This is a fine print of a photograph that shows a Bombardier's de Havilland DHC - 8 - 102 Dash 8 ( C - GJCB ) flying for norOntair.
||58,38 x 48,2 cm ( approximativement )
Art object ( aviation )
The DHC - 8 Dash 8 is a series of turboprop - powered regional airliners, introduced by de Havilland Canada ( DHC ) in 1984. DHC was later bought by Boeing in 1988, then by Bombardier in 1992 ; the program is to be resold to Viking Air parent Longview Aviation Capital by late 2019. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100's, it was developed from the Dash 7 with improved cruise performance, lowered operational costs but without STOL performance. Three sizes were offered : initially the 37 - 40 seat - 100 until 2005 and the more powerful - 200 from 1995, the stretched 50 - 56 seats - 300 from 1989, both until 2009, and the 68 - 90 seats - 400 from 1999, still in production.
NorOntair was a subsidiary of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, a provincial Crown agency of the Government of Ontario ( O.N.T.C. ). The airline was created by the administration of Premier William Grenville ’ Bill ’ Davis to create east - west links across Northern Ontario. O.N.T.C.'s first foray into air services began when it subcontracted flying operations to various airlines including Bradley Air Service ( First Air ), Austin Airways, Air - Dale Ltd and OnAir ( taken over by Bearskin Airlines ). Air - Dale Ltd. based in Sault Ste Marie was the airline's main operations base. Two de Havilland Dash 8 - 102 aircraft and six Dash 6 - 300 Twin Otters were based in Sault Ste Marie. Two additional Twin Otters were based in Thunder Bay and were operated by Bearskin Airlines crews but painted in full NorOntair colours. In its final years, O.N.T.C. bought Air - Dale Ltd and operated all the remaining routes until the service was discontinued.
In 1996, the newly elected administration of Premier Michael Deane ’ Mike ’ Harris moved to close down the airline by removing subsidies. However, this had a negative effect on the region's economy over the next several years.
NorOntair was the first airline in the world to order and take delivery of Bombardier's de Havilland Canada Dash 8 Series 100, on October 23rd, 1984, operated by Air - Dale Ltd. The first Dash 8 in commercial service anywhere in the world wore NorOntair colours and was registered C - GJCB. This aircraft was number 6 off the assembly line and remained in active service until the closure of the company flying up to 14 hours a day across Northern Ontario.
A second Dash 8 joined the fleet shortly after the first and was registered C - GPYD. This second Dash 8 was seriously damaged on approach into Sault Ste Marie one day. Shortly after the company took delivery of the aircraft, it landed hard during a cockpit crew training flight. The hard landing caused the aircraft's landing gear to collapse, causing significant damage to the newly acquired plane. Of particular concern to the airline and to de Havilland Canada at the time was the fact that the crash caused one of the engine's propeller blades to violently break away from the engine housing. The blades penetrated the cabin wall of the aircraft, travelled through Row 2 of the aircraft interior and exited through the other side of the cabin sidewall on the opposite side. Given that the aircraft was on a training flight, no passengers were on board. The flight crew escaped the aircraft without injury. The aircraft was removed from service and, after months of structural repairs and refurbishment, was returned to active service.
( sources : Wikipedia, Internet )
Feature( s ) : Framed. Frame size ( 61,45 x 51,4 x 1,99 cm ). Inscription printed below the photograph ( The de Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Ltd. - Dash 8 ).
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