Whitehorse’s Weather Vane is an Airplane!

Whitehorse Plane Weather Vane © Lucy Izon

Whitehorse Plane Weather Vane © Lucy Izon

Whitehorse, Yukon – You pass it as you drive into the airport, and at times it will move so slowly you wouldn’t notice – but this airplane is actually  one of the World’s Largest Weather Vanes. Talk about an interesting recycling project. The plane is a Douglas DC-3, which was built in 1942 and spent its first three years covered in camouflage paint, travelling between India and China on transport missions. It was restored to its original colours by the Yukon Flying Club in 1977, and restored again by volunteers in 2001, and moved it it’s current position in 2009. It sits at the Yukon Transportation Museum, which is beside the Erik Nielsen, Whitehorse International Airport (Politician Erik Neilsen was the brother Canadian comedian Leslie Neilsen.) Watch closely, the plane swivels in as little as a 5 knot wind, always pointing into the wind.


Whitehorse Airport, Whitehorse, Yukon


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