Aviation Photos & History from Neville Webb

A word about Neville Webb's interest in aviation:
I have always been interested in aviation, aircraft and flying. As part of my apprenticeship with the Ministry of Supply (1954-59), I worked at aircraft servicing at RRE Pershore (1957-58) and RAE Farnborough (1958-59).
Was in the Air Cadets for five years and Glider solo at RAF Hawkinge (1957), and a member of the RAE Gliding Club, Farnborough. Gained my Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in 1971 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and on moving to Newfoundland in 1972 continued to fly for a few years and later as an 'up-front' passenger.
I found myself teaching at the 'fly-in' Community of Sandy Lake First Nation, NW Ontario (1955- 2005); one experiences a close up look at passenger flying in and out of small, isolated northern communities. Having a camera readily to hand lets you take advantage of any opportunities to photograph those older aircraft whose remaining work lives usefully continue in the North.

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C-46 at Winnipeg
This undentified Curtiss C-46 Commando was photographed by Neville at Winnipeg (maybe June 1998), taken at the Industrial side of Winnipeg Airport (likely the former Air Manitoba hanger).

Note the twin pitot tubes under the front fuselage and there seems to be writing on the (outer) front side
of port engine cowling.

Webmaster: I have a feeling this could be C-GIBX, C-46F c/n 22472; it was part of Commando Air Transport,
ex/ Air Manitoba. After years of storage it was registered to First Nations Transportation (which is current
at time of writing, May 2007). C-GIBX on Airliners.net

"These C-46 pictures were taken while travelling through Winnipeg and Red Lake, while the photos at Sandy Lake
took a little more effort: I heard the C-46 land early one morning and went quickly to the airstrip and lucky
enough I found the Curtiss Commano still there after unloading fuel cargo."

See my Gimli 2007 report, featuring a.o. this C-GIBX

Curtiss C-46A Commando C-GTXW (c/n 30386) is seen here on a fuel-hauling flight at Sandy Lake, northwest
Ontario. (Date described by Neville as 'around 2000'.)

C-GTXW fuel flight
So this photo was taken during its days with Commando Air Transport (registered as such on 23oct96), until it was
involved in an accident in the Fall of 2000; CAT's operating license was revoked on 15Mar01, renewed 17Apr01
and suspended again on 23Aug01.

C-GTXW was bought by Buffalo Airways of Yellowknife , NWT on 14Nov01 and I saw it at
Yellowknife, July 2006 looking very good.

C-46A c/n 30386 was briefly registered 5Y-TXW, as seen here.
Air Manitoba had put it up for sale and registration C-GTXW was cancelled in August 1994. In 1995 it was reregistered 5Y-TXW for Air Kenya but soon returned to Canada; it was reported at Bar River in April 1996, still registered as 5Y-TXW. On 23Oct96 it was registered to Commando Air Transport.
Reg'd 14nov01 to Buffalo Airways (C-GTXW). They tried to sell it in 2004, with damaged C-FAVO, but no luck.

Neville took these photos when it had returned from Kenya, at Winnipeg.

C-GTXH stored with damage
C-GTXW ran out of runway in the Fall of 2001 at Red Lake and was subsequently stored, with the damage.
Neville photographed 'X-Ray Whiskey' at Red Lake during Dec.2000 or Jan.2001. The photo below is a close up of some of the damage.

Neville provided the following report on the incident: "On 28Sep2000, Commando Air Transport C-46A C-GTXW aborted a takeoff from Red Lake Airport, Ontario due to power loss in one R-2800 engine.
It departed for a planned fuel flight to Sandy Lake. The aircraft overran the runway and ended up in a ditch. Substantial damage to the Curtiss Commado but no injury to crew of three."
Note: The use of part of a cargo door in the old Air Manitoba blue and red colours.

Stored and damaged
Note the use of part of the main cargo door.
After Buffalo Airways took good use of it, C-GTXW crashlanded on 25Sep15 near Deline,NWT due ro an
engine oil scavenge pump failed and could not maintain altitude. Anno 2019 I've heard nothing of a recovery.

closer look at the damage
Some of the old Air Manitoba blue and red colours still visible.

"Newfoundland and Labrador (Gander and Goose Bay) played an important part role wartime aviation (remember Ferry Command's effort in WW2) and post-war propeller aircraft passenger aviation.
It has been said there are over one hundred wreck sites in the province...
Having a background in working with aircraft allows one to study site remains from archeological and technical perspectives, to identify aircraft components and allow for some description of event happenings."

crash site
Neville wrote:
"These are pictures of a USAF C-47 crash site. In past years, I have made three or four visits.
The C-47 was, I believe, on a flight from Goose Bay to Torbay (St. John's airport) with a load of jeep parts and impacted about 3 metres below the top of a hill, at the base of trees: 4 metres higher and/or 20 metres to the left... and tragedy would have been averted!"
Neville found information on : http://accident-report.com, which provided the following details-
DATE: November 24, 1943
SERIAL NUMBER: 42-100496
PILOT: Lee D Graham
LOCATION: 3 miles NW of Torbay, Newfoundland
REMARKS: Hit Hill in Flight
remains on crash site
engine remains
engine remains
grim reminder of a tragedy
Little remains of this wreck Neville offered the following information:
A photo of unidentified aircraft remains on the airfield at Swift Current, Sask in 1970.
Not much left to identify this wrecked bird..!

C-FTTW Wasaya Airways Aircraft Maintenance in the North...
This is Hawker Siddeley (or Avro) 748-264 Series 2A, c/n 1681, tailnumber C-FTTW.
Neville wrote: "A series of photos (taken by me) at the freight unloading area at Sandy Lake, NW Ontario.
This aircraft had recently had a scheduled overhaul. After unloading freight at Sandy Lake, when the pilot was taxying out, he noticed "something funny".. On the runway the nosewheel collapsed !
The nose u/c came out of the upper mount on the oleo leg. The propleller tips dug-in (see pictures) and the aircraft 'spun' around.
I believe a front-end-loader was used to lift up the nose, and the aircraft was moved back to the freight apron.
Some while later a maintenance crew was flown in, a new nosewheel fitted together with both engines and propeller assemblies. The aircraft was flow out for further repair with the undercarriage extended."
Bended prop
Damage by collapsed gear?
That door..?
New prop fitted
No.2 being testrun
done for the day...
Ready for ferry flight.

C-FTTW in nose down attitudeRichard Church described further events surrounding this situation:
"The incident at Sandy Lake took place on 06Apr98. Here are photographs of it sitting on its nose on a snow covered runway. It was raised by a cable attached to the bucket of a bulldozer/snowplough by which time the snow had gone from the runway."

"It was ferried to Winnipeg via Red Lake for repair on 19Apr98. When this had been completed it was ferried to Pickle Lake (on 05Jun98) and was returned to service."

Photos by Colin Carswell of Wasaya, Richard Church Collection.

The snow has cleared
C-FTTW in tow

C-GMAA Air Creebec A typical "Workhorse of the North" in the freight area at Sandy Lake. This is Air Creebec Cargo HS.748-214 Series 2A C-GMAA (c/n 1576).
C-GMAA came from Air Gabon (TR-LQY) and moved on to Wasaya Airways (C-GMAA).

CF-QBI Spirit of Grace Harbour DC3 CF-QBI "The Spirit of Harbour Grace"; photos 2007.
This aircraft (c/n 6179) was manufactured as a C-47 in 1943 by Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica and served with the USAF in North Africa. At the end of the war the C47 was used as a cargo aircraft by Resort Airlines, then later by Leeward Aeronautical Service and Lake Central Airlines. In 1951 the aircraft was bought by a Canadian company and modified to DC3 standard by Douglas.
Photos and text by Neville Webb © 2007.
Spitrit of Grace Harbour From 1953 until 1977, CF-QBI was flown by Quebec Air. In 1977 Mr. Roger Pike bought the aircraft for use on cargo flights between Stephenville and Goose Bay. In 1983 Mr. Pike became owner of of Labrador Airways Ltd., and based CF-QBI at Goose Bay for mail and freight flights. CF-QBI was retired in 1988 and in 1993 the aircraft was presented to the Town of Harbour Grace. The aircraft stands in a small park area adjacent to the road and some eighty metres from the shoreline.

CF-QBI whilst in service of Quebecair on Airliners.net
DC-3 in  Harbour Grace
Nice scenic setting
Harbour Grace airfield, psbly taken 1996 HARBOUR GRACE
The town of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, has played an important part in aviation history.
Between 1919 and 1936, the airstrip at Harbour Grace was used by early aviators as a take-off place or as a stop-over for transatlantic flights. A few weeks after the airstrip was completed, on 27Aug1927 the first transatlantic flight from Harbour Grace was made by William S. Brock piloting "The Pride of Detroit."
Other famous aviators who have used this famous airstrip include Wiley Post and Harold Gatty, Emelia Earhart, James Mollision, Kingsford Smith, and Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker.
Today, standing on this now quiet airstrip one can see white contrails of high flying jets that routinely cross the North Atlantic Ocean each day.
Amelia Earhart was here (a.o.)

A plaque at the airstrip, commemorates those early flights.

Remain of B-36 Neville lives nearby a B-36 (51-13721) crashsite, only some 3 hours driving. He has, over the years, invested much time in investigating these remains.
The picture is of an exhaust driven supercharger; the turbine blades cut through the thin casing during the crash event ..
Improved access (work road) see stuff moved and taken, 'soon' nothing will be left...?

B-36's figure in the Virtual Goleta Air and Space Museum: www.air-and-space.com, and on that website you see how Neville laid out what was where & how at the crashsite.

Dirk Septer wrote an item on about the B-36 crash on my page Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North

Neville wrote me about a 21Sep2018 re-visit.
RB-36H 51-13721 crashsite @Newfoundland
RB-36H 51-13721 crash summary: 'In bad weather and off course, at 4.10 am on March 18, 1953, RB-36H 51-13721
flew into a 896 foot high ridge above Nut Cove Newfoundland. The aircraft first struck a lower eastern ridge, the
port wing and port engines separating. The aircraft continued on impacting the front of the ridge at about the
810 foot level, forward momentum scattering wreckage on and over the ridge.'

RB-36H 51-13721 crashsite @Newfoundland
Neville wrote: "Beginning in 2001 to 2010 visits to the wreck site were made, allowed discovering more about the last moments of the flight also identifying and mapping wreck items. Pictures show the tail assembly in the valley area of the
crashsite, the port no. 1 piston engine and one of the paired port GE J47 jet engines."

Drone Overflight Videos Youtube, 12 September 2018
Burgoyne's Cove Newfoundland B36 crash site + close call with Eagle
Burgoyne’s Cove crash site #2

Crash report on Aviation Safety Network (ASN)

Memorial at Gander,NFL Following a refuelling stop at Gander on the morning of 12 December 1985, all 256 Americans on board the Air Arrow DC8 died when the aircraft plunged into the ground, shortly after lift-off and totally burned in the post crash fire...
The crash site is at the edge of Gander Lake, almost in-line with runway 22.
The 248 soldiers of the 3d Battalion, 502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and eight crew members were travelling from Sinai back to the U.S. for the X-mas holidays.
Gander crashsite
Turning off the Trans-Canada Highway, vistors can make a short drive to the edge of Gander Lake, to visit the Memorial. Photos taken around 1997 or 1998.
Accident details on Aviation Safety Network


Gander's aviation history goes back to 1937 when construction began on what would be at that time the largest civil airport in the world with four paved runways. On a great circle route, Gander was ideally placed for trans-Atlantic flights.
As the only operating airport in Atlantic and Maritime regions at the outbreak of war, Gander was strategically located as a staging base for the stream of military aircraft bound for Europe. In 1942 the Government of Newfoundland turned over the operation of the airport to the Government of Canada through the RCAF.
At war's end, Gander became the "Crossroads of the World" for transoceanic flights. However, the advent of the "jet age" adversely impacted air traffic, as jet aircraft now had the range to directly cross the Atlantic. During the 1980's carriers from Eastern Europe used the airport as a stopover on flights to the Americas such as Havana.
Today, Gander is used by heavy cargo carriers, corporate and private jets.


This aviation heritage museum is located in Gander, adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway,
and opened its new building on March 1996. Displays inside include a DH Tiger Moth, engines, aviation artefacts and memorabilia, including photographs and archives related to North Atlantic aviation and Gander in particular.
CF-GHX The tail section of this DC-3 is mounted over the main entrance, while the nose section of the aircraft is at the rear of the building.
Visitors can enter the cockpit from inside the museum.
The aircraft has Eastern Provincial Airlines markings (EPA).
DC-3 CF-GHX (c/n 11780).
From 'Flying the Frontiers Vol.III' by Shirlee Smith Matheson (subtitled 'Aviation Adventures Around the World'), the chapter 'The Merger of the Masters' has a quote by Chuck MacLaren (volunteer at Edmonton's Alberta Aviation Museum) when asked what his favourite aircraft he'd even been working on as a mecanic, was: CF-GHX.
I quote from that book-
"When I worked for Gunnar Nesbitt Aviation we changed 30 engines - all full time with 1.100 hours on each of them - on one DC-3", MacLaren says. That was CF-GHX. It flew from Edmonton to Uranium City, 365 trips a year. for 10 years!".
(Not sure if the following refers to CF-GHX from that book, but a fine tale nevertheless, quoting MacLaren)-
MacLaren reflects on adventures with the famous DC-3. "We used to land on the ice on Lake Athabasca where Gunnar Mines was, until we got the runway built.
On the last landing of the season, the 24th of May, one wheel went through the ice and it ended up on its wing, putting a three inch bend in the wing... We called for help. With the aid of 50 guys from the mine we picked it up and rolled it about 10 feet onto some planks on good ice. Then the pilots flew it home, with the bend in the wing and everything. The big gradual bend didn't seem to bother it any. It flew pretty straight. Our job when we got home was to reskin the top of the wing because the pressure had made little winkels between the rivets."

C-FCRP Canso C-FCRP (c/n CV-271)
This aircraft was manufactured by Consolidated Aircraft Company at San Diego, California and is powered by two Pratt and Whitney R-1830-92 engines. C-FCRP
This Canso was with Eastern Provincial Airways in Gander in 1958. In 1970 the aircraft was sold to the provincial government of Newfoundland Government and Labrador and served as a waterbomber for some twenty years! When replaced by the CL-215, this aircraft was donated to the Museum.

[The best book, in my humble opinion, to read up on the PBY Catalina / Canso is "Consolidated PBY Catalina, the Peacetime Record", written by David Legg (Airlife, 2001 ISBN 1 84037 276 1) -Webmaster]

Another photo of C-FCRP can be seen further down this page.

Beech 18S Beech 18S
This aircraft was manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation at Wichita, Kansas. It is on loan from the Gander Campus of College of the North Atlantic.

The c/n is A-710 (or CA-110, there seems to be 2 systems) and decorated with a false registration, C-FVPK. Source: OldProps.

"Twin Beech" on Wikipedia.
Hudson T9422 Lockheed Hudson T9422
This aircraft was displayed on a pedestal for many years, near the airport.
During World War II, the Hudson was the first of thousands of aircraft to stage through Gander en route to Europe.
On November 1940, the first ferry flight was made across the Atlantic of seven Hudson bombers, led by Captain D.C.T Bennett.
Lockheed Hudson on Wikipedia.


In 1991 the 'Banting Interpretation Center' was built following the airlifting in 1990 of the remains of Hudson T9449 from Seven Mile Pond (Banting Pond) to Banting Park, Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland.
Photos taken in 1997 or 1998.
Hudson T9449 On Friday the 21st of February 1941 Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of Insulin, died following the crash of Hudson T9449.

If you look carefully at the rear fuselage, it seems somebody has chopped out the large RAF roundel with an axe.
Hudson T9449
On Thursday 20Feb41, after being delayed by a blizzard, T9449 piloted by Captain J. Mackey, as part of a group of five Hudson aircraft, departed Gander at 1958 hours. About fifty miles NE of Gander and over the Atlantic, the oil supply to the starboard engine failed and the engine had to be shut down, but the prop failed to feather. After reversing course, heading back to Gander, the port engine also suffered an oil failure...
Mackey waited until he was sure T9449 was over land, then ordered the crew of navigator Flying Officer William Bird, the radio operator William Snailham, and passenger Banting to bail out.
Descending in darkness, pilot Mackey glided T9449 down to onto the edge of a frozen lake, hitting a tree with the port wing. Regaining consciousness, Mackey found that none of the others had bailed out! Snailham and Bird were killed in the crash. Banting had serious injuries and died the following day.
Mackey was not found until the following Monday by a searching aircraft.

[The book 'OCEAN BRIDGE, the history of RAF Ferry Command' (by Carl A.Christie) details this accident, as well as the building of Gander and Goose Bay airports and is recommended reading in my opinion (though rather overflowing with details)- Webmaster]

DC-4 OO-CBG crashsite SABENA DC4-1009, OO-CBG (c/n 42986).
On 18th September 1946, on a flight from Brussels to New York, OO-CBG crashed while descending through low cloud into a densely wooded area (600 feet ASL ) 22 miles SW of Gander (500 feet ASL).
The aircraft was due to land at Gander for a refuelling stop. At that time it was the world's worst aviation accident with 21 of 37 passengers (and 6 of 7 crew) killed.
Way out in the woods The accident is notable for the help given to the survivors by two local trappers, who were first at the scene, the efforts made by rescuers to get the survivors out, and the first (important) use of two helicopters to rescue survivors.
It was concluded that the pilot in command was carrying out an inappropriate approach with respect to the weather, neglected the strong NNE wind, and likely did not know the aircraft's position relative to the airport. The command pilot requested QFE (height above ground) which was given by the controller as 29.88. At the crash site, the pilot's and navigator's altimeters were found set respectively to 29.40 and 29.90.
Another possible contributing cause was a misunderstanding between the pilots of the aircraft's height above ground and actual ASL.
Following the crash, a gravesite was established at the site of the crash. The gravesite is called St. Martin in the Woods.

This website also details the crash and subsequent rescue: www.zianet.com/tmorris/GanderRescue.html
Report on Aviation Safety Network (ASN).

In Dec.2009 Neville sent another batch of photos to add on this webpage.
To start with: deHavilland DHC-3 otter CF-QOS (c/n 398) of Gander Aviation. Neville thought he'd taken this photo in 1973, at St.John's.
CF-QOS Gander Aviation

The authority on the DHC-3 Otter is Karl E. Hayes, who published a monograph on this 'Skytruck of the Bush'. I quote from his work (abbreviated):
DHC-3 Otter c/n 398 was delivered to the RCAF on 31Oct1960 with serial 9418. It was allocated to 418 Squadron, Namao. It sustained 'B' category damage on 14Sep1961 in the course of a training flight. On landing back at base at Namao, the student levelled off too high and stalled in. The heavy landing badly damaged the landing gear.
The Otter was trucked to the Canadian Pacific Airlines depot at Lincoln Park, Calgary for repair, where it arrived on 29Sep1961. After repair it was re-issued to 418 Squadron, Namao on 11Jan62. During 1963 it was involved in two SAR missions, in February '63 for Howard DGA N58856 and in September '63 for Cessna 175 CF-LBF. On both of these missions it 501 flew alongside 418 Squadron Otter 9417 (396). It continued flying for 418 Squadron until it met with another 'B' category crash on the airbase at Namao on 15Oct67.
That accident ended its RCAF career, during which it had flown 2,127 hours.

The damaged Otter was put into storage at Namao and in Sep68 was moved to the Mountain View depot in Ontario and put up for disposal, in its damaged condition, through the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

It was one of three damaged Otters sold on 08Feb71 to Gander Aviation Ltd of Gander, Newfoundland.
The 3 aircraft were trucked from Mountain View to Weston Aircraft Ltd, Oshawa, Ontario where they were rebuilt for Gander Aviation. On 13May71, as the rebuilds were in progress, marks were allocated for the three Otters, CF-QOQ (46) ex 3685, CF-QOR (375) ex 9409 and CF-QOS (398) ex 9418. Two of the aircraft, QOQ and QOR, were sold on but QOS was registered to Gander Aviation Ltd in June 1971, intended for operation by the company.
On 03Jul71 William Bennett, the owner of Gander Aviation, performed a test flight at Oshawa in QOS, and on 06Jul71 he flew the Otter to Carp, Ontario where Bristol amphibious floats were fitted. On 08Jul71 he set off on the Otter's delivery flight, routing that day from Carp to Fredericton, New Brunswick and the following day via Charlottetown to Gander, CF-QOS then entered service with Gander Aviation Ltd.

The Otter was used for general charter work around both the island of Newfoundland and in mainland Labrador. It also supported outpost fishing camps in Labrador, at Michael River and Sand Hill River. It was used to fly freight and personnel to Baie d'Espoire, Newfoundland where a power station was being built. Another task was to bring patients in from outlying nursing stations to St.Johns. It was on such a flight that QOS crashed on landing at St.Johns on 11Jan72.
The Otter was flying under charter to the Department of Health. There were seven souls on board, including two pilots and a medical attendant. Two stretcher patients had been picked up at Burgeo, and two more at Harbour Breton. The Otter landed 300 feet short of runway 29 at the St.Johns IAP, shortly after 5pm that afternoon. The accident report cited as a factor the pilot's lack of familiarity with the aircraft. The Otter came down on rough gravel and was badly damaged, although no one was injured. The ambulances which had been waiting at the airport for the arriving patients drove to the scene and were able to take the patients to hospital.
The Otter was shipped to Montreal for repair, after which it returned to Gander and continued in service with Gander Aviation until August 1974. It had flown 1,304 hours while in service with Gander Aviation.
It then went to the mainland for structural modifications before being sold to Direquair Inc of Chibougamau, Quebec in 1975, registered C-FQOS. It was based at Lac Cache and served alongside the company's other two Otters C-FDIO (452) and C-FAPQ (201). There was a change of name to Air Mistassini Inc in 1981. The following year, Air Mistassini went bankrupt and the Otters were lying at Lac Cache for a time. QOS was sold to Air Melancon Inc of St.Anne du Lac, Quebec to whom it was registered in August 1983. It was to fly for Air Melancon for many years and in 1992 was converted to a Vazar turbo Otter.

C-FQOS continued in service with Air Melancon until June 1998, when it was sold to Labrador Airways Ltd, trading as Air Labrador and moved to its new base at Goose Bay. The owners of Air Labrador had an associated company called Tamalik Air, used primarily to support hunting and fishing camps, and QOS was assigned to Tamalik Air and painted in its striking red overall colour scheme. When not flying for Tamalik Air, it flew as part of the Air Labrador fleet. For example, during April 2001 it was heavily tasked flying fuel in barrels and groceries from Goose Bay to Border 502 Beacon as the native Innu were moving there from Davis Inlet.
QOS continued flying for Air Labrador/Tamalik Air until an accident on 12Sep2001, which occurred as the Otter was taking off from Otter Creek at Goose Bay en route to a fishing lodge. The pilot reported he was in climb mode when the aircraft pitched forward and then nosed up before entering an uncontrollable nose-down descent, although it did not exhibit characteristics normally associated with an aerodynamic stall. It impacted the water hard, resulting in structural failure of the float supports and extensive damage to the fuselage. “Lab Air 911”, a Twin Otter medevac flight bound for Nain witnessed the incident and raised the alarm. The pilot and three passengers were rescued by boat, but QOS sank in 55 feet of water. It was raised up, and the wreck sold to aircraft dealer Glen W.Ernst of Temecula, California.

The Otter somewhat disappeared from view until July 2007 when during a visit to the Kenai Airport in Alaska it was noted in a hangar there under rebuild.
By Jan.2010 I could find no reference that the rebuild had been completed or for whom.

Lockheed L.188 Electra of Nordair's Ice Patrol
Lockheed L.188 Electra of Nordair's Ice Patrol
Lockheed L.188 Electra of Nordair's Ice Patrol

On above images Neville wrote:
"Seen at Gander: NORDAIR's Lockheed Electra L-188CF assigned to a Canadian Government contract, the socalled ICE PATROL assignment.
Here is a useful link: http://www.al-airliners.be/k-o/nordair/nordair.htm, which also include the following reevant information:
'...... DC-4 aircraft were replaced in 1972 by two Lockheed Electra (L-188C) aircraft, CF-NAY and CF-NAZ (renamed CF-NDZ following an accident in 1977). The Electra aircraft were owned and operated by Nordair Limited of Montreal.'
I don't know the registration number of this L.188 Electra."

Steve Woolfrey followed this up (Nov.2010) with the following update and recommended links for further research:
"CF-NAZ was re-registered as C-GNDZ in 1978 when rebuilt following severe damage sustained in an incident with CAF 10737, Argus - Mar 31 '77.

This is a story reprinted in Charlottetown Guardian:

This is a link to a Summerside newspaper image of the Electra - after:
http://media.photobucket.com/image/argus%20summerside/iceobs/ElectraAccident.jpg?o=1 "
Shows a slightly larger version of this image:
CF-NAZ severely damaged
I include this pic for in Feb.2014 I received following challenging email from Ken Pickford, who wrote:

"In connection with the Nordair Lockheed L-188 photos and related information, I question the accuracy of the following statement:
"...CF-NAZ (renamed CF-NDZ following an accident in 1977)."  (Neville Webb)

"All information I can find indicates that CF-NAZ was written off after the accident. I can find nothing to indicate that it was rebuilt and re-registered. And if you look at the photo of the damaged L-188 from a newspaper report of the accident, it is hard to believe that aircraft would have (or could have) been repaired." -Ken Pickford

Since the newspaper photo supports Ken's statement that it was unlikely that this wreck was rebuilt I investigated further.
To start: details of the accident are to be found on the aviation-safety.net/database/ : 'CF-NAZ 31mar77 A landing Canadian Armed Forces Canadair CP-107 Argus (serial 10737, c/n 28), crashed into the Electra. All three crewmembers aboard the Argus were killed.'

An online database also confirmed CF-NAZ c/n 1132 written off after this accident: rzjets.net/aircraft/?typeid=149

That same database offers the history of L.188 c/n 1111:
As N128US del'd 12Oct59 – nov71 Northwest AL, lsd Jul72-Jul74 Air Holiday N128US, lsd Air Florida N25AF
C-GNDZ regd Feb78 Nordair Canada, [enter period with 'Ice Reconnaissance' -Webmaster]
merged jan87 CP Air, merged apr87 Canadian Airlines Intl, to
9Q-CRY apr92 for New ACS, w/o aug92 dbr. NOTE: no note of repair or rebuilding!

Then I found the details on ATDB.Aero database (www.aerotransport.org):
CF-NAZ: Destroyed 31/03/77 at YSU (hit by RCAF CL-28 10737, wreck used to rebuild C-GNDZ c/n 1111).
And on
C-GNDZ c/n 1111: Nordair ex Air Florida –rebuilt by AJI with front fuselage from CF-NAZ c/n 1132, opf Canadian Dept of Environment/Ice Reconnaissance.

Then I asked myself why? Why was the front fuselage required for rebuilding C-GNDZ, surely it was CF-NAZ that was damaged?! Perhaps the term 'rebuilding' contributes to the confusion, perhaps 'modifications' should be used (as well). The answer can be found here:
History of Ice Reconnaissance:
"The DC-4 aircraft were replaced in 1972 by two Lockheed Electra (L-188C) aircraft, CF-NAY and CF-NAZ (renamed C-GNDZ following an accident in 1977). The Electra aircraft were owned and operated by Nordair Limited of Montreal.
The first Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) used for ice reconnaissance was installed on C-GNDZ in 1978.

Canso airtanker NFL 5
Canso Water Bomber in 1973, of the Newfoundland Forestry Service. Taken at St John's Airport (Industrial Side).

By the website Warbirdregistry.org I was able to identify Tanker #5 as C-FNJC (c/n CV-430). This website offered the following history:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-33929.
Eastern Provincial Airways, Gander, Newfoundland, 1965. Registered as CF-NJC.
Province of Newfoundland & Labrador, St. Johns, 1970-1992 (Reg'd as C-FNJC in 1985). Flew as tanker #5. /End Quote,
Air Britain Photographic Images Collection has a photo of C-FNJC as tanker#701.
My files show this Canso OA-10A (ex/BuN 67893) as anno May08 stored in a hangar at Goose Bay, awaiting preservation. Updates welcomed! Email

Registration C-FNJC was officially cancelled on 17Dec09, as permanently retired ('wfu') and is to be preserved. (Aviation Letter 518, jan.2010)


Neville shared these photographs with me in Nov.2017

Airspeed Oxford
Airspeed Oxford, with titles 'The Noon & Pearce Organisation' (?) and 'Airspeed' t/t on the fuselage.
Neville took this picture at Nairobi´s Wilson Airport, approx 1961.
With part of the registration under the lh-wing readable (RMU or KMU?) , I found a good match on
this website britishaviation-ptp.com/airspeed_as10.html#Export for VP-KMU, ex/ V3889. A considerable
amount of aircraft were converted from military AS.10 (post WW2) to civil use.
Wikipedia has a good list of Oxford variants. I could not place The Noon & Pearce Organisation.

PBY-5A, Province of Newfoundland - waterbomber
Canso A at North Atlantic Aviation Museum (@Gander; no date specified).
'Forest Service': a waterbomber of Province of Newfoundland
Identified through Wikipedia: List of Catalinas as Canso A C-FCRP (c/n 9837)
It was replaced with Newfoundland & Labrador Air Services Division in airtanker role by CL-215 aircraft and
subsequently donated donated to the museum. Its history is described further up this page.

Dragon Rrapide G-AHJS at Lasham1967 in 1967, by Neville Webb.jpg
deHavilland Dragon Rapide G-AHJS at Lasham (UK) in 1966, by Neville Webb
Note the Bristol Freighter in the background!

Neville wrote: "I took this photograph at Lasham airfield in 1966. This aircraft has an interesting history!
One aviation website reports the aircraft being abandoned at Blackbushe airfield, from 1966 till 1973.
However, at one time 'JS evidently flew to Lasham!
Note the '3 Counties Aero Club' lettering barely visible on fuselage.
Besides that Bristol Freighter there was an Avro York nearby. That was an interesting afternoon at Lasham, a time when one could just drive into and around a large airfield!
I did take a few more pictures (of a DC-7B), but I spent more time at a nearby aircraft scrap area (now gone,btw)"

DC-7 G-ATAB at Lasham (1966) by Neville Webb
DC-7 G-ATAB (c/n 45361) at Lasham (1966) by Neville Webb
Neville: "Just after having moved away from the aircraft, a vehicle rolled up, crew got aboard, very quickly
started the engines and ATAB taxied out for take off!"

DC-7 G-ATAB at Lasham (1966) by Neville Webb
Neville:"The aircraft is not in standard DAN AIR finish, so must have been just bought."

C/n 45361 was first delivered to United Air Lines (N6348C), then flew for Transmeridian Air Cargo (TMA; as
G-ATAB, being converted to DC-7B in Dec.'60) and Dan-Air London was 3rd and last.
G-ATAB was scrapped at Lasham (EGHL) in 1973. [ATDB.aero]
and interesting story on the tailfin logo: abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1010430


Neville Webb sent me these in Jan.2018

Ukrainian Air Alliance!  Wednesday 31 January 2018

Neville wrote me:".... last week [26 Jan?] passed by St. John's Airport YYT and noticed two Antonov An-12BK transport aircraft  UR-CAK and UR-CAJ  of Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA) at the Irving Aviation ramp!
Both aircraft with rear gun turret [windows fared over] and gun housing still in place!
UR-CAJ was unloading cargo.  
Both these planes were built in the 1960s and fly world wide.

Three DHC-8 aircraft were also parked on the ramp including Bahamasair (!) DeHavilland Canada DHC-8-314 Dash 8-300 aircraft: C6-BFP (ex/ C-GFHZ, OE-LLW, N394DC, G-JEDA, N994DC) and another one cocooned in blue
wrapping with the tailplane removed.
A bitterly cold day it was, so cold three sets of batteries lost their charge...
Pictures taken by holding camera against mesh fencing and hoping...

1. Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA):
 www.uaa-avia.com/en  Home page provides details of both aircraft

2. Bahamasair C6-BFP-300:

3. Irving Aviation, FBO Services:



Neville Webb wrote me in Dec.2019: "This year saw me attending local COPA meetings, a flight [co-pilot!] to Harbour Grace airstrip (famous for Trans-Atlantic flights in the 1930's).
Of interest was a visit to a Hawker Hurricane crash site, though very little remains. And the opportunity to photograph the remains of a RCAF Liberator GR.V 586, slowly being reconstructed here (shipped from Goose Bay).

Hawker Hurricane crashsite, Newfoundland
RCAF Hawker Hurricane 1359 crashed near Cochrane Pond, Newfoundland, on 15 October 1942.

Hawker Hurricane crashsite, Newfoundland

Hawker Hurricane crashsite, Newfoundland

Neville: "The engine failed, possibly from a glycol leak, while returning from a dusk patrol.
Flight Sergeant J.W. Gilmartin successfully bailed out and a while after landing met up with William Linegar, who saw the crashing aircraft from near by Cochrane Pond.​
Hurricane 1359 was built by Canadian Car and Foundry [CAF] in Fort William, Ontario.​
Over time the wreck site was forgotten until recently rediscovered a few years ago by a local logging crew. ​ Talking recently with a logger I was told his father also seeing the aircraft, crashing and on fire, when it skidded across a bog ending up in nearby tree line."

Hawker Hurricane crashsite, Newfoundland
The crash site has been scavenged, so very little remains of the wreck onsite. ​

Hawker Hurricane crashsite, Newfoundland

​"Recognizable are sections of the tubular nose structure, heavily rusted sections of the tubular main spar and its attachment fittings. Other items include the bent (Packard) Merlin crankshaft c/w connecting rods, propeller reduction gear, a nearby cylinder sleeve liner, a small section of wing flap and the top sheet metal fairing (behind the cockpit)."
Area of Crash: www.google.com/maps/..
Canadian Hawker Hurricanes: torontoaviationhistory.com/authors/canadian-hurricanes/
Queen of the Hurricanes: Elizabeth 'Elsie' Muriel Gregory MacGill


Neville wrote in Sep.2020: "Photo of Self: That was taken late on the same day after the B-24 site visit at the
North American Aviation Museum (further down) by the fellow who guided us to the B-24 site. He is on the
Museum Board and gave us an after-hours tour of the Museum and inside the Hudson."
Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck

Hudson BW769 @North Atlantic Aviation Museum (NFL, 2020)
The Hudson 'T9422' needs inside restoration. northatlanticaviationmuseum.com/our-hudson-bomber/
Museum Citation: '.... flying the Hudson to Gander on May 17, 1967. Once in Gander the Hudson was mounted on a pedestal near the airport. In 1990, volunteers at Gander’s 103 Rescue Unit refurbished the BW769 and painted it as T9422 to commemorate the historic flight of D.C.T. Bennett of 1940. The aircraft was also used in the filming of the mini-series 'Above and Beyond' (2006), which tells the story of the Atlantic Ferry Command. Note: D.C.T Bennet led the first flight of 6 Hudson aircraft across the Atlantic, departing on 10Nov1940, the beginning of Ferry Command.'

Neville wrote in Sep.2020: "Three of us were guided to a crash site, of USAF Eagle Radar B-24 @GANDER (12Sep20), which covers a 330-metre diameter area; an opportunity to walk around the site, study aircraft items and take photos.
This B-24 was equipped with a 3 cm radar and en route to UK.
B-24 44-42169 crashed 14Feb1945 14 miles NE of Gander. The aircraft was not found until 15Mar45.

Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck

Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck
"A most interesting day. Signs of black bears [poop] were seen by a colleague!"

Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck
Upper part of left stabilizer with aircraft number and tail-light.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California.
At its inception, the B-24 was a modern design featuring a highly efficient shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. The wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load.

Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine.
In comparison with its contemporaries, the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low-speed perfor-mance; it also had a lower ceiling and was less robust than the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
At approximately 18.500 units – including 8.685 manufactured by Ford Motor Company – it holds records as the world's most produced bomber, heavy bomber, multi-engine aircraft, and American military aircraft in history.

The B-24 was used extensively in World War II.
It served in every branch of the American armed forces as well as several Allied air forces and navies. It saw use in every theater of operations. Along with the B-17, the B-24 was the mainstay of the US strategic bombing campaign in the Western European theater.

Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck
Propeller reduction bevel gears.

Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck
Front section Pratt & Whitney B-24 turbo-supercharged engine.

Neville Webb at B-24 44-42169 wreck
Turbo-supercharger: the forward part is at the bottom of photo.

Neville wrote me 02May21: "Had enjoyable flying experience week ago. A flight to check the grass airstrip at Harbour Grace [not landed], followed by a landing on Bell Island.
The photo of Twin Otter C-GIED of Air Borealis was taken 25Apr21 at YYT, the industrial side of the airport."

DHC-6 Twin Otter C-GIED at YYT, by Neville Webb
St. John's International Airport (IATA: YYT, ICAO: CYYT) is in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Neville wrote: "As you noted, this aircraft has a varied ownership history, now operates a 'courier service' Labrador, Air Borealis. The hanger is used by Provincial Airlines (PAL); also, work is done there to scrap aircraft that have reached lifetime hours."

A bit on De Havilland Canada (Viking Air) DHC-6-300 c/n 600 from twinotterarchive.com- mfr 1978,
previous identities N601KC • HI-685CA • HI-685CT • N612BA • TJ-SAD • N604NA
C-GIED was first reg'd to Provincial Airlines of St Johns, NFL (Based Goose Bay) on 12Jun08.
In 2017 xfrd to Air Borealis Ltd. (PAL Airlines Ltd, dba). And (as C-GIED) reg'd to Air Borealis Limited Partnership, dba Air Borealis Inc., Goose Bay, NFL. 19Nov2019.

Neville and his plane on Bell Island
Neville at Bell Island, with Avsport Skyranger C-GXVC (mfd by Bryan Hood {Amateur Built Aircraft}, c/n 773).

Neville flying
"A surprise flight last tuesday Feb. 22nd. The other pilot took photos while flying off NE Avalon coast,
past Petty Harbour and over Cape Spear. Last time the aircraft flew was Dec. 26th !
One gets a 'twitchy feelings' flying away from land!"


Neville sent in these in June 2021: "I attached two interesting planes, both photos taken at Shoreham;
I recall in either 1965 or 1966."
Reid & Sigrist RS4, G-AGOS - by Neville Webb (1966)
'Kemp's Aerial Surveys Ltd'
'Reid & Sigrist RS4 Desford/Bobsleigh G-AGOS - converted for Prone Piloting Trails, now restored to flight status."

The Reid and Sigrist R.S.3 Desford was a British twin-engined, three-seat advanced trainer developed in the Second World War for postwar use.
Although the R.S.3 was evaluated as a trainer, the type never entered production and was eventually rebuilt as the R.S.4 Bobsleigh as an experimental aircraft with the pilot in a prone position, seen as advantageous in minimising
G-force effects in fighters.

Miles Messenger G-AKDF, by Neville Webb (1966)
Miles Messenger G-AKDF, by Neville Webb (Shoreham, 1965-66)


Neville wrote: 'Returning from a local early evening flight on 09Sep21, Antonov AN-12BP UR-CGW (UKRAINE AIR ALLIANCE / Meridian Avio Argo) followed in behind us and taxied to a far corner of St. John's Int'l Airport.'
An-12 UR-CGW (c/n 402410) at St. John's - by Neville Webb
An-12 UR-CGW (c/n 402410) at St. John's - photos by Neville Webb

Neville: 'The sun was setting, on leaving the airport I saw a wonderful photo opportunity.
To get close we backed the truck up against a chain-link fence, barbed-wire top, climbed into the truck bed and took some photos over the fence. Too good a photo opportunity to ignore!
A coach took crew likely to PAL Aviation Services, then returned crew to the aircraft; then a customs vehicle arrived.
The crew wore parachute harness.
UR-CGW is Chemical Spray aircraft, travels worldwide: Mexico, Africa, et cetera.
Note the underwing (retractable) chemical spray nozzle between No.3 engine and fuselage.'

An-12 UR-CGW (c/n 402410) at St. John's - by Neville Webb
History of An-12 c/n 402410 by ATDB.aero


The Queen's Flight DH Heron, XM295 (ca.1959)
Queen's Flight DH Heron! 29 August by Neville Webb
Neville wrote: 'Here is a photo of the arrival of a Royal Air Force deHavilland 114 Heron C.4 XM295 of the Queen's Flight. It brought the Queen Mother Elizabeth to the Royal Radar Establishment airfield at Pershore,
as I recall, in early 1959. Most of the flight line crew were on hand to see the Queen Mother, many of the
hanger workers too. The Queen Mother turned and gave all of us a lovely smile. Bought a photo of each of
these moments, likely taken by the Station photographer. Photo courtesy of Unnamed Photographer.'


Neville wrote: "Last Friday May 20th (2022) flew across to Harbour Grace.
Once in a while an eventful and memorable day comes alon: ninety years ago. on 20May1932, Emelia Earhart departed Harbour Grace NFL to make the first Woman solo flight across North Atlantic!
[CBC NEWS REPORT NL:] '90 years after her transatlantic flight, Amelia Earhart celebrated as trailblazer: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/amelia-earhart
Dignitaries were present, and an Emelia Earhart re-enactor.
And also Dr. Wyatt, one of the last — possibly the very last — living spectator who was present in Harbour Grace on that day in 1932!"

90 years ago: Aerhart on 1st woman N.Atlantic solo flight
90 years after her transatlantic flight, Amelia Earhart is celebrated as trailblazer

Perhaps also of interest: Women in Aviation: Ninety-Nines: www.ninety-nines.org/our-history
The Ninety Nines
'The Ninety-Nines promote aviation for young women through education, scholarships and mentorship.
Member Judy Cameron, a retired pilot, is something of a trailblazer herself, she was Air Canada's first woman pilot, hired in 1978.'


Neville sent me these photos (29Aug22), taken by his son Robert, while he retured this week from a
short fishing trip in Labrador.
DHC-2 C-FODB by Neville Webb at Igloo Lake
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, C-FODB (c/n 113) by Neville Webb at Igloo Lake, Labrador.

DHC-2 C-FODB by Neville Webb at Igloo Lake
The front office of C-FODB.

Info about its history, by Neil Aird's fabulous DHC-2 website:
C/n 113
Certificate of airworthiness #3446 issued 03-Apr-1951.
• CF-ODB Province of Ontario Department of Lands and Forests, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Certificate of registration #10029 issued 03-Apr-1951. Delivered 30-May-1951 and operated until 1964.
Based 1954-1955 Chapleau
• CF-ODB Calm Air International Ltd., Lynn Lake, MB. Canx prior to c of a dated 13-Dec-1976.
• CF-ODB Leuenberger Air Service, Nakina, ON. Regd prior to c of a dated 13-Dec-1976.
Accident: Nakina Airport, Ontario, 17-Dec-1977. Aircraft slid off runway and substantially damaged.
• CF-ODB Watson’s Algoma Vacations Ltd., Wawa, ON. Regd prior to C of A dated 22-Dec 1978.
• CF-ODB Springer Aerospace, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Dates currently unknown.
• C-FODB Wawa Air Services Ltd., Wawa, ON. On CCAR for May-1981. Canx 24-May-1983.
• C-FODB Cranson Lake Air Services, Chapeau, QC. Canx 05-Dec-1984
• C-FODB Frederick Murphy Holdings Inc., Pembroke, ON. Canx 28-Jan-1985.
• C-FODB Cranson Lake Airways Ltd., Chapleau, Quebec. Canx 01-May-1986.
• C-FODB Donald M. Dunn (Madawaska Valley Air Service), Blackfish Bay / Kaminiseg Lake, ON. Regd 18-Oct-1988. Canx 20-Jul-1993.
Noted at Arnprior, Ontario 29-April-1992 undergoing maintenance, minus tail stabilisers
• C-FODB Dietmar Harold Zschogner (Parry Sound Air Service), McKellar, ON. Regd 05-Oct-1993. Canx 31-Mar-1994.
• C-FODB Parry Sound Air Service Inc., (Dietmar Harold Zschogner) McKellar, ON. Regd 31-Mar-1994. Canx 23-Jun-1999. Operating for Lady Grey Lake Outfitters, Fort Smith, NT.
• C-FODB 30,000 Island Air Ltd., Parry Sound, ON. Regd 23-Jun-1999. Canx 08-Feb-2000. Also flying for 1,000 Island Air Ltd., Gananoque, ON.
• C-FODB Parry Sound Air Service Inc., McKellar, ON. Regd 08-Feb-2000. Canx 29-May-2000.
• C-FODB North Eastern Sky Services Ltd., Mt. Pearl, NFLD. Regd 29-May-2000. Canx 31-Aug-2005, Re regd. 02-Sep-2005. "Amanda".






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