Cars On Runways - Unsafe At Any Speed
One member of the online forum responded that "an 18 year old behind the wheel of an M5 is what accidents are made of IMO." The $80,000 BMW M-5 sedan has a top speed of 155 mph, according to the BMW Web site.
From my postcard collection Sidney, Nova Scotia
inscription reads Cossit House, Sydney, Nova Scotia dated July 2000
This is the house that my great great great grandfather built in Sydney (YQY)
Best Wishes, Lois Cossit North
John Rodger has sent us this postcard -
Super Constellation service
1946 - Nov 1 - DC-3 inaugural service Victoria to Seattle making it the first direct link between the British Columbia capital and an American city.
1949 - For the first time in transport service, frozen pre-cooked meal service introduced.
1950 - May 1 - Montreal - New York service introduced.
1951 - Apr 1 - North Star service YUL-Paris(Orly) replaced by Super Constellation in 1954
1960 - Jun 1 - DC-8 service to Paris replacing the Super Constellation.
1964 - Oct 13 - DC8 service YOW-LHR included HRH Queen Elizabeth II and party.
Pictured are the crew from "Between Ourselves" Apr 10 1977
This issue is dedicated to my friend, Gord Dalziel who passed away Feb 10, 2008 at the age of 67.
Gord, you went way too early, but you left a legacy and made a difference in the lives of many people. You will be remembered...
Rest in peace! You may not be in space, but you're surely in heaven.
Do you recognize these famous names in space history?
- Alan Shepard
- John Glenn
- Joseph William Kittinger
You probably never heard of Kittinger!
First Man in Space - Skydiving From The Edge Of The World - On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger jumped his last Excelsior jump, doing so from an air-thin height of 102,800 feet (31,334 meters). From that nearly 20 miles altitude, his tumble toward terra firma took some 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Exceeding the speed of sound during the fall, Kittinger used a small stabilizing chute before a larger, main parachute opened in the denser atmosphere. He safely touched down in barren New Mexico desert, 13 minutes 45 seconds after he vaulted into the void.
The jump set records that still stand today, among them, the highest parachute jump, the longest freefall, and the fastest speed ever attained by a human through the atmosphere. Somewhat in contention is Kittinger's use of the small parachute for stabilization during his record-setting fall. Roger Eugene Andreyev, a Russian, is touted as holding the world's free fall record of 80,325 feet (24,483 meters), made on November 1, 1962.
Although Kittinger fell to Earth at the speed of sound he had no sensation of his speed and felt like he was suspended above the Earth.
Kittinger presently lives in the Orlando, Florida area and is Vice President of Flight Operations for Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus. He is still active in the aviation community as a consultant and touring barnstormer.
Disclaimers (as I know we'll get letters)
- Kittinger wasn't actually in space but was on the edge of space.
- his freefall can be disputed as he had a drag chute on to keep from spinning
- there is a dispute as to whether he actually reached the speed of sound or not
- there are no elephants allowed in Flying Circuses
John Roger sends us these two pictures -
A North Star crew in 1947 -
Left to right:
Capt George Lothian, Don Greavey purser, Val Day stewardess, unknown, Capt Bob Bowker and Fred Dixon radio operator
TCA YUL Hockey Team 1960 or 61 not sure. We played a home and home series with the Toronto team. The games were played in the Maple Leaf Gardens and The Montreal Forum
Back Row left to right.
Unknown, Dave Russel Passenger Agent trainer, Leo Paris purchasing, Ed don't know last name, The late Capt. Henley Tuff, John Rodger NDT Tech Maintenance, J.P.Tessier Ramp & Cargo, The late Joe Stracna Passenger Agent. Each summer and fall Joe took a leave of absent to play Pro Football. Sask, Ottawa and ending his career with Montreal, Ron Stabb Aircraft Inspector Maintenance, Bob Todd Passenger Agent ending up as Ramp Supervisor, Manager & Coach Ray Nadeau Passenger Agent.
Front Row L-R - Bill Quirk don't know were he worked, Ray Proux Passenger Agent, Larry Corville Passenger Agent, Rick Scofield Stores Manager, Ken Walker Passenger Agent became a Flight Director finished in YYZ with 44yrs, Ray Duval Passenger Agent.
We have this picture of the 8th class of Stewardesses in 1943 -
Musings from "Between Ourselves"
Tor Bay Airport employees in 1943
l to r
John Moriarty, Din Hughes, Jerry Howell, Frank Angelopoulos, Harry Slater, Walter Lawlor and George Bradbury. Missing is John L Sullivan.
From issue September 1966
The company opened a new sales office in Buffalo. We have a picture of the opening ceremonies.
Where are they now?
A319 Airbus c/n 1756 fin 293 - C-GJWE returned to CEGAS has been acquired by TAP Air Portugal from GECAS
From: Jean Le Pottier
Subject: Netletter 1007 Jan.29
Read this latest issue with interest , particularly the coverage of the Gimli glider. My job was then Public Relations Rep at the Dorval Base . Needless to say, the medias were after us for comments ." How do you manage to fly an aircraft without fuel."
A good P.R does'nt lie , and we had very good PRs in A C. That morning, I received a few calls at home from several media and answered their questions, except one CKAC radio, a difficult client. We made an appointment at their studio for 11AM. The interview went well; I told him the truth, face to face. No lies...difficult but you maintain good relations that way.
From: David and Diane Bellamy
Subject: Gimli Glider story
My wife (31-year retired AC veteran at ORD) and I enjoy reading every issue of Netletter. Keep up the great work.
We're wondering if you know why the movie "Falling from the Sky": Flight 174 uses Flight "174" while it apparently was actually Flight 143? Could this be nothing more than "theatrical license" or simply a mistake?
United Airlines, a Star Alliance partner, have introduced a direct flight YYJ to SFO.
How the prices have changed - (down) - for Alaska cruises.
Advert from "Horizons" issued January 1984.
Helene Valiquette sends us this travel tip
I am a new retired CSSA agent from Montreal-Res since 2005, who is sharing her time between Montreal and California. This decision was based on getting away from the cold Canadian winters, and being married to an American.
As I travelled 2 weeks ago from YUL-LAX, I rented a car to commute to our home in Palm Springs. As a rule, when I rent a car, I check the
car all over for irregularities, scratches, dents and others; however
one thing I missed was I did not check for the car EMBLEM, it was
missing when I arrived at my destination. I had to complete a car
incident form and hopefully the matter will be taken care of by the
insurance. THIS IS JUST A REMINDER WHEN RENTING A CAR WHILE TRAVELLING.
HELENE VALIQUETTE WIEDERKEHR
We have this cartoon from "Contact" the M&E magazine from Canadi>n.