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Suzy comes to the Transportation Museum

On Wednesday April 27, Ken Jones, Yukon Transportation Museum President received the keys to "Suzy" from Mrs Doris Peterson.

The aircraft, a Smith DSA-1 was built by veteran bush pilot Herman Peterson in Atlin in the early 1960's. The "miniplane" first flew the skies of Atlin on July 15, 1967, and over the past 30 years has put in a total of 191 hours and 50 minutes.

Herman and Doris together put their skills to work, Herman with his welding and mechanical skills, and Doris using her fitting and sewing skills for the fabric of the aircraft. Herman christened the tiny airplane "Suzy", his lifelong pet name for Doris.

In 2003 Herman and Doris decided they would donate "Suzy" to the Yukon Transportation Museum, where she will now reside for the enjoyment of all our museum visitors.

Thank you Doris and Herman!

Story material taken from text provided by Bob Cameron
Photos by Shannon Poelman