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The Ontario Yellowbirds

The Ontario Yellowbirds

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2006

The Ontario Yellowbirds

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The District of Algoma
The City of Sault Ste. Marie
Inside the paid area of the Bushplane Museum
at the intersection of Bay Street and Pim Street

Coordinates: N 46 30.305 W 84 19.479


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Plaque Text

In 1924, the government of Ontario set up a provincial air service to replace forest fire detection by canoe and foot patrols. Based at Sault Ste. Marie, the service's aircraft became know as the "Yellowbirds" because of their yellow and black colours. The Yellowbirds detected fire, transporting fire fighters and supplies and, from the 1950s on, pioneered the use of water bombers in battling wilderness blazes. Over the years the service also provided aerial support for mapping, wildlife management, regulatory compliance and other provincial programs. In performing so many functions across a vast territory, the Yellowbirds grew into one of the largest non-commercial air services in the world.


Sault Ste. Marie Plaques

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