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Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman

The UC-64A were a ten-place, single-engine utility transport aircraft. The Norseman was designed for rugged Canadian bush country operations and could be equipped with wheels, floats (C-64B), or skis. Before WW II, 69 were delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force as trainers. After service testing seven YC-64s, the U.S. Army Air Forces adopted the aircraft in 1942 as a light transport. Noorduyn produced 762 Norseman for the USAAF before the war ended. Of these, 749 were UC-64As, including three that went to the Navy as JA-1s and six that were equipped with floats for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The last Norseman was produced in late 1959.
Designed for and used in arctic areas, the Norseman also was employed in Europe and the Pacific as well as in the U.S. during the war. On Dec. 15, 1944, a UC-64A disappeared on a flight from England to France with bandleader Major Glenn Miller on board. The aircraft was never found.
General characteristics UC-64A
Prime function Light transport aircraft
Contractor Noorduyn Avaition, Ltd., Montreal, Canada
Power plant One Pratt&Whitney R-1340-AN-1 engine
Thrust 590 HP 440 kW
Speed max. 162 mph 260 km/h
cruising 148 mph 238 km/h
Ceiling 17,000 ft 5,180 m
Range 597 miles 960 km
Freight 10 seats
Crew One or two (depending on mission)
First flight 1935
Cost $28,000

Source: David Hanson´s American Aircraft of World War II

Jirka Wagner


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