CHUCK TOLLEY COLLECTION
No. 11305. Consolidated 28-5A Canso A (CF-DIL c/n 427) Wheeler Airlines
Photographed at Fort Chimo, Quebec, Canada, August 1963, by Chuck Tolley
04/30/2012. Remarks by Chuck Tolley
"The Canso is shown parked on the strip at Fort Chimo (presently Kuujjuaq) in
Arctic Quebec. Since none of the communities in Arctic Quebec (presently Nunavik) other than Fort Chimo
and Great Whale River had landing strips, transportation by air was on float
plane or Canso in the summer and ski equipped aircraft in the winter.
There was a period during freeze-up and break-up when no air
travel was possible. The airstrip at Fort Chimo had been built during WW II as
a possible stopover point for aircraft going to and from Europe. The runway
was littered with thousands of avgas drums left over from after the war."
Created April 30, 2012