Nattanya Andersen sent us this link to a YouTube video about the final flight of Southwest Captain Lee Carder who is joined by his two sons, also Southwest pilots. 

Robert Arnold has sent us this discovery -

I was at a flea market on the weekend and came across a very interesting hot jug. These were used in the galleys on TCA Viscounts.

What makes this one so interesting? It’s painted all black and on the lid, in yellow painted text are the words, “If Found In Flight, Return to V/O, No.1 Hgr. YWG".

On the front, facing the plug-in prongs, in white painted text, are the words “Test Only”. The guy who sold it to me didn’t have a clue what it was, or what it was used for, but I did know and, due to his lack of knowledge, he ended up selling it to me for 3 bucks. Not bad for a piece of airline history. I told him my wife would repurpose it as a flower vase. Long story short, no wife, no flowers.

I wonder if any of your readers remember this item. It's made by Stiebel Eltron in Western Germany. Type HCL-1, No. H01S2, Watts, 560, Volts 28.

Robert Arnold

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Neil Burton shares this information -

tmb cf aux ginger cootePhoto image (circa 1936) was courtesy of Harry and Mrs. Mayson

This photo was possibly taken in October 1936, when “Ginger” Coote was performing one of his many mercy flights in B.C. This particular flight was from the Vidette mine area, up Deadmans Creek and northwest of Kamloops Lake. Once they had an injured person on board, Coote was able to land at Kamloops within twenty minutes. His flying base at the time was on Gunn Lake, in the Bralorne area of B.C.

CF–AUX, a Fairchild 51A, built in 1934, by Canadian Fairchild, was originally registered as G–CAIH, before its certificate of registration was cancelled that same year, and was rebuilt with a new fuselage (51A). This aircraft was registered to Bridge River and Cariboo Airways Ltd., of Bridge River, B.C. on March 28, 1934.

Russell Leslie “Ginger” Coote and his father Andrew Leslie Coote (retired) were sole directors of the company, having bought out the other directors by mid-June 1935. Bridge River and Cariboo Airways Ltd.’s name was changed to Ginger Coote Airways Ltd. on April 16, 1938 and that name accepted by the B.C. registrar of companies on May 26, 1938. On April 20, 1938, George William Grant McConachie was appointed a director of Bridge River and Cariboo Airways Ltd.

CF–AUX, piloted by 24-year-old Len Waagen and 3 passengers, a housewife and 2 men, perished in the crash of the aircraft on a flight from Vancouver to Zeballos, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, on May 27, 1938. The wreckage was not discovered until March 9, 1939, when come upon by two timber cruisers of Bloedel, Stewart and Welch. The site was about 15 miles west of Port Alberni, B.C., near Franklin River, down the Alberni Canal.

tmb ginger coote posterIt appears the aircraft registration was never changed to Ginger Coote Airways Ltd. “Ginger” Coote’s shares of the Bridge River and Cariboo Airways Ltd. were transferred to McConachie Air Transport Limited and G.W.G. McConachie near the end of April 1938.

Here is a photo of a poster for Ginger Coote Airways Ltd, which hung in the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum, on a visit to the museum in the summer of 2007.

(Sources: Royal B.C. Museum Archives; Vancouver Sun; Kamloops Sentinel; Canadian Aircraft Register 1929 – 1945 compiled by John R. Ellis.)

Research: Neil Burton

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