Vesta's Corner
Vesta StevensonHere is another story about female pilot's -story about Margaret Fane Rutledge at www.canadianflight.org/history/mfr01.htm and her group of seven.

From: Eric van der Holt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: Postcard of pub in NetLetter nr 999 - Hello Vesta, I have to differ with G.J. Ward of Sudbury who claims that England's oldest pub is in Nottingham! My information is that the oldest pub is in Winchester City near the Cathedral and dates back to the 800s and is said to be the oldest continuous-serving pub in England. I have been there and enjoyed a few beers in that still dark and dingy  pub

Eric van der Holt

Do you ever wonder where Terry and his wife Dawn go on their vacations away from the NetLetter?  Here's one place.

Monaco - Monte-Carlo

Postcard #1000Hello Vesta.
We visited Monaco on Saturday and today, Sunday, Marseilles in France.
paid for an inside cabin and got upgraded to an outside cabin-very luxurious! Weather sunny but cool  7 more days to go, take care, Terry and  Dawn

for our new readers, I have been collecting postcards from our travelling NetLetter "family" for many years. If you are away and have a minute, I'd be delighted to get one from you as well. You can obtain my address by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (it's automated and will respond right away)
Christmas Gift Ideas - Last chance!
Cabin Fever CalendarCabin Fever Calendar - 2008
The 2008 issue of "Cabin Fever - In the Wings" calendar is now available. "In the Wings" depicts the many roles that flight attendants play both on and off the aircraft. All proceeds are to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

Cost: $20.00 and  includes postage.
See: www.cabinfevercalendar.com

CAHS Cover 2003Canadian Aviation Historical Society
Are you a Canadian Aviation History buff? Or do you know someone who is? This would make a great gift for someone interested in Aviation History. Joining the CAHS will bring 4 quarterly issues of the CAHS Journal right to your front door. You can subscribe at: www.cahs.ca (click on "Join Us".

$40 per year (Canadian subscriptions)

Rapcan CDAIRLINE PILOTS OF CANADA - Editors Kip Powick and Duane Frerichs.  © 2006

Memorable Collectors Edition CD containing 2,245 pages of biographies, stories, and memoirs, plus over 1200 photos.

Cost: $29.95 + postage and handling
See: www.acfamily.com/CD/

AC Heritage PosterThe AC Heritage Poster is a perfect gift for  present, past and future Air Canada, Canadi>n employees and all the other airlines that had at one time been part of what is now Air Canada. There are over 300 aircraft on the poster that made up the fleets from Air Canada, Jazz, TangoCanadian Airlines, Wardair, Pacific Western, Canadian Pacific, CP Air, Nordair, Transair, Eastern Provincial Airways, etc.

Cost: 24.99 plus shipping and handling
See: www.acheritage.com
(A portion of the proceeds of every poster sold goes to Dreams Take Flight)
Air Canada News
Air CanadaAir Canada Jazz inaugurates the only non-stop seasonal service between Yellowknife and Vancouver. The departure December 4th of Air Canada flight AC8226 marked the launch of the only daily, non-stop service between Yellowknife and Vancouver. Air Canada Jazz now operates seasonal daily flights from the diamond capital of North America to Air Canada's Asia gateway hub with 50-seat, made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ aircraft.
Air Canada - the first 70 years
Air Canada 70 years - 1937 - 2007

On November 5th., 1952, Service to Düsseldorf was inaugurated - an extension to the YUL-LHR route.

Dusseldorf 1952Pictured is the Düsseldorf terminal, 1952

  • Lockheed L1011-500 introduced into service.
  • Vancouver designated line maintenance base for DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft.
  • The largest solar energy in Canada is installed at Dorval Base to heat water.
  • Competition stiffens with at operations by British Airways into Western Canada.

  • The first two Boeing B767 are delivered.
  • New maintenance hanger opened in Winnipeg.
  • Service to India started.
TCA/AC Events & People Gallery

Photo from Between Ourselves June 1950 edition -

YVR 1950New temporary terminal opened at Vancouver International Airport on March 15th., 1950.

From the "Between Ourselves" September 1950 issue donated by David Fairweather

The Caribbean staff

Nassau StaffNassau Staff

Kingston StaffKingston Staff

Port of Spain staffPort of Spain Staff

Bridgetown StaffBridgetown Staff
Remember When?

(From the  "Between Ourselves" October 1952 issue).
On August 19th., 1952, the TCA station at Yarmouth learned that a Piper Cub , owned by Gateway Flying Club of Yarmouth and piloted by an air cadet, Robert Cole of St. John's Newfoundland was overdue on a cross-country flight. TCA flight 460 and captained by R. Franklyn was on route between Yarmouth and Halifax and was alerted of the missing aircraft. Tem minutes later the Captain spotted the wreckage of the aircraft, with the pilot nearby, who appeared unhurt.

Captain Franklyn reported the finding and remained in the area until the flying club's aircraft arrived to co-ordinate the rescue. The flying club advised TCA Station Manager, Vern Bower...  that the downed pilot was grateful for the assistance of TCA and Captain Franklyn and crew.

Captain FranklynPictured is Captain R.W.Franklyn.

Gleanings from the "Horizons" magazine
donated by Len Krueller

From July 2nd 1982 edition;

Mexico ConnectionHonoring the employees on the 1981-82 Mexico charters -

From July 19th 1982 edition;

On July 3rd 1962 Air Canada moved its headquarters across the street from the Aviation Building in Montreal to the newly built Place Ville Marie (PVM). The official opening was on September 13th when the last of 1,226,869  bolt, gold plated, was installed.. (gold price was over $800 an oz recently, anyone know where we can find it? - eds)
Canadi>n/CPAir/PWA, Wardair, etc. Events & People

Airbus A320 fin 401 was delivered to YVR on April 15th., 1991, with "family day" on May 4th at YVR and May 11th at YYZ.

A320 ArrivalPictured some of the staff checking the A320 at YVR

Service to Saskatoon resumed on June 7th 1982 with B737 equipment after a 25-year hiatus.

Family Day YVR 1991Family day at YVR

On January 24th 1992, A B767 captained by Bert Wimme flew the final flight between Toronto - Lima-Toronto. The survey flight for this route was on July 3rd 1953 by DC-4 with Capt.  Ralph Leslie in command. As the aircraft was unable to climb above the Andes peaks, they flew through a pass at 15,000. The inaugural flight was with a DV-6B on Oct 4th 1953 CF-CUO fin 431 c/n 43842.

On May 3rd 1987, service to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo was inaugurated after many years of wrangling with the local government. (Source "Contact" Feb 7 1992)

From "Contact" issued  March 13th., 1992

TorontoPictured from Toronto, Dave Sturges and  Benny Chan

Pat ButlerPat Butler of Edmonton

St John'sGroup in St.John's

VancouverAndy Burns. Pat Tisdale, David Beale in Vancouver

Readers Feedback
From: Juanita Ollivier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo of a familiarization flight for TCA employees on a North Star to Bermuda about Jan 10th., 1953  -

Fam FlightPictured are Joan Bartel, an unknown Manager of Harmony Hall, Juanita Scot (Ollivier), Wally Jones TCA Bermuda,  an unknown girl from YUL, a TCA employee from Windsor, an unknown girl, and unknown TCA Manager at  Bermuda.

(If anyone can fill in the missing names we will pass them along - eds)

From: Richard Dunsterville
I was very pleased to see the 1948 photo of the first trans-pacific crews of Canadian Pacific Airlines. One name correction is second from the left, Capt. Humphrey Madden, (not Medden). "Hump" was my uncle who retired in 1965. I followed him, joining in '66 and flying till '99. Interesting articles, thanks.  Richard Dunsterville This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of our readers sent in a link to an amusing video called Lost Luggage on YouTube, which we found quite hilarious and we share this URL with you; www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZt7Pu2jc6Y together with the following;

Bag's LamentArticle from the June 1950 edition of "Between Ourselves" called "The Bag's Lament".

Lost LuggageCartoon from a local newspaper.

Terry's Travel Tips

Terry BakerGordon Swanson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. spotted this article - I thought you would be interested in the following article from www.globeandmail.com, Canada's leading source for online news:

"Singing the standby blues"
They call it the standby blues. Every airline employee has their own horror story to pass on, tales of being stuck in Rome or marooned in the Caribbean. Problem is, the regular guy, paying big bucks to get from A to B, doesn't give a hoot and would probably find it hard to sympathize with airline employees stranded on the other side of the world. After all, they fly cheap. Real cheap!

Follow this link for the full article
Singapore air force officials were red-faced recently after a ground test by the elite Black Knights air demonstration team left a lasting impression on its neighbors. According to air force officials quoted by the Straits Times, the Black Knights were trying out a new dye intended to create a red smoke trail from their F-16s.
However, it also turned about 200 tons of unharvested vegetables, numerous cars, and anything else in its path (including a pet cat) varying shades of red, after high winds carried the smoke over the neighborhood

Frank Pedder sends this -
It was mealtime during a British Airways flight:
- "Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked the man seated in the front row.
- "What are my choices?" the man asked.
- "Yes or no," she replied.

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