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C-FODA’s propellers generate condensed water vapour vortices during takeoff. Beaver msn 112 began 15 years of service with the Ontario government on April 16, 1951. A mooring accident sent it to the bottom of Toronto Harbour in November 1966. After being refurbished by de Havilland, the airplane was sold the following spring to Russ Bradley to begin its second life at Rapides-des-Joachims.

The only difference between Ronny’s adventures and the legends of “Wop” May or “Punch” Dickins is that the ever-modest Ronny is still around to prevent the stories from spinning out of control.

Rapides-des-Joachims (Da Swisha) on the Ottawa River looking south toward Ontario, 1984. The hydro power station is at the top of the photo; a Beaver can be seen taxiing toward Bradley’s floatplane base in the lower right.

Ronny’s world–typical west Quebec scenery near Kennedy Lake.

Aircraft at the Da Swisha dock, summer 1983.

With paddlers and canoe on board, Ronny climbs westward from Da Swisha.

Touchdown on the still morning water of Lac Dumoine.

Ronny helps fly-in canoeists on their way.

Ron Bowes makes another trip into the wilderness for the Aberford Sporting Club. Lac Dumont, May 1988.

C-FODA is likely one of the most photographed objects in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Ronny’s wife Kaireen jokes about the deluge of Christmas cards with photos of “Ronny and the Beaver” from wilderness travellers captivated by the romance of the great Canadian bushplane and its pilot.

July 2001–Ronny laughs as senior pilot John McCullagh delivers a passenger briefing before heading off to Ronny’s camp on Lamb Lake with Paddy Doyle.

An idyllic moment at Kennedy Lake.

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