Vesta's Corner
Vesta Stevenson

This week's postcard from Vesta's Postcard Collection - 3/8/01
San Francisco, California
San Francisco
A cable car climbs the steep Hyde Street Hill.
This one is also from Ken Day and I choose it randomly because of the name of the city splashed across the front of the card.
Note: 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)
Star Alliance News

Star AllianceBombardier recommended yesterday that Q400s with more than 10,000 cycles be grounded after the landing gear collapsed on two separate flights operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines this week.

Singapore Airlines' A380s will be configured with a main deck first class cabin consisting of 12 "Singapore Airlines Suites," 60 business class seats on the upper deck and 399 economy seats spread across both decks.

New Air India reportedly selects Star Alliance; airport regulatory bill tabled Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel recently informed the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) that the merged Air India's board voted to join Star Alliance, according to the United News of India news service and The Economic Times.

ANA will roll-out its innovative SKiP service - which does away with the need to check-in at the airport - across all 50 airports in Japan to which ANA flies, from September 4 this year. At the same time, it will migrate to a completely e-ticket environment, leaving passengers with nothing more to do than present themselves at security check in order to catch their flight, without the need for check-in or a paper ticket.

Friends of Front Street Reunion

Shirlee Schacter sends this annual message -
Yes, it's that time again!!!!  ....... and the hall has been booked for:  Saturday, Nov. 17th, 2007, from 1200 to 1500+

Same location as 2006:
The Royal Canadian Legion
948 Sheppard Ave. W. (that's just east of the Allen Rd.- close to the subway). For the drivers, there's plenty of FREE parking onsite.

There will be a cold buffet lunch of sandwiches, cold cuts, etc. for your dining pleasure.  The cost per person will be kept to a minimum.  Once numbers have been established I will be able to be more specific.  For those who have previously attended, you know that bar prices are a bargain!

More details will be coming your way through the usual EVITE format.  Watch for it and please block Nov. 17th on your calendar NOW!

In order to get an idea of numbers, it would be VERY MUCH appreciated if you could respond back to me, upon receipt of this message, indicating whether this date will work for you!

Thanks and best regards.
Shirlee Schacter

PS:  If you want to refresh your memory about the previous reunions, check out the website: http://imageevent.com/fofs/fofsreunions;jsessionid=l8u83q5tk2.tiger_s

.......and make sure to check out the "Others" Album because new pics of people you know have been added: http://imageevent.com/fofs/fofsreunions/fofsother

Our 70 Years

70 year Anniversary


DC-9TCA/AC operated a total of 63 Douglas DC-9 aircraft.
  • DC-9-14 a total of 6 with CF-TLC fin 702 c/n 45712 received Jan 6th 1966 being the first. It was returned to Douglas during Sept 1968. The 6th -14 was CF-TLG fin 706 c/n 45727 received from Continental Airlines on Jul 31 1966. It was sold to Trans Texas International Airlines ion Nov 18th 1968
  • DC-9-15F (freighters), a total of 8 were operated. The first CF-TON fin 761 c/n 45826 was ex Continental Airlines and received Apr 4th 1972 and sold to Air Florida Jun 9th 1977 The final -15F was CF-TOU fin 768 c/n 47152 ex Continental Airlines delivered May 1st 1973 and sold to  Air Florida Feb 5th 1981.
  • DC-9-32 model made up the balance of the DC-9 fleet. The first CF-TLH fin 707 c/n 45845 was received May 7th 1967, no history is available. The final DC-9 was a model -31 C-FBKT fin 754 c/n 47186 was leased from Eastern Airlines and returned Aug 14th 1989.


Canada's Airlines Stamp Collection
Canada's airlines of the past
From the early days in aviation, Canada has had its share of private commercial airlines and had postage stamps issued.
Here is a selection of issue dates -
1924In 1924 -Laurentide Air Service Ltd, Haileybury, Ontario. Serving Rouyn/ Angliers, Quebec.

1925In 1925 -Northern Air Service Limited, Haileybury, Ontario. Serving Halleybury - Rouyn, Quebec.

1926In 1926 - Elliot-Fairchilds Air Service, serving Red Lake and Rouyn Goldfields. Elliot Fairchild Air Transport Ltd serving Haileybury - Rouyn Quebec.
Fairchild Air Transport Ltd serving Northern Ontario - Rouyn Goldfields. Patricia Airways and Exploration Ltd. Operated between Sioux Lookout and Northern Ontario Goldfields. Haileybury, Woman Lake, Pine Ridge, Red Lake, Birch Lake Ontario and Rouyn Quebec.
1927In 1927 - Western Canada Airways Service serving Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Yukon Airways and Exploration Co. Ltd. Serving the Yukon.

1928In 1928 - Patricia Airways Limited. Serving Sioux Lookout to various lake areas. Not connected to the earlier company operating in 1926.
British Columbia Airways Ltd. Serving Victoria - Vancouver. Klondike Airways Ltd serving Whitehorse, Mao, Keno and Dawson. Cherry Red Airline Ltd serving Northern Saskatchewan.

1929In 1929 - Commercial Airways Ltd serving Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories.

1932In 1932 - Canadian Airways Ltd serving Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Manitoba mining areas.

1980In 1980 - Lancaster aircraft.

1981In 1981 - de Havilland Canada Dash-7

1987In 1987 - Air Canada serving Canada and overseas
Readers Feedback
From: Stan Clarke <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: The old days
Hi Netletter people;
Just to let you know how much I enjoy reading about he old TCA days . It brings back a lot of great memories, In 1939 I was working for the DOT at the radio range station in Calgary when Al Loke  invited me to join TCA as a radio operator. I remember Dave Clark was station manager  but I can't remember the rest of the staff  except for Charles Skelton ( I hope I have spelt that last name correctly) the terminal had not been built yet so we worked in a small shack. In less than a year Charles and I had moved to Winnipeg me to become a Flight Dispatcher and Charlie to become pilot. Those were great and exciting days,
Stan Clarke
TCA/AC Events & People Gallery
Between Ourselves 1944From Between Ourselves April 1944 -

Austie MacMahon at Moncton reported the local T.C.A.R.A. event, a dance, which included ten couples of delayed passengers who were guests.


Moncton CrewMoncton Cargo Crew l to r -
"Long John" Hills, "Smilin' " Tom Cass, "McWheelbase" McMahon,
"Prof" Bourque, "Check" LeBlanc
and "Mascot" LeBlanc.

Moncton 5 to 1Five-to-one l to r -
Bridget Conners, Joe Yott, Sylvia Allen, Inex Rising, Rachel Roy and Muriel Spence.
Canadi>n/CPAir People Gallery

As the hard years of the Great Depression set in, many air service companies in Alberta were shutting down or being absorbed by larger companies. This was the case when Western Canadian Airways bought out Commercial and changed its name to Canadian Airways.

Canadian Airways was active in many of the northern destinations, including the Grande Prairie and Peace River region as demand continued to grow late in the 1930s. However, by 1940, the Depression and Second World War made operations extremely difficult, and by the end of 1941, Canadian Airways suffered the same fate as its former competitors. It was purchased by Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd.

From the "Contact" Magazine Sept 15, 1989 loaned by Bill Wood -

Contact Header

John TurnbullWinnipeg's Mr Avionics - John Turnbull.





Eileen GodardEileen Godard senior admin clerk




Ross TaylorRoss Taylor, crew chief and Tony Coy engineer.





From "Contact" magazine Oct 27th 1989 loaned by Bill Wood

An oddity - the first North Pacific fare between Vancouver and Tokyo was c$1,170 and in 1989 the fare was c$1,122 - c$40.00 cheaper than in 1949.
Terry's Travel Tips

Terry Baker


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