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c/n 363

C-GSMG at Yellowknife.
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GSMG snow has gone!
Photo: Ruben Husberg © 14 April 1994 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GSMG at Selkirk, still some snow around.
Photo: Rich Hulina © March 1995 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 363

9405

C-GSMG

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 9405 Royal Canadian Air Force. Delivered 12-May-1960. Designated as CSR-123.

Initially allocated to 402 Squadron at Winnipeg, MB.

Incident: Twenty miles west of Armstrong, ON. 29-Mar-1965: After an engine failure caused by the breaking of an exhaust valve rocker arm, the aircraft made a forced landing on a snow-covered lake. It was undamaged.

01-Mar-1976. Assigned to 2 Air Reserve Wing at Downsview, ON., for use by 400 and 411 Squadrons.

09-Dec-1981. Ferried to the CFB Mountain View storage depot, ON., and it was advertised for sale by the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

Total airframe time: 8,027 hours.

• C-GSMG Sioux Narrows Airways Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Regd July 1982. Canx 30-Jul-1986.

• C-GSMG Sioux Narrows Airways Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Regd 30-Oct-1987. Canx 05-Jul-1989 .Power plant. Converted with Polish PZL-1000 engine.

• C-GSMG P. C. Reid Outdoors Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Regd 30-Jul-1986. Canx 30-Oct-1987.

• C-GSMG Sioux Narrows Airways Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Operating for Plummers Lodge during the summer months.  Regd 30-Oct-1987. & 05-Jul-1989. Canx 24-Jun-2011.

Power plant: During 2005 the Otter was converted to a Texas Turbine, conversion # 19, by Recon Air at Geraldton, Ontario.

• C-GSMG Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 24-Jun-2011. Canx 08-Jan-2015.

• Status unknown •

Otter 363 was delivered to the RCAF on 12th May 1960 with serial 9405. It was allocated to 402 Squadron at Winnipeg, as was 9403 (359). These two served alongside the Squadron's Beech C-45 Expeditors and were later joined by 9415 and 9416. Otter 9405 was involved in the search for Piper PA-22 CF-IGO on 17th November 1963, flying alongside 9403 on that mission. 9405 is mentioned in the 402 Squadron history for an incident on 29th March 1965: “After an engine failure caused by the breaking of an exhaust valve rocker arm, 9405 made a forced landing on a snow-covered lake twenty miles west of Armstrong, Ontario. It was undamaged”. The Otter is again mentioned in the history of the RCAF Station at Armstrong. On 29th June 1967, Cessna 175 N7022M crashed en route Capreol to Sioux Lookout. As the history records, on 2nd July '67 Winnipeg SAR sent Otter 9405 from 402 Squadron and it located the wreckage of the Cessna 75 feet from the top of a cliff. Sadly, there were no survivors. On 24th September 1968 the Otter was returning from a supply drop. The pilot made a heavier than normal landing under gusty wind conditions. Skin wrinkling was discovered in the area of the tailwheel. The pilot had elected to land in wind conditions which exceeded limits by 7 mph.

9405 continued to serve with 402 Squadron until February 1976. On 1st March 1976 it was assigned to 2 Air Reserve Wing at Downsview, Ontario for use by 400 and 411 Squadrons. It flew from Downsview until being ferried to the Mountain View storage depot, Ontario on 9th December 1981. It was advertised for sale by the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation with a total airframe time at that stage of its career of 8,027 hours. It was sold at an auction held in February 1982, the purchaser being Sioux Narrows Ltd to whom the Otter was registered C-GSMG in July 1982. This operator was owned by Warren Plummer and was used to service the sports fishing lodges he had established on Great Bear Lake, Great Slave Lake and on the Arctic Coast of the Northwest Territories. The Otter carried “Plummers Lodge” titles. The fishing season runs from May to September in each year, guests typically arriving by chartered Boeing 737. Then the Plummers Lodge fleet took over for transport within the Northwest Territories. Their long-serving DC-3 C-FQHY connected the Great Slave, Great Bear, Trophy and Tree River camps and tied in to Yellowknife, carrying not only the passengers but fuel and supplies as well. The Otter was used to take guests eight at a time from the lodges on special fly-outs to choice fishing spots.

In 1990 Otter SMG was joined by another Otter CF-KOA (130) and both were converted with Polish PZL-1000 engines. During September 1993, SMG was demonstrated to Air Tindi at Yellowknife, who were examining the Polish engine conversion. Both Otters fly for Plummers Lodge in the Northwest Territories during the summer months. At season's end, the fleet flies south to Selkirk, Manitoba for winter maintenance and storage.

To be updated.

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