Born Again BSB

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Above; CF-BSB wintering at Selkirk airport, Manitoba.  December 21, 2015.

Throughout the decades most Norseman have moved around numerous operators, some with longer periods of inactive ground bonding hibernation. Also, nowadays all commercial Norseman are on floats in the colder parts of Canada so they only fly seasonally when the freshwater lakes are free of ice.

The latest example to re-enter service for hire is CF-BSB of Interlake Aviation based in Gimli, Manitoba. Being a post WWII Mark V model, serial N29-15 is a relatively young 70 years of age.

Owned by aircraft mechanic Tom Phinney and leased to Interlake the plans are to fly out of Riverton and Pine Dock in the southwestern quadrant of Lake Winnipeg. Used for general charters and servicing a fishing lodge approximately 240 statute miles north-northeast from the city of Winnipeg, another Norseman is starting a new chapter!

80 YEARS!

Quietly, the Noorduyn Norseman recently passed a milestone in longevity.  January 1936 saw serial number 1, CF-AYO enter service with Dominion Skyways of Montreal and Rouyn, Quebec only 65 days after its first flight!  I believe no other airplane type in the world history of aviation can claim 80 years of commercial flying.  The piston powered Douglas DC-3 comes close, taking to the air on December 17, 1935 versus CF-AYO on November 14.

If you have “Norsemania” and would like to see the skeletal remains of AYO make your way to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  They also have serial 17, CF-BFT on static display to look at and climb in.

Do you find it interesting that the Norseman can be viewed as a museum artifact or a working bushplane in 2016?  Such is the enduring lure of this Canadian classic.

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Above and left; Mk IV CF-BFT on display in Sault Ste. Marie.  Above right; CF-AYO with Dominion Skyways in 1936.

Welcome

KEEP THEM FLYING!

The NORSEMAN Community NEWS

Welcome to this new festival blog feature that we hope you will find interesting, informative and together we will maintain the spirit of the Noorduyn Norseman for a younger generation.

This Canadian built bush plane helped open the vast north, was used by the hundreds during WWII and even to this day can be found as a commercial asset some 80 years into the saga!  That said, its airworthy numbers are declining and the purpose of this blog is to profile the present owners, operators, Norseman and memorabilia for sale with the intent to…keep them flying!  Enjoy.

Mr. Collin Oliver

In March of 2015 the Norseman community lost a huge festival participant whose passion for the type eventually led him to owning three Norseman.Colin Oliver

Mr. Collin Oliver, of Brooks, Alberta had many interests and hobbies including stock car racing, hockey, airplanes, restoring antique cars, boating and water skiing.

During the 1990’s his attention focused to the Norseman and he purchased a Mark V version, CF-BSC (Serial N29-17) in May 1997.  At the time, BSC had not flown for nearly 23 years and a long period of restoration took place.  Some may recall seeing the airplane on static display in Vancouver for Expo 86.  There is a funny, although unconfirmed story of a gentleman getting into a debate with a young tour guide at the fair who was positive that the Norseman was no longer in service anywhere!

Like the mythological phoenix, BSC flew again with Austin Airways color scheme in July of 2012 and stole the show that year, being reborn to an immaculate, authentic condition.  If you are a serious collector of aircraft or culturally significant Canadiana this airplane is for you.

In the summer of 1998, CF-JEC (Serial 469) was acquired.  This airplane has a strong connection to Northwest Ontario and was operated in the Red Lake area for some three decades by Sabourin Lake Airways.  Intended as a parts supply for BSC, Collin chose to fix up JEC and used it as his personal Norseman while BSC was in the shop.

Then, about 8 years ago he decided to seriously explore using Norseman commercially and CF-GJN (Serial 797) came online after an extensive rebuild.  The adventure was partially successful and both GJN and JEC are now at Ignace, Ontario for sale.

Collin Oliver’s wish was to have these three Norseman fly on into the future and contribute to the festival in the Norseman capital of the world.

CF-BSC For Sale

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CF-BSC   Serial N29-17   Mark V

Airframe Time: 15,010.3

Price: Contact Seller

Seller: Ryan Berryman

Phone: 587-433-2972

e-mail: rberryman11@hotmail.com

CF-JEC For Sale

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CF-JEC   Serial 469   Mark VI

Airframe Time: 15,869.6

Aluminum Fuselage STC

Price: CAD 300,000 OBO

Seller: Ryan Berryman

Phone: 587-433-2972

e-mail: rberryman11@hotmail.com

CF-GJN for Sale

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CF-GJN   Serial 797   Mark VI

Airframe Time: 7,398.2

Price: CAD 400,000 OBO

Seller: Ryan Berryman

Phone: 587-433-2972

e-mail: rberryman11@hotmail.com