• 3697 Royal Canadian Air Force. Taken on charge 11-Jan-1955. Delivered 27-Jan-1955.
No.6 Repair Depot, Trenton, ON., and retained there as a reserve aircraft until July 1955.
102 Communications & Rescue Flight, Trenton, ON. Jul-1955.
Deployed to Great Whale, QC. Feb-1956.
DHC in February 1957 for incorporation of All Up Weight modifications.
Assigned to the Fort Churchill Station Flight, MB. April 1957 until Jul-1963.
Incident: 12th August 1958. The pilot was attempting to beach the Otter with an on- shore wind. He decided to taxi in close, then let the wind drift the aircraft to the shore. However, it started to drift towards the rocks instead. The pilot tried to move out by using rudder and engine but his action was too late. 3697 ran aground one hundred yards from the beaching area and struck trees. Minor damage suffered and repaired.
Incident: En route from Churchill to Eskimo Point, 10-Dec-1958. The Otter suffered engine failure after it had been airborne for 45 minutes, and made a forced landing in tundra terrain, which was rough and boulder strewn, although the Otter was not damaged. An overland repair party changed the engine under the most adverse conditions, the Otter was then towed to a suitable take-off strip and flown back to base at Churchill on 16-Dec-1958.
Into storage at Lincoln Park, Calgary, AB., Jul-1963. Feb-1964 it was roaded to Saskatoon, SK., and put up for disposal.
• 3697 Struck off charge 08-Feb-1965.
• CF-SME Saskatchewan Government (Sask Air) Airways, Prince Albert, SK. Purchased Feb-1965
Entries preceded by dates are extracts from Canadian Department of Transport archives.
03-Mar-1965 North Canada Air Ltd., incorporated (Norcanair).
20-Mar-1965 This aircraft was among the assets included in an agreement for sale by Saskair (Saskatchewan Government Airways) to North Canada Air Ltd., on dissolution of Saskair and pending Air Transport Board licence approval of sale.
21-Apr-1965 CF-SME allotted to DHC-3 msn 64, North Canada Air Ltd., Prince Albert, SK.
20-May-1965 Application for Certificate of Registration by North Canada Air Ltd., Prince Albert, SK.
27-May-1965 Temporary Certificate of Registration & Certificate of Airworthiness issued to Saskair, Prince Albert, SK.
Date unknown. Transported by road Saskatoon-Prince Albert, Crown Assets Disposal Corporation shipping slip dated 19-Jun-1965.
24-Jun-1965 Certificate of Airworthiness #11046 issued.
25-Jun-1965 Temporary Certificate of Airworthiness and Certificate of Registration re-issued to Saskair.
23-Jul-1965 Temporary Certificate of Airworthiness and Certificate of Registration re-issued to Saskair.
12-Aug-1965 Transfer of registrations from Saskair to North Canada Air requested.
23-Aug-1965 Temporary C of A and C of R re-issued to Saskair.
03-Sep-1965 Temporary C of and C of R issued to Norcanair (North Canada Air).
03-Sep-1965 Certificate of Registration #35120 issued to North Canada Air Ltd., Prince Albert ,SK.
• CF-SME North Canada Air Ltd., (Norcanair). Purchased 20-Mar-1965.
• CF-SME Leased to Sherritt Gordon Air Transport Ltd., Lynn Lake, MB. Jan-1966
Undated. Leased to Sherritt Gordon Air Transport Ltd., duration unknown.
• CF-SME Returned to Norcanair. Date unknown.
Incident: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. 11-Dec-1969. Shortly after take-off on a test flight following an engine change, there was a strong smell of fuel, and the fuel pressure dropped. The pilot returned to the airport and following touchdown he saw flames at his feet. The fire was extinguished. An unsecured drain plug had fallen from the carburettor during flight, allowing fuel to escape.
Accident: McKenzie Lake, 8 ml north of Fond du Lac, near Uranium City, SK. 02-Jul-1975. destroyed when it collided with trees, crashed and burned while water bombing a forest fire. Pilot Dave Baker escaped uninjured.
Total time since new as recorded in Department of Transport archives.
26-May-1965 - 3,557 hours
19-May-1966 - 4,184 hours
22-Nov-1966 - 4,685 hours
27-Apr-1967 - 4,900 hours
02-May-1968 - 5,784 hours
12-May-1969 - 6,532 hours
04-May-1970 - 7,214 hours
25-Nov-1970 - 7,822 hours
29-Apr-1971 - 8,098 hours
22-Mar-1972 - 8,709 hours
08-Mar-1973 - 9,432 hours
14-Mar-1974 - 9,988 hours
27-Apr-1975 - 10,787 hours
• CF-SME Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register. 25-Jul-1975.
• Destroyed by fire •