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Northwest Territorial Airways

Robert Engle was an American entrepreneur who moved to northern Canada in 1958 and started NWT Air in 1961 with a single De Haviland Otter which he piloted himself.

The airline operated passenger and cargo charter service in the vast Northwest Territories. In 1981, it was granted a permit to operate scheduled service and opened routes from Yellowknife to Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit and Winnipeg and, in 1983, it began service between Yellowknife and Edmonton.

NWT Air also operated overnight express service throughout Canada and a trucking company out of Edmonton. The airline was sold to Air Canada in the late 1980's but continued to operate as NWT Air with Engle at the helm. In 1997 the company was acquired and integrated into First Air.

Mr. Engle was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame on May 29, 2014. He passed away just a few months after his induction.

Videographer Henry Tenby’s latest post to the JetFlix YouTube channel chronicles a Royal visit to the North in 1994. Henry was employed as the official photographer at Northwest Territorial Airways (NWT Air) and brought a video camera with him so he was able to record highlights of the trip. Please see the link below to view this very entertaining video.

you tube linkRoyal visit to the Northwest Territories by Henry Tenby

Sources and additional info:

NWT Air at rzjets.net

Robert Engle inducted into the Canadian Aviation HOF at CBC.ca

Pictured below: Lockheed L-188CF Electra Registration C-GNWD photographed by Eduard Marmet at YVR 1982
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