The Norseman Floatplane
Norseman Floatplane Story
A dedicated group of volunteers worked evenings and weekends for over 2 years to rebuild a crashed 1946 Norseman float plane that lay in the swamp near Garden Hill, Manitoba. The rusty shell was rescued and brought to life in Thompson under the supervision of Fred Palmer and Marion Morberg.
It took over 9000 hours of volunteer work including 100’s of hours to build the wings and over 60 hours to weld the curved metal stand. Many parts were salvaged from across Canada, and over $200,000 in parts and services were donated by Manitoba companies.
Although it can no longer fly, this beautiful Norseman, in its picture perfect setting as if was taking off from the Lambair base, is a superb tribute to the people involved in Northern aviation from the pioneers of Lambair to today’s aviators.