Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Opening Up The Interior

 Here we have a reproduction of the Curtiss HS-2L, another flying boat that was Canada's first bush plane. This reproduction is the only complete version of the plane in the world.

Next to it is the hull of the original plane it's based on, recovered from the lake in northern Ontario it crashed into.

Here we have the Norseman, a bush plane well suited to the vastness of the Canadian interior. It's planes like this that opened up isolated communities for regular contact- which remains today, as much of the country is only accessible by air.

I stepped back a bit in time by coming back to this. The Bobel-Morane is a 1910 innovation, a light monoplane. This is the last surviving model of the plane in the world today.


  1. It takes some courage to step onto such a machine...😄

  2. Tough job being a pilot back then, that's for sure.

  3. A wonderful collection of planes. Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. Thank goodness for planes to reach hard to reach inaccessible places in some countries.

  5. Debe ser muy valiosa, esa reproducción , por ser la única que hay en el mundo.
    Muy buen reportaje.

  6. Such engineering marvels...the earliest made by people who probably didn't go to school to learn how aviation would work.

  7. So interesting, William. They have wonderful displays.

  8. @Italiafinlandia: it would.

    @Stefan: definitely.

    @Iris: I think so.

    @Gemel: they are.

    @Eileen: thanks!

  9. @Sami: it's the only way to this day.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Tom: very much so.

    @Barbara: that is true.

    @RedPat: they do.

  10. The thought of those open aircraft scares me.

  11. What a fascinating selection of flying machines.

  12. I spent many hours flying in the Norseman. Nothing fancy on them. Just a good solid airplane.

  13. Nice combination of the original boat and the reproduction of the Curtiss HS-2L.

  14. @Marie: I find them fascinating.

    @Sharon: it's a good collection.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Red: a good solid airplane is what you need.

    @Jan: it's a good idea having them side by side.

  15. This museum must be huge! Your photos of the planes are excellent.

  16. They do have a pleasing design. I think I would spend ages in this museum doing depth of field photographs

  17. I can't make up my mind about the barnstormers (in the previous post) whether they were brave or foolhardy (or both I guess) to do those stunts just for people's entertainment. But then the bush pilots (maybe the same people?) did something wonderful by opening the world to those isolated communities. True for Alaska and probably other parts of our west too maybe.

  18. Another very enjoyable post William!

  19. Great post and photos ~ a flying boat ~ !

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

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. The boat planes are fascinating:)

  21. @Jeanie: it is a big building.

    @Roentare: I enjoyed the visit.

    @Joanne: lots of them.

    @Sallie: a bit of both.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Rosie: they are.