This show continues from the Part 1 episode, and in this 26 minute show we enjoy a lovely scenic departure from Vancouver South Terminal’s float base on the banks of the Fraser, aboad Pacific Seaplanes Beech 18 on floats C-GGGF for the return journey to the airline’s home base at Quennel Lake near Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.
Our actual air time back to Quennel Lake was 25 minutes, as we were able to enjoy a very slight detour with a scenic tour of the lovely Gulf Islands just off coast of Vancouver Island.
The Beech 18 on floats is quite a rarity in this day and age. Firstly, only 60 Beech 18s were converted to floats (engineering by Bristol Aerospace and conversion by Fields Aviation) out of a production run of some 9000 Beech 18 aircraft between the 1930s and the 1960s. Also, not all 60 aircraft are still operational, and thirdly, the vast majority of the float equipped Beech 18s resided with operators in Canada’s bush country.
The fact that it is still possible to enjoy a wonderful Beech 18 on floats ride so easily, is a reason to celebrate and at JetFlix TV were very happy to be able to share this memory with fellow aviation fans. In the summer of 2018, there is a possibility that Pacific Seaplanes will operate with two Beech 18 on floats, and we wish them all the very best of luck.
This JetFlix TV exclusive mini series on the Beech 18 continues with episode three, in which Peter Hanna’s tells the amazing history of the Beech 18, which is a show you will not want to miss.