The new addition to the museum brings back lots of memories. This snow plane arrived onsite at the Kindersley and District Plains Museum donated by the Connor family.
Also called ‘snow cars’ or ‘air-sleds,’ snow planes don’t fly. Instead, they are lightweight enclosed conveyances for one to four passengers. Powered by a rear-mounted engine that drives a propeller, most snow plane bodies sit atop a front ski and two rear skis. The spinning propeller pushes the machine across the snow.
These machines briefly held a place in the evolution of winter prairie transportation. For more than 20 years, they sped over snow-packed roads and lakes. It was only when roads, vehicles and snowplows improved did their popularity dwindle.