|This new work by Canadian artist Ross Buckland was recently exhibited at the 56th Peppertree Art Show in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Measuring 20" x 30", this oil painting on stretched canvas depicts a current scene of the famous Noorduyn Norseman V banking through a pass on approach to another landing on a familiar fishing lake in the Yukon. Backed by a ring of mountains showing a summer snowcap, the Norseman exhibits it's handsome stature with summer float gear replacing the wintertime snow skis. On board are a party of fisherman enroute to a fishing lodge which opened in late May as the lake ice retreated, to be replaced by eager fishermen seeking their limits. Many of these superb fishing lakes can be reached only by air and the Norseman has long been a mainstay of Canadian and Alaskan bush pilots. |
The rugged Canadian-built Norseman is a classic bush airplane of the north country. A tough, safe and versatile utility airplane, the Norseman was first flown in 1935 and has been a workhose ever since. The main version built by Noorduyn before WW2 was the Norseman IV; at least a hundred of the Montreal-built Norseman were used by the RCAF during the war as the main general light utility airplane. The Norseman remained in RCAF service until the mid-1950s when they were replaced by the DHC-3 Otter. A postwar version, the heavier Norseman V, as painted by Ross, was built by the Canadian Car & Foundry Company who had obtained the rights to the Norseman in the Spring of 1946.