DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 208

IM-1710 at Delhi / Palam - VIDP, India. (note structural addition)
Photo: Unknown p[hotographer © date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: Peter Steinemann / Skyline © Slide dated May 1994 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 208

IM-1710 / F



• IM-1710 / F Indian Air Force. Delivered 19-Nov-1957 until withdrawn from inventory on 31-Mar-1991 at Gwuahati Air Base, Assam, India.

• No regn Mike Hackman Aircraft Sales / La Ronge Aviation, La Ronge, SK.

Note: Rebuilt by T.C. Aviation., Saskatoon, SK.

• C-FWEJ La Ronge Aviation Services, La Ronge, SK.  02-Aug-1995.

• C-FWEJ Jackson Air Services Ltd., Flin Flon, MB. Regd 09-Apr-1996. Canx 18-Feb-2009.

• C-FWEJ Pike Air Inc., Edmonton, AB. Based Woolaston Lake, SK. Regd 18-Feb-2009. Canx 10-Jul-2009.

• C-FWEJ Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., dba Wings over Kississing, Regd 14-Jul-2009. Re regd 18-Jan 2010.


Otter 208 was delivered to the Indian Air Force on 19th November 1957 with serial IM-1710. After test flying at Downsview, it was packed into a crate and shipped to India, where it was re-assembled. The Indian Air Force continued to fly the Otter until the type was formally withdrawn from the inventory on 31st March 1991 and the surviving aircraft were offered for sale. For a number of years prior to the withdrawal, IM-1710 had served with 41 Squadron at Palam Air Base, Delhi, coded F. It had accumulated 5,598 hours in service with the Indian Air Force.

The successful bidders for the Indian Air Force Otters were mike Hackman Aircraft Sales/La Ronge Aviation, who travelled to India to prepare the Otters to be shipped back to Canada. IM-1710 was located at Gwuahati Air Base, Assam. It was one of four Otters shipped from Calcutta, by ship to Vancouver and overland to Saskatoon, where they arrived late January 1995. After rebuild by T. C. Aviation, Saskatoon the Otter was registered C-FWEJ to La Ronge Aviation Services, La Ronge, Saskatchewan in July 1995. In April 1996 the Otter was sold to Jackson Air Services Ltd of Flin Flon, Manitoba and entered service with that operator. The Otter is based at Flin Flon and used for general charter work. During summer 2004, it was used to service the Gangler fishing lodge on North Seal River, Manitoba.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)