The DC-3 is one of the most iconic and successful aircraft of all time. As versatile as a Swiss Army Knife and as durable as Sherman tank, these are machines that still have a place in the modern world. It may be a small place, but DC-3s are still working airplanes, especially in remote areas where simplicity, durability, toughness, and reliability are the key factors to success. One of those places is western Canada and one of the operations that still use the DC-3 is Buffalo Airways, a charter passenger, cargo, fuel, firefighting, and former passenger service airline that is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada,
The airline has a total of 57 planes with six of them being DC-3s. The whole aircraft lineup is something straight out of the movies with legendary names and equipment the likes of which no one has in this concentration anymore. It’s astonishing and totally awesome. Hell, one of the DC-3s that Buffalo has actually flew on D-day and delivered paratroopers to the beaches of Normandy! How about that?!
In this video we are with “Buffalo Joe” McBryan who was a pilot tat eventually bought the airline from its founder many moons ago. McBryan has more seat time in a DC-3 than any other person on the planet and he is still racking it up on a regular basis.
This video takes us through the starting procedure for this plane, which is is awesome shape. The neatest thing about this rig is that it’s all analog and mechanical. The gauges, the throttles, the everything. This is not about sensors and warning lights this is about knowing the equipment, what things are supposed to sound and feel like, and acting accordingly. We love every second of this video. Watch.