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They Like Water Part 1 Album Index

Slideshow and Pictures 1 to 3
Slideshow of: They Like Water Part 1 Album
They Like Water Part 1 - Slideshow
C-FMHG Grumman G73 Mallard of West Coast Air at Vancouver International Airport [YVR] on 27th May 1977
C-FMHG G73 Mallard
CF-RQW de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver of Air West at Vancouver International Airport [YVR] on 21st May 1977
CF-RQW DHC-2 Beaver
C-GAXE de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver of Hyack Air at Pitt Meadows seaplane mooring on 12th June 1977
C-GAXE DHC-2 Beaver

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Pictures 4 to 7
C-GHUM Grumman G73T Turbo Mallard of West Coast Air at Vancouver International Airport [YVR] on 21st May 1977
C-GHUM G73T Turbo Mallard
C-FNJF Canadian Vickers Canso A of the Province of Saskatchewan Government at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) - 11 May 1981
C-FNJF Canso A
CF-HUB Grumman G73 Mallard of West Coast Air at Vancouver International Airport [YVR] on 21st May 1977
CF-HUB G73 Mallard
C-GOFR Canadair/Bombardier CL-215 Water Bomber of the Province of Ontario at Toronto International Airport [YYZ] on 3rd September 1989
C-GOFR Canadair CL-215

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Pictures 8 to 11
CF-BKE Grumman G73 Mallard. Privately owned  and a  long time resident at Toronto International Airport [YYZ]  pictured on the  18th July 1980
CF-BKE G73 Mallard
VP-LVE Short S.25 Sandringham ' Southern Cross' of Antilles Air Boats on  lease to Aer Arann, pictured here moored on the Solent in September 1976
VP-LVE S.25 Sandringham
C-FIWW Grumman G-21A Goose Privately Owned at Buttonville [YKZ] on 23rd June 1980
C-FIWW G21A Goose
CF-ISW Cessna 172 Floatplane. Privately Owned about to touchdown near Langley BC in April 1975
CF-ISW Cessna 172

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Pictures 12 to 15
CF-BAE Grumman G73 Mallard. Privately owned  at Vancouver International Airport [YVR] on 14th October 1975
CF-BAE G73 Mallard
C-FOPE de Havilland Canada DHC-2T Turbo Beaver of the Province of Ontario at Canadian Forces Base Trenton [YTR] - 09 Sept 1983
C-FOPE DHC-2T Turbo Beaver
N116FB Grumman G-111 Albatross of Chalk's Airlines at Fort Lauderdale [FLL] on 19th April 1984. Oriignally US Navy BuNo 148325 but passed directly to JASDF
N116FB G-111 Albatross
C-FUJM de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter of West Coast Air at Vancouver International Airport [YVR] October 1976
C-FUJM DHC-3 Otter

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Album Notes
In the two (and you never know, one day there may be more) They Like Water Albums I wanted to give as varied possible selection of Aircraft that, at least for part of the time use water as a Runway.

Many of the images in this album were taken during the period following my move to Canada, a country where Floatplanes and Amphibious Aircraft are not rare curiosities, but a vital part of the transport infrastructure, and even those in private hands provide their owners with a means to getting around the country and visiting places that would be difficult by any other means.

The one exception is that today, many more aircraft of certain types have retired from commercial operations and have entered the Warbird Category, most notably the Catalina/Canso. Whilst when in Military Service and in their later civilian careers they did fully utilise their water borne abilities, now they rarely, if ever make water landings.

Many of these photographs were taken over 30 Years ago when those iconic bush aircraft from de Havilland Canada, the Beaver and Otter were regularly changed undercarriage fit: Wheels, Floats, or Skis. depending on the season of the year. Many of these aircraft continue to provide a valuable service and the trend to them to turboprop power seen in some of the Album Pictures has become the norm. The other change is that many are now permanently fitted with floats all year round, although today most are fitted with floats that incorporate wheels for land use.

Although Floatplanes and Amphibious Aircraft are still common, not only in Canada, but in other countries where the operations form Rivers and Lakes are an Air Transport necessity, Flying Boats are an almost extinct species. The only true flying Boat in these albums is the Shorts Sandringham and although three survive, they are all Museum Exhibits (although one may have the potential to become airworthy). But in Canada two continue to perform useful work, I am referring to the Martin Mars. Unfortunately during my time in Canada, it was difficult to get permission to visit their base and take photographs and therefore to my regret (and the irritation of my Webmaster Douglas Holland) no picture of the 'Mighty Mars' is in these albums.

Despite this omission, I hope you find the pictures interesting and enjoyable.

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