Bits and Pieces
Where's the Windsock?
Whitehorse, DC-3, Serial No. 4667
In Whitehorse, where things are done differently, getting the correct wind direction takes on a very practical approach, and is difficult to misread!
DC-3, Serial Number 4667 spent the first three years of her life in the camouflage war colours of the U.S. Air Force, flying transport missions in India and China. After the war, she was sold by the War Assets Corporation to Grant McConachie's newly formed Canadian Pacific Airlines, converted to civilian configurations and issued with the Canadian Registration CF-CPY.
She began a 15-year career flying the company's scheduled routes throughout Canada, but then during the mid-1950s, with the more glamorous Convairs and DC-6s taking over the mainline routes, found herself downgraded to less interesting domestic routes, including the Whitehorse-Mayo-Dawson run.
In 1960, she was purchased by Connelly-Dawson Airways of Dawson City and for the next six years worked as a bush plane, operating on wheels and skis, hauling supplies to remote places like Old Crow and the early exploration camps at Eagle Plains.
From 1966 until her last flight in November 1970, she was again based in Whitehorse, serving the Yukon charter and scheduled routes of the Great Northern Airways. Her last flight ended nose-down on the snow covered runway, her props bent, and a cost-benefit equation in favour of the scrap heap. She had logged 31,581 flying hours, mostly in the Yukon or with flights connecting the Yukon with the "outside."
In 1977 the Yukon Flying Club undertook the task of restoring this veteran to its original CP Air colours and placing her on the pedestal at the Whitehorse International Airport. Here she pivots on her mount, always pointing into the wind.