“The Bellanca Air cruiser CF-AWR is prepared for flight as it rests on the frozen surface of Cameron Bay, Great Bear Lake, N.W.T. during the winter of 1937-38. Aviation Hall of Fame bush pilot Stan McMillan checks the ice condition on the bay as the engine cover is removed from the 660HP Cyclone engine and the ore concentrate bags are loaded into the cabin”.
One of the most unusual aircraft to appear in Canadian skied was the big Bellanca, sometimes affectionately known as the flying “W”. Five of these huge single-engine cargo aircraft were imported into Canada by operators attracted by their load-carrying capacity, reliability and performance. By the early 1930’s, Sicilian born Guiseppe Mario (or “Joe”) Bellanca had already proven his design skills with his highly successful single-engine cabin monoplanes that quickly established international endurance and long distance records. His CH-300 Pacemaker series had also made a name for itself as an efficient and dependable light transport or “bush plane” in remote regions.