CHUCK TOLLEY COLLECTION
No. 11303. Douglas DC-4 (CF-JIR c/n 10362) Nordair
Photographed at Fort Chimo, Quebec, Canada, August 1963, by Chuck Tolley

Douglas DC-4

04/30/2012. Remarks by Chuck Tolley: "Nordair operated a route from Montreal's Dorval Airport in Quebec to Frobisher Bay (presently Iqaluit), Northwest Territories via Fort Chimo (presently Kuujjuaq) in Quebec. At the time this was the only commercial way of getting to the Eastern Arctic from southern Canada by air. The picture was taken just after I had arrived in the north and this was where I was to switch to a smaller float plane to take me further up the Ungava Bay coast to Payne Bay (presently Kangirsuk) where I was to be a teacher at the Federal Day School. Fort Chimo is on the edge of the tree line.

CF-JIR was originally built as a C-54A-15-DC under USAAF s/n 42-72257 and was delivered on July 31, 1944. On June 29, 1946 it was acquired by Douglas and converted into a civil DC-4. On June 6, 1947 it was sold to Pan Am, registered as N88923, on December 1, 1953 it went to Avianca of Colombia as HK-178. In 1962 it was sold to Nordair of Canada and registered CF-JIR, in 1969 it returned on the US register, now as N3802, and was flown by a number of operators, including Florida Caribbean Air Lines. In March 1976 it was withdrawn from use at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was finally broken up in 1984."



Created April 30, 2012