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Ken Bjorge has sent us this link to a slideshow called "The Maiden of Maiden Flights!"
For full story,
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1947 - April 15th
CF-TEM - The crew who flew the first North Star to Britain.
A. J. Blackwood (Flight Radio Supervisor CGTAS), First Officer D. E. Mclnnes, Captain G. W. McLaren, Mr. Symington, Purser-Steward Douglas V. Miller, Captain J. L. Rood, Flight Operations Superintendent, CGTAS, who flew as check pilot on the flight.
Calling all bilingual Management employees, Pionairs and friends! (We assume this plea would include retirees too - eds) In gearing up for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we are looking for passionate and committed volunteers within the management and retiree group to help us deliver the best possible experience for our customers.
From February 9-March 3 and from March 12-March 21, we need bilingual volunteers to provide French language support at Vancouver Airport. You will be responsible for helping to refer customers to the appropriate personnel for assistance and working together with the operational group to ensure that day-of activities run smoothly. Also required will be active management staff to assist with above and below-the-wing operations (bilingualism not required).
By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to be part of our role as Official Airline and Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, providing our customers with superior service. Applications are due by December 11, 2009.
For more information and instructions to apply, go to the
Portal > Olympic and Paralympic Games > Operations
> Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Volunteer Application Form and Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Volunteers - Frequently Asked Questions.
Over the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier "Horizons", should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.
Musings from "Between Ourselves" magazine
Issue dated May 1947
The Boston Traffic Office staff.
Moncton Maintenance Staff.
Two-Thirds Scale P-38!
Never too old to start a new project!
Jim O'Hara is a member of EAA chapter 493 in San Angelo. He is a retired college professor (I believe in Aeronautical Engineering) who learned to fly when he was about 60 years old. He's now 81 years old. Fifteen years ago, he began construction of a 2/3 scale P-38. Using information he obtained from various sources about the P-38, he drew up a set of plans using a computer aided design program (CAD). Jim and his wife Mitzi built the entire aircraft by themselves. He first flew his plane in July of last year (2008), and has just completed flying off the time (I believe it was 50 hours). He designed the plane to have a small jump seat behind the pilot for his wife, she's tiny, and it's a good thing... the jump seat doesn't have much room.
He made his first cross-country with Mitzi from San Angelo to Fredericksburg on Saturday, October 24, 2009 accompanied by many of his friends from Chapter 493. He's planning on bringing it to Eldorado for our annual BBQ the next Saturday (Oct 31).
What a fantastic achievement!!
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Over the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier in-house magazines, should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.
All former employees of Pacific Western Airlines and Transair may be interested in knowing that the former web site has been revamped and well worth another visit.
The webmaster is most anxious to get some input, stories and any photographs.
More photos that Heather Johannson has sent us.
Bill Cameron has sent us this article.
Something that may be of interest to readers of 'The Netletter'. The proverbial 'beating swords into plowshares'.
A weapon of war being turned into a peace-time air transport!
From 1946 to 1960 Canadian Pacific Air Lines operated four (4) Consolidated PBY5-A, a war-surplus, twin-engine amphibian aircraft.
All four aircraft had been flown on anti-submarine patrols with the RCAF on Canada's East Coast; with two of the aircraft also based at Reykjavik, Iceland, and Wick, Scotland in 1944.
On April 17th, 1944 'Canso' Aircraft - RCAF Serial 9767, flown by F/O T.C. Cooke & crew of No. 162 (BR) Squadron RCAF, operating out of Reykjavik, Iceland - succeeded in sinking a German submarine U-342 at 60.23N, 29.20W with three depth charges.
This aircraft entered CPAL service in 1946 on Canadian Civil Registry as CF-CRR, operating in Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia, before being sold by CPAL in 1960. After various Canadian owners, C-FCRR was removed from Canadian Registry in 1995, and believed to have been sent to France.
'Canso' No. 9767 was built in 1943 by Boeing Aircraft Co., at Sea Island, Vancouver, BC - under license from Consolidated Aviation of USA. 'Canso' 9767, CF-CRR, may very likely be the only Canadian-built, and Canadian Registered Commercial Civil Transport aircraft to have been in active combat during the Second World War, and to successfully have sunk an enemy vessel.
Two of the CPAL 'Canso's were lost in accidents in Quebec, and at Prince Rupert, BC
Karin Fulcher did the unthinkable and took her eyes off her golf ball, but this is why...
I was recently in Palm Springs.
One day the sky was just perfect for contrails, and as I was playing golf I looked up and saw the most amazing sight.
Three lines of a tic-tac-toe grid - and sure enough a few seconds later an aircraft flew right through the pattern making a perfect grid
I was just hoping for a couple of Snowbirds, or Blue Angels to come by and play the game. I hope you can make out the contrails OK - pretty amazing I thought.
Jack Stephens has sent us more Viscount information.
Hi Guys...This part of the interesting story of Air Canada, CF-THB (c/n 219) parked in the hamlet of Garland, in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Perhaps you have read her unique story of how she ended up in this out of the way place.
If not I urge you to go to
Here we have these two photos.
(Jack has involvement with the web site
U.K. Oxford Kidlington airport has been re-branded as "London Oxford Airport", making it the ninth airport to have the designation "London" the other eight are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend, Biggin Hill, Ashford and City.
Ice Pilots NWT - History Television a very interesting series. On the forum in
Posted by "Jarge"
Watched this show with great interest. If nothing else, it brought back memories of 55 years ago. As a young apprentice engineer, we did all the things shown in that film.
Gassing up C-46's by overwing refueling. Wind howling, snow blowing and you crouched on the non skid tape on the wing handling, what seemed to be a 'garden hose' for a fuel line. Took forever!
Sometimes, a wrong move and you'd go sailing off the trailing edge of the wing and bounce a couple of times on the ground. Lots of winter clothing helped to prevent injuries.
Changing spark plugs on two engines because they'd been fouled while the pilots waited for oil temps to get to the proper temperature for a 'runup'. The engines were covered (as we saw in the film) and a Herman Nelson heater with two heat ducts was routed into the engine area. One duct was rigged to blow on a pail of Varsol. We kept wrenches in there so that they were warm for a few minutes while removing plugs. When the wrench got too cold to handle you put it back in the Varsol and got a 'hot' one.
Took two of us all night to change plugs on two engines. The day shift finished off the cowling up of the last engine then put the Herman's on for 4 hours before trying to start up! Lots more to this story but I'll leave it at this. It was a delight to relive those times of so long ago as nothing has changed in the operation of those grand old piston machines. Check this web site for more information, stories and a schedule of TV presentations -
A travel tip from the UK Pionairs monthly newsletter. One of the best places for changing money is Travelex at Heathrow. They are on web site
New ZED agreement signed with Star Alliance carrier
- Brussels Airlines (SN). This ZED agreement becomes effective December 1st, which means that you will be able to process your ZL paper tickets for yourself, spouse, dependent children under 25 and ZH for your accompanied travel partner and parents directly on the Employee Travel Website as of that date.
New ZED agreement signed with Air Tahiti Nui (TN).
This ZED agreement becomes effective December 1st, which means that you will be able to process your ZM paper tickets for yourself, spouse, dependent children under 24 on the Employee Travel Website as of that date.
Overheard over the Florida panhandle this week.
Jax Center: "Airliner 123, Jacksonville Center. Climb and maintain FL 320."
[20 seconds later]
Jax Center: "Airliner 123, Jacksonville Center. Climb and maintain FL 320."
[30 seconds later]
Jax Center: "Airliner 123, do you copy Jacksonville Center?"
Airliner 123: "Airliner 123. Climb and maintain 320. Sorry - we were on our laptops."
Jax Center (laughter in the background) :
"Roger that. I guess that's going to be your guys' version of our 'Say again. I was on the landline.''