No. 11304. Noorduyn Norseman Mk.V (CF-ECK c/n N29-38) Wheeler Airlines
Photographed at Fort Chimo, Quebec, Canada, August 1963

Noorduyn Norseman Mk.V

04/30/2012. Remarks by Chuck Tolley: "CF-ECK is shown at the float plane dock in Fort Chimo (presently Kuujjuaq) being readied for a flight up the Ungava Bay coast. I am standing on the floats at age 23, on my way to Payne Bay (presently Kangirsuk) to begin my career as a teacher. This was to be my first of many flights on a float plane.

The aircraft was owned by Wheeler Airlines of Saint- Jovite, Quebec, and they had the largest charter operation there. The Norseman seemed to be the most popular plane at the time and operated on floats in the summer and skis in the winter as there were no landing strips in an any of the Ungava communities other than Fort Chimo. We really were at the mercy of weather and I remember waiting for almost ten days until the weather was suitable for the 150 mls (241 km) flight up the west coast of Ungava Bay, arriving at Post Lake 2 mls (3 km) north of the community of Payne Bay.

Float planes occasionally landed on the sea in front of the community but the extremely high tides and windy conditions made it a risky proposition so most planes landed on Post lake which was more sheltered. There was no dock and the plane came in as close to the shore as possible to off load passengers and freight. This was my first contact with the community that was to be my home for three years."

Read the type remarks on page 11930.

Created April 30, 2012