Published April 16, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Manufactured by the Noorduyn Aviation Ltd., Montreal, Canada, the UC-64A was a 10-place, single-engine utility transport. First flown in 1935, the Norseman was designed for rugged Canadian bush country operations; it could be equipped with wheels, floats or skis. Before World War II, Noorduyn delivered 69 to the Royal Canadian Air Force as trainers. After service testing seven YC-64s, the U.S. Army Air Forces adopted the aircraft in 1942 as a light transport. Noorduyn produced 762 Norseman for the USAAF before the war ended. Of these, 749 were UC-64As. Noorduyn produced the last Norseman in late 1959.
Designed for and used in arctic areas, the Norseman was also employed in Europe and the Pacific during the war. On Dec. 15, 1944, a UC-64A disappeared on a flight from England to France with bandleader Maj. Glenn Miller on board. The aircraft was never found.
The Norseman on display was acquired by the museum in March 1981. It is marked as a Norseman based in Alaska late in WWII.
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN1 of 600 hp
Maximum speed: 162 mph
Cruising speed: 148 mph
Range: 1,150 miles
Ceiling: 17,000 ft.
Span: 51 ft. 6 in.
Length: 31 ft. 9 in.
Height: 10 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 7,400 lbs. maximum
Serial number: 44-70296
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)