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About the Noorduyn Norseman

If you’d like to know more about the Noorduyn Norseman airplane, here are some links you can check out, as well as a list of books on the topic.

 

Links to Online Sources

 

Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario http://casmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/collection-research/artifact-noorduyn-norseman-vi.php

Avcanada Forum http://www.avcanada.ca/forums2/viewtopic.php?t=5938

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre http://www.bushplane.com/bushplanes/bushplanes-norseman/  and http://www.bushplane.com/bushplanes/bushplanes-norseman/index.php?id=norsemanvideo

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario. http://www.warplane.com/aircraft/collection/details.aspx?aircraftId=55

Red Lake, Ontario: Norseman Capital of the World. http://www.norsemancapital.com/norseman/

YouTube has many video clips and a few longer videos featuring the Noorduyn Norseman.

 

Books

 

Grant, Robert S. Great Northern Bushplanes. Surrey, B.C.: Hancock House, 1997.

See Chapter 2, “Noorduyn Norseman: Nobody Stays Clean.” Grant recounts the real-life experiences of pilots across Canada flying eight different bushplanes. His narratives is supported by technical details about each aircraft type. An authoritative and enjoyable read from a man with five decades in the industry.

McVicar, Don. Ferry Command. Shrewsbury [Shropshire], England: Airlife Publishing, 1981. (Now available as an e-book from Amazon.)

In 1942, McVicar and Louis Bisson, each flying a Norseman, surveyed the Crimson Route through the Arctic as a possible route for delivering North American aircraft needed in Europe during the Second World War. See pages 34-92 of Ferry Command for their adventures on this assignment. McVicar’s fast-paced style makes for a compelling read.

Milberry, Larry and Hugh A. Halliday. Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Vol. 1. Toronto, Ontario: CANAV Books, 2013.

Milberry, Larry. Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Vol. 2. Toronto, Ontario: CANAV Books, 2013.

Both beautiful books, these CANAV publications are full of photographs, anecdotes, and solid history of the Norseman aircraft. They belong on your must-read list.

Williams, A.R. (Al). Bush and Arctic Pilot. Surrey, B.C.: Hancock House, 1998.

Lean back and join Al Williams’ fan club as he describes his experiences flying two Norseman aircraft, CF-GTP and CF-DRD, and other aircraft as well. See Chapters 9, 13, 17 and 18 re the Norseman, his favourite bushplane.. Today CF-DRD sits high on a pedestal overlooking Red Lake, Ontario, the “Norseman Capital of the World.”