CF-JIN / CF-KAO Status

Red Lakers will recall the familiar sight of former Chimo Air Norseman CF-JIN and CF-KAO. These two aircraft are still present at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport in southern Ontario, Canada.

The photo above shows JIN stripped down and undergoing a major rebuild back to active flight condition. When completed, JIN will regain its title as the oldest flying Norseman in the world. Originally delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force as #2482 on May 2, 1941 as a Mk IV (serial 55), JIN has undergone at least two or possibly three rebuilds prior to this one! Another claim to fame was the use of CF-JIN in the airborne scenes of the 2003 movie The Snow Walker. As a side note, Norseman GYY (currently being restored for static display at the Montreal Aviation Museum) was used for the ground scenes.

At some point in the many lives of JIN it was converted from a Mk IV to a post WW II, Mk V model. This is thought to have occurred in 1957 and now the serial number reads CC&F 55. This Norseman, approaching 80 years in time should be back in the air next spring or summer of 2020. This historic airplane is offered for sale at $315,000 USD, contact Dennis Ryan – 519-402-2199 or https://www.aircraftforsale.com/listings/piston-amphibious_floatplane

Fabric recovering of JIN with KAO in the left background.

 

CF-KAO is a Mk VI, serial number 636 built for the USAAF in 1944 and presently for sale as is, where is at $135,000 USD. At that price it is a project airplane for a team to give it new wings.

 

CF-FOX For Sale or Lease

Norseman serial 340, CF-FOX is available for lease or sale. Presently stored at Northland Aircraft in Ignace, Ontario the owner is asking $195,000 CAD for the floatplane as is. This Mark VI has rounded cockpit windows like a Mark V so some modifications have been done over the years, including the useful plywood door opening to accommodate cabin loading and panoramic cabin windows.

Contact Neil Walsten at 807-468-0222 for details. Alternately, email me at c46commando@hotmail.com if Neil cannot be reached or any Norseman news you wish to share. Thanks!

Originally delivered to the USAAF as 43-5349, FOX in the sun as summer arrives last June. (2018)

Keep them Flying?

There are only a couple places left in Canada with a sizeable cache of Norseman airframes and parts. Buffalo Airways’ location at the Red Deer airport, Alberta is presently home to six stripped down airframes salvaged or collected over the years by owner and Norseman aficionado Joe McBryan. Not only does Joe personally fly his Norseman, Mk V CF-SAN in the northern summers, he has worked with Alberta museums to bring the history of the aircraft to the people in recognition of that province helping develop the north through its geographical then infrastructure connections.

Recent Mk VI acquisition C-FFQX, serial 625 is complete with wings and would be a relatively easy restoration project for those in the know.

As someone who loves to see these vintage transports in their airborne element, Joe has also prevented many Norseman from fading into oblivion and would like to see the population of active flying examples increase.

With Red Deer airport only about a 75 minute drive north of Calgary International (CYYC), it is worth checking out the collection if you are in the area and share a passion for the airplane.

If you want a Norseman project to buy or are looking for that elusive part, “Buffalo Joe” likely has what you need at their Red Deer maintenance and storage facility. email buffalo@buffaloairways.com or phone Katherine, communications director at 867-765-6029.

Backed by Joe, in 1994 CF-EIH was recovered from Allen Lake, Northwest Territories after spending some 46 years at the crash site. Serial 94, a Mark IV is immaculate now at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton.

CF-ECD collecting dust at Red Deer. This Mark V last flew in June 1982. During a forced landing at Dogskin Lake in Manitoba the airplane overturned in the water.

Ghosts from the past. CF-NJK on the left and C-FFQX to the right. Click on the photo to expand it and a small portion of CF-GTM’s structure can be seen in the far left background and CF-NJV’s left main gear in the corner foreground. Get the picture?

This UC-64A (Mark VI), serial 242 eventually became CF-NJK on the Canadian civil register. Note the modification of additional aft windows and the green fuselage airframe of CF-NJV behind.

CF-BSB For Sale

As float flying season approaches in the boreal forests of Canada, Norseman CF-BSB is now for sale priced at $175,000 Canadian dollars.  This Mk V model, serial N29-15 was featured in a post from March 2016. For details go to barnstormers.com and call Tom Phinney at 204-801-5740.

Calling all Collectors

For serious aircraft collectors here are four for sale Norseman in fabulous condition.  Get your bids in!

Mk V, Serial N29-17, CF-BSC at $399,000 USD or best offer and;

Mk VI, Serial 797, CF-GJN at $199,000 USD or best offer.  Got to eBay.com for details.

Mk VI, Serial 224, N164UC can now be found at platinumfighters.com listed for $425,000 USD.

Mk V, Serial 364, CF-FQI (converted from Mk VI) is listed for $395,000 USD at northpointkodiak.com or alternatively through the controller.com website.

You could put them back to work, but the 400K price range is showroom condition for a Norseman.  Keep them Flying!

 

N164UC, Serial 224 For Sale

Referencing a July 2016 post titled Metal Makeover, the present owner of N164UC (formerly CF-UUD) has been located and he wants to find a good, new home for this unique Norseman.  It has an oversized cargo door, metal skinned fuselage and wheel skis.  Lovingly maintained, it just had $18,000 US invested in the interior overhaul plus about $24,000 in other work.

A Mark VI model (UC-64A) delivered to the USAAF in 1943, look for this showpiece at Oshkosh 2017.  If you or someone you know are interested in this airplane located in Minnesota contact Tony Phillippi at his business phone number,       651-406-4900.  More information at www.tpaero.com/

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Only Norseman with extra large door.

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CF-GJN

GJN and BSC still available

  CF-BSC

Mark VI Norseman CF-GJN has had its selling price reduced to $250,000 CAD.  We hope this aircraft that was restored eight years ago will return to active flying soon.

Also, CF-BSC now has a listed price at $500,000 CAD.  This is probably the most authentic and beautiful Mark V out there, a showroom masterpiece in its paint scheme from service with original operator Austin Airways.

For more details see airplanemart.com, click on Amphibian & Floatplane or contact Ryan Berryman, rberryman11@hotmail.com or call 587-433-2972.

NORSEMAN SALE!!!

Ever dreamed of owning your own Noorduyn Norseman?  The seller is motivated to find a new home for either CF-JEC or CF-GJN.  Contact Ryan Berryman, 587-433-2972, now.

New Prices, CF-JEC and CF-GJN

An update to the post from January 2016.

CF-JEC price has been reduced from 300,000 CAD to 199,000 USD or best offer.

CF-GJN price has been reduced from 400,000 CAD to 299,000 USD or best offer.

Seller: Ryan Berryman

Phone: 587-433-2972

e-mail: rberryman11@hotmail.com

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