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Re: Superior Airways

#251 Post by beech 18 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:24 pm

July 07, 2017

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

Attached is a photo taken during an early morning start up in the bay at Sioux Lookout
in August 1971.

This is the main dock at the base. It has a floating dock attached on each side at the end.
The water looks to be low as the floating docks are sitting a few feet below the main section.

Four aircraft are in the photo.

Cessna 180 CF-VSD is tied to the dock. It has a set of PeeKay 3500 floats installed.
In the summer of 1971 VSD was based in Sioux, not in Round Lake as usual. VSD would
only be four years old in this photograph.

Right in front of VSD is the yellow tail of Cessna 180 CF-PHL. PHL was a leased 180 that
was with Severn Enterprise for only one float season. PHL had Edo 2870 round top floats
that I believe were painted white.

Beech 18 CF-YQB is tied to the dock behind VSD.

The fourth aircraft in the photo is Norseman CF-HQD. The aircraft is taxing into the bay.
HQD was owned and operated by the original Slate Falls Airways. HQD prior to a major
rebuild in the late 1960's carried the name Slate Falls Trading on its fuselage.


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Re: Superior Airways

#252 Post by beech 18 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:44 pm

August 07, 2017

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

Attached is a photo of DeHavilland Beaver CF-GQU taken at Sioux Lookout in August 1971.

GQU was beginning to look a little worn from the day to day wear and tear of flying year
round. The aircraft's paint was beginning to fade and was peeling in a number of areas.
The engine cowlings had been stripped of all paint about ten months earlier and had been
left bare metal.

In early August the Beaver was taken out of service for approx. a week or so and a complete
repainting of the aircraft began. The aircraft was not taken out of the water, but was tied
to the dock on the east side of the base. Panels that could be removed were removed and
then stripped and cleaned in the maintenance shop. The fuselage, wings and tail were all
prepared for repainting at the dock.

The cabins interior panels were removed and new side panels and a headliner were made in
the shop and installed. The removable plywood floor boards were also replaced.

When it came time for the actual painting, the town sign painter came to the base and sprayed
the aircraft at the dock. It took a bit of time to complete because instead of the painter
moving around the aircraft to apply the paint, the aircraft being on floats was moved around for
the painter who remained on the dock. It worked well as very little equipment had to be
repositioned.

GQU was a very nice looking aircraft in its brand new red, white and black Severn Enterprise
paint scheme once all the paper and masking tape was removed.

Severn was painted in written letters on each side of the aft fuselage behind the cabin port
hole window.

In the photo the red paint has just been applied. The aircraft elevators had been removed and
repainted in the shop. They have not yet been reinstalled.

Cessna 185 CF-YNS parked behind the right wing of GQU was covered during the spraying with
a tarp to protect it from overspray.


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Re: Superior Airways

#253 Post by beech 18 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:27 pm

September 07, 2017

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

A few points that were missed in the posting above concerning the painting of
Beaver CF-GQU in August 1971.

When the painting was completed the aircraft paint scheme was just a little bit different
from the rest of the Severn Enterprise / Superior Airways red, white and black aircraft.
Only the wing tips on GQU were painted white.

All the other aircraft that had the red, white and black paint scheme had white wing
tips along with the first four or five feet of the outer wing sections painted white with a
small black pin stripe separating the white from the red paint.

When GQU was removed from service in the middle of float season for painting it was
something that was rarely done. Aircraft were not taken out of service for any length
of time during the summer except for a 50 or 100 hour inspection, a float repair or an
engine change. Even then those were done quickly so the aircraft could return to flying.
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Re: Superior Airways

#254 Post by beech 18 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:24 pm

October 07, 2017

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

A photo of Beech 18 CF-PRZ taken in 1969 at Northumbrian Lodge on Abram Lake in
Sioux Lookout.

PRZ was based in Pickle Lake during the summer of 1969. This aircraft very very
seldom did any flying for the tourist camps in the Sioux Lookout area. The Beech
had flown in from Pickle Lake earlier in the day and was needed, so it was dispatched
on this flight.

The aircraft is off loading a group of American tourists that had been fishing for a week
at Northumbrian's outpost camp at Wapesi Lake approx 40 miles northwest of Sioux Lookout.

Severn Enterprise did a lot of flying for the local tourist camps in the area. This kept the
aircraft quite busy all summer between their flights that serviced the northern communities.

A bit more information about Abram Lake.

The direction the Beech 18 is heading is more or less east. In the distance there is a point
of land. Right behind that point is the base for (what it was called back then) the Department
of Lands and Forest.

That's where the Lands and Forest aircraft operated from year round. Floats in the summer
and skis in the winter. The ski strip in the winter was just off that point of land located straight
above PRZ's cargo door in the photo. It ran east and west on the ice. The strip was snow
packed by rollers and the sides were marked with pine trees in the winter.


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Re: Superior Airways

#255 Post by beech 18 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:29 am

November 07, 2017

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

Attached is a photo of Beech 18 CF-ZQR taken in Pickle Lake.

The Beech was being loaded for a flight north. There is a light dusting of snow
on the dock.

This photo was taken after the Sioux Lookout base had been sold to Patricia Air
Transport (PAT Air). Up until that time Beech 18 ZQR was a Sioux Lookout based
aircraft. After the Sioux base was sold its aircraft were moved to the bases that
could use the aircraft the best. Pickle Lake had no problem taking on another
Beech as the base was always very busy in both summer and winter.

Other aircraft that were repositioned after the sale of the Sioux base were
Beech 18 CF-YQB,
Beaver CF-MXR,
Cessna 180 CF-JQM,
Cessna 180 CF-LSN,
Cessna 180 CF-VGA.

Mr. Wieben sold the Sioux Lookout base in September 1974.


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Re: Superior Airways

#256 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:59 am

Interesting photo at PL. Just up the hill on the right is the old Pickle Lake Hotel with it’s Men’s only beer parlour. Proprietors were Mr. and Mrs. Graves. Farther up on the left is the vague outline of Charlie Davidson’s store. Any idea who the 2 fellows on the dock are?

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Re: Superior Airways

#257 Post by beech 18 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:56 am

Antique Pilot wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:59 am
Interesting photo at PL. Just up the hill on the right is the old Pickle Lake Hotel with it’s Men’s only beer parlour. Proprietors were Mr. and Mrs. Graves. Farther up on the left is the vague outline of Charlie Davidson’s store. Any idea who the 2 fellows on the dock are?

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