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C-FTBH, CF-TBH, 1943, Beech sn 6226, UC-45F AAF 44-35671, 3T, HB210

at Ear Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005
1/22/11 - According to Parmerter, the RAF was allocated 217 C-45F's (RAF Expediter Mk. II) under the Lend-Lease program, with 74 serialed in the HB208-299 series, this aircraft being HB210. Many were used in India and were shipped over by sea. Somehow HB210 wound up in the Canadian RCAF and later went through their 3T program. It served with the 443 Squadron and came into the Canadian civil system in 1966, probably about the time it was surplused. See notes on C-FKAK re the remanufacture program that led to the 3T.

Photo 2 - Hamilton's split and hinged cargo door. This is pretty much your standard Canadian Twin Beech floatplane except for the 3-bladed Hartzells in place of the Ham Standard 22D30's. Bravo-Hotel was previously operated by Hooker Air Services and Central Air Transport, both of Sioux Lookout, ON and Emo Investments, DBA Ross Air, Emo, ON before Kayair Service bought it in 1995. As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to Kayair.

N1047B, 1943/44, Beech sn 7728, UC-45F AAF 44-47342, ex N8011H, CF-PSU

at Anchorage, AK, July 2005
1/22/11 - Sitting high and dry and unlikely to fly again, N1047B is nevertheless a treasured museum piece. This aircraft started life as Beechcraft UC-45F, c/n 7728 and AAF s/n 44-47342. It was later registered in Canada as CF-PSU and used by Air Dale, but has been in Alaska for over 20-years as N1047B. The 1986 FAA registry shows it registered to David Wunsch of Juneau and by 1989 it was in the name of the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Parmerter says it was N8011H when Joe G. Marrs put it on Edo 56-7850 floats, probably in the late 1950's or early '60's.

Beech Beechcraft 18 N8011H, CF-PSU, C-FPSU, N1047B Photographs


Photo 2 - This is the paint scheme that was used by Ward Air when they operated N1047B out of Juneau, AK. Here's a 1964 shot (duplicate slide) of CF-PSU, with the Hamilton Standard 2D30, counterweighted, non-feathering props, and an undated slide of it in Anchorage, with 3-blade Hartzells.


C-FRVL, CF-RVL, 1944, Beech sn 7835, UC-45F AAF 44-47428, 3T RCAF 1396
at Fort Frances, ON Canada, July 2005

Beech Beechcraft 3T, RCAF1396

1/22/11 - A Canadian 3T owned by Rusty Myers Flying Service since 1971. See my notes on the Beech 3T, with C-FKAK. RCAF 1396 was reportedly used by No. 418 Squadron (Auxiliary) at Edmonton and/or Namao, Alberta, and then by No. 443 Squadron (Auxiliary) at Sea Island (Vancouver) from the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Photo 2 - Victor-Lima was parked some distance back from the dock and hangar. As of 1/22/11 it was still registered to Myers.

Per Parmerter and Baugher, this aircraft was built as a C-18S series, Beech c/n 7835, AAF UC-45F, s/n 44-47428. It went to the RCAF as an Expeditor II in 1944 as RCAF 1396 and was later remanufactured to the D-18S series, Canadian 3T. As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to Rusty Myers.

C-GESW, CG-ESW, Beech sn 7911, C-45F AAF 44-47503, RAF FT985, ex N4858V
at Sportsman's Landing, Emo, ON Canada, July 2005

1/22/11 - C-GESW was built as an AAF C-45F. On P103 Parmerter says: "Sixty-one Lend-Lease Expediter IIs were delivered to the Royal Navy and most were delivered to India for communications work." And then later, "FT985 was at NAS Anacostia, Washington, DC for use by the British Embassy from August 1945 to 1948", and he then identifies it as the present C-GESW.

Beech 18 C-GESW, CG-ESW Photos
  Again, according to Parmerter (P476) this is one of 12 that Joe Marrs put on Edo 56-7850 floats. (Joe was a good friend of my father's and I met him on several occasions.) It was registered as N4858V at the time and was used by Isle Royale Seaplane Service, in Michigan.  
Photo 2 - Sky Ranger with Yosemite Sam on the nose! Larry Adams, "Dad" in this aviation family, flies this one and son Shane flies C-FGUE. Photo 3 - C-GESW is one of only two Beech 18 floatplanes we saw without a cargo door. This is your original Beechcraft cabin door with the porthole. You can learn more about L&M at As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to Clearwater Airways.

C-FKAK, CF-KAK, 1944, Beech sn 8041, UC-45F AAF 44-47633, 3T RCAF 1418
at Ear Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005

1/21/11 - 44-47633 went to the RCAF in 1944, probably as an Expeditor Mark II. Another source says that it served with No. 401 (Auxiliary) Squadron at St. Hubert, PQ, 1958-65. It was surplused in 1965.

Anyway, here it sits, done for the day and waiting for tomorrow. As with all of the Canadian Twin Beech floatplanes I saw, it was a nice looking aircraft. The pointy nose there is likely a Conrad, Airline Training Inc. mod. The rest of the aircraft including the Bristol conversion to 56-7850 floats is pretty typical of the D-18 series floatplanes we saw.

Beech 18, Canadian 3T  
According to Parmerter (P90), the Canadian 3T was a UC-45F or C-45F that was remanufactured by MacDonald Brothers for the RCAF. Beginning in 1952 they converted 80 aircraft from a C-18 series Twin Beech to the later D-18, including the longer nacelle. C-FKAK is one example. Interestingly, the 3T is not generally considered an approved aircraft in the U.S. although Parmerter says two have been certificated.
Photos 2 and 3 - I believe that is a Hamilton cargo door, split in the middle and hinged on both ends. Doug's Flying Service, Ear Falls, ON Canada has operated Kilo-Alpha-Kilo since 1997. Previous civilian operators of include Theriault Air Services of Chapleau, PQ and Ellair Ltd. of Thompson, MB. As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to Doug's Flying Service.

C-FGUE, CF-GUE, Beech sn 8107, C-45F AAF 44-47699
ex N8033H, N480DB, N8033H
at Sportsman's Landing, Emo, ON Canada, July 2005

1/21/11 - This is one of those "right place at the right time" shots. We were at Clearwater Airways, Sportsman's Landing, Emo, ON, and I was in our motorhome on the edge of the lake when I saw the Northern Lights starting to come out. I grabbed my Canon and ran to the dock. I didn't know the Lights could be segmented like that! And no, there is nothing composite here including the full moon over the nose!

  Uniform-Echo was built as an AAF C-45F, s/n 44-47699, and according to an email from Parmerter was delivered on 1/14/45 to the 1000th Base Unit, Bowman Field, Louisville, KY. It has remained a C-18S series aircraft. According to Parmerter, this is one of the 12 that Joe Marrs put on floats in the late 1950's and early '60's.

Clearwater Airways is the air arm of L&M Sioux Lookout Fly-In Camps, in Emo, ON. The Larry & Mary Adams family owns outpost cabins on lakes out in the bush and will fly you in for fishing and hunting. They have two Twin Beech floatplanes and a Cessna 206. You can learn more about their operation at They imported C-FGUE into Canada in 2001.
  Photo 2 - Another shot later in the evening. Fortunately I do digital, which I often refer to as "guilt free picture taking" - - otherwise I'd have to restrain myself (not much chance of that) or Elaine and I would be in the poorhouse (not a good option). Photo 3 - Screaming Beech. The Adams family has two Twin Beechs and this is the one that son Shane flies. It's not just an airplane to him, he speaks of it with affection. Note the two-piece windshield and 3-Bladed Hartzells. Photo 4 - All but one of the Beech's I got photos of had the original exhaust system with tailpipe. All of the C-18's (Joe Marrs' mods) have cowl flaps installed, and all of the D-18 series (Bristol Aerospace) have the cowl flaps removed.  
  Photo 5 - Edo 56-7850A type floats built by Bristol Aerospace Limited in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Although D-18's are typically higher gross weight than C-18's (originally #8750 versus #7850), all of the floatplanes are the same at #8725 because of float limits. Photo 6 - Cargo bins in the floats. Photo 7 - This is a Lee Cameron, Aerospace Products cargo door. Photo 8 - Seating for five, plus the lucky dude who gets to ride up front, and still lots of room for "stuff". Photo 9 - Sharp, and nicely equipped for such an aircraft!  
  History on C-FGUE, from Bob Parmerter, reformatted by KenS: Bill of Sale October 12, 1956, US Air Force to Ball-Ralston Flying Service, C-45F 44-47699, N8033H, $7,111.11; 4/57, Sold to MJM, Inc., Seattle, WA, M. J. Murdock president; 2/63, To George H. Felt, Roseburg, OR; 9/83, To Douglas G. Solberg, Juneau, AK; 3/84, To David C. Wunsch, Juneau, AK, now on floats; 11/89, To Alaska Coastal Airlines, Inc., Juneau, AK. Security agreement April 4, 1990 describes the aircraft as a floatplane with Edo 7850 floats, Hartzell propellers and a cargo door; 7/91, Alaska Coastal Airlines letter requests registration to N480DB; 3/97, To Wilderness Air Inc., Juneau, changed back to N8033H, 12/98; 12/99, To North Star Aviation, Juneau; 5/01, To Clearwater Airways, present owners. As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to Clearwater Airways.  

C-FHZA, CF-HZA, 1948, Beech sn A-111, D-18S
at Red Lake Seaplane Base, Red Lake, ON Canada, July 2005

1/22/11 - This is not really what is meant by "bush flying!" This is a genuine,1948, civilian Beechcraft D-18S, one of the few non-military Twin Beech's on floats. C-FHZA probably began life as a corporate aircraft, and has been in Canada since 1954. Except for the Hartzell props, Zula-Alpha (sorry, Zed-Alpha to some of you) is the standard D-18 series floatplane with its two-piece windshield, outside carb air scoops, cowl flaps removed, cowl louvers and Super '18 tips.

  Photo 2 - A typical Canadian seaplane dock - - although the Norseman is less typical as time goes on. Photo 3 - The Beechcraft cargo door. Many of the U.S. hard-freighters didn't like these doors because of the rounded front corners making it harder to load pallets, etc. As of 1/25/11 C-FHZA has been registered to the same owner since 1999.  

C-FWWV, CF-WWV, 1951, Beech sn A-618, D-18S, 3N sn CA-18, RCAF 1443
at Nestor Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005
1/22/11 - Another well-kept Beech 3N. According to info on the 'net, RCAF 1443 was used at No. 2 Air Navigators School at RCAF Station Winnipeg in 1953, and later at Calgary, Alberta.

After being sold surplus in 1967, Whisky Victor was used by Turn-Air, Northern Enterprises, Quick Yvonne and Spur Aviation, all of Yellow Knife, NWT, until 1994, and then Derek Campbell of Nestor Falls until Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts bought it in 1996. As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to them.
  Photo 2 - Sitting pretty, sharing the dock with a '185. Photo 3 - That's an early Hamilton cargo door. His later doors were split in the middle and hinged on the front and back to make it easier to load with a forklift. This arrangement works very well for a seaplane! Photo 4 - Looks like eight life-jackets and a raft there.  
  Photo 5 - This is a serious floatplane. They've even removed the landing gear lever! Most of the Twin Beech's stay on floats for years at a time.Photo 6 - Time to go! The pilot is entering through the forward-hinged door which is part of the Bristol Mod. This would be easier than some of the pilot's side-window, crew door/escape hatches that we used in U.S. freighters and sprayers.  
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