Saturday, March 30, 2019

Small And Larger Planes

This is a Noorduyn Norseman VI, a Canadian designed workhorse of a plane well suited to northern climates. It dates to 1943.

The De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a mainstay of Canadian bush planes, reliable and adaptable for taking off and landing on water, land, or snow. This one dates to 1947.

The Stinson SR Reliant is this one. First manufactured in 1933, it fits the purpose of bush flying quite well.

A display had a model of an airship. The R-100 was one of two dirigibles built as part of a concept for travel across the British empire. The R-100 successfully made a trans-Atlantic crossing to Montreal in 1930 with 44 crew and passengers. Its partner, the R-101, met a bad end in northern France later that year while starting out on a trip to India, crashing and bursting into flame. Of the 54 aboard, only 6 survived. The idea of a fleet of British airships ended with it.

More planes. Overhead is an ornithoper, the Snowbird, a human powered craft made by University of Toronto graduate students and flown in 2010 at Tottenham, Ontario. It was a flight of only nineteen seconds, but it made headlines around the world for proving that human power could fly in and of itself. The ultra light craft now has its home here. Below it is a Cessna 150, which is used for short talks during the day, with chairs set up around it.

Across from them is a set of engines mounted into the wall displays.

Here we have a look back at the Cessna.

Moving on to something bigger. This is the Boeing 247D. A passenger plane introduced in 1933, the 247 showed the direction that passenger planes were to take. This is one of only four complete models left in existence.


  1. Shame about the demise of the airships. Floating in the sky seems like fun.

  2. These are great inventions of men. I wonder how it feels being in a airship.

  3. There are so many planes. They are beautiful and colorful. How long were you there?

  4. Another interesting and well-photographed series. They've been experimenting with airships recently at Cardington in Bedfordshire, just a few miles from me, though I haven't heard much about the project lately.

  5. The power to fly .... what a wonderful joy!
    I love them all!!!

  6. ...William, this wonderful collection keeps on going!

  7. This is a great series, thank you William :) Must have been amazing to experience flight in one of these beautiful airplanes.

  8. love the yellow. what awesome planes. so cool!! ( ;

  9. @Joan: I agree.

    @Nancy: me too.

    @Italiafinlandia: they do.

    @Janis: more than three hours.

    @John: it is a different way of traveling.

    @Ella: thanks!

    @Tom: and going.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

  10. Hello, wonderful collection of airplanes. Enjoy your day!

  11. As a skydiver, I jumped from many Twin Otter aircraft, which are the workhorse of current cargo planes. The Cessna, too, is popular for this activity.

  12. Such a history! I wonder what the future airplanes will look like.

  13. Flew on Norseman and Beavers in the 70's. You may not have been comfortable but you were safe.

  14. Neat photos. Planes are fascinating. Flying in one of those small prop planes is fun, especially feeling the ground when it safely lands. :)

  15. So many planes and a lot of history along with them.

  16. Awesome post of small and larger planes ~

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. @Beth: thanks!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @DJan: I've never skydived, but I should do so.

    @Sandi: unrecognizable to us now, I expect.

    @RedPat: it is!

    @Red: that doesn't surprise me.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Iris: definitely!

    @Maywyn: hah!

    @Happyone: indeed.

    @Carol: thank you!

  18. I am amazed at the number of planes they have in this museum. Your photos are fantastic, William.

  19. I'm rather fond of that yellow one. No one is going to run into it, that's for sure! And it looks like daffodils and spring!

  20. Don’t know if I’d have had enough courage for a ride in a dirigible.

  21. There is a Boeing museum at its headquarters in Seattle. I've not been but hear it's worthwhile. I wonder if a 247D may be found there.

  22. This has been (is) a wonderful series William, It amazes me the sheer number of planes within the museum.

    All the best Jan

  23. @Bill: thank you.

    @Jan: I agree.

    @Jeanie: quite true!

    @Marie: I'd wonder what it would be like.

    @Kay: it wouldn't surprise me.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jan: it's quite a collection.