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December 07, 2019

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

This photo was taken in late October 1973 as the sun was coming up at the
Severn Enterprise base in Sioux Lookout. A light dusting of snow that had fallen
overnight can be seen on the ramp, dock and the hill across the bay. There are
no aircraft tied to the main dock. Float season is coming to an end.

The aircraft is Cessna 180 CF-VSD. VSD was based out of Round Lake during the
summer of 1973. It had arrived in Sioux Lookout the evening before after departing
Round for change over from floats to skis.

Freeze up was well underway when VSD left Round Lake. Ice can be seen on the
floats and flying wires. This is the time of year that the water rudder pulleys and
cables on the floats were covered in grease to prevent the steering and rudder
retract cables from freezing. The aircraft elevator hinges were coated in grease
for the same reason.

VSD will be pulled up the ramp and slightly to the right and parked under the A-Frame.
The floats will be removed and skis will be installed for the winter. The Cessna 180
fleet would be back on the ice by the end of November or early December at the latest.

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January 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

This photo is from the Dave Welch collection and it is posted here with permission.

Beech 18 CF-HVF parked in the grass on floats at Calgary in June 1973.
Cameron Bay Air Service can be seen painted on the fuselage.

Severn Enterprise operated CF-HVF in the mid to later 1960’s. I believe this “may”
have been Mr. Wieben’s first Beech 18 on floats.

HVF was a C model Beech 18 that flew out of Sioux Lookout for a number of years.
Floats in the summer and straight skis in the winter. I remember seeing HVF flying
for Severn Enterprise, but it had left the fleet by the time I started working for the
company in the late 1960’s. HVF was replaced by Beech 18 CF-WYR in Sioux.

The Beech 18 register has HVF flying for a number of different companies after it was
sold. Cameron Bay Air Service was one of those companies it flew for. The last place
that I know HVF was seen at is Silver Falls, Manitoba. It was parked off the Silver Falls
Airstrip on wheels with both engines and both wings removed. Although the paint was
faded by years of sitting outside in the sun, HVF was still painted in exactly the same
paint scheme as it was when it flew for Severn Enterprise in the 1960’s. A bit weather
beaten, it still had the white top and the narrow black speed line down the fuselage.
The engine cells were still unpainted. All in all HVF still looked pretty good.

A footnote - Two Beech 18's that were operated at the same time as HVF and possibly
may have entered service with the company first are CF-PLU and CF-PRZ.
HVF had the name Severn Enterprise on the fuselage where as PLU and PRZ had the
name Superior Airways on the fuselage. Both of these aircraft flew on floats and skis.
Both companies were owned by Mr. Wieben.


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Feb 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

This photo is from the Ruud Leeuw collection and is posted here with permission.

Beech 18 mounted on a pole in Ear Falls, Ontario.

The “registration” painted on the aircraft is CF-EAR. This Beech is actually CF-ZQG
and was owned by Mr. Wieben at one time. CF-ZQG was purchased from the RCAF
in the fall of 1970 along with a number of other Beech 18 aircraft. Some of them
would enter service with the company. Others would be stored.

A group of men from Severn Enterprise in Sioux Lookout travelled out to Saskatoon
by train at the end of the 1970 float season. Once in Saskatoon a number of
Beech 18 aircraft that had been purchased by Mr. Wieben were prepared to be flown
back to Sioux Lookout and then on to Armstrong.

On this trip from Saskatoon there would be two Beech 18’s flown back to Sioux at the
same time. One was CF-ZQF and the other was CF-ZQG. The registrations CF-ZQF and
CF-ZQG was spray painted on the fuselages. From Saskatoon the Beech’s were flown
first to Sioux Lookout where they landed at the town airport. They were parked in
Sioux for a number of days. The date I think was into the second half of November.

Both ZQF and ZQG were then flown to Armstrong and landed at the airport where
Superior Airways had hangars. Once in Armstrong ZQF and ZQG were pulled into the
hangar and the engines were removed from both aircraft. They were then pushed
outside and parked.

Other than flying from Saskatoon to Sioux lookout to Armstrong CF-ZQF and CF-ZQG never
flew again for the company. They remained in storage at the airport in Armstrong.
How CF-ZQG got to Ear Falls and the deal made to have it mounted on the pole is not known.


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I can offer this. In Sept 1939 Junkers CF-AQV crashed near Ear Falls. About 1970 a local resident dragged the remains out of the bush. The Western Canada Aircraft museum wanted it so the Beech 18 CF-ZQG was traded for it.
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Junkers CF-AQV at Ear Falls shortly before the trade.
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March 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

This photo was taken at Pickle Lake on April 4, 1977. It was given to me by a
good friend and posted here with permission.

A bit of damage to Cessna 180 CF-IWD after a landing incident near the end of
ski season.

The left main ski came off its axel when the aircraft touched down on the ice.
According to the story as the aircraft began to nose over, full power was applied and
the control column was pulled back. The propeller contacted the ice damaging the
blades. The aft end of the fuselage buckled when the tail of the aircraft came down
hard on the ice. The tail ski stinger was also damaged. The main gear legs were okay.

Because of the damage to the fuselage, CF-IWD was patched up enough to fly it to
Thunder Bay for repair. The aft fuselage was braced on both the inside and the outside
with support beams attached to the aircraft skin. The engine crankshaft was checked for
runout and a replacement propeller was installed. The aircraft was then flown to
Thunder Bay by Mr. Wieben himself and repairs were carried out in the company hangar.

In the photo, damage can be seen to the aft fuselage ahead of the horizontal stab.
The damage to the tail ski stinger can also be seen. Propeller damage is not visible in this
photo.


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April 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

This photo was taken at Pickle Lake on April 4, 1977. It was given to me by a
good friend and posted here with permission.

A second photo of Cessna 180 CF-IWD after its landing incident on the ice.
The left main ski is being worked on. The bent propeller and the buckled aft
section of the fuselage can be seen in this photo. Also the broken tail stinger.

Under the left wing near the shore line can be seen a Patricia Air Transport
(Pat Air) Otter.


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May 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

These photos are from the Ruud Leeuw collection and are posted here with permission.

A good friend came across the attached photos of Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise
Beech 18 CF-ZQH and sent them to me.

The aircraft had been pulled up on the shore of the lake it ditched in after having engine
problems while on a flight from Ft. Hope to Thunder Bay on July 28, 1978.

It appears in the photos what could have been salvaged was taken and the remainder of the
aircraft was left behind on the shoreline.

There's a photo of ZQH and what it looked like before the accident posted July 07, 2019 on
page 12 in this thread.

The accident notification report for ZQH was posted September 07, 2019 also on page 12 of this thread.

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Excellent recap Kurt.
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June 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960's to 1974.

The attached photo is from Dave Brooks and was taken at Pickle Lake.
Dave worked for Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise in both Pickle Lake and
Thunder Bay during the summer of 1975.

The two aircraft tied at the dock are Otter CF-GBX and Beech 18 CF-YQB.
It looks like a calm day on the water with very little wind if any.

Otter CF-GBX was purchased by Mr. Wieben after being badly damaged by a
fuselage fire. The damage to GBX occurred while it was flying for Hudson Bay
Air Transport Limited in Northern Manitoba.

GBX was rebuilt in the Superior Airways hangar in Thunder Bay and when completed
joined the fleet flying on floats and straight skis year round. The Otter was mainly
based in Pickle Lake, but flew out of all the bases at one time or another. Armstrong,
Nakina, Sioux Lookout, Wiebenville, being some of those bases.

GBX was with the company for many years. In 1979 the Otter was sold to Central Air
Transport in Sioux Lookout. Central Air Transport operated out of the former
Hooker Air Service base in the bay in Sioux. In 1980 while operating on floats GBX was
written off in an accident while taking off at Carling Lake north of Sioux Lookout.

In the late 1960's Otter CF-GBX was featured on a Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise
postcard taking off on floats.

Beech 18 CF-YQB parked in front of GBX in the photo was a Sioux Lookout based
aircraft until September 1974. After that date the aircraft from the Sioux Lookout
base were moved to other bases that Mr. Wieben operated.


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July 07, 2020

Superior Airways / Severn Enterprise operation from the late 1960’s to 1974.

The attached photo is from Dave Brooks and was taken in Pickle Lake in the
summer of 1975.

Beaver CF-ODD and Cessna 180 CF-VGA tied to the dock on what looks by the
wind sock as a windy day. VGA appears to be having an inspection or at least
engine work being done.

A little bit of everything is on the dock. Outboard motors, fish tubs, propane tanks,
a few 10 gallon fuel drums, and what looks like a Beech 18 boat rack just in front of
the Beaver on the dock.

I’m not sure what month this photo was taken, but the leaves on the trees are still
green so it would be before early September. There probably were not very many
photos taken with VGA in them after Dave took this photo as Cessna 180 CF-VGA was
written off after going into the trees on Oct 13, 1975.

An observation about VGA. Although it can’t be read in the photo, the name
Severn Enterprise in white letters can be seen on the Cessna fuselage if you look
between the wing strut and tail of ODD. At one time Sioux Lookout, Ontario was
painted on the fuselage below the company name, but looks like it had been removed
after the sale of the Sioux base.

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