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   Vol. 21 No. 16
Tuesday April 12, 2022

Showdown At The Hamburger Door

Mikey McBryan

     Watch the video to find out why the mail & cargo door on a DC-3 (officially an Emergency Exit dating back to the 1930s,) is referred to as The Hamburger Door.
     We created an 800-page book on the history of airports called Great Airports Worldwide in 1998 for Airports Council International - North America.
     In that book we had the privilege of discovering and recording dozens of tiny airports in Canada.
     Some of the airports were so small, they sent in a map rather than a picture to show where they were located.
     Well the airline called Buffalo Airways Cargo that delivers cargo to all those far away places with strange sounding names like Yellowknife, Hay River, Deline, Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells, and Tulita , is slowly joining the rest of the world and will add a B737F to its fleet of vintage DC-3s, C-46s and Lockheed Electras this summer.
     Mikey McBryan usually pictures himself out on the hardstand at Buffalo Headquarters in Yellowknife Canada fending off 40 below zero weather as one of those old piston pounders rumbles by (DC-3, C-46). Mikey figures in boom times for air cargo and especially integrators, why get stuck behind the door?
     As usual you can figure when carriers add equipment they have a contract or two in their back pocket, and in Buffalo’s case, expect the same.
     “Our courier company, Buffalo Air Express accounts for 60 to 75 percent of our nightly cargo volume,” Mikey, who is the son of Canadian cargo pioneer Joe McBryan and starred in the long-running and wonderfully exciting The Weather Channel series "Ice Pilots” told Skies Magazine adding:  “Buffalo’s B737F that we expect to have in paint by June will commence operating Monday through Friday from Edmonton International Airport (YEG) to Yellowknife Airport (YZF) and back."
     Buffalo is the real deal, the entire package when it comes to trailblazing, flying cargo and services to places so remote, their DC-3s and C-46s are the only way in and out of tiny little Canadian villages all winter long.
     The old birds often push back with a crabby mechanic aboard to make sure they can get back to their Yellowknife base as they deliver everything in an aerial lifeline from toilet paper to power generators.
     “We will be in need of an additional four pilots,” Mikey said adding, “we are accepting both captain and co-pilot positions based out of YEG.”
     In 2022, am thinking of what The NY Tribune (the first paper yours truly worked at) newspaper publisher Horace Greeley famously said about seeking adventure and fortune in 19th Century America:
     “Go West Young Man."
     Today in air cargo in any phase of the business from the ground up the words are:
     “Go North For Adventure, Young Men & Women."

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