Aircraft History

Noorduyn Norseman

Noorduyn Aviation Ltd. was established in Canada in 1935, occupying the former Curtiss-Reid factory in Montreal. Noorduyn designed the Norseman as a medium size, versatile transport aircraft that would have wide appeal to both the military and civil markets and be suitable for operation in Canada's harsh winter climate. The Norseman, crewed by two pilots with cabin accommodation for eight passengers, was designed to have the option of operating from floats, skis or wheel landing gear.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) took delivery of the first of 47 Norseman in early 1940 that were used as navigation trainers. Eventually, 100 Norseman served in the RCAF as light utility transports. The Norseman was flown by 121 and 167 Squadrons at RCAF Station Dartmouth from 1942 to 1945 and was used in a variety of roles including transport and target towing. The Norseman was also flown by 103 Search and Rescue Unit while based in Dartmouth in 1946-47. In the 1950's the float equipped Norseman played a prominent role in supplying the network of ground survey sites in the arctic that supported RCAF photographic aircraft. The photographs were subsequently used to create the first accurate maps of Canada's arctic archipelago.

The last Norseman soldiered on in the RCAF until 1957 when it replaced by the deHavilland Otter. However, many ex-RCAF Norseman were sold to civilian interests where they continued on as one of Canada's most widely used bush planes.

Type: Utility transport

Wing Span: 15.70m (51ft 6in) 

Length: 9.75m (32ft 0in)

Height: 3.12m (10ft 3in)

Range: 1851 km (1,150 miles)

Max. Speed: 249 kpm (155mph)

Max. Weight: 3,357 kg (7,400 pounds)

Empty Weight: 2123 kg (4,680 pounds)

Power Plant: One 410 kW (550 hp) Pratt &Whitney R-1340 Wasp Radial piston engine