NWT Air Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules Salamida Airlift 1993


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In the Fall of 1993, an isolated gravel airstrip 160 air miles north of Yellowknife named Salamida. It was the scene of a massive, two million pound airlift. This set Canada’s Northwest Territories on course to becoming a major world producer of diamonds.

At the time, aviation videographer Henry Tenby employed by NWT Air Lockheed L-100-30, and he video documented the Hercules Salamida Airlift 1993 activities of the company’s NWT Air Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules C-GHPW. The Herc tasked with hauling heavy, over-sized mining equipment between Yellowknife and Salamida in support of the nearby Koala mine site in an airlift operation which spanned several months.

This NWT Air Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules Salamida Airlift 1993 show features fabulous Herc flightdeck footage. And plenty of gravel strip landing, taxi, unloading, and take-off Herc action, all filmed runway-side on location at Salamida. There’s also footage of the Twin Otters and DC-4 aircraft that served in this airlift, as well as an exclusive air-to-air photo session with the Herc. A special air-to-air on Helifor’s Chinook to the Koala mine site.

A special thanks goes out to NWT Air’s Herc crew for making this unique and historic DVD possible. Herc fans will love this show.

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2 Responses to “NWT Air Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules Salamida Airlift 1993”

  1. <path_to_url> Perttu Karivalo

    Chinook with side thanks removed was very nice detail in this video. Never seen Chinook flying without them.

    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      A very interesting observation Perttu. I am not a helicopter guy so I did not notice. But it makes sense. They were hauling heavy loads for the construction of the new mine, but it was a short distance from the Herc strip to the mine site. Maybe 10 minutes by Chinook. So by removing the Chinook’s side tanks and reducing weight, they could uplift that much more per load.

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