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 Pope and Glen McLeod acquired the property changing the name to Northwest Flying Inc. 1992 brought sole proprietorship by the Pope family who still run the business to this day with Jack's son Shane and wife 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. 


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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