Photograph of the float plane from the beginnings of Air transportation in Nestor Falls. Northwest Flying Airbase

 

Air transportation in Nestor Falls was started back in the late forties by Red Swanton. He transported fishermen to Kay Lake and Kishkutena Lake with a Waco and a Fox Moth from the old base on Lake of the Woods known as Clearwater Air Service. In the early sixties Red sold his charter to Ralph Showalter when it then became Northwestern Flying Services.

The company changed hands a few more times up until 1987 when Jack and Mary Pope acquired the property changing the name to Northwest Flying Inc.

Now some 30 years later the Pope family still operates the business under the ownership of Shane and Gina.

Beech 18

More than 9000 twin engine Beech 18's were produced making this one of the most popular and reliable passenger transport aircraft of all time. Northwest Flying operates two Beech 18's with seating for 8. 

C-FNKL has been with Northwest Flying for over 50 years accumulating over 15,000 flight hours on floats.

 

DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver

A real work horse of the north, seats 6 people. Payload 1200lbs

C-GEBL has been registered to Northwest Flying since 1980. In 1987 the Canadian Engineering Centennial Board named the DHC-2 one of the top ten Canadian engineering achievements of the 20th century.

 

Cessna 180

The Cessna 180 is good for smaller loads, seats 3 people. Payload 630lbs. It was produced between 1953 and 1981.

 

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