In the fall of 1953 I was operating a survey camp on the Fort George River, province of Quebec, Canada. The river (now called the Le Grande) drained a huge part of the hinterland and emptied into Hudson Bay just a mile or two from where this photo was taken. Normally we traveled into the bush by using a Canso amphibian, but that year the Royal Canadian Air Force took delivery of the first Dehaviland Otters, a fabulous plane that had an amazing ability to land and take off from very small areas of water. This was the first one that we saw, and it was a love affair at first sight. I flew a great many miles in this particular one, and loved every minute of it.

October, as near as I can remember, 1953
Exakta Varex 35mm. SLR, 50mm. F.2,0 Biotar lens, Kodachrome ASA10 film.

Scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000US scanner.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    I only flew in one of these once, from Toronto to Muskoka and back. I was in the Royal Regiment of Canada and the local RCAF Reserve squadron flew us up for a weekend scheme. Great fun

  • Hey,that’s great! So you know the little bird..they were great fun popping into lakes the size of mud puddles, though it did have a few moments that I’d rather!

    – George Cousins

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 4 years ago

    Nice aeroplane George, bet it was a joy to fly. Being RCAF it will pass as a Warbird. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted..when it first appeared we couldn’t believe how little it took to be airborne, the bush pilots were quite surprised. It was a real joy to fly, for sure. I’ve posted it to Warbirds..thanks!

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting!

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogalmost 4 years ago

  • What can I say?Three features at once. Thank you doesn’t seem quite adequate!Really appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardalmost 4 years ago

    Congrats of the feature! You and I would get along just fine, as I love planes, as well as tall ships.
    Love the shot!

  • Hi Nancy, yes we seem to have the same interests for sure. I’ve been on the Eagle myself and have seen the Sagres but didn’t get on her. Both beautiful ships. Glad you liked this little plane, it’s a real gem to fly!

    – George Cousins

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