The nose section of RCAF 17522, a North Star built by Canadair for the RCAF. This aircraft was based on the Douglas DC-4 but with Rolls Royce Merlin engines and was not pressurized. While it was much faster than the radial engined DC-4 it was known to be extremely noisy. Buffalo Joe obtained this section many years ago and it has sat outside since then. The sole surviving example of the 71 North Stars built is on display at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.
This nice WW II veteran was assigned to North African theatre as 42-68810, arriving in Oran, Algeria on Aug 14, 1943. Returning to USA at the end of the war as NC86543 with TWA in Oct. 1945. Became Later N67B, N671A, N163VW and N889P. A 71 years old Lady!
Originally delivered to KLM (PH-AKH) 1935. Delivered to Finnish Air Force on February 1940 during Winter War via Stockholm by Swedish volunteers and using registration SE-AKE. Re-registered first as DC-1 and later as DO-1. Entered service as bomber, but soon find role in different transport missions. In Air Force until 1955 and after that converted as a café (located in Hämeenlinna City) until sold to Finnish Air Force Museum 1981. Was restored 2009-2011 with a color scheme it had in Spring 1944 and moved to display on Tuulos Shopping Centre 2015.