Neil Burton shares this information -
I was discussing travel in the Beaver aircraft with a person I was in high school with and came across the website below. The attached website contains an article by Robin Rowland – CBC News – Posted: February, 24, 2009.
A gold coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2008 and a special coin was issued in November 1999 featuring the DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver aircraft.
Full story at :
A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, most likely the original CF-FHB, on skis in the snow of Ootsa Lake, B.C., in the winter of 1951-52.
The three men on the left are unidentified. The fourth man on the right is Frederic Rowland.
(Rowland family photo)
Editor's Note by Ken Pickford:
The first Beaver built, CF-FHB, is now at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
"FHB" in the original registration, which remained unchanged with all its operators, was for one of the Beaver's two primary designers, Frederick Howard Buller. Interestingly, that original Beaver spent 14 years (1948-1962) with Pacific Western Airlines, originally acquired when PWA was still using its original name, Central British Columbia Airways.
Two photos in PWA livery in that aircraft's entry in this site containing a detailed history of the almost 1,700 Beavers built between 1947 and 1967. Close to 800 are still flying today..
From Don McMartin:
Re: NetLetter #1455
Loved the article on Pearson T1. Prior to my joining Air Canada in '67, it was always a thrill to go to the terminal to watch aircraft and walk around the ring.
In the lobby of the administration building was a large scale model of what the original concept was of Pearson. That model showed several other buildings identical to T1 placed in a circle. But somehow that got off the rails and eventually T2 was built.
It certainly lacked the efficiency of T1 which made every gate in the circle easy to get to.
Oh well, best laid plans.