In NetLetter nr 1327, we had a request from David Postle regarding the late Gordon Rubenok.
David has sent us this update -
I believe that Mrs Rubenok has also seen the article but as yet we have not managed to make contact, but one day we might.
May I just thank you very much for publicising my request - it is very much appreciated. If ever Gordon Rubenok needed a character reference, he would have no problem from the people who were kind enough to write to me as it would seem that he was a highly respected member of the flying staff.
With best wishes David Postle
Betty Draper sent us an article from the "Winnipeg Free Press" dated September 1939.
Airplane comes to grief. TCA Plane Damaged When Tire Bursts On Muddy Airport.
Swerving about 100 yards across the corner of the landing field, at Stevenson Airport when one of its tires blew out. A Trans-Canada Air Lines plane carrying 10 passengers and a crew of three, on the afternoon of September 2nd dug into the mud on the airport's north/south runway.
No one was injured and the passengers said they were not particularly disturbed by the mishap. They were taken downtown for lunch, then brought back to the airport, where they left for the west on a second aircraft.
The crew comprised of Captain H. Seagrim, First Officer E. Allen and Stewardess Miss G. Leslie. The aircraft had been running east down the runway preparatory to taking off at 3:25 p.m. when the tire blew out. The pilot cut across a corner of the field, near the junction of the east-west and north-south runways. The latter runway had recently been dug up and was muddy and soft from the morning rainfall. Striking the mud, the aircraft came to a stop and leaned over on it's right wing. According to officials, the right wing, three propeller blades and the right landing gear were damaged, but they said the damage was not serious and could be repaired at the TCA shop in Winnipeg.
After reading “Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips” the item on air fares in NetLetter nr 1336,
Maureen Otway sent us this information -
So even now that's how the basic costs are arrived at along with "yield management" that all airfares are based on. The cents per mile goes up, and down accordingly.
Makes a lot of sense. Maureen Otway
John Rodger sent us this information -
In a later e-mail John tells us, I looked up Robert (Bob) Cofell on one of the National data bases from Oct 2014 and he is living in Quispamsis NB now.
Cheers John Rodger
(Last minute note: We are sorry to report that Bob Cofell just passed away on March 8, 2016)