Aviationtag X Air North

Aviationtag X Air North

Wings Across Time: Air North's Odyssey and the Enduring HS 748

In the enchanting expanse of Canada's Yukon, where skies stretch endlessly, Air North's narrative unfolds. This blog intricately weaves the tapestry of Air North's evolution, echoing the resilient spirit of the North. Central to this story is the historic Hawker Siddeley (formerly Avro) HS 748, a medium-sized turboprop airliner that played a pivotal role in shaping the airline's identity.

Air North's Genesis

Founded in 1977 by Joe Sparling and Tom Wood, Air North initially charted its course in servicing the mining industry. What began as a humble charter and training service quickly evolved, becoming a vital link for Yukon's remote communities.

As the '80s dawned, Air North's fleet evolved, welcoming legendary Douglas DC-3 and DC-4 aircraft. These sturdy workhorses symbolized an era of growth and resilience, carrying the airline into a position of prominence in the northern skies.

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The Avro HS 748: A Pioneering Vision

Step back to the late 1950s, where the Avro HS 748 took flight as a revolutionary move by Avro to tap into civil and export markets. Powered by the reliable Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engine, it em rged as a modern feederliner destined to replace the aging Douglas DC-3s. The series 1 HS 748, taking its inaugural flight on 24 June 1960, entered revenue service in 1961. Avro was acquired by Hawker Siddeley in 1963.

Initially intended for the civilian market, the HS 748 found a home in military fleets worldwide. Marketed as a feederliner with an optimal seating capacity of around 40 passengers, it became a versatile aircraft, bridging both civilian and military applications.As the aviation landscape evolved, the production of the HS 748 ceased in 1988, marking the end of a remarkable chapter. BAE Systems, the successor to Hawker Siddeley, notes that 381 aircraft were produced during the type's production

Air North's Transition and Modernization

For Air North, the HS 748 era marked a crucial transition. In the early '90s, Air North bid farewell to the Douglas aircraft, welcoming the Hawker Siddeley HS748 turboprops. This era also marked the interest of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, contributing to Air North's growth and leading to the acquisition of Boeing 737 jets in 2002.

The inception of the Air North Aviationtag Edition was an exhilarating exploration that began amidst the vast landscapes of Whitehorse. As our team discovered a retired Hawker Siddeley HS748 nestled in the heart of Air North's operations, the potential to breathe new life into its legacy unfolded.


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Aviationtag's Ode to Heritage

Enthusiastically reaching out to the airline, the collaboration was met with immediate excitement and support. On site in Whitehorse, skilled hands carefully dissected the aircraft, selecting meaningful segments that encapsulated the essence of its journey through the Northern skies.

These aviation relics embarked on a transcontinental journey, making their way from the Yukon to Cologne. Upon arrival, our skilled artisans in Germany meticulously transformed these raw materials into the limited Air North Aviationtag Edition, ensuring that each tag bears not only a piece of aviation history but also the spirit of the Yukon's northern legacy.

The skies above the Yukon whisper tales of perseverance, transition, and the timeless Hawker Siddeley HS 748. Through Air North's narrative and the echoes of the HS 748, we're reminded that every flight is a journey through history, etching tales across the vast Northern skies.

Have you ever flown on one of only 381 HS748s? Tell us in the comments.

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