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Aviation Photographs: Yukon Territory


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Yukon Aircraft Images

Click on each photo to enlarge it. The first five photos show various aspects of the Whitehorse airport as they look currently (except for the weather), the others are in chronological order, with the newest at the top.


Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport sign A winter welcome to the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, Whitehorse, Yukon Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport on April 20, 2013 at 07:40.

The airport terminal and control tower - Whitehorse, Yukon The airport terminal and control tower on very snowy and windy April 18, 2013.
Runway 13R at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport Runway 13R, the main north-south runway, on January 15, 2013.

Runway 19 at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport Runway 19, used by small aircraft.

A new jetway gets installed at the Whitehorse, Yukon, airport A new jetway gets installed on December 20, 2012. With that, "YXY" loses its spot on the very short list of airports around the world with a single jetway, considered to be very unusual and noteworthy by aviation enthusiasts.

The airport at Whitehorse, Yukon The airport on June 13, 2012, with the mountain known as Golden Horn in the background. The lower mountain is Mt. Sima, site of the city's ski hill and other attractions.

One of Air North's Hawker Siddeley HS 748s One of Air North's Hawker Siddeley HS 748s takes off on May 18, 2012.
Mushers prepare to fly home after the 2012 Arctic Winter Games Mushers preparing their sled dog teams to be loaded onto jets to return to their homes around the circumpolar North following the Arctic Winter Games at Whitehorse on March 10, 2012.

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, Whitehorse, Yukon The control tower and terminal building at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport as they looked on February 2, 2012.
VP-BSO, a Dassault Falcon 900EX VP-BSO, a Dassault Falcon 900EX owned by Esso Avation, taxis past Rodan Air during a short fuel stop in Whitehorse on February 2, 2012.

Alkan Air's building and aircraft at Whitehorse, Yukon Alkan Air's building and aircraft at Whitehorse on October 4, 2010.

Construction of a new addition to the airport terminal at Whitehorse, Yukon on August 21, 2009. Opened on June 11, 2010, the new $16 million expansion includes 2,767 square metres of additional space; a 230-person in-transit lounge; and a new, larger luggage carousel.

Float plane being trucked down the Alaska Highway When some aircraft get converted from floats to wheels or skis (or the reverse), or when they need to get work done that is beyond what can be done on the lake shore, they get trucked from the Lake Schwatka float base to the Whitehorse airport and back.

Hawker Siddeley HS-748 C-FAGI and Boeing 737 C-FJLB Air North action on the ramp at Whitehorse on February 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm - Hawker Siddeley HS-748 C-FAGI and Boeing 737 C-FJLB.

Clearing snow at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport Clearing snow from a taxiway on January 22, 2009.

Ice fog at the Whitehorse airport terminal Ice fog at the Whitehorse airport terminal on February 1, 2008.

A C-130 Hercules in ice fog at Whitehorse, Yukon A C-130 Hercules in ice fog at -38°C - February 1, 2008.

Working on the engine of a C-130 Hercules at -34 degrees C Working on the engine of a C-130 Hercules at -34°C with a screaming wind must put this into the running as The Coldest Job in Whitehorse. January 28, 2008.

CF-18s at Whitehorse, Yukon Several Canadian Forces CF-18s get fuel while a Cessna 172 does training circuits at Whitehorse on November 3, 2007.

Prop tip vortices A seldom-seen photo of propeller tip vortices on a C-130 Hercules taking off at Whitehorse on the morning of August 18, 2006.

Whitehorse International Airport (CYXY) Whitehorse International Airport (CYXY), shot at 06:30 on May 19, 2006, at 160mm. Mount Lorne is in the background. This is now a historic image, as a large new section has been added to the terminal, and a second jetway was added in 2013.

Whitehorse International Airport (CYXY) Whitehorse International Airport at 18:50 on on May 6, 2006. To the left of the Canadian search and rescue Buffalo is a Russian Mi26T helicopter that was passing through - an album of its visit can be seen at Russian Mi-26T Helicopter Visits Whitehorse, Yukon.

Whitehorse airport A 2005 satellite photo of Whitehorse airport from GoogleMaps.

Turbo Otter C-GMCW Douglas DC-3 CF-CPY sits on a pedestal at Whitehorse, promoted as "The World's Largest Weather Vane." A bit of digital editing on this photo from 2003 gives her one last flight. More information on this aircraft can be found here.

de Havilland Beaver CF-FHZ Celebrating the longest day of the year with a flight around the Whitehorse area in a restored de Havilland Beaver floatplane. This is the approach to Lake Schwatka, the float base at Whitehorse; the lake was formed when the Yukon River was dammed for power production in 1958. The photo was taken on June 21, 2003 at 10:19 p.m.

de Havilland Beaver CF-FHZ A beautifully-restored de Havilland Beaver (CF-FHZ) on Lake Schwatka at 10:25 p.m. on June 21, 2003.

Sourdough Rendezvous Air Show Whitehorse's Sourdough Rendezvous Air Show is always a big hit with residents, visitors and pilots. March 2, 2003.

RCAF CF-18A A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18A leaves Whitehorse in a snowstorm on March 1, 2003.

Fokker Super Universal CF-AAM In the 1930s, Fokker Super Universal CF-AAM was the flagship of Northern Airways Limited, hauling mail, freight and passengers to Atlin, Mayo, Fort Selkirk, Dawson City and many remote destinations in the Yukon and northwestern British Columbia. In 2001 she returned to the Yukon for a visit.

A C-130 Hercules in ice fog at Whitehorse, Yukon On September 11, 2001, 2 Korean Air Boeing 747s, one carrying passengers (Flight 85) and the other a cargo aircraft, were thought to be hijacked en route to Anchorage, Alaska, and were ordered to land at Whitehorse, Yukon. For much more about that story, see On 9/11, not even the Yukon was far enough away.

RCAF C-130 Hercules takes off at Dawson (YDA) A Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off at Dawson (YDA) in June 1996. To the left are 3 of the Douglas A-26 Invaders used as water bombers by Air Spray Aviation of Edmonton.