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Photo: My camera © 22 September 2013
19 October 2016
A couple of high fliers today. First, while I was waiting for B763 C-FOGT, I noticed our local raptor on the top of the Cathedral. I snapped on my 2x adapter to capture the raptor.
Photo: Neil Aird © 19 October 2016 16:17 EDT
He did not wait for the Westjet Boeing to arrive.The reason for my waiting for "WJA4" Gatwick EGKK - Toronto CYYZ flight to pass me by, was just a bit of nostalgia really. C-FOGT Boeing B767-338 (ER)(WL) (msn 25246) is an ex Qantas machine. I had flown in one, VH-OGO on 27 April 2005. This one was ex VH-OGI however, but it was pleasant to watch it cruise by over the Cathedral at FL360.
Photo: Neil Aird © 19 October 2016 16:24 EDT
16 October 2016
I just recently added a short slide show to Danielle's website theindiaconnection.org - I hope you can take a few minutes to check that out, and also see the hard work she does fundraising to help the destitute people, through the Calcutta Rescue organisation. Also now, the school we help support, for the children of migrant workers in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Needless to say, I am very proud of the work Danielle does!
14 October 2016
A Beaver Spa. Here is one special place where Beavers gather in the off-season, a time when some TLC is required. Kevin Ferris and Sue-Ellen O'Connor Ferris operate Tailwind Aviation, located at June Lake Airpark, near Wasilla, Alaska. My thanks to Kevin for taking the time to send me these delightful views of their facility. Click on the image above to get a larger overview. Wow!
11 October 2016
Photo: RCAF 442 squadron © 10 October 2016
Sadly - another Beaver accident to report. C-GEWG (842) went down with five aboard, yesterday some 80 kilometers from Anahim Lake, British Columbia. One perished, others injured, two seriously, transported out my RCAF personel and Air Ambulance. Details can be found on CBC.
Photo: Neil Aird © 24 April 1997
Here's a nice Connie angle, N494TW / 48-609 Lockheed C-121A (c/n 2601) in USAF / MATS colours, performing at Nellis AFB., back in 1997. Our paths have crossed quite a few times over the years. Built back in 1948. Must do a web page someday!
09 October 2016
Photo: Anthony Aird © 09 October 2016
A calm afternoon by Lake Ontario, Kingston waterfront, looking west south west. Simcoe Island on the left. Thanks for the image Ant! We sure live in a beautiful place.
Another beautiful fall / autumn day - Thanksgiving here in Canada. The sun is streaming through my studio window, illuminating my glass Beaver paper weight - a good sign, a productive day ahead.
02 October 2016
Photo: Neil Aird © 02 October 2016 15:15 edt
Was just outside putting out some compost, these three items alighted beside me - I guess we know what season has arrived!
01 October 2016
Interesting start to the month. Each evening I usually catch up with incoming e-mails from Australia and New Zealand. Last evening was no exception. I had heard from my mate Graeme Mills (kiwibeavers.com) about and adventure to Mount Cook with ZK-CKH (25), well after an e-mail from me to the pilot John Evans (far left), I got a nice one from him in return. He had quite a great trip and flew Trans Antarctic Expedition pilot Bill Cranfied (far right). I'm sure we will hear more about this flight from John in the future. He sent a few snaps which I post here. Thanks John. Now that looks to me like a great history lesson for those kids!
Photos: David Walker - Fairfax Media © 17 September 2016
Screen capture: Google Earth:
Earlier I had an e-mail and some snaps from another mate, Lance Higgerson. These showed the re-launch of VH-NOO (1535) in her new livery, from the river adjacent to Sydney - Bankstown Airfield, where the work was done at Air Ag. thanks to Rob Britten for use of the images.
Photos: Rob Britton © 29 September 2016 - via Lance Higgerson
Just about had this one on my roof. A SAR Cormorant blasted by and did one circuit of RMC before heading east. Could not make out callsign. Managed a shot however, I was not at my desk/window, hence slow reaction!! Quite rare around here, but the feathered ones are not!
Photo: Neil Aird © 01 October 2016 15:46 edt
30 September 2016
Sorry to report a Kenmore Beaver had an accident today (15:30utc), south of Lopez Island, Washington State. Three passengers and pilot rescued from water by nearby vessel. Taken to Friday Harbour, some treated for minor injuries. N6781L (788) was the aircraft in question. Circumstances unknown.
NTSB brief report: N6781L DEHAVILLAND DHC-2 BEAVER KENMORE AIR FLIGHT KEN110 AIRCRAFT, CRASHED ONTO PUGET SOUND, 4 PERSONS ON BOARD WERE RESCUED AND SUSTAINED UNKNOWN INJURIES, THE AIRCRAFT SANK, SAN JUAN ISLAND, LOPEZ, WA.
29 September 2016
Glad I was up. Beautiful dawn today, what more can I say.
25 September 2016
Photo: Jim Duggan © 25 September 2016
The Beaver community has been increased by one, here, albeit a little unsure, "Maverick" a Labrador puppy, takes the right seat of "Pengo Pally" for a hero shot. We hope he enjoys many happy hours with owner Jim Duggan. I'm told that "Mutt Muffs"are on order. Thanks to Paul Armstrong for sending the image along from Jim, taken yesterday at Marina Venise in Montréal.
23 September 2016
Prompted by this image taken by James Sparkman's Dad at Goose Bay around 1961, of U-6A 51-16489 (253) - looks to be as though hanging items are maybe Sea Anchors (drogues) that would help in rough weather conditions, when the Beaver is at the mooring bouy. Presume the wing fences are similarily deployed to stop flight! I imagine the aircraft would be towed to shore for wing items to be removed!!!
16 September 2016
It's time for a another delightful image by Gordon Macadie. Here is 53-0291 Boeing KC-97G Stratotanker (17073) of the USAF - Texas ANG. Shown parked at the then new terminal freight area at Prestwick.
09 September 2016
Screen captures from video: U. S. Coast Guard © 09 September 2016
Once again I have to report a Beaver accident, this time N91AK (737) at Uganik Lake (35 miles from Kodiak), Kodiak Island, Alaska. No loss of life, but three seriously injured. Airlifted out by Kodiak based U.S Coast Guard helicopters.
07 September 2016
About to head out on a test flight is DQ-REJ (1544) at a new Pacific location, in Fiji now.
05 September 2016
What seems to be a semi-annual event, C-GRHF (1123) coming and going today. I did wave.
Photos: Neil Aird © 05 September - Left 11:27EDT westbound - Right 16:24EDT eastbound over Kingston.
A couple of images from last evening. A "Toe Nail Moon" is what we call this in our family.
Photos: Neil Aird © 04 September 2016
02 September 2016
Photo: Neil Aird © 02 September 2016 18:45EDT
Pleasant flyby from this 1957 vintage Cessna 182A C-GOFA (34520), not often you see straight tails anymore.
30 August 2016
DHC-2.COM Calendar pages time once again, the month of September 2016. Thanks to Rod Hall for the image of C-FUVQ (696) doing an engine run up on Tyee Spit. Thanks Rod.
28 August 2016
Noted leaving Kingston, was de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter C-GOGC (750), most likely occupied in bait speading mission in eastern Ontario, western Québec. I had noticed C-FOPJ (344) go by on 14 August 2016. Yellow birds keep me on my toes. My friend (aka "The Other Neil") of course noticed this image and sent me one taken on the day "OGC" was delivered. Shown here on CAP13000 water bombing floats, at McFarlane lake, Sudbury, Ontario in 1981. Thanks as always Neil.
Photo: Neil Ayers © 1981
Recently on FaceBook, Kenmore Air posted a very good video by Michael Hays, narrated by Eric Ellison, on N188JG (1103) - sure has come a long way since I saw her at Kenmore, and followed the adventures by Kenmore to get her there from Northern Canada. Well done - once again. Congratulations to all concerned in this fantastic rebuild / restoration. Now, I'd better update my web page accordingly. Here's the YouTube link to the Kenmore Video by Michael Hays.
25 August 2016
As a special request from me, Scott Magie took his boat out to get a waterside shot of "Blossom" at the dock. N39SM (94). Thanks Scott.
24 August 2016
Ted Norman from Australia dropped me a welcome e-mail. Thanks Ted.
Photo: John Kimberley © July 1982 - Aird Archives
20 August 2016
Time to give a shout out to my supporters. Special *Gold Star* status to Stan B (CA) and James K (WA) who have both chipped in three times!! Thank you all.
2016 campaign - 26 responded in kind, so far. Thank You!
John O (BC), Neil A (ON), Stan B (CA) thrice! Kjell S (WA), Mark M (BC), Klaus M (WA), James D (UK), Bill Z (ON), Randy S (MI), Richard G-B (UK), Rick N (YT), James K (WA) thrice! Hallett G (NZ), Donald B (AB), Chris R (OZ), Garith A (MN), Wojciech B (UK) , Peter R (OZ), Ken H (ON), Daryl P (SK), Ian Mac (UK), Rob M (ON), Vincent M (AB) Rod H (UK/BC), James M (WA), Blake Q (CA) .
14 August 2016
Working behind the scenes this week, if I can, to insert updated data and new pages for Beavers that I currently do not have images of. Meanwhile I notice TwinOtterArchive.com (which I have been working hard on adding images recently) just rolled over 155,000.
09 August 2016
I always hate to report these. Here is a view of the accident site on Crosswind Lake, about 40 miles from Iliamna, Alaska. N95RC (970) was the victim. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured folks who were on board. (Four serious, three minor). Note: Airframe removed by helicopter 13 August 2016.
31 July 2016
The August 2016 DHC-2COM Calendar pages are ready. This month's star is CF-FHZ (66) shot by Rich Hulina / Bush Flying Captured photographer / author, on a recent photo hunt in the Yukon. Thanks Rich - Looking forward to Voulume Two next year!
28 July 2016
Photo: USA Today © 28 July 2016
Today at Oshkosh, Beaver owner Harrison Ford took the two millionth Young Eagle, sixteen year old Jodie Gawthrop, up for a ride in his Beaver N28S.
23 July 2016
Half way-ish. Pete and his pals are well on their way with the Mars on the next great adventure. Safe travels, and just make a little splash on your arrrival.
Photo: Nigel Hitchman © 23 July 2016
Well "Big Red" made it safely. Landing in light rain showers at 17:30 Central Time. Here is an image by Nigel Hitchman of her after she was "buttoned up".
22 July 2016
What with all the news of C-FLYL Martin JRM-1 Mars (9267) these days, I thought you might enjoy this snap of yours truly at Sproat Lake some thirty-five years ago. My first trip to Mars. We are both of the same vintage - aging gracefully!
19 July 2016
While working quietly in my vegetable patch, I was bothered for thirty-five very noisy minutes by two Hornets! It is not the first time I've had top cover.
Photo: Neil Aird © 19 July 2016 13:57 EDT
Always wanted to get my hydrangeas to go blue, well had some luck this year.
Not many entries this month, but here's one. Congratulations to all on the first flight after sixteen year restoration of B-29 "Doc" . .
01 July 2016
28 June 2016
I've been very busy with DHC-3 Otter website recently. Up to c/n 209 with our effort, only 257 left! (Hence lack of Beavers recently!) . I hope to get back to adding extended data for those later today, I have a long way to go with that project too.
23 June 2016
One more pass made me happy, later in the day. Same skylight, but I was "ready" . . .
Photo: Neil Aird © 22 June 2016 16:12 EDT
Well C-GVRA did a better run on my studio today!! Bomb doors remained closed! Taken in a hurry through my studio skylight . . .
Photos: Neil Aird © 22 June 2016 12:10 EDT
22 June 2016
Photos: Neil Aird © 22 June 2016 11:45 / 11:57 EDT
17 June 2016
Not many blog entries, berry busy with other things - that time of year!
Also being distracted by some of my "Golden Era" images. Here is G-ALAL Lockheed L-749 Constellation (2549) of Ace Freighters at Gatwick - EGKK, in early 1966.
30 May 2016
June 2016 DHC-2.com Calendar is available. Thanks to our regular John W. Olafson of Vernon, for the great angle image.
21 May 2016
A low flying visitor this morning. Not a de Havilland DH.114 either!
N194WW Skyvan was taking jumpers up at Gananoque airport today, as high as 13,800 I noted.
20 May 2016
Photo: Neil Aird © 20 May 2016 17:35 EDT
Here is a sample of an aircraft that did not show on my screen, but did on MLAT system. N13979 Embraer EMB-145LR (145181) operating "ASQ3997" Burlington, Vermont to Chicago's O'hare, passing just to my south at FL360.
Took advantage of calm weather to erect additional hight to my secondary antenna array. Here it is as of this afternoon!
19 May 2016
Photo: Neil Aird © 19 May 2016 18:35 EDT
A slow, thirty minute climb to drop skydivers over Kingston's RMC. A "chubby" N193WW Short SC-7 Skyvan (SH1957) in case you are wondering, operated by Win Win Aviation of North Carolina.
Photo: Dale Tiedeman © 19 May 2016
Today C-FGHY (1334) is being launched into the North Saskatchewan River, thanks to Dale Tiedeman for the snap. Those big tires might come in handy!!
As some of you know, I get frequent visits from the wee Alpha Jets. I have a fondness for them, so here is a grand image of a regular one departing Ottawa - CYOW. Thanks to my friend Rod Digney for the photograph. Click on the image for a nice big pic!
Would you believe, C-GFTO is on my screen just now (12:40EDT) cruising somewhere nearby at FL270. Must have heard me add the picture!!
13 May 2016
Photo: Neil Aird © 17 October 2010
"Traffic" - Usually I look up at contrails, every now and then I have looked over at them. Case in point while travelling to LAX in 2010. A United Boeing 757 zipping by.
11 May 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 11 May 2016 16:16 EDT
I finally caught up with C-FFCO Bombardier BD-500-1A10 Series CS100 (msn 50006) - took me a while, since the first flight of the type was on16 September 2013! Everything comes to those who wait. I have heard it go over me, but always cloudy.
Another pleasant surprise today was the fact that my one and only image sent to Airliners.net was selected a "Photographer's Choice". Since they posted it on their main page on 05 May 2016, it has had 8,676. Beginner's luck I'm sure!
05 May 2016
The other day I had a visit from my wee friend C-GFTO Alpha Jet. (038) Played around over my studio and RMC (Royal Military College), this happens every now and then. Sure upsets the local bird population, they must think it is a raptor!!
30 April 2016
May 2016 DHC-2.com Calendar is available. Thanks to Fred Barnes for the superb shot.
26 April 2016
Twenty years have elapsed since I painted this little watercolour "At the Dock". Click on the image for a larger view.
20 April 2016
Adding data for six more Beavers today. This will bring this website up to 4,093 pages - how many books do you have in your library with that many pages!! Trying to catch up to what we have on file. It's a long and winding road . . . .
19 April 2016
Photo: Neil Aird © 06 June 1998
I was working today on a new section to my Aviation Archives which will be called "Convair Corner". This particular Convair peaked my interest. C-FAUF Convair 580 (24) was parked up at CYYZ / Toronto when I took the shot on 06 June 1998. Doing my research I found out I had actually spent 2:15 in the air on this machine when it was serving as a piston powered 340 N8423H with Allegheny Airlines. It was interesting to note the times on the various legs of that trip back then. That flight was Allegheny "AL701" from Newark - off 07:08 - McKean/Bradford on 08:22 off 08:40 - Jamestown on 08:54 off 09:07 - Erie on 09:23 off 09:48 - Cleveland / Hopkins on 10:19 - 27-Aug-1966.
12 April 2016
I just received the above book by David Kellock. It looks really good. Will get into it ASAP. Details to follow!
11 April 2016
I will be easing up on my website/image restoration/preparation for the next little while. My arm needs a rest.
04 April 2016
Photo: Kenneth I Swartz ©
George A. Neal passed away early this morning (97). What a truly great gentleman aviator. It was such a great pleasure to know you George.
01 April 2016
Gonzo just paid a quick visit. 142803 de Havilland Canada CT142 Dash 8 (072) RCAF did a quick buzz of the city and the Royal Military College.
Photos: Neil Aird © 01 April 2016 14:38 EDT
PLEASE NOTE: I made a mistake on the April Calendar date page, please reprint. April starts on a Friday NOT Thursday!!
31 March 2016
Cause for Celebration - Banner composition by my son Anthony Aird!
Did not notice who the 1.5 millionth visitor was on 25 March 2016, as I was out for a walk along the lakeshore with Danielle, enjoying the sunshine and 17.4C - spring in Kingston. Today the April showers have arrived!
The April 2016 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are up for you today. Thanks to my UK good friend Fred Barnes for this image. PLEASE NOTE: I made a mistake on the date page, please reprint. April starts on a Friday NOT Thursday!!
25 March 2016
Big day here, should hit 1,500,000th visitor today. I wonder who it will be?
24 March 2016
The US Dollar versus the Canadian one - I just paid up the dues for hosting DHC-2.COM with MidPhase (Based in Utah) for another twelve months. It was US$143.00, by the time it gets converted into Canadian it cost me C$198.00 ! I presume I could shop around for something cheaper, but this service handles the huge amount of traffic the website generates. In about a day I will reach the 1,500,000 unique vistors milestone. If any of you can help out with some portion of the funding, I would be very happy, and relieved.
I'm at 75% of my monthly quota with my ISP too, but should manage to reach the end of the month without "overage" . . . Thanks to Pete R (OZ) and Ken H (ON) for stepping up to the plate already!
23 March 2016
"You need to make this Beaver" - got an interesting e-mail the other day from Berlin. Andreas Fischen sent this link along, I suggest you all have a read, and hopefully, sign up with your support.
I know that our family have been into Lego since I took my middle kid to Legoland when he was six. One of my grandchildren (who is now six) is also a big fan and is using the Lego from his Mom and Uncles.
I have my own Lego story. I never had any when I was small, I had Meccano. In 1964, however, while I was cycling in Denmark, I paid a visit , on 14 September to a small grass airfield, Billund. Present were OY-ACP a P.34A Proctor 3, OY-AIG a CP.301 Emeraude and OY-DCC a Piper PA-23 Aztec B of Lego. There was one guy present and (from memory) his last name was Christiansen, he was the Lego corporate pilot. He told me that someday I could bring my kids here to visit a whole town built around the Lego factory. Well I did just that in 1982! Stayed with a Lego employee and his family (who ran a B&B) and we had a truly great time. In fact, Robin insisted in setting up his Lego train set in our hotel in Paris, later in the trip!
20 March 2016
Photo: Lance Higgerson © April 1967
I noticed that DHC-3archive.com just crossed the 10,000 unique viewer mark! Have you visited yet? I guess we could say it has taken off . . . !
19 March 2014
Still working away behind the scenes on DHC-2.COM. Sorting out an enigma or two, what's new?
16 March 2015
Every month my colleague Ian Macintosh sends me a "diary" of changes and updates to the DHC-2 fleet. Today I am trying to clear up the last two "issues". Ian has been fleshing out the details gradually with the help of another colleague, Ian Macdonald. See c/n 31 and 47 as examples.
14 March 2016
Funny how paths cross every now and then. Take de Havilland U-1A Otter 55-3277 (124). I just received this image from my friend Lance Higgerson of it at the Australian Army base "Luscombe Field", Nui Dat in Vietnam. I checked my records and my memory was correct, I saw this airframe at Prestwick - EGPK on 23 May 1964, before it went to Vietnam.
03 March 2016
Not much blogging recently, but a few items from yesterday to tell you about.
Big day at Paine Field - KPAE and Boeing Field - KBFI yesterday in Seattle. N7001U the very first Boeing 727, made the short flight to the Museum of Flight. My pal Tom Baillie was there and sent a couple of snaps of the departure. The fifteen minute flight was flown with gear down and flaps set at 15 degrees. Thanks Tom.
Photos: Thomas A. Baillie © 02 March 2016
"Bison 4" 177702 Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (F180/CA2) from CFB Trenton, gave me the chance to squeeze off a few shots as it passed my studio! Click on the small image for a bigger picture.
Photos: Neil Aird © 02 March 2016 16:18 EST
01 March 2016
March 2016 DHC-2.com Calendar is available. Thanks to Rich Hulina for the superb shot.
21 February 2016
Photo: CYCW - Chilliwack - Rich Hulina © 20 February 2016 14:22 local
Pleased to report my pal Rich Hulina delivered C-GNXG (650) safely to Vancouver International - CYVR yesterday, escorted into the field by Fairchild 24R46A Argus C-GXRH (R46204) landing in formation. Here you had a 1946 vintage aircarft shepherding a 1953 DHC-2! I wonder if Rich noticed the "last two" of the Argus registration!! Reason for the escort? No transponder in NXG.
Some of you may be interested in his routing: Hudson, ON - Brandon, MB(CYBR) - Russell, MB(hold for weather) - Regina, SK(CYQR) - Medicine Hat, AB(CYXH) - Lethbridge, AB(CYQL) - Cranbrook, BC(CYXC) - Castlegar, BC(CYCG) - Princeton, BC(CYDC) - Chilliwack, BC(CYCW) - Boundary Bay, BC(CZBB) - Vancouver, BC(CYVR). 13.7 hours air time.
Been a bit slack on adding Beavers recently, too busy with Otters and Twin Otters! I hope to be adding some interesting DHC-2 images starting tomorrow!
Now a shout out to the fine folk who have supported DHC-2.COM so far this year. My thanks to you all!
John O (BC), Neil A (ON), Stan B (CA), Kjell S (WA), Mark M (BC), Klaus M (WA), James D (UK), Bill Z (ON), Randy S (MI), Richard G-B (UK), Rick N (YT), James K (WA), Hallett G (NZ), Donald B (AB), Chris R (OZ), Garith A (MN).
11 February 2016
A flyby today, N910S AS350B3 (7445) in smart black and gold. We do have lots of other black squirrels around here!
Photo: Neil Aird © 11 February 2016 17:10 EST
06 February 2016
It's funny how one thing leads to another. The item below about PSYOPS had a connection with recent wonderful images sent to me by Tom Singfield. The photographs were taken by John Bessette. While I was cleaning up the scan, I noticed white "stuff" plastered over the leading edge of the tailplane, around the step and tail wheel. The penny dropped, the Beaver must have been on a leaflet dropping mission!
02 February 2016
29 January 2016
A newish online magazine (also on Facebook) by publisher Chris Buckner, www.seaplanemagazine.com Thanks for the mention Chris, a warning is on the front page of my website that it could be "addictive" . . .
28 February 2016
A few days early, here are the February 2016 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages. Supplied by our regular John W. Olafson. Great action shot John, many thanks.
21 January 2016
Anthony Aird has designed a logo for DHC-3archive.com - I think it is pretty awesome. Hope everyone likes it as much as I do. Thanks Ant!
20 January 2016
Screen Capture: FR24/Neil Aird © 19 January 2016 12:55 EST (tracks jagged due to MLAT signals!)
For the last two days I have enjoyed the sounds of 1957 vintage C-FNRC Convair 580 (473), National Research Council's "Research9" circling my house! Usually at 9,600 to 9,800 feet altitude. No idea what they are up to, perhaps something to do with the St. Lawrence Seaway navigation aids. On the 18th they were circling over Brockville, to my east. Here is the best I could do on one of the passes. Yesterday they circled for over four hours, today, so far today, almost five hours!
Photo: Neil Aird © 20 January 2016 10:25 EST.
Now and then: Convair c/n 437 in current form landing at Ottawa, and before as N920BS when with Bethlehem Steel.
For the next few days I am working through two months of updates to the data on the website. Thanks to Ian Macintosh for supplying that.
17 January 2016
I have three days free to work on the websites, and to try and get some of my photographs organised. Multiple external hard drives, and numerous CD's do not make the process easy! We'll see just how well that works out.
Anthony (Aird) is working on a logo for DHC-3archive.com - always fun to see what a Graphic Artist comes up with. I'm very happy with the progress so far! I want to have something that the rivet counters will accept, but something not too detailed!
08 January 2016
Fixed it. Lost it again. Fixed it again . . now leaving it alone. A bit bigger now if you have noticed!!
06 January 2016
Well, the village idiot thoroughly messed up the Current Home Page . . . can't edit it anymore below the thumbnails. I was mucking about with new software, and should have known better than to do that. Weighing my options now, a work around, whatever. So keep your fingers crossed for me, I hope I don't have to switch to dreamweaver and start my learning curve again . . I think I can load this page however?
01 January 2016
A long gap between entries I'm afraid - been so busy with the DHC-3archive.com website and Holiday activities. Let me first wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!
The January 2016 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are up, but I'm sure most of you have noticed that. The image used, which is relished by those of us in the chilly, stormy Northern hemisphere, was provided by Chris Roughan. Many thanks Chris. It shows recently imported VH-OHU (826) on duty at Hayman Island, Queensland. I'm disappointed in the PDF, it does not print out well (colour and nasty artifacts), that's why I have it as a banner shot today. You can compare the two. I was unable to resolve that issue.
17 December 2015
Still spending a greater proportion of my time in getting DHC-3archive.com up and running. Super reception so far. Back to Beavers shortly, have no fear. Still scanning and cleaning images, that takes quite a bit of my time. Expecting a further shipment of purchased slides to arrive shortly, thanks to a few generous donations from you folks!
05 December 2015
Yesterday was a very busy day for me here, another milestone in the recording of the de havilland Canada family of aircraft took place. The website www.DHC-3archive.com was set up, and a few trial pages sent to the web. Aided by my International colleagues, Ian S. Macintosh, Erik Johannesson, Karl E. Hayes, Ian M. Macdonald, Ian Butter, and several photographers, we hope this venture will eventually match DHC-2.COM in scope of coverage of both the piston and turbine versions of the DHC-3 Otter.
02 December 2015
Finally, after many, many years of seeing the CFB Trenton based RCAF (Aero Support Canada Inc.) Beech B200 King Air C-GDNH (BB-1946) on my screen, I see it outside my window!!
Photos: Neil Aird © 02 December 2015 13:16EST
01 December 2015
I recently started sending live feed to Virtual Radar Server in the UK. It's fun and fills a gap in my coverage. With MLAT I can now check on military flights passing my neighbourhood, something I could not do before. Here's a screen capture from the other evening. How cool is that? 61-0309 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (18216), passing by my house was one of two from Milwaukee's 126th ARS/128th ARW Wisconsin Air National Guard, heading to Europe on a TDY.
30 November 2015
Brief trip to CKGK Kingston Airport, sanpped a couple of visitors, an Air Ambulance C-GRXE Pilatus PC12/47E (1117) of Ornge and a sharp looking Raytheon/Beech C90 N632MT (LJ-1504) with neat winglets.
Photos: Neil Aird © 30 November 2015 14:05EST
27 November 2015
The December 2015 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are ready. Thanks to my friend Philip Stevens for the incredible image of XP820 (1483) taken at the Army Air Corps main base of Middle Wallop at a recent afternoon - nightshoot of the Army Aviation Historic Flight aircraft. More stunning images here. Many thanks Philip. I note your last Calendar page was back in April 2008, of the same aircraft!
Photo: Philip Stevens © 21 August 2005
23 November 2015
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 18 November 1992
Interesting e-mails often arrive after I post a particular aircraft picture. Case in point - the hangar behind C-FMPT at Sept Îles has a fascinating story. Here's Jim Court's e-mail, thanks Jim:
A bit o' trivia about MPT and that hangar it's sitting in front of.
Alexandair was owned by Jean-Marc Roy who bought out the Propair operation in Sept-Îles. He had a couple of Beavers besides MPT, three Otters - EYY, JZN and AZX and a 185. Jean-Marc was an ex-Quebecair pilot and he named the company for his youngest son, Alexandre.
The hangar in the MPT pic was the old Northern Wings building. It used to be a USAF hangar at Harmon AFB., in Stephenville. In the early 1950's when the Americans began to pull out of Stephenville the hangar was declared surplus and it was bought by Gilles Samson the then owner of NWL, taken apart and shipped to Sept-Îles. It came equipped - a stores section, engine build-up shop, radio shop, management offices and even a link trainer room complete with link trainer. Pretty impressive for the time and a small company like Wings. After Wings folded it went through various hands and it burnt to the ground in the mid 1990's.
21 November 2015
I hate to report incidents like this one to N93DG (601). This will be one difficult recovery job. 17-Nov-2015 Aircraft landed on a frozen lake , during taxi broke througfh the ice and became partially submerged, Sockeye lake, 12 miles from Talkeetna, AK.
16 November 2015
Another pleasant RCAF fly-by. This time by "BISN01" 177705 Boeing CC-177 from CFB Trenton.
Photo: Neil Aird © 16 November 2015 16:52EST
14 November 2015
1981 vintage RCAF Lockheed CP-140 Aurora 140116 (285B-5722) did a few spirited passes over RMC today, viewed from my studio perch.
Photo: Neil Aird © 14 November 2015 14:56EST
13 November 2015
A long time favourite of mine (I wonder why?) is the little MH-1521 Broussard. Here are a couple that I came across in the south of France in 1995. The one in the background, F-GIDJ (283) eventually ended up in Washington State. I'll be doing a few scans this weekend and adding a special page. Unfortunately all my images are print format, so they take a fair time to clean up! I still remember asking at the hangar "Me permettez vous de prendre une photo des Broussards?" - it worked!
The one in the foreground, F-GGKS (c/n 50) remains in France.
12 November 2015
I still pop out to my local airport every once in a while, usually when en route on an errand. We very seldom use our car! Here are two visitors. The first is N91KK Cessna 650 (650-0193) and the second N723MC Challenger CL30 (20123).
Photo: Neil Aird © 03 November 2015 14:10EST
Photo: Neil Aird © 11 November 2015 13:23EST
08 November 2015
I've been concentrating on refreshing older images in my Aird Aviation Archives sections, sharpening up and tweaking photographs. I feel it's worth the effort.
Where the fascination began - Prestwick Airport.
31 October 2015
Another great adventure is underway. C-FOEV (1680TB48) left Campbell River on her delivery flight Friday 30 October 2015. Current destination is Finland. We wish them a safe trip! Sealand President Bill Alder is co-pilot on this leg. Nancy Alder is writing the blog on the travels. They did eventually reach their destination of Helsinki / Malmi - EFHF.
As usual, Bob Kobzey has kept me updated with photos. Thanks Bob.
Photo: Bob Kobzey © 30 October 2015
28 October 2015
I have been under the weather for a while here with some nasty "bug" that won't leave! Hence my DHC-2 / DHC-6 output has reduced. I have been evaluating some new software which I think I will purchase shortly. Here is a sample donated slide (which was a duplicated one!) that I used as a test. I think the (slightly over $100.00) money required for the software will be money well spent, and should help crispen up marginal slides.
24 October 2015
Just had to do a screen capture of a video clip posted on FaceBook. It shows Doug deVries landing N67DN (799) at a glassy Green Lake (Whistler) B.C., just last weekend. I wish I knew how to add the HD video clip! Such a lovely tranquil sight and sound.
Screen capture: N67DN at Whistler, BC © 18 October 2015
23 October 2015
Yet another stunning Autumn / Fall day here in Kingston. Here's our version of "The Red Green Show".
Photo: Neil Aird © 23 October 2015 09:10edt
13 October 2015
Time to thank the 2015 web site supporters. Their help enables me purchase slides for us all to enjoy, and to keep the website going. Maybe you can help out too?
Thank you so much for all your support. I know there are a lot of things vying for your money and I don't take your support for granted.
2015 campaign - 30 responded in kind, so far. Thank You! (updated 21 November 2015)
John O (BC), Herb W (CH), Rod H (UK/BC), Jeff P (ON), Michel W (QC), Ken T (ON), Stan B (CA) Twice!, Ian Mac (UK), James D (UK), Rob M (ON), James K (WA), Ian Mac (ON) Twice!, Rick N (YT), Stephen McG (ON), Jean T (FL), Dale F (BC), Louis G (QC), Peter R (OZ), Denis C (ON), Jim P (AK), Stan B (CA), Blake Q (CA), Keith F (ON), James K (WA), Neil A (ON), Anthony A (ON), Lance L (WA), Dave C(BC), Kristen McC (OZ), Paige & Jim B (ON).
07 October 2015
Came across this reproduction of a large pencil drawing I did many years ago. It was really a study drawing for the silver goblet I made to celebrate the Humpback whale.
03 October 2015
I only use FaceBook to enjoy many of the Groups there, and to contribute when I can. One I relish is Memories of Prestwick Airport. I've posted quite a few pictures on there and was happy to see one selected as the heading banner the other day. It is important to shoot just regular scenes as they become treasured at some point in the future.
30 September 2015
End of another month means another DHC-2.COM Calendar image - October 2015. Image courtesy of Brian Wright. Many thanks Brian.
27 September 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 27 September 2015 22:12EST
Had to try for a few shots of the moon last night. Not that great, but was a colourful event.
22 September 2015
I hope you have all been enjoying the recent additions. Some come from our regular correspondents and others I purchase online, after bidding on auction sites. I'm only able to do this when I have sufficient funds "in the kitty" - which comes in via PayPal donations. I do appreciate the help I get from my donors - remember, it does not have to be a big donation, but the slides are expensive, usually a minimum of four Euros plus shipping, and upward. I often let the expensive ones go in favour of obtaing several less expensive ones. Thanks for your consideration folks.
16 September 2015
Time for a change of pace (read distraction) - I've been scanning some of my pal Ken Marshall's extensive collection. I decided to work on some of his Big Douglas Props. What a delight. Started a page on the mighty DC-7, then will move on to DC-6 and DC-4.
You could say I'm all "at sixes and sevens" . . .
08 September 2015
I've been re-reading C. Marin Faure's wonderful "Success on the Step" Flying with Kenmore Air, such a great read. After my recent visit there, so many names and places I know.
Today, I came across this image of the VT-DRP (1519) cockpit taken by my friend John Racey, when he went to Delhi to "kick tires" back in 1998. I thought it would be nice to put it beside the final Kenmore product, photographed by Rob Richey as it left the shop in September 2009.
27 August 2015
24 August 2015
Sad to report, another DHC-2 accident. This time C-FKRJ (1210) 10nm North of Tadoussac, Québec. Six people lost their lives. Happened on Sunday afternoon at 18:00 utc. My thoughts are with the families and the company staff and management. CBC Link.
23 August 2015
Photo: Candace Sudlovenick © c.16 August 2015 - CBC website.
Noticed a LOG today (Leaf on the Ground) - I guess a sign of the season to come.
22 August 2015
Looks like C-FOEH (1644TB24) had a lucky escape, but the hanagr at Smoke Lake faired quite badly in bad weather there on 18 August 2015.
15 August 2015
It's amazing what post cards can go for on an auction site. I bid on this image of VP-YHH (122) (reworked by me!) and I note it just sold for C$179.70 - too rich for our budget I'm afraid!
14 August 2015
My wife Danielle and Grand daughter Chloë went to visit Vermeer's "The Milkmaid" while in the Rijks Museum, Amsterdam , just the other day. I noticed that my exact to scale painting in progress was not the correct dimensions, so took the canvas off the stretchers, cut and re-assembled, re-stretched the painting, and now, I feel enthused to pick up my brushes again. This weekend will be a test. Beavers and Twin Otters may suffer. Tomorrow I'll get back at it - last time I worked on it was 15 December 2013!! As you can see, I have a ways to go, maybe another fifty hours . . . ?
Our Global reach - or - We've got you covered - recent viewers to the DHC-2.COM website. Quite impressive, don't you think?
10 August 2015
Wonderful dawn today.
Photo: Neil Aird ©10 August 2015 05:47EDT
08 August 2015
Two viewpoints of the same two islands. Cruising - Boat view - Beaver view. Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
06 August 2015
Field trip this morning, all because of C-FOEH (1644TB24) which popped up on my screen at 08:38 this morning. Beautiful day, so after he called in on VHF I decided to dig out the car and head out to say "hello". Chatted with OMNR pilot Sebastien Marty at the FBO, until his Ontario Tourism Agency passengers arrived for a cruise of Eastern Ontario waterways. Great to meet you Sebastien, see you at Smoke Lake someday.
Photos: Neil Aird © 06 August 2015 09:06EDT
A little later in the day, 146482 (46482) Bell-Textron CH-146 Griffon came by with a sister ship "Falcon 482 plus one" .
Photos: Neil Aird © 06 August 2015 15:34EDT
03 August 2015
As I'm coming to the end of my Beaver trawl from recent trip to the west coast, I began to ponder how many DHC-2 Beaver aircraft I had actually flown in over the years. Well, from memory, I counted twenty-eight. Had the pleasure of driving six.
Danielle wanted some pictures of herself with "her pilots" - so as per her request. My thanks to them all!
Mark, Neil, Danie, Doug.
Mark, Danie, George, Kevin.
Three more images to complete the twenty-four spied on this last adventure. Hope to do these today, plus a few more recent images that have just arrived!
On a different subject, here's an old sketch I discovered, from my early student days. Funny, the things we hang on to.
31 July 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 11 July 2015 18:01 PDT
Last entry for July. I noticed a rather lonely familiar shape on the ramp at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, as Tom and I were cruising by. It was indeed a Douglas NRA-3 Skwarrior - the details I now have. 144825 (ex N878RS) was handed over to the Station on 29 April 2011. It is destined to be a gate guard. It will join the Lockheed P-3 Orion and Grumman A-6 Intruder that already perform similar duties at this active United States Navy base.
30 July 2015
Well, I have indulged myself and used one of my recent images for the August 2015 DHC-2.COM Calendar. Forgive me. It is of N437CH (1428) belonging to Charlie Hogan, taken during our visit to the beach at the head of Nahmint Lake, in British Columbia.
29 July 2015
My colleague Erik Johannesson has embarked on another blog, which no doubt will be as popular as his TwinOtterSpotter. It is Dash8Spotter which will cover the Classic versions of this airliner. Well done Erik - Two thumbs Up!
Almost completed adding my Beaver image selection from my trip to the West Coast. I made some intersting overflights. Will add some snaps later. Here is my current "screensaver" - an overview of KPAE - Paine Field at Everett, Washington. Predominated by the Boeing Plant! Just over fifty-five of their output present outside on this day.
21 July 2015
Over and under traffic. When we were travelling up from Rosario's on Orcas Island to Eagle Nook Resort in N564RC (1156) , we went under a CH-124 Sea King and over the Martin Mars, my friend Pete Killin was driving the Mars. "That you Pete?" . . . . I only managed a few poor images as I swung back to shoot through the port and starboard door windows. Tom got a better shot with his phone! Long Bach Nguyen got a great image of it at Sproat Lake when he flew up the day before in N437CH (1428). He will be expanding his BOPA meeting section soon.
Photo: Neil Aird © 13 July 2015 14:33 PDT
Photos: Neil Aird © 13 July 2015 14:52 PDT
Photo: Long Bach Nguyen © 12 July 2015 15:41 PDT
Photo: Neil Aird © 16 July 2015
My modes of transport were varied. This was my San Juan Islands steed. Twenty-nine minutes Paine Field / KPAE to Eastsound / ESD on Orcas Island. Tom's very sweet 2002 Commander 115 N115KT (20024). Thanks Tom, it was great to "have a shot" once again. Still can't beieve we flew down the runway at NAS Whitby Island once again, FL35.
While on my West Coast visit, I came "up close and personal" with many other airframes. Some bigger and newer than others. Here, Tom and I sit after exiting Runway 34 at Everett / Snohomish County - KPAE - Paine Field, Seattle, and give way to VH-VKK (36237) a brand new Aussie bound Boeing B787-8. It left on delivery to Melbourne / Tullamarine (MEL) as JQ/JST7992. No special fanfare.
Photos: Neil Aird © 16 July 2015 15:07 PDT
20 July 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 13 July 2015 15:19 PDT
Back in the saddle up here in the cab after an "outstanding" trip to Seattle area (including Kenmore of course) and the San Juan Islands, Washington State. Then up the West Coast of Vancouver Island to Eagle Nook Resort for the BOPA Annual Flyout. We were guests of the Beaver Owners Pilots Association. More coming here and on the website in the coming days/weeks as I slowly come back down to earth. A special shout out to my good friend Tom Baillie (and Kathleen) for instigating this adventure for Danielle and myself. Wow! Image below shows yours truly with our first chauffeur Doug DeVries and N67DN (799). I will post images of the other "rogues" that transported us about, and also our most generous hosts Dick and Sue Beselin at Eagle Nook. So many wonderful folks. Beavers present N564RC (1156); N429KS (754); N456N (1534); N437CH (1428); N741DB (1331) and Cessna Caravan N810GA (208-00300).
The Adventure continues at Pat Bay, British Columbia. (Neil & Doug)
Photo: Danielle Aird © 12 July 2014 16:08 PDT
• Editorial Vacation •
07 July 2015
I'll not be adding anything to the websites for the next little while, I'll be gathering images of DHC-2 I hope. Wish me luck.
29 June 2015
DHC-2.COM July 2015 Calendar pages are up. Thanks to John W.Olafson for this recent shot of a truly classic Beaver at Lake Hood.
28 June 2015
Some important milestones for DHC-2.COM - just completed page 4,000 on the website. Man, that would be one very heavy book!! Approaching 11,000 DHC-2 images next. No let-up in sight, I'm glad to say.
Top air-to-air photograpoher Dietmar Schreiber was recently doing work in Alaska, he captured this Rust DHC-2 whilst chasing bigger fish. Thanks Dietmar. More of his work here.
25 June 2015
Six months 'til Christmas! Yikes.
Starting to update our expanded data for c/n 670 to c/n 689. Almost 4,000 pages on the website now. That would be quite a thick book!
23 June 2015
May I add my congratulations to George A. Neal. Here is a study of "the man" earlier in his long career. Best wishes sir.
Link to story.
Photo: DHC ©
Sketch by Neil Aird © 1999 for DHC-6 $20.00 Coin
20 June 2015
Dale Floyd of Coast Dog Aviation sent this wonderful shot, taken at his maintenance facilities at Pitt Meadows. Thanks Dale, love it!
Ted Larkin, who sent the latest banner shot (C-FOEH) also sent me an unusual image. I thought you might enjoy seeing it. Ted wrote;
P.S.- shot JA971A, a two-week old Boeing 777-381ER last Sunday. It was at FL300 overhead YZD en route to Narita from JFK as ANA/NH9. The thin layer of cirrus was lit up by the sun, thereby providing the most agreeable display of carbon emissions that I'd ever seen!
Photo: Ted Larkin © 14 June 2015
09 June 2015
Continuing with "fleshing out" data for DHC-2 aircraft in the c/n 600 - c/n 669 range. Slow and steady work. The majority of this reseach has been compiled and completed by my colleague Ian Macintosh. Thanks Ian, it will be a while before I catch up! Meanwhile Ian continues with his research into to detailed USAF histories.
I've also been busy with my gardens. Great strawberries this year!!
31 May 2015
22 May 2015
Next leg, "AC877" C-FIVR B77W Air Canada FRA-YYZ. Sitting at gate B42.
Image: Google Earth.
Cockpit view - Finals 07L - Courtesy FR24
Well Danielle just pulled up to gate A23 at Frankfurt on D-AISR A321 from Prague. First leg of her trip back to Kingston. Needless to say, I was keeping an eye on things.
Time 09:17 EDT / 15:17 Local
"Battle 65" broke the morning tranquilty for an RMC flyby, then proceeded to CYGK.
Photos: Neil Aird © 22 May 2015 08:25 EDT
16 May 2015
Spent some time installing a "sun" blind in my studio, the type that blocks the sun, but you can still see through. What a difference - beats my old WWII blackout curtain and a clothes pin . . .
While digging out a CD I received last year in April, I re-discovered a treaure trove of Beaver images from Peter Cooper in the UK. I hope to add some more of these shortly.
Size matters! Here's one that shows the size/scale of C-FOCY (79) DHC-2 Beaver , 9.22 meters in length, beside the 46,697 GRT "Yang Ming - South" at 32.0 meters wide and 276.0 meters in length!
Photo: Peter J. Cooper © 02 April 2008
15 May 2015
I've been very busy with the Twin Otter Archive website recently, now back to adding extended data to the "Beaver Files". At the moment I am working through c/n 570 - c/n 589. Even discoverd a New ! Beaver C-FIPD (574) it was scanned and in Michael J. Ody's "stash". Thanks to Sheldon D. Benner for being at Roberval in May 1979! No recent images, however - can anyone help in that regard?
04 May 2015
Very sorry to read on May 1st, about this situation in Tassie, the liquidation of Tasmanian Air Adventures.
02 May 2015.
Today I have been working with Dragan Draskovic, of LiftHere Models of Serbia, who has a 1/72nd scale resin kit de Havilland DHC-2 Mk.III Turbine Beaver. It looks very impressive. He also send some images of the former Yugoslvian DHC-2, which I will add soon. Thanks for getting in touch Dragan.
Photos: Draga Draskovic © LiftHere Models
01 May 2015
Looking at the Anchorage banner I put up yesterday, I was reminded of some Big Douglas piston moments noted while there. No big fuss when a DC-6 arrives with "one out".
Photos: Neil Aird ©
Last night took a snap of the moon and clouds, nice effect I thought. A different kind of "Moonshine".
Photo: Neil Aird © 30 April 2015
30 April 2015
Last entry for April folks. Nice photo documentary entry by my pal Ruud Leeuw of his visit to Kenmore Air Harbor back last October. You do such a great job Ruud on your extensive web site - kudos to you!
Added the May 2015 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages today. Courtesy of Dirk Septer. Thanks Dirk.
25 April 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 25 April 2015 15:25 EDT
Traffic! Cargolux Boeing B747-8R7F LX-VCA (35808) "CLX660" passes dircetly overhead my studio at FL340 heading for Mexico City MMMX, viewed through my Beaver Porthole!! This airframe was actually the prototype Boeing 748.
22 April 2015
Had a brief loud visit from three RCAF CF-188 Hornets this morning. Usual buzz of Royal Military College, then back, westbound to CFB Trenton.
Photo: Neil Aird © 22 April 2015 10:35 EDT
Photo: Neil Aird © 22 April 2015 10:48 EDT
Next traffic was a Bell 206 of the Canadian Coast Guard, probably attending to remore light stations on Main Duck Island. Heading back to Prescott, Ontario base.
21 April 2015
Time to thank those of you who have helped support the website, so far in 2015. I do appreciate your donations, which help me pay for my continuing costs associated with running the DHC-2.COM website, and enables me to purchase slides for our enjoyment.
2015 campaign - 20 responded in kind, so far. Thank You!
John O (BC), Herb W (CH), Rod H (UK/BC), Jeff P (ON), Michel W (QC), Ken T (ON), Stan B (CA), Ian Mac (UK), James D (UK), Rob M (ON), James K (WA), Ian Mac (ON), Rick N (YT), Stephen McG (ON), Jean T (FL), Dale F (BC), Louis G (QC), Peter R (OZ), Denis C (ON), Jim P (AK).
20 April 2015
Yesterday my colleague Ian Macintosh reached the final Beaver in our massive "data update" . . . no mean feat!! Well done Ian. Next stage is up to me, checking, editing and adding to each Beaver page. Ian will continue with his detailed USAF research, so he will not be idle! Needless to say - neither will I . . . .
16 April 2015
Been a bit too busy on both websites to add anything to the blog. Today I'm happy to say that www.twinotterarchive.com had visitor 100,000!
Quite happy with the progress over the last thirty-nine months. My thanks to my collegues Ian and Erik, without whom, I could never have attempted this massive project!
Over the next little while I will continue adding the "extended" data to the Beavers. The team has also been very busy on this project, even more massive than the Twin Otter database!! Expect major additions in May, when I hope to have some "extra" time.
01 April 2015
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 04 October 2014
Another month rolls around, and that means another DHC-2.COM Calendar image. Thanks to our regular "Beaver Hunter" Kenneth I. Swartz for the April Beaver, C-GAQJ (1130), captured on his big road trip last October. Thanks Ken.
20 March 2015
Earlier in the month I received some images, and had correspondence with Michael Duddridge. Here is one of the e-mails I thought you would enjoy. Thanks for getting in touch Michael. Maybe some more of your adventures you can relate to us all?
I attach another photograph which you might find interesting. It is of XP816 again, piloted by me, taking-off from the flight deck of the carrier HMS Bulwark – the sixth ship bearing that name in the history of the Royal Navy - somewhere in the South China Sea. I see that it was on 10 May 1967, the total sortie time, including transiting out to the ship and back was two hours, and I made eight landings.
During the emergency in Borneo (1962 – 1966) 130 Flight Royal Corps of Transport had seven of its ten Beavers based on the old Brunei Airport (the other three were retained in Singapore to carry out sorties in Malaya).
From time to time it was necessary to return an aircraft from Brunei to our workshop in Singapore for a major inspection. As the Royal Navy occasionally sailed one of its carriers from the waters off Borneo to the dockyard in Singapore we would arrange to land on just after it sailed and fly off as it approached Singapore; the on-board hospitality of the Navy being infinitely preferable to a ferry flight of 670 nm.
These carriers were no longer flying fixed-wing aircraft but had a squadron of helicopters embarked to support the on-board Royal Marine Commando in their operations ashore; therefore the arrester gear and catapult had been removed from the flight-deck. However, the 650 feet of flight-deck was ample length for a Beaver taking off or landing, particularly with the ship steaming into wind.
When 130 Flight was withdrawn to Singapore after the end of the Borneo emergency I thought that deck landing was a useful skill for all the pilots to retain. I therefore arranged with the Royal Navy that whenever there was a Commando Carrier steaming in the area we would be grateful for a half-day of deck landing practice. Since it was another skill for their flight-deck crews to practice they were happy to agree.
My first experience of deck landing was on HMS Albion – sister ship to HMS Bulwark – on 7 August 1966. The aircraft was again XP816 and the carrier had just departed from its anchorage off the coast of the island of Labuan. After the passage I was due to fly off at dawn the next morning when the ship was a few miles from Singapore, however, there was a strengthening and a shift of wind direction during the night which would prevent the ship from turning into wind so close to Indonesian territorial waters. I was woken at 3 am with the news that my take-off time had been changed to an hour before dawn. So my first ever flight-deck take-off was in the dark.
PS I made it a rule in 130 Flight that pilots did not have a particular aircraft permanently assigned to them; the fact that I seem to be always flying XP816 is purely coincidental.
08 March 2015
Our clocks moved forward, so maybe Spring will follow. Today we have more snow, but the scene is very beautiful, with everything covered in hoar frost. Added more updated histories c/n 471 - 500. Check them out. Sample.
03 March 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 03 March 2015 10:33EDT
"Tiger 343" makes a pass. 130343 (382-5307)RCAF Lockheed CC-130H-30 Hercules smokes by. It did a couple of circuits over RMC to let a tiny Cessna head eastbound. Meanwhile, today I am adding our "expanded data" to Beavers c/n 445 - 470. Check them out.
Spent some time restoring a DHC finishing hangar shot from roughly August 1954. Busy place!!
27 February 2015
Congratulations to the folks at Bombardier on the first flight of the CS300 (BD-500-1A11) C-FFDK (55001) here is a screen shot from their website. I'm sure the aircraft will be a fantastic success!! Additional images of the event at Bombardier Mirabel facility by Pierre Gillard.
As we wind down the shortest month, I want to let you know the March 2015 DHC-2.COM Calender pages are on the website. Photo this month courtesy of Jim Pinter. Thanks Jim!
26 February 2015
Photo: Bombardier - de Havilland Canada © 31 August 1959 (Print DHC 11170)
Found some New! Beavers for the website today, only 419 to find now. Interesting to see the method of departure from the de Havilland Canada Downsview plant, back in 1959. U-6A Beaver 58-2044 (1376); 58-2045 (1377), and 58-2046 (1378). They hitched a ride in 54-0141 Douglas C-133A Cargomaster (44711) USAF-MATS.
23 February 2015
On Saturday night from the window - the Moon, Venus and Mars were alright that night!! As you might also note, the City of Kingston does a stellar job in keeping our streets and sidwalks pretty clear.
Photo: Neil Aird © 20 February 2015
18 February 2015
Here's an old 1966 shot, Avro 683 Lancaster B. Mk.VII G-ASXX (ex RAF NX611) sitting at a rainy Biggin Hill. This was the former Aéronaval WU-15 which had come from French Caledonia. More history on this fine machine here.
16 February 2015
The view of my "Porthole" today. Kinda neat - out of this world look!
Photo: Neil Aird © 16 February 2015
14 February 2015
Since it is Valentine's Day, I thought you might like to see just how many folk "love" DHC-2.COM - quite the coverage!
09 February 2015
At this time I should like to give a huge "shout out" to AFHRA - the Air Force Historical Research Agency, at Maxwell AFB, in Alabama. My colleague Ian Macintosh has worked with Archie Difante over the years. Archie has been very helpful with our L-20 / U-6 reseach. Thank you sir.
31 January 2015
30 January 2015
27 January 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 17 April 2009
Added the last images to Boneyard Fever - take the time to take a stroll / scroll around the Douglas C-47/C-117 area. Enjoy the abstract visuals. I know I had a great time there. It's a dry heat . . .
26 January 2015
Photo: Neil Aird © 17 April 2009
Time for something on the blog. I've been very busy updating my Boneyard Fever pages. Finally adding the pictures that were still "in the camera" so to speak. I still have to fill in the research for each airframe, or what remains of them!
20 January 2015
Today a special and generous guy, Sy Allsep passed away. I fondly remember very happy times with Sy and his "Twin Pin crew". My I offer my condolences to his wife Adrien, his family, and especially his close aviation friends, Pete, Shane, Mark, John and Dave.
RIP Sy - blue skies mate. VH-SYS and VH-EVB will miss you, as will we all.
Photos: Neil Aird © November 2010
14 January 2015
Well, unique visitor, 1,333,333 came and went today! DHC-2.COM seems to still attract visitors. I'm going to add a couple of Anthony's Instagrams. Winter is settling in and the ice is forming on the Lake. Top image shows the Murney Tower in Confederation Basin, Kingston. Next shot below is of the Wolfe Islander III crossing to Wolfe Island, thanks to the bubble sytem, not trapped in the ice.
Photos: Anthony Aird © 14 January 2015
This vie shows Fort Frederick at the Royal Military College. Below that is the sculpture "Time". Thanks for letting me show your images Ant!
Photo: Anthony Aird © 13 January 2015
Photo: Anthony Aird © 11 January 2015
10 January 2015
Photo: Anthony Aird © 10 January 2015
Still enjoying the beauty of winter here. Lake not frozen over yet. Here's another of Anthony's Instagram images. You can catch his others here. Thanks Ant.
03 January 2015
Photo: Anthony Aird © 03 January 2015
Photo: Anthony Aird © 01 January 2015
A couple of Anthony Aird's Instagram images to start off the new year. The 01 January 2015 is of the Inner Harbour at Kingston. Today's is down by the Waterfront Trail. Thanks Ant! Keep snapping.
29 December 2014
Closing out the month and year shortly. Just two more Beavers to add, and the January 2015 DHC-2.COM Calendar shot.
I got a late Christmas Present today, 30 degrees more of "sky"! City crews removed an elderly Silver Maple from the corner, here are before and after shots. How to make a sky watcher happy!! I'm also adding an Instagram shot by my son Anthony. He usually does one or two every day. This has been "tweaked" a bit. It shows the "Time" sculpture on our waterfront, which was a gift to the City of Kingston in 1973 from the Province of Ontario, on the occasion of our Tercentenary. The water level is very low, in the summer it is probably a good foot higher.
Photos: Neil Aird © 29 December 2014
Photo: Anthony Aird © 29 December 2014
26 December 2014
Just to let you all know, I've changed the e-mail address to contact me here. It is now: contact "at" dhc-2.com
24 December 2014
Season's Greetings to each and every one around the world!
22 December 2014
Interesting image taken near Zanjan, Iran. Shows Bob Caldwell with some passers by, and the U-6A 58-2000 (1326). Here's Bob's e-mail.
I was just recently directed to your website. I flew and maintained the L-20A shown in the background of the attached photo. I am in the foreground (I am the one on the right) in this photo taken in our field of operations just outside of Zanjan, Iran in 1962 where we operated as part of Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) performing numerous support tasks to the many small MAAG units associated with the Iranian military. Obviously, these were the days of the Shah.
I sent Bob the link and he will put some of his stories on paper for us to enjoy soon. Thanks for getting in touch Bob!
21 December 2014
Some of you may know my colleague Erik Johannesson, who is an essential team member on the Twin Otter Archive website with Ian macintosh and myself. Erik runs the very popular Twin Otter Spotter blog. Recently it was not too active. I had an e-mail from Erik giving reasons for the "quiet". I will include his post here. As Erik derives all his income from his home business , I think that some help from "our community" is essential during his recovery. Here is his entry in his blog today. There is a PayPal link on his blog site. Thank You.
Hello everybody, and thanks to those who have been in contact with editorial/photo contributions or just wondering why it is so quiet.
Yesterday I was released from the hospital after having had a stroke, coincidentally a matter of minutes after completing the blog entry below. Prognosis of recovery is promising, but it will be slow. Hopefully over the next couple of days I can resume some work on the blog, because it is something that is both manageable and enjoyable under the current circumstances.
What I can't do however is take on the other two parts of my home business, which generate 95% of my income. So, in the interim, anyone who is able to donate, please be assured that there is never going to be a time when it is more appreciated than now.
20 December 2014
The long process of labeling with registration and c/n of the Kenneth I. Swartz DHC-2 Collection continues. After sorting I will clean, rescan and return them to new Archive sleeves. Scanning Technology and my Photoshop Digital skills have improved since I first scanned these, starting over eleven years ago!! Thanks Ken, lots of "treasures" in there! Oh, did I mention there are close to a thousand slides!
19 December 2014
Since I put the little revolving Globe on the main page earlier this month - look at all the visitors it has noted coming to DHC-2.COM! I must be doing something right!
17 December 2014
Photo: Karl Kramer © 25 February 1978 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
In scanning mode these days, starting with some of Ken Swartz Collection's black and white negatives. I placed one as a banner, although this Karl Kramer image of HP-757 (1314) at Panama City - Balboa / Paitilla - Marcos A. Gelabert airport (KPMG) in 1978, is already on the website from the collection of the late Ian MacFarlane. I'm redoing all of Ken's slides as well, as technology and my photo editing skill have improved over the years. I may replace images on the website, but am hoping to add many more that I have missed in my first scan.
Another project underway is expanding our accident reports, yet more scanning from our records.
13 December 2014
It's amazing what turns up at the corner store. Kyle Cameron came across N62197 (1177) at his in Whitehorse, Yukon, last night. Probably on the way "somewhere" to be rebuilt after July accident in Alaska.
06 December 2014
A couple of "Snaps from the Cab", taken over the last few days. Yesterday I had the Alpha Jet C-GNTA (148) back buzzing around for quite some considerable time. Quite a spirited display too, wonder what the denizens of Downtown Kingston thought? I hope he was doing something worthwhile, apart from entertaining us all.
Photos: Neil Aird © 05 December 14:37 EST
I noticed a nice moon rising, so of course a few snaps of that and also a CH-146 Griffon of our Armed Forces came back overhead from CFB Kingston, going to bed down at CYGK.
Photo: Neil Aird © 04 December 16:23 EST
Photo: Neil Aird © 04 December 16:37 EST
03 December 2014
I thought I might add this snap of N252V Vickers Viscount V.812 (364) at Albuquerque - KABQ, on 10 September 1966. I've always liked the Viscount, as I made my first ever flight in one.
Photo: Neil Aird © 10 September 1966
I 'm going to have to cut back on my uploads to the website as I am going over my limit of 256GB per month. This is caused by the changes to the format of the data on each page. So, slow and steady will be the activity for now.
28 November 2014
Yesterday I noticed C-GSGF DHC-6 Twin Otter (642) of Ottawa based Sander Geophysics on my screen for a while, a long while, so deduced it was on the ground at CYGK - Kingston. Decided to head out and see "what's what". It is still in the area today, currently (14:55EST) at FL40.
In the circuit for RWY25 while I was there, was the yellow C-GGGJ, a Wagaero Cuby Sport Trainer (591), locally owned.
Photos: Neil Aird © 27 November 13:08 EST
23 November 2014
Different sound for a change. Speedy C-FCDI 1966 vintage Piper PA-30 (30-1027) did a few quick passes over Downton Kingston, then headed off to CYGK to do a simulated ILS for RWY 19. I did not know, but this aircraft belongs to the local Kingston Flying Club, it was registered to them 07 may 2014. I really should get out more!
Photos: Neil Aird © 23 November 14:26 EST
Continuing to add additional data from our files to DHC-2's c/n 370 - 380 - including ones we have no photographs of. As I mentioned before (I think?) there was no way I had planned to add this vast amount of information to each Beaver produced. Without the help of Ian Macintosh, there would just be a cursory listing of previous identities and owners. Ian Macdonald will be adding even more detailed Canadian information as the months, nay years, go by. I figure I have at least seven months of work ahead!!
20 November 2014
Dang - tricked me again. As you know, we've had some snow. Just a short time ago I heard a noise. Fast Jet? Naw - just a snow plow, they always fool me into thinking it is a CF-188 Hornet. (Skateboarders too in the summer make similar sounds!) Look out the window to see the plow, look up, CF-188! I wait, get camera ready. "Alouette 39" from 425th TFS CFB Bagotville circles around and does a slow pass, and then proceeds on to CFB Trenton, 99 km to my west.
Photo: Neil Aird © 20 November 14:37 EST
19 November 2014
Photo: Lawrence Glew © 19 November 2014
Lawrence captured the Antonov north of my home, as it headed back overseas. Thanks for the shot.
Photos: Parr Yonemoto © 19 November 2014
Well, "Mryia" ("Dream") went by here in stealth mode, heading to Leipzig. I looked in the few appropriate blue spots (snow squalls abated briefly) but "no joy" this time around. I did manage a distant snap back on Monday, 19 May 2008 as it went by. Here is a stunning ramp shot by Parr Yonemoto, and a small image with de Havilland product, by CTV, who streamed the take off live. Above, as I expected, Parr was there to capture the departure. You must have been cold Parr! Awesome shots.
Photo: Parr Yonemoto © 18 November 2014
Photo: CTV © 19 November 2014
16 November 2014
Yikes, one week earlier than last year. Ho, ho, ho.
Photo: Neil Aird © 16 November 10:24 EST
14 November 2014
"The Immortal Beaver" rides again. Well, for those of you in the UK who can view PBS America. They are showing the video four times tomorrow. If anyone would like to purchase a DVD, I have a few here for sale. Just send an e-mail to me. (adminnca "at" dhc-2.com)
12 November 2014
As I write this (12:20 EST 17:20 UTC), my wife Danie is again cruising between Iceland and Greenland, at FL380 in PH-AOF A332 (801) "KL671" this time. After her flight from Delhi last night in PH-BFN B744 (26372) "KL872", I think she will be happy to get back to Kingston (albeit late tonight). You may notice a "drop off" in website production for a while! I again had the fun of listening and watching her in "KL671" get pushback, taxi and take-off instructions. Amazing stuff. I could even see the "tug" at Schiphol - EHAM, on my FR24 radar feed. Danie was almost over Prestwick at 10:20 EST - but cloudy I'm afraid at that time.
Screen captures: flightradar24.com - 12 November 2014 09:25 EDT
11 November 2014
Another enjoyable sunset from the cab, east, north and south.
Photos: Neil Aird © 11 November 16:44 EST
08 November 2014
Pushing along through the new additions, currently at c/n 316 heading to c/n 350 in the current "push" . . My sincere thanks to Ian Macintosh, without his extensive research, I could not attempt this mammoth task!!
05 November 2014
Unusual start to the day - as if a giant blind was being rolled back!
Photo: Neil Aird © 05 November 06:36 EST
04 November 2014
Interesting clouds this afternoon, had similar ones last night.
Photo: Neil Aird © 04 November 14:03 EST
I found these wondering around on my desk this morning, maybe it was to remind me that Danie is currently in Pushkar for a few days, where there is a Camel Fair in progress. Better "shoo" them away, as I have work to do! Working my way through a long list, as usual!
03 November 2014
Bigger crane, bigger bucket today.
02 November 2014
Well, the month is off to a good start. Familiar sound, spring in to action, C-FLSD (900) came for a two hour visit to Kingston Harbour. Arrived at 10:49 est and was off again at 12:35. Here's a couple of quick snaps after departure and a swing back along the waterfront at 900/1,000 feet. I left my DHC-2.COM card in the mooring rope, so maybe he waved.
Photos: Neil Aird © 02 November 2014 1235 EST
30 October 2014
I looked out the window this morning. Hmm, not my idea of fun! A lad was up checking the stonework of the cathedral. Not on my "Bucket List" . . .
Photos: Neil Aird © 30 October 2014
27 October 2014
A delightful sunset here this evening. My son Anthony captured a couple of images of the sky from his favourite vantage point, atop a parking garage near his home.
Photos: Anthony Aird © 27 October 2014
I took another view from our balcony, looking across the street at Chalmers Church. Makes a change from Beavers.
Photos: Neil Aird © 27 October 2014 18:01 EDT
23 October 2014
Just completed adding new data and pages to Beavers c/n 100 - 200. Moving to complete the Twin Otters today! Well, at 15:30 edt I completed the last of the Twin Otter PDF's. Thirty-three months of work by the team, Erik Johannesson, Ian Macintosh and myself. A few others have helped along the way. I just have to add images for the last fourteen airframes. Now back to the Beaver updates . . only 1,434 pages to go!!
22 October 2014
Photo: Michel Leonard © 16 Juillet 2010
It is with great sadness I report the passing of my friend Marcel Fluet-Lecerf on 20 October. Those of you who are familiar with this website will know his photographs. For the last ten years Marcel has been collectng Beaver images, both from auctions and his numerous trips with his close friend Michel Leonard. Marcel (67) had been fighting a battle with cancer for the last few years. We'll miss you Marcel, but will always remember you. My sincere sympathy to your friends and fine family.
Photo: "Papy Militaire" 27 September 2013
Photo: Marcel Fluet-Lecerf © 12 July 2009
17 October 2014
These days I am using my "free time" to continue the long job of adding data to the history of each Beaver. Thanks to the work of my colleagues Ian Macintosh and Ian Macdonald, I am able to add this information - often increasing it by two-thirds! Currently working on c/n 100 - 200.
16 October 2014
On Monday and Tuesday I travelled to India without leaving my studio. My wife Danielle left Montréal - CYUL on PH-KCE (48559) an elderly MD-11 "Audrey Hepburn" operating KLM672 to Amsterdam - EHAM, on the first leg of her trip to India. Danie was no stranger to the KLM MD-11, having already flown in PH-KCD, KCF, KCG and KCH.
Photo: Parr Yonemoto © 08 October 2014
The above image of PH-KCE was taken on 08 October 2014 as it landed in Toronto - CYYZ. Thanks for the shot Parr. I watched Danie depart CYUL from push-back to take off with LiveATC tuned to CYUL Ground/Tower. While I slumbered, she crossed the pond, last time I looked she was way south of Greenland.
Note: This actual aircraft "Audrey Hepburn" made the final KLM MD-11 flight from CYUL to EHAM on 25 October 2014. The end of an era. Danie will come home 12 November on an Airbus A330!
Photo: Neil Aird © Dawn 06:59 edt on Tueday 14 October 2014
On Tuesday morning I was again watching and listening from push back to take off, again listening to EHAM Ground/Tower etc. The flight path of PH-AOL Airbus A330-203 (900) took her over The Netherlands, Germany, southern Denmark, over the Baltic crossing into Latvia, then Russia. Our daughter Katie and I watched her approach and cross the Volga at FL390. Later I came back from a trip Downtown to find her again, this time directly overhead Kabul, Afghanistan. On over Lahore, Pakistan, and eventually landing at Delhi. I was able to watch PH-AOL turn off the runway and taxi to the gate. Only when the aircraft shut down, did I pack it in. It was 01:14 IST (15:14 edt) and Danie eventually made it to her hotel in the heart of old Delhi at about 04:39 local. Funny, I was not at all tired after such a long journey!
It was interesting to note that PH-AOL has communicated with my computer ADS-B system 432 times since 24 January 2009!
Here are a few snaps of the KL871 flight.
Images are screen captures mostly, from FR24 - LINK
At the bottom left hand corner of the last image sits OE-LAX an Austrian B767. I smiled when I saw that as it often passes my studio here in Kingston. Well, I just checked yesterday's list of aircraft that communicated with my SBS.
440BB8 AUA72 OE-LAX B763 29400 33000 15/10/2014 18:42:33 Lo and behold OE-LAX! It operated the same flight the day before too!
Guess what passed by on Tuesday 14th ?
484063 KLM31 PH-KCE MD11 30875 28075 14/10/2014 12:37:13 - PH-KCE operating KLM 31 EHAM - CYYZ - they never get a rest!
13 October 2014
Started work on "The Big Push" reformatting the Beaver data and finishing up the Twin Otter 300's. Only 64 of those to go. Have the house to myself as danie is off again with KLM. MD11 tonight CYUL to EHAM, then tomorrow A330 to Delhi, over, Holland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Usbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan!!
12 October 2014
No rest for the wicked. James Duggan came back eastbound, almost overhead at 2,500' - so managed another quick lense change and snap.
Quick on the draw, just happened to look out, changed lense and shot into sun almost. C-GRHF (1123) at 3,000 heading to East Lake, which is in Prince Edward County, near Sandbanks Provincial Park, west of here.
Photos: Neil Aird © 12 October 2014 12:24 edt
Without fail, every time I add a "Yellowbird" to the website, I receive an e-mail from my friend and DHC-2 Mk.III / DHC-2 driver, Neil Ayers. Usually I also receive well documented image of the aircraft in question - no exeption yesterday. Thanks Neil!! Here is an image of C-FOPA (1688TB56) en route, after mods from Viking Air at Victoria, back to Ontario. Note the large "last two" on the port wing. I had not noticed that before. Image shot from C-FOEH (1644TB24).
10 October 2014
Photo: Neil Aird © 10 October 2014 12:00 edt
Unusual sight in the distance, just by chance noticed C-GDVY Bellanca 8GCBC (198-76) eastbound, towing C-GCLM Schweizer sailplane. Both belong to the Air Cadet League of Canada, probably heading from CFB Mountainview for some weekend event.
09 October 2014
I am fortunate to live in a beautiful place. Dez Vaghy has captured some of my favourite views. Check out his YouTube Channel for some other areas of Kingston, Ontario. Maybe even check it out in person one day. The above vista is taken above Fort Henry, looking west over the Royal Military College to downtown Kingston. The Limestone City.
08 October 2014
Still breezy, noticed some cool clouds rolling by the cathedral.
Photo: Neil Aird © 08 October 2014 16:19 edt
Blustery day here. By chance I checked my AIS radar and noticed a cruise ship in our harbour area. M. S. Hamburg. First time I've ever seen that! So, went for a hike. Here are a few shots, It was hard to stand still in the gale, and I felt very sorry for the folks being transferred back to the ship by tender! I notice the vessel is cruising west close to the shore. Tracks show it came from the west end of Lake Ontario overnight. Part of a sixteen day Great Lakes Tour, it went as far west as Chicago.
Photos: Neil Aird © 08 October 2014 14:44 and 15:02 edt
06 October 2014
Enjoying our wonderful Autumn. My view looking north from the studio.
Photo: Neil Aird © 06 October 2014 14:18 edt
05 October 201414:18 edt
Another "enigma" solved. I received the e-mail below from John today. So the Beaver is CF-JKG (1002), which makes it a New ! one for the website. Thanks John.
A while back you folks posted a story about my search for a particular Beaver.
An old pilot that flew for Athabaska Airways out of Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan, is saying the beaver in my photo is CF-JKG . It crashed in 1977 at Knee lake killing the pilot.The plane was writeoff. He knew from the lack of paint on the plane which one it was. Thanks for any leads you gave me.
04 October 2014
Interesting sky this evening. I see the snow has arrived in Armstrong, Northern Ontario.
Here's another "oldie"- a 23 year old dreamer. My travelling buddie Tom, who took the picture, fulfilled the dream of driving a Mustang (P-51C NL251MX) later in life, forty-five years later on 16 June 2013.
Photo: Kathleen Baillie © 16 June 2013 Tom in red shirt.
Photo: "Back Seater" Tom Baillie © 16 June 2013
01 October 2014
Into glorious October. Just had the pleasure and delight of rubbing the backs of some honey bees! They have been enjoying some of my marigolds on the balcony.
Photos: Neil Aird © 01 October 2014 17:00 edt
I had the bright idea last night to give the folks who visit Twin Otter Archive the option of a monthly Calendar too!! Here's the October 2014 page.
30 September 2014
October 2014 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are ready, my thanks to Bob Kobzey for this image I've been holding on to since May. Thanks Bob. Please note: I have redone the image as it came out too dark when printed. So if you printed before 10:00 edt (14:00 utc) today, please reprint page one. Thanks.
29 September 2014
Just before I get busy with the October 2014 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages, here's a lovely TBM-3 Avenger. Good to know it is still flying in 2014. I added a nice Cessna 195A to this collection as well.
28 September 2014
I just located and scanned 24 slides of my visit to this interesting airfield - Gila River / Chandler. I will be cleaning up the slides as they are of much better quality than the scanned prints!
27 September 2014
I will be continuing with my "Scandinavian Saunter" tomorrow, as a bit of light relief. Here is my arrival shot taken from "M.V. Gullfoss" (3,858 tons) after the crossing from Leith near Edinburgh, to Copenhagen. The "Gullfoss" (209 passenger limit) was later sold and renamed "Mecca" (now fitted out for 1,100 pilgrims!) and after a fire on board (all passengers escaped) she was left keeled over on a reef.
Photo: Neil Aird © 19 August 1964
26 September 2014
As some of you well know, I often take Google's Stickman for a walk. Today was no exception. I have been working through a summer log "Scandinavian Saunter" a trip done in 1964. I was looking at a couple of photographs I had stuck inside the log.They were of 1947 vintage SE-AYM a Miles M.65 Gemini 1A (6296-707). I had been cycling along some gravel roads in Skåne (Southern Sweden) when I saw a sign for an airfield. It was a farm strip. I went to the door to ask permission to see the aircraft. Gunner Esbjörnsson took time to show me to the hangar and I viewed his Gemini and a Glider.
Photos: Neil Aird © 23 August 1964
It was a quiet, hot sunday in August. His wife asked if I would like to join them for a meal. I was more than happy to do that. It was quite a farm feast in their big kitchen. Now back to Google - I typed in the name of the farm "Simmelsberga" and next second I zoomed in and was looking at the farm yard!!
After the very pleasant "refuelling" I bad them farewell and continued across country to Landskrona. What a nice interlude from the dusty roads. I notice they are all nicely paved now!! The farm continues and his son Christer and wife Helena also operate a Bed & Breakfast. You can fly in and use the grass strip! I must drop them an e-mail. On their website is an article written in 1963 by Gunner. I believe the Gemini is still active with Björn Esbörnsson.
12 September 2014
Photos: Neil Aird © 12 September 2014 13:30 edt
Lockheed CC-130J-30 Hercules 130612 (5666) "CFC2552" of 436 Squadron, gets in some practise runs for tomorrow's "Family Day" at CFB Kingston. The Skyhawks will be doing a jump display then. I hope the skies are clearer for a good jump.
I'm working on a long overdue project. I use daily, a well thumbed seventeen page list of ID - c/n that I prepared back in 1997. All my changes/additions to that list are inserted in pen or pencil, as a result, over 17 years it is rather "messy" to say the least! I can't find the original file, so have embarked on a retyping into Excel, the whole database!! A slow process, but it has to be done carefully. When completed, I will be able to sort into c/n - ID also.
09 September 2014
Almost pear harvest time here. This fellow was a windfall, his name is Winston Pear.
Lots of tomatoes ripening every day as well. Here are a few of yesterday's harvest.
03 September 2014
Yet another section started under the "Neil's Nostalgia" banner, hard to believe these snaps were taken almost 50 years ago! Will be adding more black and white and later some colour images. Below is a view of the old control tower. Maybe I'll expand it into my Swedish travels as well. We'll see . . . .
Photos: Neil Aird © 18 September 1964
02 September 2014
Photo: Neil Aird © 10 June 1964
31 August 2014
Could not resist adding the 61st Beaver for August. September will be a quieter month from here. I have a few domestic projects happening, so will be unable to dedicate much time to the website. I do hope to maintain my one-a-day policy!!
30 August 2014
Today, after the Calendar was completed, I took some time off from "aeroplanes" and finally scanned my 1967 thesis. It was a black & white effort. I've had this on my list of things to do for several years. I printed the whole thing on thin document paper, using an old enlarger in my bedroom in Scotland. Shooting on the walI to get the images big enough. I then stuck the prints onto heavy card stock and lettered the whole thing by hand (using a template - one letter at a time) man it would be so easy these days with a computer!!!! I will in the coming "year" work on a small copy of it, just in case the original fades - itis still as good as it was back then (almost), however a few coffee stains are now on it!
I had completed a similar large photographic report on my time in Sweden (1968) as part of my Post Graduate studies, but I fear it will have been lost in the tragic Glasgow School of Art fire. It was probably in the Library Archive area, as the School kept it.
29 August 2014
Still staring at the sky every now and then. Now, United Airlines N26909 Boeing B787-800 Dreamliner (34827) "UAL5" just cruised by, FL400.
Photo: Neil Aird © 29 August 2014 16:22 edt
I started early today, here's a sequence of Venus rising this morning. Oh yes, it's that steeple again!
Photos: Neil Aird © 29 August 2014 05:47 edt
28 August 2014
Steeple jacks working these days on a neighbourhood church that features often in this blog.
Photo: Neil Aird © 28 August 2014 16:42 edt
Todays little tasty Tom Thumb harvest. They keep a comin' . . . .
Photo: Neil Aird © 28 August 2014
Caught another New ! Beaver, thanks to Ken Swartz for finding this DHC image in a 1952 magazine. Thanks Ken. Busy shop floor at de Havilland Canada plant at Downsview in last quarter of 1951.
26 August 2014
Over the last few weeks I have had many images taken by our correspondents, lucky enough to have been at "Oshkosh Airventure 2014". Many thanks lads. Here is one I like, taken by Lance Higgerson. It shows N94DN (1632TB18) being marshalled down the right taxiway by one of the many dedicated volunteers that make such a huge event possible. A "click" of the mike to you all.
25 August 2014
Finishing off the day by scaling up, and cleaning up a few of "Eddy's" civil aircraft images. Here's a sample. Will be adding gradually. G-ALZR (5214) Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2 of BKS Air Transport.
Beautiful sky this morning. Cirrocumulus says me mate Pete. My Dad used to call it a mackerel sky. 3C in Saskatoon this morning, but 20C here in Kingston, heading to 26C.
Photo: Neil Aird © 25 August 2014 08:30edt
24 August 2014
My son Anthony Aird just sent this "tweaked" Instagram shot of our air ambulance down at the Kingston General Hospital pad. It's C-GYNH an Augusta AW139 (41230).
Since it is a Sunday, I thought I'd add this shot - well it is of 9H-VJC a Vistajet Bombardier Global Express 6000 (9448) "VJT839C" cruising by at FL410 some 22 nm north of my station. Routing from MMTO - Toluca, Mexico, to CYUL - Montréal.
A few minutes ago I received a note from our correspondent John W. Olafson. He thought this airframe sounded familiar, so here is what it looks like closer to the ground! Taken at KPSP - Palm Springs. Thanks John. Click on the image for a link to a larger image. Indirectly there is a Beaver connection, it was built at Downsview!
Adding some images taken by my pal R. A. "Eddy" Edwards. Some Canberra aircraft to start with. Here's WJ817 a P.R.7 model.
21 August 2104
Irish International EI-LBS Boeing 757-2Q8/W (27623) passing my house at FL370 this evening, operating "EIN1MN" Toronto - Dublin. A former Finnish machine OH-LBS.
Photo: Neil Aird © 21 August 2014 19:36edt
Trawling through older images, I found this "cute puppy" taken at Prince Albert in Saskatchewan. Always had a soft spot for the Grumman S-2 Tracker. Here is C-GEQE (DHC-92) built at de Havilland Canada plant at Downsview, ex 1593 of the RCN..
Photo: Neil Aird © 17 September 2003
Keeping an eye on my garden produce. Apples coming along, tomatoes in abundance!
20 August 2014
Changed my screensaver the other day, you might enjoy seeing it. A roadside view in Alaska between Denali and Healy.
Photo: Neil Aird © September 2004
17 August 2014
Spent the day scanning 250 slides for my Ken Marshall pages. The tip of the iceberg, so to speak. The real work begins, cropping distant shots, doing my best to clean them up, and adding them to Ken's Archive. Who is Ken Marshall anyway? Here is a snap of the lad taken back in June 1968 - a hero shot in front of an Indian Air Force Liberator, no less.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 14 June 1968
I know these images will bring pleasure to many. A sample is the only Canadair C-5 North Star, 10000 (171) of the RCAF.
I have a couple of weeks "free" to tackle various projects that have been on the back burner. I'll try to keep up with the Beavers and Twotters too!
15 August 2014
Just received an interesting web site link from Leif Hellström, pointing me to an image of HP-375 (178). Many thanks Leif, certainly an interesting site, and very fine images by photographer Jim Nickless. Worth checking out, I certainly learned a lot!
Photo: Jim Nickless © 1964
Added a few images to Ken Marshall pages, some Connies to his U.S. Military Section. Planning on more additions over the next few weeks.
Photo: 131635 R7V-1 • Ken Marshall © June 1965
10 August 2014
A note this morning from my DHC-2.COM collegue Ian Macintosh this morning. Many thanks Ian!
"A little task that was long overdue has been to review the number of images held on the website as shown on the leading page. This we have now done and lo and behold we have found quite a few more photos that were hidden away. So the total as at 07-Aug-2014 is now a magnificent 10,356.
When you open a thumbprint on the monthly update or the master index you will find a collection of photos, normally in reverse historical date order, followed by the aircraft's history as currently known (which we will be adding to over the coming winter). Then sometimes there are additional photos of unfortunate accident scenes or cameos of rebuilds and "Beaver Personalities" associated with the aircraft, often with anecdotes from persons associated with the aircraft or individuals. All these photos are included in the total". Ian
08 August 2014
Looking forward to seeing this future documentary, nice to have Harrison Ford narrate too.
What a great project to be involved in.
Well, first couple of "fall" coloured leaves on the ground . . . ! Yikes - but it has been a delightfully cool July here in Kingston, not complaining.
07 August 2014
I made this new page for the website, not sure where it will lead? It gives a thumbnail "retrospective" of my almost ten years of DHC-2.COM Calendar Pages! Maybe we can vote on our favourites? Have a look - perhaps post some comments in the DHC-2.COM Yahoo Group?
06 August 2014
Just by chance I checked on FR24 to see where C-GVRA is. Bingo, almost at Iceland. FL8,500 clipping along at 210kts.
Some days just don't go right. 01 August 2014 at Crosswind Lake is a case in point. N87808 (1155) bounced on landing and came to rest on the shore. Of course we had a camera man Colin Keith there to record the scene. I'm sure all will be fixed at some point.
Photo: Colin Keith © 01 August 2014 via Fred Wallis
05 August 2014
Well "Vera" the Lanc "Heritage One" is off on her adventures. First CYYR - via Ottawa. Safe travels my friend.
Screen shot: 10:30 from FR24
Screen shot: 10:34 from RadarBox24
Close but no coconut ;-( On my box! Only 24 nm away.
Screen shot: SBS-1er - from my location in Kingston.
Screen shot : FR24 11:44EDT
That's it for my "flight following" session.
04 August 2014
On 13 August 1959 I sat at Prestwick Airport with my log book open, did a sketch in pencil and tested out my new red ball-point pen, of FM213 an Avro Lancaster CSR Mk.X of the RCAF. A few of my pals were lucky enough to get invited by the crew to join them in a "ground taxi" to the north dispersal area.
It was the first "Lanc" of the RCAF I had seen. On 05 September 1959, I saw FM104. Both were escorting RCAF aircraft across the pond. Today FM213 / C-GVRA leaves on an epic journey eastbound once again, across the pond. Today, fifty-five years later, I will be tracking it, along with many others.
I just noticed a coincidence, in my log the day before 12 August 1959, I noted CF-HOT Avro Anson V (BRC-1567) was present at Prestwick, this too, ended up with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton Airport, Ontario!!
03 August 2014
Another interesting e-mail arrived last night, relating to CF-FHC (12). Thanks to Laurel Russell.
Photo: Unknown photographer © c. 1950's - via Laurel (Wright) Russell
Photo: Laurel (Wright) Russell ©
Hello! My Dad, Ken Wright ( far left in top photo) passed away two weeks ago at the age of 91. He was the pilot for Jack Beban of Beban Logging (the man in the middle with the tie). Besides flying men and supplies into logging camps, FHC and my Dad flew wealthy American hunters and fishers into remote BC areas (hence the impressive catch below). That beloved aircraft also took us kids on many adventures with our parents to places inaccessible by car.
Laurel (Wright) Russell :)
Last weekend N64393 (845) clocked up 40,000 hours. Well done, certainly a high time Beaver. Congratulations to all at Promech Air in Ketchikan for achieving this milestone. Thanks to Bob in maintenance for the info.
31 July 2014
For years now I have heard the very distinctive sound made by the Piaggio P-180, I've never managed to spot any. Tonight I heard the sound of the Bell Aliant's C-GCOM (1117) Avanti II on the regular run to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here it is at FL350.
Photo: Neil Aird © 31 July 2014 19:29 EDT
Photo: Neil Aird © 31 July 2014 14:58 EDT
Here's a shot for you, taken a few minutes ago, "Dream Catcher" or maybe "Chasing a Dream" shows a Bombardier CRJ-7 C-GLJZ (15051) following through the recent trail (five minutes earlier), of an Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, C-GHPQ (35257) operating AC410.
End of the month again, and the August 2014 DHC-2.COM Calendar pages are here for you to enjoy. Thanks to Erik Nielsen (son Rick is owner) for this beautiful image (I almost called it "Tundra Time"). Thanks Erik!
Photo: Neil Aird © 13 September 2004
Last night as I was listening to a Paul Simon tune, I heard the words "Clouds, Waves and Fire" referring to Nature's designs. It reminded me if this image I took from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 en route from Cordova to Juneau. The "Fire" here is hidden!
29 July 2014
Yesterday at Palm Beach, New South Wales, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the first flight of VH-SWB (1557). Congratulations to Steve Krug and his wife Jenny on this occasion! Graeme Mills was there to capture the event.
Back on 08 November 2010, Steve let me ride along with him on his morning commute from Bankstown to Rose Bay.This plan was hatched up by Peter Reardon. I have added some images taken on this pleasant flight. Thanks Steve, I enjoyed keeping you company. You put in a long day sir, and I wondered how it ended up? I watched huge storm clouds roll in later in the afternoon from my airport hotel room!! Quite a fireworks display, the International Airport shut down.
Completing work on Greybull 1998 page. I have 78 images to process, so might take a few days!! If you like C-97, C-119 and P-2E aircraft, you will enjoy this section of the website. My small tribute to Hawkins & Powers.
28 July 2014
Today I started a new Current Blog page, the last one is now archived here.
27 July 2014
Received this e-mail last night from Heinz Portman, thanks Heinz!
Hello you amazing guys.
26 July 2014
Well folks, I think the March Field Air Museum page is complete now with 109 images. I've left out a couple of exhibits that were inside. Below is the closest thing to a Beaver I found, a venerable PZL built AN-2N. Tomorrow, back to Beavers. I have some time to myself for a week, so will indulge in some aeronautical projects - including some updates to TwinOtterArchive.
Photo: Neil Aird © 21 May 2009
Continuing the 2014 "Beaver Hat" Campaign. Please help if you can. Be a patron/supporter ;-) My thanks, and a "tip of the hat" to the three most recent donors Stan B (CA), Ian B (BC) and Paul C (OZ) - thanks gents!