N927RK during the winter break.
Photo: Rich Hulina © May 2013
N927JS at Fairbanks having some work done.
Photo: Ruben Husberg © 26 May 1992
C-GAKA still at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Photo: Michael J. Ody © June 1985
C-GAKA runs up at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Photo: Doug Slowiak © 21 November 1976
C-GAKA at BIRK - Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photo: Baldur Sveinsson © 10 August 1976
C-GAKA with shipmate C-GGKA at Prestwick - EGPK, Scotland.
Photos: Don Gilham © 03 July 1976
C-GAKA at Biggin Hill.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 04 June 1976 - Tom Singfield Collection - Aird Archives
Vestiges of serial 217 under wing.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 06 June 1976 - Ian MacFarlane Collection - Aird Archives
217 at Hurn.
Photo: Flightlines International © - Aird Archives
Photo: Peter Vine © 1972 - via Paul Rushton
217 a little on the dusty side at Khasab.
Photo: Dave Lawrence © September 1973 - Paul Tomlin Collection
217 of SOAF running up at Bait al Falaj.
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 30 December 1972 - Jacques Guillem Collection this time!
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 30 December 1972 - Paul Tomlin Collection
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 30 December 1972 - Wayne Mutza Collection - Aird Archives
N1397N at a dark and gloomy Biggin Hill.
Photo: Brian G. Nichols © January 1964
N1397N with companion at Tripoli, Libya.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 02 October 1962 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N1397N with green spinner baking in the sun.
Photo: Unknown photographer © c.1960's - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
N1397N working "well" in Libya.
Photo: Bernard Watson © c.1961-62
N1397N hangared at Idris, Libya.
Photo: Ron Willet © 1958 - via Fred Seggie


N1397N • (XR217) • 217 • C-GAKA • N1397N • N43722 • N927JS



Note: Left paint shop 20-Nov-1956 Cream and Red .

N1397N Bahamas Helicopters Ltd., (trading as World Wide Helicopters). Delivered 17-Dec-1956.

Note: Reported as in “considerably dismantled condition” at Tripoli, Libya. Circa 1962.

N1397N World Wide Helicopters. Mar-1965.

Note: At Gatwick, and Hurn, Bournemouth, UK in SOAF markings. 04 Aug 1972. Painted in SOAF colours by Airwork at Hurn.

• (XR217) Sultan of Oman’s Air Force. Full serial never worn by aircraft.

217 Sultan of Oman’s Air Force  / Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Sultanat Oman.

Note: Delivered from Aden via Toussus, France, Biggin Hill 03-Jun-1976, Hurn, UK. 18-Jun-1976 where serviced by Airwork services and transferred to Canadian registration. On to Prestwick, UK 28-Jun-1976 (photo 03-Jul-1976) and to Canada via Iceland (photo dated 10-Aug-1976?) and Greenland in company with c/n 1460, C-GGKA.

C-GAKA Imported into Canada Aug-1976.

C-GAKA Keewatin Air Ltd., Winnipeg, MB., prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 03-Nov-1977. Canx 18-Mar-1987.

Accident: Chantry Inlet, NT. 17 Jul 1978. The main undercarriage gear sank in a soft spot during the take off run causing the aircraft to overturn. No injury recorded. No other details known.

Accident: Sand Lake, NT. Lat 65.15N. Long 99.37W. 30-May-1984. Following touchdown on a dirt strip, the aircraft contacted a rough spot and bounced. The pilot applied power to overshoot, and the aircraft mushed, bounced, and drifted to the left striking an empty oil drum which was used as strip marker. The pilot closed the throttle and brought the aircraft to a stop just beyond the landing area. The airstrip, which is a 1,500-foot long section of an esker, is marked off with 45-gallon drums. The surface condition of the strip was very rough at the time of the occurrence. The pilot reported that although he had selected partial flap for the landing, he noticed that they were in the full-down position after the accident. The pilot felt that the flaps had bled down after the bounce, preventing a successful recovery. Examination revealed no system defects and the flaps functioned normally during a subsequent ferry flight. As the flap system operated normally, it is unlikely the flaps bled down in flight as the pressure created by airflow around the wings would have prevented them from extending from their selected position; however, it is normal for the flaps on the beaver to bleed down after the aircraft has been shut down. This would account for the position in which they were found. As there was no evidence of pre-occurrence mechanical or structural deficiencies, it was concluded that during the go-around, the airspeed was allowed to decay to the point where controlled flight could no longer be maintained.

C-GAKA Canx 18-Mar-1987 on export to USA.

N1397N Regd Apr-1987. Other detail unknown.

N43722 Simson’s Aerial Farming Inc., Decatur, NB. Reserved 05-Apr-1992 to 02-May-1992.

N43722 Rainbow King Lodge, Iliamna, AK. Regd Mar-1992.

N927JS Rainbow King Lodge Inc., Iliamna, AK. Regd 18-Mar-1992. .

N927TR Re regd 07-Nov-2011 to address in Lemoore, CA. Canx 04-May-2012. Also shown as Rainbow King Lodge, Lake and Peninsula Borough, AK.

Airworthiness date: 13-Jan-1995

N927RK Rainbow King Lodge Inc., Iliamna, AK. Res’d 19-Apr-2012.  Regd 09-May-2012.