The “Norseman” is indeed a true “bush plane”, being the result of research by its constructor, Bob Noorduyn, as to what would be the optimum specifications of an aircraft for Canadian bush conditions.
The prototype first flew in November 1935 and 903 were built by the end of the Second World War. Many served in the United States Army Air Force. It was the first Canadian designed and built aircraft sold on the world market, and played a key role in establishing the reputation for excellence and performance enjoyed by Canadian aircraft manufacturers today.
Our “Norseman” started life as a USAAF UC-64A in 1944. It returned to Canada in 1956. It saw a variety of owners, and eventually crashed at a mining site at Bronson Creek, B.C. It was badly damaged by the crash and a curious bear. BCAM bought the aircraft for scrap value and acquired another fuselage from Gimli, Manitoba. With assistance from the Millennium Fund, a lengthy restoration returned the aircraft to airworthy condition. It was rolled out in August 2003 and flew only once, as insurance costs proved to be prohibitive! Our “Norseman” is featured on the BCAM logo.