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C-FWYR, CF-WYR, 1951, Beech sn A-649, D-18S, 3N sn CA-49, RCAF 1474

at Fort Frances, ON Canada, July 2005

1/22/11 - We stopped at the floatplane base on the east side of Fort Frances and saw this Twin Beech "out back". I had noticed some nasty looking high-tension wires across the lake and learned that "Yankee Romeo" had collided with wires while landing. It was in '04, I believe. I was told that all survived.

Photo 2 - Looks like a modified Beechcraft cargo door there.

Over the years this aircraft was owned by North Cariboo Flying Service, Fort St. John, BC; Bearskin Lake Air Service, Sioux Lookout, ON; Central Mountain Air, Smithers, BC; Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts, Nestor Falls, ON; Derek Cambless, Nestor Falls, ON; Saltwater West Enterprises, Smithers, BC and then the final owner. Parmerter has a beautiful photo of this aircraft on skies, on P394. Photo 3 - Sad but picturesque in its own way.

C-FSRE, CF-SRE, 1951, Beech sn A-661, D-18S, 3N sn CA-61, RCAF 1486

at Ear Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005

1/24/11 - A late afternoon shot of Beech 18, C-FSRE at Ear Falls, Ontario. This is another Canadian 3N, the RCAF's Beechcraft D-18S. This one was used at RCAF Station Saskatoon, SK. It entered civilian life in 1966 and served with Northwestern Flying Service in Nestor Falls, Kabeelo Airways and Ear Falls Airways in Ear Falls, and Excellent Adventures since 1999. As of 1/25/11 it is still registered to them.

"Romeo-Echo" has a modified Beech cargo door.

Photo 2 - A typical Canadian bush operator's dock. You have 55-gal. drums, a boat or two, a DeHavilland Beaver and - - hopefully, a Beech 18!

C-FERM, 1951, Beech sn A-662, D-18S, 3N sn CA-62, RCAF 1487

at Fort Frances, ON, Canada, July 2005

1/24/11 - This Royal Canadian Air Force 3N has been in the Rusty Myers Flying Service fleet since it was surplused in 1967! RMFS has a catchy and distinctive paint scheme there!

These are the Hamilton Standard 22D30 Hydromatic props with 6533A-21S blades, which were stock on the Canadian aircraft. They are a modified 6101 blade as used on BT-13's and T-6's. The -21 indicates it has been cut down 21" from the original -0 diameter of 120," and the "S" indicates it is a square tip. The BT and T-6 typically had a -12 prop, which is108".

Photo 2 - Beaching gear on the Bristol/Edo 56-7850 floats. Photo 3 - C-FERM does not have a cargo door, but the passenger door has been modified by squaring off the bottom and hinging it there instead of at the front. This was the first "Airstair" type door in the Twin Beech and was common on corporate aircraft - - way back when. It has the stock windshield. Photo 4 - A fabric covered auxiliary rudder as used on all the Twin Beech floatplanes I saw. As of 1/25/11 this Beech is still registered to Rusty Myers.

C-FTBD, CF-TBD, 1952, Beech sn A-689, D-18S, 3N sn CA-89, RCAF 2291

at Red Lake, ON, Canada, July 2005
1/24/11 - My friend Whitey Hostetler of Red Lake, ON was giving me the royal tour of the area and took me out to where this Beech was based on Baumertown Road, just out of Red Lake. RCAF 2291 was used at No. 2 Air Navigators School at RCAF Station Winnipeg. Surplused in 1966, it has worked for Sabourin Lake Airways; Emo Investments DBA Ross' Camps, Emo, ON; Eagle Aviation, Pine Falls, MB; Red Lake Airways, Red Lake, ON; Rusty Myers, Fort Frances, ON; Red Lake Airways again; and finally Daxair, Reddit, ON since 2004.
Photo 2 - Let's go inside and take a peek. Photo 3 - Looks like we're set up for eight there, with benches that are easily removed to convert to cargo configuration. Photo 4 - A lot of time and attention has been given to refurbishing the cockpit in its original Canadian 3N colors. Photo 5 - This is one reason the Twin Beech is loved as it is. The 'ole P&W R985 just keeps going and going and going. I flew them on 450-Stearman and Twin Beech sprayers and they are my favorite engine.
Photo 6 - This is the only reason Bravo Delta is so shiny. It doesn't just happen. Kirsten Brazier, Chief Pilot and Operations Manager of DaxAir has spent a lot of time with that buffer! Kirsten and her partner have worked hard at bringing this aircraft up to their standards from stem to stern. Since 11/09 this aircraft has been registered to Larry Moody, in BC.
C-GEHX, CG-EHX, 1952, Beech sn A-712, D-18S, 3N sn CA-112, RCAF 5181
at Red Lake, ON, Canada, July 2005

1/24/11 - Elaine and I visited the Norseman Festival in Red Lake, ON in July 2005. A family friend, Whitey Hostetler, is a Red Lake old-timer, having been there for over 50 of his 85+ years. We parked our motor home beside Whitey and Esther's home and they gave us the royal treatment including taking me to all of the nooks and crannies where interesting aircraft were operating.

C-GEHX was built in 1952 as Beechcraft D-18S c/n A-712, Canadian 3NM c/n CA-112, RCAF 5181 (Although I suspect that it was initially RCAF 1512 and was re-identified as RCAF 5181 because of some s/n conflicts).

Photo 2 - Moving easy. Floatplane pilots are (generally) a patient bunch. That helps keep from bashing the floats into the dock, dunking the aircraft in rough water and other not-so-nice things. Photo 3 - Drifting in now with both shut down. Barrels are almost as common to seaplane docks as airplanes are. Photo 4 - Grabbing the wing rope to pull it in
This Beech was converted in the 1960's from a 3NM to 3NMT by removing navigational training equipment and installing more seats. I have the sales brochure from when it was sold August 12, 1970 by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation. It was located at 402 Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment, Saskatoon, SK and had been brought in from CFB Portage in February. They described it as Expeditor 3NMT with 7336-hours total time. Engines were 644 and props 42-hours since overhaul. My father's notes say it was very nice and it is one that he noted that he would pay $6,000 for. He bought two others for $6,000 and $6,500 each.

I suspect that CA-112 initially went to the States for a while as it was reimported in 1975. Canadian DOT records show the following history since 1982. (Some of these transfers may have been leases.) North Cariboo Flying Service, Fort St. John, AB until 8/82; Minto Airways, Edmonton, AB until 11/82; North Cariboo Flying Service, again, until 7/83; Minto Airways, again, until 12/83; Ontario Central Airlines, Gimli, MB until 7/84; North Cariboo Flying Service, again, until 8/84; Nunasi-Central Airlines, Winnipeg, MB until 6/85; La Ronge Aviation Services, La Ronge, SK until 7/85; Minto Airways, again, until 10/86; Sky-North, Red Lake, ON until 5/87; Red Lake Airways, Red Lake, ON until 4/88; Sky North, again, until 10/88; Red Lake Airways, Red Lake, ON, again, current. 1/25/11 note - it was registered to Kenora Air Service in 8/06.

C-FZNG, CF-ZNG, 1952, Beech sn A-786, D-18S, 3NM, 3NMT, sn CA-182, RCAF 2309

at Ear Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005

1/24/11 - Two bullfrogs peering out of the water. Canadian 3NM, C-FZNG (second in photo) was sold August 12, 1970 by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation. It was located at 402 Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment, Saskatoon, SK, and had been brought in from CFB Portage in April. They described it as Expeditor 3NMT with 8493-hours total time. My father, the late Chris D. Stoltzfus of Coatesville, PA was buying some of these aircraft for his operation and I have the sales brochure in my files.

November-Gulf was operated by Silver Pine Air Services, Pine Falls, MB; Red Lake Airways, Red Lake, ON; and Emo Investments, dba Ross Air, Emo, ON, before Showalter's bought it in 1988. It was built in 1952 as Beechcraft D-18S c/n A-786, Canadian 3NM c/n CA-182, RCAF 2309 and was converted in the 1960's from a 3NM to 3NMT by removing navigational training equipment and installing more seats.
Photo 2 - Reflections. As is so often true in life one may need to take a second look before you see what is really there. I used this photo in my 2006, Preferred Airparts' calendar. Photo 3 - C-FXUO is gone for the moment, 'ZNG waits patiently in the early morning hours. Senior Dock Hand checks things out. I could sit and watch these airplanes come and go all day long! Photo 4 - The Beech has the two-piece windshield, what appears to be a Hamilton nose cap, Hamilton Standard Hydromatic props, and a Beechcraft cargo door. It is joined by Showalters' Cessna 180H C-FAIH for a few minutes.
Photo 5 - Fishermen and fisherladies with their stuff. Many of Showalter's customers come back year after year. Photo 6 - Climbing in through the Bristol, cockpit hatch. Note the base for the astrodome which was on the Canadian 3N series aircraft for celestial navigation. Photo 7 - #1 is lit and getting them turned away from the dock. Photo 8 - Showalter's Fly-In Service. Learn more about them at They have added a Beaver to their fleet and you can see a video of their aircraft on their site. As of 1/25/11 this Beech is still registered to Showalters.

C-FXUO, CF-XUO, 1952, Beech sn A-858, D-18S, 3NM sn CA-208, RCAF 2329

at Ear Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005

If you're a Twin Beech aficionado, doesn't that give you the goosebumps? A scene like this is almost too good to be true.!

Uniform-Oscar probably went to the U.S. when it was surplused by the RCAF in 1966-67, after having served in the 402 Squadron. It went back to Canada in 1972. Operators included Nunasi-Central Airlines, Winnipeg, MB; Green Airways, Red Lake, ON; Pickle Lake Air Services and V Kelner Airways Limited, Pickle Lake, ON; Beaver Air, Vancouver, BC; Ignace Airways, Ignace, ON, and Showalter's Flying Service since 1990.

Photo 2 - C-FZNG peeking around the side of C-FXUO to see what's going on with the guy up on the bridge taking photos. Showalter's has two loved and well-kept Beech's. Very nice! Photo 3 - Morning has come. "Action time" is not far away. Parmerter says that V. Kelner operated this aircraft on Twin Otter skies. Photo 4 - Showalters, as many other operators, have their own cabins on lakes out in the bush. Here they are loading a fridge for one of their units.
  Photo 5 - A lookout in the Crows Nest as they head out the inlet. Showalter's Beechs, as all D-18S floatplanes, have the Bristol mod with 56-7850 floats and cockpit hatch on the top. C-FXUO has a two-piece windshield, Hamilton Standard 22D30-6533A-21S props, and a Beechcraft cargo door. Photo 6 - Into the morning mist. One of my favorite shots from over the years. Photo 7 - Want a Twin Beech floatplane ride? Are you a fisherman? Check it out! "Fly-In" means something different in Canada than in the U.S. It means that they fly you in to a remote site for fishing, hunting and etc. Thus, the Norseman gathering in Red Lake, Ontario is called the "Norseman Festival" rather than the "Norseman Fly-In" as we might think of it. As of 1/25/11 C-FXUO is still registered to Showalters.  
C-FZRI, CF-ZRI, 1953, Beech sn A-940, D-18S, ex N164U
at Fort Frances, ON, Canada, July 2005

One of two civilian D-18S aircraft that we saw on floats. Most have a military history. I don't know the original U.S. registration, but in 1967 it was registered as N164U by Bailey Leasing Co., of Fort Wayne, IN. Chances are it began life as a corporate aircraft, downgraded to a freighter, and then went to the top as a floatplane.

C-FZRI is in the Rusty Myers Flying Service fleet in Fort Frances, ON. It was imported into Canada in 1971 and has been operated by Rainy Lake Airways and LSD Aviation, both of Fort Frances, and Rusty Myers since 1985. It can probably find its way around the area without pilot assistance!
Photo 2 - Where's the sunshine when I need it? Parmerter has a shot of this aircraft in a former paint scheme, on P343. Photo 3 - Beechcraft cargo door, with the original cabin door squared off and hinged on the bottom. Photo 4 - This is the only Twin Beech floatplane we saw that had short stacks. These were undoubtedly part of a high-gross mod before it became a seaplane. Photo 5 - The Hamilton Standard Hydramatic 22D30-6533A-21S "square tip" props have been on the water for a while! They're not nearly as square as they used to be. Romeo-India doesn't have the polished exterior and distinctive nose art of its stable mates. As of 1/25/11 C-FZRI is still registered to Rusty Myers.

C-FNKL, CF-NKL, 1953, Beech sn AF-378, C-45H USAF 51-11821

at Nestor Falls, ON, Canada, July 2005

November-Kilo-Lima would have been built as a Beechcraft C-18 series AT-7 or AT-11, and then factory remanufactured into the D-18 series, C-45G, Beech cn AF-378, USAF sn 51-11821. It was subsequently among the nearly 300 'G's that were converted to the C-45H by replacing the Aeroproducts propellers with Hamilton Standard, 22D30 Hydromatics.

C-FNKL was the Bristol Aerospace, Beech 18 floatplane conversion prototype in 1962. Northwest Flying has had it since 1964. Parmerter shows a photo of it in a previous paint scheme on P342

This cabin door totally baffled me. Parmerter says (P342) that Bristol was a distributor for the Clayton Polar Cargo Door kits and that they installed them on at least five Beech's. That cargo door was all new to me and I suspect this is one of them. You can see the outline of the door in Photo 5. It looks like the section forward of the present opening, also opens
Photo 2 - Each Beech had its own interior configuration. This one is a combination of bench and seats. Photo 3 - Keep it simple and let's go flying! Photo 4 - The Bristol Aerospace cockpit escape/crew hatch. The Canadian DOT required another exit so Bristol designed this one. All of the D-18 floatplanes we saw had this hatch. Photo 5 - The Bristol hatch is not just for emergencies. It is used regularly for the crew to get in and out. They also open it for ventilation while taxiing. You can see the cabin/cargo door outline here.
Photo 6 - The folks at Northwest Flying were heading out and offered to do a loop in the bay right next to the office so I could get some shots. "Thank you!" They are another two-generation family operation. Photo 7 - We all have our biases and here's one of mine. If there was ever an aircraft created in heaven and sent to earth for our enjoyment, it would be the Twin Beech on floats.Every operational Twin Beech that I saw looked like it was cared for. This fleet is far different from the wheeled "freight dogs" that we saw years ago here in the States. Photo 8 - This is close to a vintage civilian D-18 Twin Beech paint scheme. Photo 9 - "See you later." You can learn more about Northwest Flying Service and As of 1/25/11 this Beech is still registered to Northwest.
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