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The Noorduyn Aircraft Limited, founded by Dutch immigrant Robert B. C. Noorduyn and Walter Clayton, was established in Montreal in 1933[1] and in early 1934 by taking over the Curtiss-Reid factory in Cartierville, Quebec just outside Montreal, Quebec to being production in 1935 as Noorduyn Aviation.[2]


The first aircraft built was Noorduyn Norseman I in 1934 and first flight in 1935.[3]

Five versions (II c. 1936, III c. 1937, IV c. 1937, V and VI) followed until early 1946, when the company was acquired by the Canadian Car & Foundry (CCF) company.[4]

During World War II Noorduyn began producing Harvard trainers for the Royal Canadian Air Force, production of which continued under CCF after the takeover.

Noorduyn Norseman Aircraft Limited[edit]

In May 1953, CCF sold all rights to the Norseman to a specifically formed company, Noorduyn Norseman Aircraft Ltd. led by Noorduyn and later sold to Norco Associates in 1982.[5] Norco Associates does not build new aircraft but rather provide support to the currently operational aircraft.

In the present day, Noorduyn specializes in aircraft interior storage systems for commercial aircraft (galley carts, carriers, drawers, oven inserts, bins, bassinets, etc.), and slings and containers of military transport use.


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