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glenn edward pickard, e-mail, 13.07.2021 23:21

hello to Don Hollier. This is Glenn Pickard, ex Southern Frontier and Time Air. How are you ? I am in Miami, where are you ? I too flew a yellow Norseman, at Slate Falls, Ont, for Slate Falls Airways. I knew Pete Lazarenko, Jack Duncanson, etc in YWG, but they had all the pilots they needed when I went there. Drop me a line.


Snoops, e-mail, 10.03.2018 21:31

It is my understanding that it was a Norseman, serial number 44-70285 piloted by Fit. Officer J.S.R.. "Nipper" Morgan, that disappeared over the English Channel in December 15,1944, carrying the bandleader Glenn Miller.


Bruce Wesley Chenoweth, e-mail, 14.02.2017 00:11

This aircraft, without the pontoons, was used by the U.S. Forest Service as a jump plane out of Idaho City and McCall, Idaho in the 1940s and 50s. As I recall, it was the first flight I ever took. I watched bodies falling out of it (Smoke Jumpers) on training jumps and a few fires until 1956 when I moved to Boise. Pilot was Claire Hartnett -- one of the nicest guys to ever live.


Chuck Barraza, e-mail, 25.06.2016 13:19

Made my first jump at PI in Lakewood NJ out of a Norseman. Eventually became a jumpmaster and an instructor.Still jumping.


jim hendricks, e-mail, 25.02.2016 13:05

i flew the norseman at pi orange about 1977 that was the summer that mike ?
crashed and burned after an engine failure, no one was hurt. that airplane quit
on me several times. great memories of that summer. bill mehr was manager


Pat Donaghy, e-mail, 25.01.2015 01:46

There is a still flight serviceable Norseman, CF-BFT at the Bushplane Heritage Centre at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario Canada. This aircraft was first owned by Hudson Bay Air Transport, a subsidiary of Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Company Ltd. at Flin Flon , Manitoba. The bought it new from Noorduyn in 1939. I know all about the early history of this aircraft. Email for details: pajan@bell.net.

If Don Hollier reads this please get in touch.


Denis, e-mail, 30.08.2013 03:07

Made my first jump at PI Lakewood in the summer of '70 from the Norseman. Returned to Boston College that fall and continued my training at Orange until I was cleared for free fall. Great people at both centers, but the folks at Orange were terrific - Howie White, Rich Piccarelli, Mike Mythen and others. Bought my very slightly used PC (Axtec pattern) from Rich. Jumps from the Norseman were memorable - when you'd get on the step and the pilot throttled back, there was the inevitable cylinder miss and a belch of AV gas and oil that blew up your nostrils. Made the move (along with others) to Pepperell, MA late that fall - Caesar Aguilar, Ted Strong, Dan Pointer, Don & Linda Grant, Howie - what a learning experience! Jumping on a bitter cold New England day and then sitting around at The Nest over burgers and onion rings listening to the stories of the early days of the sport from double-digit D license holders. Next summer I was back to Lakewood very weekend while doing ROTC summer camp at Indiantown Gap, PA. Of all the aircraft in all the DZ's - Stormville, NY, Barnwell, SC and others - those smelly PI Norsemans bring back the fondest memories.


VIC VALLI, e-mail, 19.02.2013 22:31

FLEW THIS GREAT BIRD FOR MANY YEARS AS CHIEF PILOT FOR PARACHUTES INC. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM FELLOW PILOTS AND JUMPERS FROM ORANGE MASS. AND LAKEWOOD NJ. I ALSO HAVE A 2" THICK MANUAL FOR THIS UC-64A


Bobby Green, e-mail, 17.07.2012 01:48

In 1955 I was 19 years old, and with a new baby , I needed a job. I was flying a 450 Stearman sprayer, so I took a flight to Mexico in a Norseman I was given a short trip around the pattern and then loaded with 1500 lbs of bolts of cloth, tea cups, and neck ties. Landed on a dry lake bed at 8750 msl.
That when I found out the flaps were the ailerons.It landed about 110 mph. I can't beleive I got grown.


Frank Davis, e-mail, 19.07.2011 21:52

During WWII I flew several hundred hours in Norsemen in India and Burma, acombat area where we often used very short strips carved out of the jungle. Of the thousands of hours that our Norsemen flew, I can think of no incidences caused by plane failure. My personal problems came from a replacement engine from the states with four rebuilds--no longer eligible for stateside flying, but OK for combat! It nearly cost me a few times (cutting out, but able to be restarted). We didn't know what weight and balance was--we just stuffed them full of supplies, drums of gas, wounded soldiers, Jap prisoners, whatever, and hoped we cleared the trees. Getting over high mountains in hot weather was a problem, but with time, and sometimes a bit of flaps, we made it. The airplane certainly did its job, and I am grateful that our organization had the foresight to use them.


DON HOLLIER, e-mail, 10.05.2011 16:57

HAD MY FIRST AIRPLANE RIDE IN A YELLOW NORSEMAN IN CRANBERRY PORTAGE AT 7 YEARS OLD AND ENDED UP FLYING FISH IN A NORSEMAN OUT OF ISLAND LAKE FOR PETE LEZARENKO IN 1966. IT WAS A FUN TIME AND A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE. STILL REMEMBER THE SMELL OF THE FISH TUBS.


Jim Kremsreiter, e-mail, 21.04.2011 00:54

I flew one back in 1966. Big ground effect machine. Take off on floats with nearly whatever you wanted to put in it. I'd give most anything to strap one of those beasts on again and go back to work. Got pictures of the Norseman all over my house. Loved that airplane!


Bill, e-mail, 08.03.2011 08:50

I made my first-ever skydive out of a Norse at Parachutes, Inc., Lakewood, NJ as an Army captain in 1970. She climbed out slow but steady, making a lot of noise. Over 5,200 jumps later, I finally hung it up for good. I was already a paratrooper, but had a hankering to try the sport of jumping. My grandparents home in Toms River was located such that on the weekends, you could see and hear that beast make its way into the sky and watch jumpers exit. I finally plunked down the cash, took the lessons and made my static line descent under an old round canopy simular to a T-10 but specially made for student jumpers. What a blast! Thanks for a terrific website!


Bill, e-mail, 08.03.2011 08:49

I made my first-ever skydive out of a Norse at Parachutes, Inc., Lakewood, NJ as an Army captain in 1970. She climbed out slow but steady, making a lot of noise. Over 5,200 jumps later, I finally hung it up for good. I was already a paratrooper, but had a hankering to try the sport of jumping. My grandparents home in Toms River was located such that on the weekends, you could see and hear that beast make its way into the sky and watch jumpers exit. I finally plunked down the cash, took the lessons and made my static line descent under an old round canopy simular to a T-10 but specially made for student jumpers. What a blast! Thanks for a terrific website!


Happy, e-mail, 24.01.2011 06:44

I made my 1st Three Skydiving Jumps out or a Noorduyn Norseman at Piru, California Area in 1962 & 1963. They also used it for Skydivers at Lake Cacitis, California, where it went down in the lake full or Skydivers. All except the Pilot survived. Don't know if they ever pulled the plane out?? It was converted with Landing Geer instead of for landing on Water.... Some Good Old Days..... Happy


Vern Smith, e-mail, 08.05.2010 05:07

One of these is in the Swedish Air Force Museum in Sweden,and another was used flying skydivers from Lake Elsinore, CA in early 2000.


earl martin, e-mail, 10.01.2010 06:30

I worked on the DEW Line 59-61 and we had supplies from Alaska to Bar 1 in Yukon via Interior Air on a Norseman 110 H.


gary rideout, e-mail, 28.12.2009 22:11

A norseman aircraft out of gander nl.responded to a medical emergency in feb 1943 piloted by a frank corbett. On landing on the habrour ice ,a ski was torn off.the plane was repaired and skis replaced by wheels during the remaining winter months and in the spring and early summer a makeshift runway was created by the local residents of the community of of seal cove in white bay by leveling the humps ,bumps,and hollows in the terrain.they were paid 50 cents an hour.A Joe gillmore was brought in &successfully flew the plane back to gander.


Mike Green, 22.07.2009 08:59

I was 7 yrs old when I took my first flight and it was in a big yellow Norseman out of the bush town of Sioux Lookout Ont Canada, north to James Bay and back. I had never heard anything so noisy. It took nearly 3 days for my sister and me to get our hearing back.


Bob Scott, e-mail, 01.06.2009 21:08

I need brakes for Norseman. Someone said they are same as AT-6. Does anyone know/ Does anyone have manuals?
bob


leo rudnicki, e-mail, 27.04.2009 06:58

I heard, like Jim, that he died in a Paris brothel, and I prefer to believe it because, as Louis Renaud said in "Casablanca" at heart, I'm a romantic. As to the explosion of the Norseman flown by George Beurling, some things we'll never know.


Jim Lloyd, e-mail, 26.04.2009 15:21

As for the Miller story, I read in a german language book that the story of his being lost in the Norseman is a fabrication, that, in fact he died of a heart attack in a bordello and his death in this manner was hidden from the public. Sounds a little far-fetched, but who knows?


Brewster, e-mail, 17.04.2009 21:45

Also known, unfortunately, as the "Miller Killer" as great US big band leader and composer Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in 1944 while en route from France to Britain. It's possible that the aircraft was accidentally hit by a bomb jettisoned from a higher-flying Avro Lancaster bomber that had to return to base with mechanical problems.


Jock Williams, e-mail, 07.04.2009 17:19

After over 13,000 hrs of flying from fighters to transports one of my favourite airplanes will always be the Norseman! It is a truck -but an extremely reliable truck indeed -and the sound of it on takeoff is awe-inspiring!
It won't carry as much as an Otter -and isn't as "high-tech" as a Beaver -but it has a certain je ne sais quoi that neither will ever have.
Also -after all these years it remains in service -even though a host are sitting on pedestals. You do not put failures on pedestals!

Jock Williams


Benzion, e-mail, 12.10.2007 20:32

……Subsequently, the engine and bent propeller were brought to a nearby hill and set up as a memorial to the fallen of the Israeli Air Force. Once a year members of the IAF come to "Airmen's Hill" for a memorial service to all IAF casualties, of which the Norsemen crew were the first.
The Norsemen suffered from a lot of stractural fatigue and were often grounded. The type was retired soon after the end of the war. By July 1950 there were only 3 left, all in the process of being phased out.

Specification: Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman
Type: 10 seat (2 crew) light personnel and freight transport.
Powerplant: one Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340-AN-1 engine.
Performance: max speed - 260km/h, cruising speed - 238km/h, range - 1,851km, service ceiling - 5,181m.
Weights: empty - 1,900kg, max takeoff - 3,356kg.
Dimensions: length - 9.68m, height - 3.07m, span - 15.70m.
Armament: none.


Benzion, e-mail, 12.10.2007 00:13

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Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman

The Noorduyn Norseman was designed and built by Noorduyn Aviation Limited of Montreal as a light transport airplane convertable to wheels, skis or floats. The first Norseman built was delivered to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1938 and in May of the same year deliveries begun to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The RCAF employed the Norseman in a variety of roles, such as bombing trainer and communications trainer, and the last Norseman was only retired in 1954. 759 examples were also supplied to the U.S. Army Air Force where the type was particularly well known for its work as an ambulance plane. Noorduyn Norsemen continue to fly today, used by commercial operators around the world.



In early 1948, word had reached Israeli acquisition agents in Europe of an American Jew selling surplus USAAF aircraft and by early April a deal had been agreed upon for the delievery of 20 Norsemen : 5 in april, 7 in May and the remaining 8 later on. The first aircraft were flown from Germany to a KLM workshop in Amsterdam where additional fuel tanks were installed for the long flights to Palestine, while others underwent the same installation in a French airport. The first 5 Norseman were ready by the last week of April and left their various points of origin for Rome. On May 2nd the first pair left Rome for Palestine and after an 11.5 hours flight landed at Sde-Dov in the midst of the Israeli War of Independence. They were already flying operational sorties the following day, dropping supplies to the besieged region of Gush Ezion. 17 Norsemen made it to Palestine, one had crashed in Italy killing both pilots, while two more had mistakenly landed in Gaza and were captured by the Egyptian army. The Norsemen formed the 32nd transport section at Ekron AFB and while they usually flew personnel and cargo flights, they were also employed on a number of bombing missions. Norsemen bombed the Gaza and Rafiah on at least one occasion and were also employed during operation "Nahshon", the breakthrough to Jerusalem.
On May 7th two Haganah brigades launched operation "Maccabi", attacking Palestinian strongholds along the road to Jerusalem. On May 10th one Norsemen was called in to assist the "Har'el" brigade in its attack on Beit Mahsir. The Norseman was equipped with a new and experimental 200kg bomb and left with a crew of six men. The plane had reported it was going into its bombing run when radio contact was lost and the aircraft disappeared. For reasons unknown it had crashed into a mountain side near Beit Mahsir. Speculation as to the cause of the crash included adverse weather conditions or the bomb rolling free of its mooring, British fighters in the vicinity could also have shot the aircraft down. Only after the area was captured six months later were the aircraft remains found. Subsequently, the engine and bent propeller were brought to a nearby hill an ...


benzion, e-mail, 12.10.2007 00:05

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