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Friday Favourite – 19 August – Buffalo Airways

by Matt Falcus

Star of their own TV show, and firm believers in the longevity of ancient transport types from the 1940s and 50s, Buffalo Airways are our Friday favourite. The airline, based in the North West Territories of Canada, has been running as a family business since the 1970s.

There are very few places that you can still fly as a passenger on a scheduled DC-3 service, but Buffalo operate their daily ‘sked’ between Hay River and Yellowknife.

In addition, they operate DC-4’s, C-46’s and L-188 Electras on cargo runs, CL-215s on firefighting duties, and a variety of smaller types on training and charter flights. For the spotter, making a pilgrimage up to the area the airline flies in is a must, just to experience the sights and sounds of a bygone age. If you can’t visit, then catch Ice Pilots NWT on TV, as it centres around the airline.

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