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The Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker was well known as a reliable aircraft that could fly to remote northern regions. It had good lift capacity, and the ability to fly great distances without refuelling. This was a major advantage to early bush pilots that had to fly into the wilderness where few support airfields were available.

The Bellanca had a closed cabin, which was necessary for those facing the harsh conditions of the high north. The air vent pipe would pass by the exhaust pipe from the engine in winter conditions to provide heat in the cabin.

Adding to the versatility of the Pacemaker was its ability to be fitted with pontoons and skis, allowing the plane to land on remote northern lakes.

 

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