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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 699  Jun 26th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2400+

Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker

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Alan MacLeod sends us this update -
The Lockheed "Tango Charlie Charlie", the airlines' "Queen of the fleet",
has been busy.

On June the 7th Capt. Harvey Reid and Capt. Gerry Norberg flew  the
aircraft from Dorval to Ottawa  Uplands. Shell Aviation donated hangar
storage for the next three nights during its stay. During the days, "TCC"
flew, from the National Aviation Museum, at Rockliffe , in support of
DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT.  Flights were booked to capacity and many folks had a
visit with our aircraft.

On Monday, June 10th, Capt. Patry and I flew with an M.O.T. inspector
representative, and completed our annual PPC (pilot proficiency check) to
keep our pilot license valid.  We then ferried the aircraft to Toronto Pearson.

Weekend of June 14th,15th and 16th saw "TCC" at the annual Canadian
Aviation Trade show in Oshawa. While there we flew a trip with Ms. Nancy
Diamond, Mayor of Oshawa, along with her invited guests.

There were  hundreds of folks visiting the aircraft and the DREAMS TAKE
FLIGHT group were there informing the people of the mission of Air Canada's

This weekend, TCC flew from the Toronto Island City Center airport in
support of DREAMS. Capt Ted Dodds and Capt. Ken Patry had the flying
responsibilities. Flights were booked and a waiting list, as always, was in
place for "no show" flyers. There were no "no shows"!

Tango Charlie Charlie will have a rest now for the next couple of weeks in
Toronto Pearson. Then the aircraft heads to Atlantic Canada.

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. Those of you living in the central and north of Vancouver Island, and
contemplating a cruise out of Vancouver, and don't trust standby air travel
with several $1,000's on the line, will be happy to note that Pacific Coach
Lines have instituted a bus service from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport with
connecting service to downtown and the cruise ship terminal.
Departs Nanaimo Harbour Park Mall at 09.30 via Dukes Point ferry arrives at
YVR 13.15 and the cruise terminal 14.15
Returns Vancouver Rosedale on Robson at 15.45, YVR 16.45 arr Nanaimo 20.15
One way fare ca$32.00. Schedule ends Nov 11/02

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. Tony Etherington sent this information  -
50 years ago, a BOAC airliner crashed landed 1,300 miles off course in
the Sahara desert. 18 of the 19 aboard survived.
The aircraft, a Handley Page Hermes G-ALDN, was cruising at 12,000 feet
over the Sahara, enroute from Tripoli in Lybia to Kano in Nigeria, during
the night of May 15th 1952.
At 0400 it was noticed that the sun was rising behind the aircraft rather
than on the port side. Due to a navagational error - no GPS in those days,
the calculation included the number 60 instead of 6.
Eventually the aircraft ran out of fuel and crash landed.
With the help of a Bedouin goat herder in 1955, a Bristol policeman, on a
vacation trip to Mauritania in west Africa, the aircraft was located and
the precise location recorded.
In January 2002, on a return visit to the site, the aircraft was
completely covered with sand. Efforts will soon begin to repatriate the
aircraft back to Duxford Air Museum to join the only other Hermes relic.
Aircrew for the crashed flight was Thomas Green, Monica Osborne, Len
Smee, Trevor de Nett, Thomas Smith and captain Robert Langley.

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. Your copilot recently took a Mediterranean cruise -
Day 1 - Our day started at 02.50 when our friends collected us from our
hotel to take us to the designated bus pickup for travel to Gatwick. We
were joined by two other couples from the UK retiree group. Our flight was
by Monarch Airlines B757, a UK charter company, to Barcelona, a 2 hour
flight starting at 07.45 . At security, I was selected, randomly
apparently, to have my footwear checked for explosives, and I wasn't
wearing my built ups either. The service on the flight was excellent, the
meal consisted of orange juice, roll, preserves, omlette, ham, sausages on
a bed of baked beans - well it was a jet aircraft!  Our party arrived in
Barcelona in good order, except for a suitcase of yours truly - the zipper
did not perform its intended purpose, so the appropriate claim for damage
to my Wal-Mart suitcase - which suddenly becomes a Samsonite - is being
processed as you read.
We had only a few hours at Barcelona, and had time to prowl along the
pedestrian street
to see the people performing mimes - facinating subjects.
Day 2 was a stop in Ibiza, where we strolled around the waterfront, but did
not take any of the optional bus tours.
Day 3 was the port of Malaga, where we took another stroll around the
waterfront, nothing too strenuous really.
Day 4 was in Gibraltar - now we enjoyed this town and took the tour which
ended up at the top of the mountain, where we saw one of the apes snatch
peoples food from their tables. We had been warned about this caper. Prices
are extremely good, especially for liquor - much cheaper than the duty free
at Heathrow. Gibraltar is a must visit.
Our final port visit was to Lisbon, rather a disappointment as we had spent
many visits in the past, but the city seems to be getting more depressive,
and prices certainly have increased since the joining with the European
Two days later, after crossing a rough Bay of Biscay, we arrived at
Harwich, where our bus awaited us. Midway through the trip we stopped at a
rest centre on the motorway, where, is you had any money left, Burger King
would be happy to sell you a hamburger and chips for gbp5.49, cheese
sandwich at gbp2.65 and a bagette for gbp3.49 something MacDonalds sell for
$1.49 over here. However, it is a captive market in those service centres,
as the same meal at the local Burger King where we stayed was had for a
mere gbp2.99. Gas was selling at 79.9 new pence per litre. Cigarettes
gbp5.15 for 20, beer gbp1.69 a glass. Average cost for B&B is gbp40.00
Our 7 day cruise cost gbp399 pp included the cruise, airfare and bus.
Accommodations at Heathrow Motel gbp37.50 share facilities, gbp47.50
ensuite and breakfast gbp3.00 pp. Free shuttle to/from airport and
underground. Bus service to local town of Hounslow passes the door.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Interlining Plus offer these deals -
Sea to Sky Tour
Includes Vancouver, Victoria & Whistler sightseeing tours, 5 nights
accommodation, ferry & motorcoach transportation during May 13 thru Oct 15
from ca$735 pp.
Cruises -
Norwegian Sun - Western Caribbean 7 nights from us$599 pp plus taxes.
Dep. Aug 31.
SS Norway - Eastern Caribbean 7 nights from us$399 + taxes Sept thru Dec 15.
Norwegian Sky - Vancouver to L.A. - 3 nights from us$199 + taxes dep Sept 29
Call 1-800-665-3100 for more details.

While travelling the U.K., try J.D.Wetherspoon Lodges for accommodations -
Glenrothes at gbp35.00 mon - Thu, gbp30.00 Fri-Sun  tel:01592-751157
Inverness, Chesterfield, Shrewsbury at gbp39.00 mon-thy, gbp35.00 Fri-Sun.
Tel: Inverness 01463-251800. Chesterfield Tel: 01246-293600.
Shrewsbury Tel: 01743-263203
Birmingham at gbp45.00 Mon-Thu, gbp40.00 Fri-Sun Tel: 0121-634-8100
All per room costs include ensuite, Tea & coffee makers in room, TV
& hairdryer.  Wetherspoon features a pub food menu.

Subject: Holland America - Special Interline Cruise Rates To:
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Premium - 5 star - Holland America
July 6: Montreal to Boston $580
July 7: Caribbean from Ft.Lauderdale $380 (outside)
July 7: Vancouver to Anchorage $380 (no outsides available)
July 13: Boston to Montreal $580
July 14: Caribbean from Ft.Lauderdale $430 (outside)
(the above ONLY - others will be much more expensive)
all the above are 7 nights, and port charges & taxes are additional,
with the port charges of $119.
USA funds and based upon 2 in a cabin.
JAMES F. C. ROSE - YOUR Cruise Expert
information: (204) 889-3885
fax: (204) 889-3885

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