White Pass & Yukon

 Aircraft
White Pass Airways
 British Yukon Navigation Air Service (
BYN)


Photos may show the aircraft before, during or after WP&YR service


Fairchild 82-A   
CF-AXA



CF-AXA was the first Fairchild 82 built.  Originally owned by Prospectors Airways and had a Pratt & Whitney Co. T1D1 "Wasp" engine.  Sold to Wings, Ltd. in 1939.  Sold to the White Pass and engine replaced with a P&W S1D1 "Wasp" in 1941.  While with the White Pass, it was equipped with pontoon or ski landing gear.   See note on Transfers of Airplanes to Y.S.A.T. and C.P.A.L.2   Engine of CF-AXA was replaced with a P&W SC1 "Wasp" in 1942.  CF-AXA wrecked at Anishanabi Lake, Ontario on March 16, 1944.  

Nine Passengers  
One 550 hp Pratt & Whitney S1D1 "Wasp"engine   
Wikipedia link



Fairchild 82-A
CF-AXJ



CF-AXJ was equipped with pontoon or ski landing gear.  Crashed at Dawson City, Yukon on January 31, 1941; all two on board killed.

Nine Passengers  
One 550 hp Pratt & Whitney S1D1 "Wasp"engine

Wikipedia link



Fairchild 82-A
CF-AXK  CF-AXC







CF-AXK was equipped with pontoon or ski landing gear.  Originally, Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Co. Construction No. 38 and registered as CF-AXC.  Wrecked at Dawson City, Yukon, on November 15, 1936, and its registration surrendered.  Rebuilt with a new fuselage as Fairchild Construction No. 60 in 1937 and reregistered as CF-AXK.  Crashed in Lake Laberge on November 9, 1939; all two on board were killed.
 
Nine Passengers  
One 550 hp Pratt & Whitney S1D1 "Wasp"engine

Wikipedia link



Ford 4-ATE "Tri-Motor"
CF-AZB   NC-3041










CF-AZB was originally a Model 4-ATA owned by the Ford Air Freight Co. and registered in the U.S.A. as NC-3041.  Rebuilt into a Model 4-ATB in 1929 and, later in 1929, rebuilt into a Model 4-ATE.  Sold to the White Pass in 1936 and registered in Canada as CF-AZB.  Wrecked beyond repair on August 8, 1940, while being towed out of the hangar at Whitehorse, Yukon.  CF-AZB placed as fill under the Whitehorse runway in 1942.

Ten passengers   
Three 300 hp Wright J-6 "Whirlwind" engines

Wikipedia link



Ford 4-ATE "Tri-Motor"
NC-5092





NC-5092 was originally a Model 4-ATB owned by Standard Oil Co. of California.  Rebuilt into a Model 4-ATE in 1929.  Sold to Grand Canyon Airlines in 1931.  Sold to the White Pass in 1934.  Wrecked at Carcross, Yukon, on June 30, 1939; all five on board survived.  Thereafter, the White Pass purchased the wings from Ford Motor Co. 5-AT-51, formerly NC-8413, to replace the damaged wings on NC-5092.  However, the wings did not fit, and they were sold in 1940.

Ten passengers   
Three 300 hp Wright J-6 "Whirlwind" engines

Wikipedia link




Ford 6-ATS "Special Tri-Motor"
CF-BEP   G-CYWZ






CF-BEP never flew while it was owned by the White Pass and was equipped with pontoon or ski landing gear.  Originally owned by the Royal Canadian Air Force, registered as G-CYWZ, and named Old WZ.  Sold to United Air Transport in 1937 and reregistered as CF-BEP.  Wrecked beyond repair on March 2, 1939, while standing at Vancouver, British Columbia.  (An R.C.A.F. "Hurricane" attempting to take off swerved and collided with it.  The moving airplane exploded, with its lone occupant surviving.)  White Pass purchased CF-BEP for parts in 1939, so that it could rebuild CF-AZB; however, the parts from the two airplanes did not fit together.  CF-BEP placed as fill under the Whitehorse runway in 1942.

Ten passengers   
Three 300 hp Wright J-6 "Whirlwind" engines

Wikipedia link



Bellanca "Air Bus"

CF-BLT   NC-2111





CF-BLT was originally registered in the U.S.A. as NC-2111.  Registered in Canada as CF-BLT in 1938.  Destroyed by the December 9, 1940 Whitehorse hangar fire


Fifteen passengers
One 780 hp Wright R1820F52 "Cyclone"
engine
Wikipedia link



Curtis Wright - Airtech - Travel Air 6-B
1
CF-BPV   NC-14974



CF-BPV was originally registered in the U.S.A. as NC-14974.  Sold to the White Pass in 1939 and registered in Canada as CF-BPV.  Crashed at Fox Lake, Yukon on July 3, 1941 due to engine failure; pilot killed; the lone passenger survived.

Six passengers
One 300 hp Wright J-6 "Whirlwind"
engine
Wikipedia link



Curtiss-Wright T-32C "Condor"
CF-BQN   NC-12371






CF-BQN was originally owned by American Airways and registered in the U.S.A. as NC-12371.  American Airways became American Airlines in 1934.  (This change occurred because the U.S. Post Office decreed in 1934 that anyone who carried air mail in 1933 was no longer eligible to carry mail.  Consequently, to carry mail, American merely became a new legal person.)  Airplane sold to the White Pass in 1937 and named Cheechako.  Registered in Canada in 1940 as CF-BQN.  See note on Transfers of Airplanes to Y.S.A.T. and C.P.A.L.2  CF-BQN sold to Red Aérea Méxicana SA [Mexican Air Network, Inc.] via Charles H. Babb, Inc. (dealer) in 1944, and that year it was registered in Mexico as XA-DOA.  R.A.M.S.A. ceased operating in 1947.  Airplane scrapped at Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, on April 28, 1950.

Fifteen passengers
Two 750 hp Wright SGR1820F2 "Cyclone"
engines
Wikipedia link



American "Pilgrim 100-B"
CF-BUA   NC-712Y





CF-BUA was originally a "Pilgrim 100-A," owned by American Airways, and registered in the U.S.A. as NC-712Y.  American Airways became American Airlines in 1934.  (This change occurred because the U.S. Post Office decreed in 1934 that anyone who carried air mail in 1933 was no longer eligible to carry mail.  Consequently, to carry mail, American merely became a new legal person.)  Airplane converted to a "Pilgrim 100-B" in 1935.  Sold to Alaska Air Express in 1936.  Resold to Leo Moore Airways in 1937.  Resold to Oscar Phillips in 1940.  Resold to the White Pass in 1941 and registered in Canada as CF-BUA.  See note on Transfers of Airplanes to Y.S.A.T. and C.P.A.L.2  CF-BUA sold to Transportes Aéreos Centro Americanos S.A. in 1943.  Ferried to Honduras in 1944.  T.A.C.A. probably used this airplane in Costa Rica.

Eight passengers
One 575 hp Pratt & Whitney "Hornet B"
engine
Wikipedia link



Beech 18D "Twin"
CF-BVC   NC-3250


No White Pass photo



CF-BVC was originally owned by Hall Aircraft Corp. and registered in the U.S.A. as NC-3250.  Sold to the White Pass in 1941 and registered in Canada as CF-BVC.  Crashed at Pelly Banks, Yukon, on September 11, 1941; the only person on board was killed.

Six passengers
Two 300 hp Jacobs L-6MB
engines
Wikipedia link



Boeing 247D
CF-BVF    NC-13325    NC-33172





CF-BVF was originally owned by Boeing Air Transport System and registered in the U.S.A. as NC-13325.  B.A.T.S. became United Airlines in 1934.  NC-13325 sold to Pennsylvania Central Airlines in 1938.  Resold to the White Pass in 1940 and registered in Canada as CF-BVF.  See note on Transfers of Airplanes to Y.S.A.T. and C.P.A.L.2  Yukon Southern Air Transport named CF-BVF Yukon Sourdough.  CF-BVF stored in 1942.  Sold to Columbia Airlines in 1945 and reregistered in the U.S.A. as NC-33172.  Sold to J. H. Wentworth in 1946.  Exported to Mexico via Charles H. Babb, Inc. (dealer) in 1948.

Ten passengers
Two 550 hp Pratt & Whitney S1H1G
engines
Wikipedia link



Curtiss-Wright D-3 "Kingbird"
CF-BVG   NC-11816



CF-BVG was the only known D-3 "Kingbird."  Originally operated by the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Corp. and registered in the U.S.A. as NC-11816.  Sold to the White Pass in 1941 and registered in Canada as CF-BVG.  See note on Transfers of Airplanes to Y.S.A.T. and C.P.A.L.2  CF-BVG stored in 1942.  Sold to Charles H. Babb, Inc. (dealer) in 1943.

Eight passengers       
One 300 hp Wright J-6 "Whirlwind" engine
Wikipedia link



Keystone-Loening K-84 "Commuter"
NC-301V







NC-301V was originally owned by Curtis Field, Valley Stream, NY.  Sold to the White Pass in 1934.  While with the White Pass, it was equipped with pontoon or ski landing gear.

Four passengers      
One 300 hp Wright J-6 "Whirlwind" engine
Wikipedia link








1. Travel Air absorbed by Curtis-Wright, who had some planes assembled by Airtech in San Diego.


2. Transfers of Airplanes to Y.S.A.T. and C.P.A.L.
White Pass Aviation was sold to Yukon Southern Air Transport in December 1941.  Y.S.A.T. had already been sold to Canadian Pacific Air Lines on January 13, 1941.  Official transfers of equipment did not begin until 1942.  CF-AXA was officially transferred to Y.S.A.T. in 1942.  CF-BQN and CF-BUA were officially transferred to Y.S.A.T. and then to C.P.A.L. in 1942.  CF-BVF and CF-BVG were officially transferred to Y.S.A.T. in 1942 and to C.P.A.L. in 1943.

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