Buyer’s Market

Mk V Norseman, N45TG has been in open storage at the Baudette airport, Minnesota for many years and the owner would like to sell the airplane and all associated parts as a total package in the near future. The airport operator is asking for the airplane to be moved from the property and this will necessitate dismantling and a relocation soon before the coldest parts of winter arrive.

If you are looking for a project or need Norseman spares, contact Todd Griffen at 218 556-2589.

May 2022. Photo credit – Raymond Oostergo.

This started me thinking about other Norseman presently for sale and there are quite a few.

In Alaska, N78691 (Mk VI, Noorduyn serial 637) is advertised at 169,500 USD. Operated commercially on wheels it is now parked awaiting a new owner as the current owner switched to turbine powered equipment. See; N78691

On Platinum Fighter Sales (link here) is an add for Noorduyn serial 224 with the interesting registration of N164UC. This is a play on the Norseman’s USAAF designation of UC-64. Asking price is $245,000 USD.

Not actively listed although still on the market is Norseman floatplane CF-JEC located near La Motte, Quebec. Last advertised at $197,500 CAD, this Mk VI with Noorduyn serial 469 is featured on a beer label by Bush Pilot Brewing! If you are interested please call owner Olivier Lemieux at 819 727-4080 or email;

Other Norseman that are presently inactive and potential buys are CF-FOX and CF-LZO. For information, email;

Norseman Status 2023

The Norseman Festival is only a few weeks away and for those interested here is the latest information about where these classic bush planes continue to operate. A few highlights follow;

The biggest news is the sale of CF-IGX to Clark’s Outposts where it will be operated privately shuttling supplies from their base at Cedar Lake, Ontario to 25 Fly-In Outposts. The Norseman is well suited for this type of work and hopefully IGX can make an appearance at this next edition of the festival.

In southern Ontario, preparations are underway to have CF-JIN back flying after a complete restoration to its first chapter of existence as RCAF 2482. If you want to own a piece of history see;

CF-JEC is not being used this summer and is for sale at $197,500 Canadian dollars.

A couple Norseman in the USA have come back on the market. One of these, N78691 is in Alaska and the owner is switching to a turbine powered airplane.

Please send me an email or call if you know any other Norseman news. Contact information is at the bottom of page 1.

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AIRWORTHY NOORDUYN NORSEMAN as of 1 July 2023 Page 1 of 3

Norseman Warbird Restorations USA

Above photo – Vultee BT-13 Valiant in foreground. February 15, 2023.

As a follow on to the last blogpost, we will look at a couple of the restorations presently occurring in the USA. There certainly is no shortage of Norseman rebuilds going on and first up is Noorduyn serial 163 at Boulder, Colorado.

This UC-64A model was delivered to the USAAF as 43-5172 in July 1943 and after the end of WW II went onto the US civil aircraft register in mid 1946 as N61853, the same registration it carries to this day. After a time in Minnesota it went north to Wien Air Alaska in 1951, then eleven years later it was purchased by Parachutes Incorporated and modified for use as a skydiving jump ship. In need of a major overhaul, N61853 sat idle from 1980 to 1984 and was in poor shape when sold at auction in October 1984 to Wanda and Glen Courtwright.

Over a few years they restored the Norseman to its military configuration and painted it in the totem insignia of the Alaska Rescue Unit of Air Transport Command.

In 2006, J W Duff Aircraft acquired the airplane and in April of 2014 ownership was transferred to its present owner, Dave Elliott who intended to fly the Norseman but unfortunately or perhaps fortunately some barely visible cracks were discovered in a wooden wing spar. Fast forward to 2023 and two sets of brand new wings are being created to get this Norseman back in the air! Interestingly, 853 might take up skydivers again and provide flight seeing along the front range in Colorado.


Next up is another UC-64A with Noorduyn serial 139, USAAF serial 43-5148 in Yanks Air Museum located at the Chino airport, California. Immediately transferred via Lend-Lease to Canada this Norseman became a standard RCAF Mk VI model, serial 790. Although it was never actually operated by the USAAC or USAAF, Yanks will likely finish it in markings as 43-5148.



Not surprisingly, the revived flight instrument panel of serial 139 looks very similar to serial 163. Norseman production was ramping up fast for the war effort and only a few weeks separated their delivery dates.

The following history is repeated from a previous post on December 10, 2021;

After serving as RCAF 790, it went to Georgian Bay Airways of Parry Sound, Ontario in August of 1955 becoming CF-IJG on the Canadian Civil Register. Unfortunately, the aircraft sank on July 18, 1966 after a hard glassy water landing on Antiguois Lake, Quebec. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Apparently in the 1970’s, Lloyd Street bought the Norseman “as is” from the insurance company, made temporary repairs with the assistance of Gordon Hughes and ferried the aircraft out from the lake. For many years it languished on a farm near Gravenhurst, Ontario until being moved to the FAA registry for Yanks in the summer of 2010, now N420QN.

Excellent craftsmanship is apparent in this ongoing restoration. Photo taken on February 28, 2023.

There is no definitive timeline for the completion of this project but in due course we should see yet another Norseman up and flying. As of this March 2023 there are eleven active airworthy Norseman in the world and the status is changing with increasing interest in warbird reincarnations. Even though they usually only fly during the warmer times of the year, the many exciting developments going on will probably increase the future chances for a Norseman enthusiast to go for a flight in one!