Noorduyn Norseman seen here at the BC Aviatiion Museum, Victoria BC. Unusual to see the wheeled version as most of the Norseman's were fitted with floats. This one was a chicken coop before being salvaged and restored.
The Noorduyn Norseman is a Canadian single-engine bush plane designed to operate from unimproved surfaces. Norseman aircraft are known to have been registered and/or operated in 68 countries throughout the world and also have been based and flown in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. A total of 903 aircraft were manufactured.
Noorduyn's vision of a bush plane revolved around a few basic criteria: it should be an aircraft with which a Canadian operator utilizing existing talents, equipment and facilities could make money, it should be a high-wing monoplane to facilitate loading and unloading of passengers and cargo at seaplane docks and airports and, finally, it should be an all-around superior aircraft to those in use in Canada. From the outset, Noorduyn designed the transport to have interchangeable wheel, ski or twin-float landing gear. Unlike most aircraft designs, the Norseman was first fitted with floats, then skis and, finally, fixed landing gear.
It was a Norseman that Glenn Miller was flying over the English Channel in as a passenger when he disappeared on December 15, 1944.
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