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c/n 404

C-GFUT with Buffalo Airways.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1982 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GFUT at Cargair's Saint Michel-des-Saints base.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2001
C-GFUT of NORPAQ, at Saint-Hyacinthe - CSU3, Québec.
Photo: Alain Rioux © 11 October 2009
C-GFUT arriving at camp site.
Photos: Norpaq Aviation © from NORPAQ website

c/n 404




• 9422 Royal Canadian Air Force. Delivered 07-Dec-1960. Designated as CSR-123.

Initially assigned to 424 Squadron, Hamilton, ON.

Feb-1964. Assigned to 411 Squadron, CFB Downsview, ON.

Oct-1975. Served with 117 Air Transport Unit (ATU) on United Nations duties in Kashmir.

27-May-1966. Returned to 411 Squadron, CFB Downsview, ON.

21-Aug-1981. Into storage at CFB Mountain View depot, ON and put up for disposal through the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

Total Time of 7,589 hours.

• C-GFUT Buffalo Airways Ltd, Fort Smith, NT. Regd 22-Sep-1982.

• C-GFUT Cargair Ltee., Lac Kaiagamac, St. Michel-des-Saintes, QC. Regd 11-Jul-1983 & 30-Jun-1998. Canx 24-Aug-1998.

• C-GFUT Nordplus (1988) Ltée, Schefferville,-Squaw Lake, QC. Regd Aug-1998. 15-Feb-2000, 26-Aug-2003, 16-Aug-2007. Canx 06-Mar-2009. Regd 07-Apr-2009 & 06-Oct-2009. 

Note. Owned and operated by Norpaq, Schefferville, QC since 1998. Actual date unknown.

Power plant; Converted to Honeywell TPE 331-10 Turbine winter 2012.


Otter 404 was delivered to the RCAF on 7th December 1960 with serial 9422. It was assigned to 424 Squadron at Hamilton, Ontario, where it served until February 1964 when it was assigned to 411 Squadron at Downsview. The following year it was one of three Otters selected for service with 117 Air Transport Unit (ATU) on United Nations duties in Kashmir, the other two being 9406 (365) and 9423 (405). 9422 arrived with 102 Communications Unit, CFB Trenton on 23rd September 1965, where it was prepared for shipment, and painted in all white colour with UN titles. It was packed on board an RCAF Hercules and flown to Lahore in Pakistan, where it arrived on 8th October 1965. It served with 117 ATU until early March 1966, when it was returned by Hercules to Trenton. It was re-assembled and re-painted into RCAF colours and then re-assigned to 411 Squadron at Downsview, which it joined on 27th May 1966.

9422 served with 411 Squadron for more than fifteen years, until 21st August 1981 when it was flown into retirement at the Mountain View depot, Ontario. It was put up for disposal through the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation and was one of a number of Otters sold at auction in February 1982, advertised as having total airframe time of 7,589 hours. It was sold to Buffalo Airways Ltd., of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories with marks C-GFUT provisionally allocated, and passed through Toronto on 21st June 1982 on delivery. After overhaul it was formally registered to Buffalo Airways Ltd., in September 1982 and entered service with the company.

The following year it was sold to Cargair Ltée., of Lac Kaiagamac, St. Michel-des-Saintes, Québec to whom it was registered in July 1983. When it entered service with Cargair, it still carried its Canadian military colour scheme of natural metal with white upper fuselage and Cargair Ltee fuselage titles. It was eventually repainted into the company's blue and white colours. It flew as part of the Cargair fleet until sold to Nordplus (1988) Ltee of Schefferville-Squaw Lake, Québec to whom it was registered in August 1998. This company also operates two Beavers on seasonal operations during the summer months, for hunters, fishermen, tourists etc and also operated Otter C-FXGA (35) on lease for a time.

To be updated.

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