Tuesday, September 20, 2022


Yesterday I changed my header photo for something more suitable for the autumn. It was taken last year on the grounds at Rideau Hall.

Suspended above the other training planes of the Second World War is this, the Fairchild PT-26B Cornell III.

Below is the biplane Tiger Moth, an elementary training plane. You'd graduate from these to the Harvards before you'd get into a combat plane.

The war passed. Aviation continued to evolve. And in a country as vast as Canada, with much of its interior only accessible by plane, the bushplane became an essential part of the country.

This is a Bellanca Pacemaker, a relative rarity, but not too different from contemporary bushplanes.

The Junkers W34 is another rarity, but some, like this one, saw service in Canada's north.

Here we have the Fairchild FC-2W2, another workhorse transport plane.


  1. Interesting. We don't need these planes in our small country.

  2. Bush planes are almost symbolic with Canada.

  3. ...a few years ago we took a flight in a floatplane in the Adirondack to see the fall foliage.

  4. The bush planes were very important for Canada! Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. Beautiful blog header. Interesting exhibits.

  6. Love the new header photo, and enjoying this lesson in aviation.

  7. Te ha quedado muy bien la cabecera del blog.
    Buen reportaje, sobre esos aviones.

  8. @Italiafinlandia: and so much of it.

    @Jan: that you would not.

    @David: very much so.

    @Tom: there's an experience.

    @Eileen: they were indeed.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Marie: it was time.

    @Gemel: thanks.

    @Ventana: thank you.

  9. Most days I see float planes flying towards the Island airport. Probably coming from a rich cottage up north.

  10. I really like your new header. Bush planes were a type all to themselves.

  11. Great bush plane display and photos ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Ex[;pres.
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Here trees are still green, thankfully.
    I do believe we have a similar model as the Tiger Moth in our kitchen at the ceiling (wood only).

  13. If I had a plane, I think I'd like a yellow one. (Maybe NOT if I was a war pilot!)

  14. I once flew in a little 4 seat airplane from Rome to Sicily the pilote was in a hurry for supper I guess anyway the plane flew up and down and the business man besides me was sick ! I have to say I was 22 and flew for the first time ! But I wasn't sick and didn't fear the holes in the air !

  15. @RedPat: no doubt.

    @Red: they're planes with character.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Iris: still green here too.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jeanie: obviously not!

    @Gattina: I've not been in one that size.

  16. Thta’s an appropriate header. I once had colours and headers on my blog but then reverted to a very plain look. It’s been that way for years now.

    I once read a novel about a bush pilot and kind of wanted to become one. We lived near a flying school, and I would visit. But I was young, and so it never happened, and then we moved to nowhere near any sort of airport.

  17. Love the new (seasonal!) header...where someone came through with a leaf blower, and cleared the path and put all the leaves in a neat circle under that tree! Wonder how long that lasted with more leaves and winds to follow.