USAF "RCH430".

Photos: Neil Aird © 20 April 2018 11:44 edt

I received another fifteen DHC-2 slides from Denmark to add to Aird Archives for addition DHC-2.COM. Alas my PayPal account is now drained!! If any of you want to help top it up again? Slides are getting very expensive.Thanks in advance.

05 April 2018

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Photo: Neil Aird © 04 April 2018

The wind doth blow - causing antenna woes. Lashed down at the height of the wind storm, hauled in today with the help of my daughter! Never missed a beat in sending ADS-B however. Range somewhat depleted for a while, but plenty of folk nearby sending in feeds. Not like the old days when we were few and far between. Did get the chance to trouble shoot one antenna, it is now fixed! Main antennas on roof top survived, although they swayed about a lot!!

An apartment building about 1km away lost its roof. Kingston Fire & Rescue attended and then the City bussed residents and pets to safe locations for the night!! Danielle informed me about this from Rome! I mentioned the severe wind here, but not the above event. Flame helped me with my rat's nest!

31 March 2018

• Photo: Gary Cutsforth © mid March 2018 •

The DHC-2.COM April 2018 Calendar pages, they are ready for you. This month a shot by Gary Cutsforth of "Wild 1" N8820 (406) at work in the Alaska Range. Thanks once again Gary. Both images you sent were super, hard call for me to choose.

Photo: John W. Olafson © March 2018

Every now and then I receive a photograph that I think is a "winner" - captures an artistic element of aviation that "says it all". Here is a fine example by John W. Olafson showing two huge Siller Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane aircraft at the Hemet Cal-Fire Base, in Californa. The scale is shown perfectly by the crewman approaching. Well done John! The immaculate aircraft are based at Yuba City.

Yesterday Ken Tilley sent me a link to the National Film Board (of Canada) website, and suggested I check out some of the films listed there, in particular one entitled "Test Pilot". I did, and was pleased to fine the pilots featured in this circa 1954 short film were non other than George A. Neal and Robert H. Fowler. Some great archival footage with great sound too!

I had the pleasure of knowing George and Bob as they featured on the two coins I designed for the Royal Canadian Mint in 1999.

This morning when I was out walking early, I thought I saw a Beaver. Oh, not a Beaver, but Rattus Norveticus, recenly deceased. Big fellar. First one I've seen in town. So removed him from road to grassy area. RIP RAT.

Photo: Neil Aird © 31 March 2018

22 March 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 18 March 2018

Back on my birthday I received a grand set of coloured pencils from my son Anthony. Me happy! So thought I'd take a snap.

21 March 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 March 2018 11:30 edt

A quick flyby and 146432 CH-146 heads back west to CFB Trenton. Oh yes - Danielle safely asleep in Florence!

20 March 2018

Photos: Neil Aird © 20 March 2018 07:13 edt

Lovely Kingston Sydenham Ward Sunrise today. Danielle off to Rome, Italy tonight from Montréal on sixteen year old C-GHKR Airbus A330-343 (400) Air Canada "AC892". Many projects pencilled in while I have "free" time. Underway already - I'm letting things "slide" - okay, sorting Aird Archives DHC-2 collection, and labeling each slide in c/n order. I'm certain many have escaped being scanned. They have been removed from slide pages and are now in very expensive archive boxes!

12 March 2018

It's tme for a quick look at our DHC-2.COM Global audience. Can you spot yourself? Thanks for visiting.

01 March 2018

• Photo: Danny Hoggard © 03 May 2017 •

The DHC-2.COM March 2018 Calendar pages, they are ready for you. This month a shot by Danny Hoggard of N5160G (236) at work. Thanks once again Danny.

27 February 2018

A very short month, but I can do no more updates until March 1st. Used up my quota of upload/downloads! Gets very expensive if I go over!! I'll still be working away, don't worry . . . .

07 February 2018

"Where do they all come from?" I'm talking about the images that I add each day to DHC-2.COM. 75% are purchased slides, funded by donations to the website. The remainder are sent by correspondents from around the world, as digital files. Every cent I receive goes into these purchases and expenses incurred in running the website. Without the generous support of "viewers like you" the selection would dry up I'm sure. My thanks to all who have helped out recently, and through the years.

30 January 2018

• Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 18 January 2018 •

Managed to keep up the pace of a Beaver-a-Day in January. Now, I've just completed the DHC-2.COM February 2018 Calendar pages, they are ready for you. This month features VH-CXS (1360) photographed by Lenn Bayliss, from his high perch, on a blistering hot day at Liskintyre, New South Wales. Thanks Lenn, great angle. By the way, the registration is painted in black on the blue stripe near the tailplane!!

23 January 2018

Well, started set No:39 of Banner Images. Remember, there are many in the Banner Images that never made it into the individual page for that aircraft. If I ever run out of images, I will try to add them. It is quite interesting to go back to Set No:01! Same story with the Calendar Pages.

18 January 2018

I've had numerous computer problems over the last few days, hence my absence! I think (unless Microsoft has any more stupid updates) I am all ready to continue my "real" work. After three hours of "waiting" last night, I finally got my computer functioning again!! <sigh>

13 January 2018

A shout out to my 2018 patrons! Please join them if you can.

My special thanks goes to my small group of very generous supporters !

PayPal.Me/DHC2COM

The 2018 campaign is now underway - 14 have responded in kind so far.

Thank You! Especially my faithful regulars! We are still adding Beavers . . .

James K (WA), Klaus M (WA), Rick N (YT), Bill L (AB), Stan B (CA), Randy S (MI), John R (BC), Ken H (ON), Gerald C (ON), Steve T (BC), Marshall C (MA), Peter R (OZ), Rob M (ON), Ian Mac (ON).

11 January 2018

As some of you know, each day starts for me with a cartoon in the series - "The Adventures of Flame". I set myself a ten minute deadline usually, from the time I climb the three flights of stairs to my studio, until I complete the sketch. Makes a respite from Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters! You can enjoy the recent ones here daily.

07 January 2018

Photo: Neil Aird © 05 January 2018

Now this would be a fun engraving project. This "Art by Nature" icey item has been on my studio window for a good week or two. It is the size of a business card. Quite amazing to look at. Currently "wallpaper screen" on my computer, makes a change from aeroplanes!

04 January 2018

Photo: Anthony Aird © 04 January 2018

First image of the year is one by my youngest Anthony. Shows that we are now really in "Winter" mode, here in Kingston, Ontario. Thanks Ant, stunning image.

31 December 2017

A very sad day in Australia. VH-NOO (1535) crashed into Hawkesbury River, near Cowan, NSW. Six lives lost. My sympathy to all affected by this tragic event.

30 December 2017

• Photo: Peter Gloor © Fall 2017 •

Added the January 2018 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages. This month featuring the "DHC-2.COM picture of the year" C-GOGZ (800) by Peter Gloor, thanks Peter, superb image.

28 December 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 27 December 2017 14:34 edt

I keep trying to catch an airliner passing in front of the moon. Almost happened yesterday . . but not quite. Here is D-ABYJ Boeing 747-830 (37834) operating "DLH418". One of these days it will happen.

22 December 2017

In the midst of a snow day here. I hope to spend more time on the DHC-2.COM site now I have scanned all 347 DHC-3 Otter slides in the Michael J. Ody Collection that I just received. At one a day, I should be finished in just under a year. Between snow shovelling sessions today, I should have some time to add one to DHC-3Archive.com at least!

Season's Greetings to you all!

Photo: Neil Aird © 22 December 2017

13 December 2017

I noticed a strange "ice bird" formation on my skylight. As you can imagine, a bit chilly here today.

08 December 2017

Dramatic, dare I say "stellar", image of N791PW (791) on the cover of Plane & Pilot for February 2018!! Deon Mitton took the stunning shot. Thanks to Steve Burak for sending it along.

07 December 2017

Hoping you are all enjoying the Australian additions. Still lots to add!

30 November 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 30 November 2017 - 09:51 edt

Last interesting flyover for this month.

29 November 2017

• Photo: Lamar Bevil © August 2010 •

Added the December 2017 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages. This month featuring N82SF (839) by Lamar Bevil, thanks Lamar.

28 November 2017

As the month draws to a close, I'm making steady progress. Just added a few new pages with data for airframes c/n 1009; 1013 and 1017.

27 November 2017

A cloudy afternoon here.

Photos: Neil Aird © 27 November 2017 - 15:15 edt

19 November 2017

"Sunday Surprise" - and just when Danielle is due back in Kingston from Mexico! She arrived safely in Toronto - CYYZ on XA-AMB "AMX616" from MMMX late last night. Today Airport bus to Kingston leaving as I type this, unless a delay.

I noticed that my DHC-3Archive.COM website on the Otter just crossed the 50,000 unique visitor threshold.

Recently I received some images from Ketchikan, Alaska, that suggest N930TG (1041) will fly again after being dried out and some repair work.

15 November 2017

I'm still making headway with current project. Filling in Ian Macintosh's detailed updates as far as c/n 1000 this week if I can. Thanks for these updates Ian - Slave driver!

11 November 2017

Working away behind the scenes on DHC-2.COM adding full data that we have on file and adding new pages of aircraft we don't have linked already. Also trying to reduce website costs, so hope this website does not suddenly vanish as sites are re propagated!

06 November 2017

Almost gone after a couple of days of wind and rain - I know what is coming soon!

04 November 2017

A couple of random shots testing out my Canon 77D. Distant image of A6-EGF Boeing B77W (38987) "UAE231" showing a "rainbow contrail" - this was a rush shot almost into the sun. Did not see the colours until I downloaded the image.

Photo: Neil Aird © 04 November 2017 - 08:32 edt

Last of the tomatoes from our balcony, and a dropped blossom while I was bringing in some of the plants for the winter. Still some tomatoes in the garden, but Jack Frost will be visiting soon. 2C this morning. Yet another moon shot, this time from last night - I'm sure I could do better with a tripod!

03 November 2017

Received my masterful book by Rich Hulina the other day. Bush Flying Captured - Volume 2. Quite magnificent - if you have not ordered one or dropped hints to those who might, please do so. Well done Rich - now enjoy the kudos for a while. The black page backgrounds really set the spectacular images off.

31 October 2017

• Photo: Neil Aird © 23 September 2017 •

Another month is almost history. I pulled rank this month for the November 2017 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages. One of my own snaps. C-FZXD (1336) shot through my skylight window. I'm hoping to upgrade my camera equipment shortly to improve on the quality of my images!

27 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 30 April 2009.

In November I am planning on finally starting my "Air Tankers" project. Looking forward to digging out some of my images, and supplementing those with some from friends. Should be fun. The photo above of N445NA Lockheed SP-2H Neptune (726-7102) ex 140443 at Midland - KMAF, Texas is the first image!

21 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 October 2017 11:08 edt

Just how much longer I will be able to enjoy KLM's B744's? Here is seventeen year old PH-BFW Boeing 747-406(M) (30454) almost overhead at FL340 this morning, operating "KLM25" from AMS (Amsterdam) to IAH (Houston).

18 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 18 October 2017 11:18 edt

Some days are more "FUN" than others. Let me explain. I enjoy looking at registration marks, they tell a lot. Today, the above Bell 222B (47146) C-FFUN cruised by. It is the third C-FFUN I have seen. The first was CF-FUN Boeing 727-100 (19242) of Wardair, which was a regular visitor to the UK. Next up was C-FFUN Boeing 747-1D1 (20305) again a Wardair aircraft and regular on the Trans-Atlantic run. Now the third iteration, the snappy little Bell. So now you know how I get some of my fun!

17 October 2017

While digging in some old external hard drives I came across this image of work from my distant past. Still like it. It's a brooch/pin called "Signal" - made of 925 silver, 750 (18K) green, yellow and white golds, aluminium and anodised niobium.

16 October 2017

I received a huge number of images, ninety-six in fact, from Ian Mcdonell in Australia, so lots to add over the coming months. Thanks Ian. These come under the auspices of Australian Air Data Collection. Many collectors and just a few photographers, some of whom are represented on the website already. Including Ben Dannecker, Geoff Goodall, Lindsay Nothrop, Mike Madden, Danny Tanner and David Carter. Thank you all.

Photo: Frederick K. Larkin © 28 September 2017

Ted Larkin was recently at Downsview - CYZD to capture a sleek new Biz Jet on the scene. C-GLBR a Bombardier Global 7000 BD-700-2A12 (70004) , just back from another test flight. More like an airliner that an Executive Jet!

13 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © Friday 13 October 2017 07:10 edt

Another stunning dawn here in Kingston.

12 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 19 July 1990

Added three more images to my Convair Corner page on my website. Including C-FPWY Convair 640 (108) at Saskatoon - CYXE, Saskatchewan back in 1990.

10 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 10 October 2017 11:55 edt

An unusual condenstion trail eminating from N78009 Boeing 777- 224 (29479) of United Airlines operating "UAL79" from Newark - EWR to Narita - NRT / Tokyo this morning, caught my eye. Ted Larkin sent me this shot (awesome!) showing similar atmospheric attributes, but with a twist. Certainly more spectacular! Thanks Ted.

Photo: Frederick K. Larkin © 13 June 2015

This time the aircraft was JA791A Boeing 777-381ER (60137) of All Nippon operating "ANA9" at FL300 to Narita - NRT from New York's JFK.

Pleasant autumn morning here in Kingston.

Photos: Neil Aird © 10 October 2017

09 October 2017

Sad news today from my colleague Ian Macintosh in the UK. His wife Pam passed away early Sunday morning in her sleep. My sympathy of course to Ian and his family. Ian has been primary care giver to Pam for as long as I have known him. She recently had been in and out of hostpitals and was being looked after in a Nursing Home facilty nearer to their home.

08 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 08 October 2017 09:53 edt

Heard a sound this morning, thought it might be a high flying Hercules. Looked up and there was 161593 Lockheed P3-C-BMUP+ Orion (285A-5767) US Navy "GK-28", of VP-46 squadron, heading westbound at FL240, after a long flight from the UK, via Bangor - KBGR, Maine. So, of course, I took a few snaps! Perhaps heading to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan, will keep an eye on that!

Some of you will have noticed a new name amongst our photographers. Todd Boettcher of Los Angeles sent me two thumb drives with great, high resolution images of DHC-2 and DHC-3 he has shot over the recent years. Thanks Todd, great work, especially easy for me to add. Most generous of you!

05 October 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 23 June 1963

Going even further back in time, this time, to a visit to EGBE Baginton / Coventry where amongst other delights, I found this little crop spraying Piper PA-18A Super Cub, 5B-CAB (18-7764), which is actually still around, flying with Lasham Gliding Club, as G-ATRG.

04 October 2017

Going back in time to 2005. Here is a beautiful large scale flying model of a Douglas AD-5 Skyraider I shot for my friend Ken "Doc" Lawson in the north of Tasmania. It appeared on a magazine cover in Australia sometime later.

Photos: Neil Aird © 12 May 2005

01 October 2017

Another interesting overflight. G-SHUI Cessna 680A (680A-0102) heading from Wichita - ICT, I presume eventually to Glasgow - EGPF, for Air Charter Scotland Ltd. Looks like a new airframe. Here it is at FL410 over the studio. Note: I just happened to check on it at 16:03 edt and I see it about to turn off the runway at Bangor - BGR, Maine. A fuel stop before the crossing.

Photo: Neil Aird © 01 October 2017 15:16 edt

Photo: Neil Aird © 01 October 2017 11:00 edt

A little Honda Jet HA-450 N575DN (42000031) appeared on my screen this morning climbing up from Saranac Lake - SLK, in upstate New York. I decided to wait for it as I could see it was coming my way. My first sighting (I think?) and here's the result, at 38,000' directly over my studio. I see it reached Waukesha County - UES, Wisconsin after just 1:50 en route flight time.

30 September 2017

NEWS: Rich Hulina's latest edition "Bush Flying Captured - Volume 2" - his website should be up soon. Book should be available mid October - a "Must" for us all. More details here.

28 September 2017

Photo: Kyle G. Cameron © 23 September 2017

The October 2017 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are up! Thanks this month to my friend Kyle G. Cameron for the grand image of C-FIDG (718) at the very picturesque Atlin, British Columbia. Many thanks Kyle.

23 September 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 23 September 2017 11:53 edt

Had a nice buzz job from DHC-2 C-FZXD (1336) - he did say "landing on the water". So, on to my bike (hot day here) pedalled down to the marina, no Beaver, on across to another marina, no Beaver. Ah well. I did spend some quality time watching a heron, cormorant and some Canada geese. So all was not lost. Note, all have aircraft named after them!! I now have a grand screensaver!

Photo: Neil Aird © 23 September 2017 12:19 edt

I did get to capture the Beaver later as it left my area, right by my window, I waved!

Photos: Neil Aird © 23 September 2017 16:31 edt

21 September 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 21 September 2017 09:55 edt

Had N416AH MBB-BK 117 D-2 (20098) buzzing around for a while today. Up and over CFB Kingston. Hmmm, wonder if Airbus Helicopters were on a sales pitch to our military?

15 September 2017

Video: Selfie of "Glib" RCAF © 10 September 2017 14:59:44 edt (my guess!)

My pal Lenn Bayliss in Oz sent me this link of RCAF CF-188 Hornet 188734 doing the flight demo over Kingston. So, did a screen capture and added three views of the same few seconds from my ground position. If you look closely (yellow dot) - I'm in the picture, nah, don't even try.

Photos: Neil Aird © 10 September 2017 14:59:44 edt

14 September 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 13 September 2017

Pear time again, buy those years zip by! Tree is loaded this year, last year, hardly any. Must have been resting!

12 September 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 25 April 1998

Revisiting my "Greybull Walkabout" page and adding some Lockheed SP-2 Neptune aircraft taken in the H & P storage / boneyard. I must confess the Neptune is another favourite of mine!

10 September 2017

Spent time by the waterfront enjoying the airshow yesterday. Took lots of snaps and was happy. Nice dawn today, a taste of colours to come.

Today, well, they did it all over again in CAVOK conditions. So I headed back down to the waterfront at a closer location. Got the shots I really wanted. I will do a section on the events, but that might take a little time!! Here is a taste of today's noisey guest.

Photos: Neil Aird © 10 September 2017 15:12 edt

08 September 2017

Enjoyed running from window, to window, to window. Got some reasonable shots. Tomorrow, if weather is nice, I'll go sit by the waterfront and get some decent images.

Photos: Neil Aird © 08 September 2017 15:22 edt

07 September 2017

Photos: Neil Aird © 07 September 2017 14:20 - 14:23 edt

The RCAF 431 Squadron Snowbirds are in town. Here's 114051 CT-114 (1051) "Snowbird 1" - the leader, Major Patrick Gobeil, buzzing my place. They all came by having fun and checking out the area. I believe they are performing twice this weekend over CFB Kingston. I'll watch from here. The special Sesquicentennial CF188 Hornet 188734 (249) Captain Mathew "Glib" Kutryk, will be performing also.

Photo: RCAF © 2017

Well, "Glib" arrived and scared a few pidgeons! I managed a couple of distant, blurry shots, and I hope for better luck on the weekend. Note that aircraft is standard colours underneath. All aircraft are parked out at the local Airfield.

Photos: Neil Aird © 07 September 2017 17:15 edt

06 September 2017

Seeing the Canadian Sea King the other day reminded of some Australian Navy ones I saw on a visit to HMAS Albatross / NAS Nowra - YSNW, back in 2010. N16-118 (WA793) shown below wasknown as "Shark 07" and was presented to the fine Museum at Nowra after her final flight on 15 December 2011. Some 60,000hrs on the clock.

Photo: Neil Aird © 05 November 2010

Photos: Neil Aird © 06 September 2017

One the squirrels did not get! Seeds came from a tomato we got at the store, cut into slices and threw in a pot in the spring! Tomato sandwich tomorrow. Lots of smaller ones grown from my own saved seeds. Enough to share with family and friends.

04 September 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 July 1964

Going back a bit to my days at RAF Chivenor. XF896/05 Percival Provost T.1 (20PAC/56/339) of the CFS., popped in on Monday 20 July 1964. I had the oily pleasure of opening up the engine covers! Seeing this imaged reminded me of A85-435/VH-EAD CAC CA-25 Winjeel (CA25-35) aircraft I saw in Australia.This one at HARS facility at Albion Park, near Wollongong.

Photo: Neil Aird © 05 November 2010

01 September 2017

Photos: Neil Aird © 01 September 2017 16:04 edt

"Gotcha" . . RCAF 148813 Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone (925013) did a quick transit through my zone, a new sound for me, so a few quick shots of it in the distance, as it headed back east, low level. Nice to know it shows up on ADS-B.

31 August 2017

Image FR24 screen capture © 31 August 2017 17:40 edt

I noticed NOAA's N48RF de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter (740) helping out in Houston.

30 August 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 30 August 2017 16:45 edt

Just goes to show, when you hear a racket, don't be complacent, raise the shades. I presumed the noise was being made by one of our Air Ambulance choppers, eventually I looked up and there was a elderly Sea King coming right over the house, by the time I got my camera, raised the two shades, this was all I "caught" of 1963 vintage 12405 Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (61-207). It did not take me too long to figure out it would be heading to Toronto eventually for the RCAF flyby on Thursday and Friday. What really bugged me is that some of the noise was probably caused by the new Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone chopper that we finally have online. Maybe I can catch them when they return, perhaps on Monday? I did see a picture of them sitting at CFB Trenton last night. "Grandad and Grandson" - funny but very true!! Here is a line up taken at CFB Shearwater in 1993, which I just restored the other day - maybe I knew what was coming my way?

Photo: Ken Marshall © 19 September 1993 - Aird Archives

29 August 2017

• Photo: Robbie Shaw © 26 May 2017 •

Added the DHC-2.COM September 2017 calendar pages. This month features N62LC (1086) supplied by Robbie Shaw. Many thanks Robbie, sorry it took so long to get it a month!

27 August 2017

Announcing my colleague Erik Johannesson's New ! incredible website:

Check it out! It is now fully functional. Congratulations Erik!

21 August 2017

Photo: Ken Marshall © 10 March 1968 - Aird Archives

Spent some time on old slides of "Lifters" taken at Prestwick in 1968 by my old pal Ken Marshall. The Lockheed C-141 Stratolifter never really was a favourite of mine. Difficult to photograph on the ground. Ken had some good results. I remember being at Davis-Monthan AFB / AMARG in 2009, when many were being scrapped. A sad sight.

Photos: Neil Aird © 18 April 2009

19 August 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 19 August 2017 18:25 edt

I had just come back from gardening detail, picking tomatoes etc., and was in our back kitchen. Heard it take off from the water . .  ran down the lane, saw it heading west. Ran back in, upstairs, three flights of stairs to my studio, grabbed camera - opened skylights, removed screens, then he did three passes!  Last shots were the best, even as it headed into the sun. On 06 August 2004 my wife Danielle and I visited Harley Lang to see this Beaver, C-FZXD (1336) , he sold it to someone two lakes away from his home near North Bay.

18 August 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 18 September 1968

A few more from Denver. Here N847TW Boeing 727-31 (18752) TWA makes a smokey arrival while little "wannabe" N901TC Hawker-Siddeley HS.125-731 (25108) passes by.

17 August 2017

Photo: Neil Aird © 20 September 1968

Adding a few images to my Stateside 1968 page. I've never seen these images in print, so this is fun for me. The above shot, taken at Denver's Stapleton Field, shows N37567 Douglas DC-6B (43004) United Airlines, as a flight crew member arrives, while N119 Douglas DC-9 (45732) FAA leaves, newly acquired ex Swissair HB-IFB, later became N29 and finally N813TL.

16 August 2017

It has come to my attention today that we have lost another aviation icon, on August 6th, 2017, Viking Air founder Nils Christensen passed away. Born August 15, 1921. I had the great pleasure of meeting Nils twice. Once in 20066 at Ottawa and once on the dock at Salt Spring Island in 2007. What a fine gentleman. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. What a great legacy he has left us.

While out walking this morning, at 09:09 edt RF-85655 Tupolev TU-154M (cruised by, very low, going overhead Royal Miltary College and CFB Kingston. The flight plan said it departed CYGK - Kingston, which would make it the largest jet ever at the airfield (longest runway 19/01 is only 5,000'). The aircraft is no stranger to my computer as it often is at CFB Trenton doing the spy work it is tasked! I did not get a snap (the one below from the www), but I did watch it on my screen, cruise to Ottawa (three passes, one over parliament, last over the airport). Next it headed east to Mirabel, but it flew south at the last moment, and then east over Montréal. I stopped monitoring it when it was heading north-east toward Québec City.

Image: FR24 from my radar feed. - green track starts at my house!! 15 August 2017 - 09:09 EDT

Photo: DHC © 16 August 1947 (Print 59)

A jubilant Russ Bannock emerges after the test flight of CF-FHB-X - an anxious group awaits.

Photo: de Havilland Canada © 16 August 1947 (Print 71)

04 August 2017

Photo: Rich Hulina © 04 August 2017

An e-mail with an early morning flightplan mentioned that C-FETN (1668TB38) was heading west. I figured that my pal Rich Hulina would be interested in that. He managed to catch "The Raven" at Sioux Lookout - CYXL, with the father/son combo crew. Non other than Russ and Mike Bannock. They were heading to Yellowknife and onward to see their good friend Max Ward.

Photo: Neil Aird © 04 August 2017 15:18 edt

A moose just cruised by, well 177704 Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (F-187) RCAF with fancy tail celebrating "75 Years Bisons" 429 Squadron. Mind you, I'd prefer seeing this kind of Globemaster! This one was 51-5177 Douglas C-124C Globemaster (43587) USAF MATS - note the "177" coincidence ;-)

Photo: Ken Marshall © May 1965

Photo: Tom Baillie © 15 September 1968

Last week I received the September 2017 Issue of Airways Magazine. I had three images in it and one more by my pal Tom Baillie. They were used in Part Three of a series by David H. Stringer, on 'The Airlines of Alaska'. You can see the original images on my website , just click on the above images.

03 August 2017

Photo: "The Norwegians" Ken Marshall © 19 September 1964

Photo: "The Canadians" Ken Marshall © 20 September 1969

Continuing down yet another road. Working on images from Ken Marshall Collection adding images to Battle of Britain Displays at RAF Leuchars, in Fife. This is an annual event that most of us lads on the west coast of Scoland managed to attend. usually by train to Leuchars Junction. The only opportunity to go on base and see more exotic aircraft from Europe and beyond. It takes considerable time to scan and digitally "restore" these slides, so another long, very pleasant project.

02 August 2017

Photo: Ken Marshall © 05 August 1970

Here's a pleasant shot of an earlier time. RAF Kinloss, in the north of Scotland. A popular spot on the public road outside the base. Avro Shackleton MR.3 WR974 / K arrives back. Another fine image taken 47 years ago by Ken Marshall.