The NetLetter #1237

The NetLetter

For Air Canada Retirees
(Part of the ACFamily Network)


January 13, 2013 - Issue 1237
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair, etal and share your experiences with us!

Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  

In NetLetter nr 1234, Robert Arnold told us about the start of a project to restore the Viscount CF-THS c/n 279 Air Canada Fleet 637 at the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg. The interior restoration of CF-THS is moving along quite well. Who knew curtains could be so complicated. So many different sizes (six) and where do they go. Fortunately I had the blueprints that show their sizes and the positioning. What a break.


Thanks to Dave Peters and the BCAM, who kindly donated their left over curtains from CF-THG, we now have a complete set of 40 curtains, installed and in place. I have included a couple photos that show the "before" and "after". Just having the curtains done makes the interior look so much better. We will be starting on the seats in the new year. This will be our biggest challenge trying to find matching material.

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TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.
1942 - Service was extended to Sydney, N.S. and St. John's, Newfoundland in May. With the addition of six Lodestars, the fleet was increased to twenty-four. The Lockheed Fourteens were improved by installation of Twin-row Wasp engines of 1200 horsepower, replacing Hornet engines of 850 horsepower. New schedules brought into effect in November brought the daily mileage to 22,670, or 8,250,000 miles a year. T.C.A. crews participated in trans-Atlantic flights. The year saw the highest passenger load factor, and new records for volume of mail and express carried. T.C.A. undertook the operation of the new engine shop erected at Winnipeg by the Department of Munitions and Supply for the overhaul of military equipment. (source 1942 annual report)
1943 - July 1st - A contributory pension plan was put into effect. Company matches employee contributions.

At the end of 1946, the total aircraft fleet consisted of (27) DC-3, (9) Lockheed 14-08 and (14) Lockheed Lodestar.

Image Blank 200px 1946 - Here is a shot of the ramp at Winnipeg.

1985 - July 12th - Aeroplan the frequent flyer program introduced.

1986 - "Cashless"  cabin introduced on domestic routes. Executive Class, the ultimate in business class travel introduced in north America and Hospitality replaces Economy.
At the end of 1944, at Dorval base, there were 553 employees maintaining service and conversions of the Liberator aircraft used by B.O.A.C. on the north Atlantic Return Ferry Service as well as the Lancastrians of the CGTAAS. Total staff was 2,790. (source 1944 annual report)

By the end of 1945 a total of 780 employees were engaged in this type of work. Total staff was 3,272. (source 1945 annual report)

Image Blank 200px From the 1986 Annual Report, we have this photo of Acting Computer and Communications Control Supervisor Jo-Anne Allen on the left and Yvonne Dean, Communications Controller in the Computer and Communications Control Centre, Toronto.
Issue dated - May 1949
Some items gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines.
Image Blank 200px Graduates of the 30th Flight Attendants training class in Winnipeg spring of 1949
Left to right: V. M. Hendren, M. L. Weir, M. A. Wilson, A. K. Fjordbotten, M. J. Lewis, T. M. Gaudet, G. J. Giaschi, M. H. Legault and D. L. Wadsworth. In the front centre is Flo Perkins.

Image Blank 200px In the spring of 1940, These were the attendees at the Office Managers Conference held in Montreal. Left to right: D. E. Moore, B. V. Gibson, D. W. Stewart, G. H. Medland, R. J. Alain,  E. L. Brook, E. T. Strugnell, J. H. Syrett, G. B. Miller, W. T. Scrivener, T. B. Sandilands, V. I. Van Iderstine, R. J. Danaher, E. E. Epping, K. T. J. Outerbridge, H. C. Paynter, W. J. Dickenson, A. R. Lewis, J. B. McFarland, I. W. McCarthy, A. R. Coleman and D. C. Westman.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Snakes on Planes!
Stunned Qantas passengers watched out their windows as a large python clung to a plane's wing during a flight from Cairns to Papua New Guinea.
The flight left Cairns 6:10am Thursday morning (10 Jan 2013) bound for Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
About 15mins into the flight a lady passenger had signalled for the Qantas Flight Crew that she had seen a snake on the plane, literally.
To everyones disbelief there was a 3m long snake tucked away under the left wing of the Aircraft holding on for its dear life as the flight headed towards Papua New Guinea. The snake did not survive the flight, being outside the plane at 30,000ft and -12C temperatures.
Snake on a plane! (Australia)
Snake on a plane! (Australia)
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and its "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Image Blank 200px In December 1987, a booklet titled "Meet the Canadians" was issued containing photos of the North American Sales Group. Here we have the ninth page.

Between Toronto and Mexico City, non-stop jet service commenced December 2nd 1988 with DC-10 equipment.

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Aircraft ground radio sub-foreman Marlo Bulfone (left), mechanic Carlos Matos, (right) and mechanic Don Ra (not available for photo) are the last employees in the south-side CP hangar at Vancouver airport.

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In 1988, Canadian Airlines had only three employees remaining at its former hangar and office facility on the south side of Vancouver airport, where predecessor companies have operated for the past 39 years.


Aircraft ground radio technicians Mario Bulfone, Carlos Malos and Don Ra, and their complex radio servicing equipment continued to occupy a leased comer in the old Britannia hangar while suitable space was arranged for them in the Vancouver Ops Centre, five kilometres away.


Seventeen employees including check pilots, simulator instructors, secretaries, technicians and crew and ground safety personnel moved to the Ops Centre on July 4. Originally, the site was the home of a Boeing aircraft factory that built Canso Flying Boats during World War ll. Canadian Pacific Airlines acquired the properly in 1949 and moved its headquarters operations there. Previously, the airlines head office was in Montreal and its major maintenance facility was in Edmonton.


The Boeing factory was later dismantled, although the offices were retained, and CP built a new hangar to accommodate its large Britannia aircraft coming on line CPA moved into the current Operations Centre when it was completed in 1969, leaving the south-side complex vacant until it was sold to Pacific Western Airlines in 1973.


Part of the PWA operation included running a flight kitchen at its 'new' facility. From 1973 through 1979, the flight kitchen supplied over 500,000 meals to the Victorian Order of Nurses' 'Meals on Wheels' charity program. Shortly after PWA Corporation purchased CPAL in 1987, the bulk of the south-side operation was moved to the Ops Centre, and the complex was sold to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Since then the facility has become the largest educational avionic engineering training centre in Canada.

Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

Mike Horan sends Christmas Greetings from Ireland: Requesting all past TCA/AC employees who are currently living in Ireland to identify themselves...  who knows... this might be the beginning of "Green Shoots." Regards, Mike Horan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alastair Alves sends us these comments: In NetLetter #1234 there was mention of the Caravelle in AC colours. There is a dim memory in what is left of my brain of that Caravelle in the Pima museum south of Tucson, Arizona. I was there many years ago and saw the acft and the placard quoting the same info that was in the Newsletter. I scoffed at that because I had never heard of it before but I guess I have to change my mind.


If anybody is interested, the museum is south of Tucson and along side Davis-Monthan Air Base which is one of the largest air force grave yards in North America and well worth a visit itself. Of course, all is out in the open so beware of the sun when walking for miles between stored and junked aircraft. There is also an old Titan missile base just across the road that has also been turned into a museum. The area can keep an aircraft nut busy for a week if so desired. Alastair Alves, Retired flight dispatcher
Ruth Burton sends us this story: Re: NetLetter 1234 - about the article Norman Hogwood wrote on the gold door stop. My husband Joe Burton joined AC in 1968 YYZ ramp and tells the story this way... He remembers in the early 70's the ingot or bar of gold was indeed holding a door open in the cargo terminal at YYZ. He said he walked through that door many times. He has no idea how long it was there or how it was eventually discovered. He said it may have been discovered when the cargo terminal was enlarged. I was in sales at the time and remember the astonishment of everyone after it was found. Maybe someone else can add more to the story.
Image Blank 200px Jannet Tricarico has, with the help of others, come up with some names for the people in this photo published in NetLetter nr 1232:


From front to back: 1. Brooke ?, 2. Dixie Lee Blackwood, 3. Marylin Bliss, 4. Elaine Razzel, 5. Joy Armstrong (now Jones), 6. Frieda Yeske (now Frantzen), 7. Donia Sims, 8. Jan Law,  9. Linda Dunn,  10. Susan Campbell (now Stech), 11. Carmel Field, 12.  ?, 13. Lorraine Ainsworth. Hopefully someone can fill out the missing person or correct any of the names if need be.
Jim Bruce has dug up a 5 page document of TCA - Engineering Dept., 1960: I found this fascinating 1960 snapshot of TCA history in my files recently. The listing gives, for each person, the date of employment, office phone, employee no.(?), home address and home phone no.  Teletype numbers are given, also service dates for pass priorities. There is a listing of local businesses with phone numbers. Also included is a list of hotel rates - here are some of them in Montreal: Queen Elizabeth  $12 - $13, Laurentien $7.50 and up, Mount Royal $8.50 and up Windsor $9.00 and up, Queens  $7 - $8. What a job of typing that was! Enjoy, Jim 

Odds and Ends.

Image Blank 200pxSometimes we receive articles and information that just doesn't fit in our other areas. This is where it goes!

Jack Morath in the UK has sent us these photos of the U.K. wartime ration book issued in 1941. Brings back a memory perhaps.

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Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerInterline Club of Portugal is hosting the 24th Passarola Tennis Cup 2013 and the 26th Passarola Golf Cup from April 16th - 20th 2013. Details on www.waca.org under events.   

Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Image Blank 200pxWe found this cartoon by Dave Mathias in the "Between Ourselves" magazine issued October 1946.

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here.

We also welcome your feedback in regard to anything we post here. Many readers have commented with additional information, names and personal memories from the photos and articles presented here.

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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!  
Your NetLetter Team

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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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