Bush Flying


Ellwood Wilson, a Canadian forester employed by the Laurentide Company in Quebec, realized that airplanes could be used to spot forest fires and to map forested areas.   Early next year, when Wilson discovered that the U.S. Navy was giving Canada several war-surplus Curtiss HS-2L flying boats, he asked to loan two.   He then hired Captain Stuart Graham to fly the planes.  Graham and his engineer, Walter Kahre, then started to fly the first HS-2L to Lac-à-la-Tortue on 4 June 1919, arriving on 8 June 1919.   The flight had covered 645 miles, the longest cross-country flight executed in Canada at the time.  He then delivered the other HS-2L to Lac-à-la-Tortue.


Alaska’s first bush pilot was Carl Ben Eielson, a North Dakota farm boy of Scandinavian descent who flew during World War I.   After the war, he moved to Alaska as a mathematics and science teacher in Fairbanks.   However, he soon persuaded several citizens to help him acquire a Curtiss JN-4, flying passengers to nearby settlements.   He then asked the postal operator for an airmail contract. The post office accepted the proposal and in 1924, Eielson received a de Havilland 4 that would be used to make eight mail runs to McGrath, 280 miles (450 km) away.

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A single-engine plane crash in the Idaho wilderness in late June was captured on video from inside the cockpit, and the harrowing footage has made its way to YouTube.
The plane—a 1947 Stinson 108 four-seater—took off from Bruce Meadows Airport in Stanley, Idaho, at about 2 p.m. June 30 with four passengers aboard: the owner and pilot, 70-year-old Leslie Gropp, his 38-year-old son, Tol, and two of Tol’s friends—all returning from a morning hike on a clear, 80-degree day in an area known as No Return Wilderness. The four were headed to McCall, Idaho, a small mountain town where they planned to have dinner.
“I knew that the takeoff took a little longer than normal,” Tol Gropp told Boise’s KBOI-TV. “But the runway was so long that once we got up in the air I wasn’t concerned about it.”
The plane struggled to gain altitude after takeoff. According to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary crash report, the pilot “flew straight out for about three or four minutes, but the airplane would only ascend to about 60 to 70 feet above the tops of the trees.” The plane “started losing altitude and experienced a downdraft,” sending it into the trees below.

After the crash the scene of the pilot shows much blood (arm and face) and my not be suitable for some viewers.

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de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined, high-wing, propeller-driven, STOL aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada, primarily known as a bush plane. It is used for cargo and passenger hauling,  aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing),  and has been widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft.  The United States Army purchased several hundred; nine DHC-2s are still in service with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) for search and rescue.  A Royal New Zealand Air Force Beaver supported Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the South Pole. Over 1,600 Beavers were produced until 1967 when the original line shut down.

de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane flight from Salt Spring Island to Maple Bay on Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada Filmed by Scott and Andrew from inside the plane and from land.

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Pilatus Porter PC-6

The PC-6 is noted for its short takeoff and landing  performance on almost any type of terrain,   it can take off within a distance of 640 feet (195 m) and land within a distance of 427 feet (130 m) while carrying a payload of 2,646 lbs (1,200 kg) (The length of a soccer field is enough,  Pilatus test pilots were able to land on not much more than 164 feet (50 m) of space).  Thanks to its STOL performance,  the PC-6 holds the world record for highest landing by a fixed wing aircraft, at 18,865 feet (5,750 m), on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal.

The first prototype made its maiden flight on 4 May 1959  powered by a 254 kW (340-shp) piston engine.  The first Turbo Porter,  powered by a turboprop,  flew in 1961.  The Turbo Porter received an engine upgrade in 1963, which increased its power to its present value of 410 kW (550-shp).

In the United States, the Porter was manufactured under license by Fairchild Hiller. In service with the U.S. Air Force, it received the designation AU-23A Peacemaker.  In U.S. Army use,  it was designated UV-20 Chiricahua.

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