John Bell refers to the article in "Terry’s Trivia and Travel Tips" in NetLetter #1408 regarding seating -

There were some (??) DC-3's that flew the Vancouver-Victoria run that had 28 seats.

John Bell.

In NetLetter #1312 issued December 7, 2014 under "First flights to the Pacific", James Ewen sends us this information -

tmb cpa cf tep first pacificI believe you have the names of Bud Potter and North Sawle mixed up. I worked for CP Air in Flight Crew Scheduling 1967 to 1968. I was on Captain Bud Potter's retirement flight.

(We, at the NetLetter, checked the original magazine and the names in the text differ from the names we added to the photo, so it appears as if James is correct.

Here we have a corrected photo - eds).

Graham Morley sent us this enquiry -

In 1957/58 a 1049 Connie' overshot the runway in Malton airport (YYZ) and ended up in the grass by the fence to the road we used to the ramp. We spent a day or so getting it out and into the hanger where it sat for ages!

It was finally fixed and sold but I don't know to whom. I recall that it crashed again I believe in California on its first flight! There appears to be no record of this incident in Connie' files.

Could you find the aircraft registration? It’s probably a C-FTG something and the dates of both incidents?


Ken Pickford responded with this information -

The TCA Super Connie overrun event you mention at YYZ was a little later than your 1957/58 recollection. It was February 10, 1960 and involved CF-TEZ, the last Super Connie delivered to TCA. It was one of two 1049H models built with main deck cargo doors and convertible to either passenger or cargo service.

More on that event here including several photos. (Note the first 2 photos are not of that aircraft but of CF-TGE which was restored more recently after being derelict for many years and is now on display at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle).

Reference: canavbooks.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/more-cf-tge-nostalgia

The crash you mention that wrote off that aircraft was this event at San Francisco on February 3, 1963. Four of the eight aboard were killed. It was then operated by U.S. cargo carrier Slick Airways and was registered N9740Z.

Reference: aviation-safety.net/database

One photo here of the aftermath of that crash.

Reference: i.pinimg.com/originals

It's mentioned towards the bottom (6th last paragraph) in this history of Slick Airways.

Reference: airwaysmag.com/best-of-airways/ship-air-slick-way-air

Here is the official accident report. Some of the pages are cut off a bit at the right edge.

Reference: rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/33688

Slick Airways was acquired by another U.S. cargo operator, Airlift International, in 1966. They ceased operations in 1991.

Ken Pickford.

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