I am indebted to Ron Bell for the history of this
Staggerwing. In 1937 Starratt Airways ordered a
to be installed on floats. While undergoing float testing by either
Beech pilot or Edo, the
registered CF-BGX, was wrecked .To keep the customer happy
while waiting for the 18A
replacement, (CF-BGY), Beech made a model 17, CF-BIF available at a
price Starratt couldn't refuse.
CF-BIF then remained in the Starratt fleet from Oct. 13 1937 until the
firm was sold to newly created
Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1942. CPA kept the
Staggerwing until May 1944 when it was sold to a
C.A.Martin in Fairbanks Alaska. (NC number anyone?). It was
then acquired by Russ Baker of Pacific
Airlines, and reinstated on the Canadian register as CF-GKW.
Sold by PWA, it had several
other owners, during which time Leo Kohn's shot above was taken.
Also, at some point in time the orig-
inal Wright engine was replaced by a P&W
R-985. -GKW eventually ended up in the possession of Bill
Calgary architect, for rebuild by Neil Davidson of Kimberley
B.C. The project is on-going
and Ron indicates that Boucock (who does not have a pilot's licence)
tells him he has the original Edo 4000
although whether they will ever be refitted is a matter of conjecture.