Delivered in Aug-1952 as CF-GBF, its registration was changed to C-FGBF by Dec-1974. On 25-May-2002 the pilot selected a southwesterly landing across the narrow width of Lillabelle Lake, its home base, due to the wind direction, but the available distance being too short, he made a go-around. But just after applying full power again, the aircraft rolled to the left and struck the water partly inverted. The aircraft was written-off and its registration was cancelled in Apr-2015.
This 1950 Beaver was kept by De Havilland Canada for testing and demonstration until sold commercially in 1956. Northern Thunderbird flew it from 1974 until sold to St Cloud Aviation of Alaska in 1984. The rugged bushplane is still current in Alaska operating with Sportsman's Air Service registered N987SP.
Six weeks after this photo was taken, the pilot of this aircraft lost control during step-taxi training on Seven Mile Lake due south of Big Lake, AK. This lovely little Beaver collided with the lake shore and some trees, and was substantially damaged. The aircraft was repaired but soon thereafter transferred to the US Department of the Interior. In June 2008 it was reregistered as N720. Note the "Civil Air Patrol - USAF Auxiliary" logo on the door.
Note the "Civil Air Patrol - USAF Auxiliary" logo on the door. The Civil Air Patrol was formed in December 1941 as a non-profit volunteer organisation, serving as the civilian auxiliary of the USAF. Among other services they provide disaster relief and search and rescue flights.
An Aerial Agriculture photo of VH-AAO in its initial natural metal finish. The fuselage was later painted white with a blue stripe that ended at the cockpit. The superphosphate loader is built on a Bedford truck chassis. The operator's cabin is from an old Austin A40 utility (a car with a cargo tray).