1961 jan nordair 1973Nordair founded 1947 ceased operations January 1987.

Timetable effective January 1961.

(from Bjorn Larsson collection)

PWA also had a "Silver Bullet" in their fleet.

tmb pwa silver bulletAC184 CF-PWQ, for a period in the early 70's Pacific Western operated a Lockheed Electra fuel tanker aircraft.

The equipment was used to support the Arctic oil exploration projects. It was unique in that fuel tankers were rare and this aircraft had the name and logo painted over the shiny unpainted aircraft.

(Source pwareunion.com

The last commercial operation of the Hercules Division at Pacific Western Airlines reported by Stu Russell.

tmb pwa last departureOn April 21th, 1984 Pacific Western Airlines operated the final Hercules flight with aircraft CF-PWN c/n 4129 fin nr 383 from the Panarctic Oils base camp at Rea Point on Melville Island. It was an historic event as the Hercules Division was another structural component that had built the airline. This photo is at Rea Point prior to departure.


The crew left to right: F/O Jim Semeniuk, Captain Roy Reaville, Project Manager, Stu Russell, S/O Bill Webster, Maintenance Crew Chief Brent Kirkpatrick, Engineer Robin Bergdahl and Line Maintenance Ron Howe.


tmb pwa las arrivalThis photo is upon arrival at YEG. The group now includes, with the crew, Manager, Herc & Resupply Al Philpott, Chief LM Vern Kuzio, Captain Rick Simons and our girl Nancy.

(Source pwareunion.com)

May 24, 2017 - The Sign from YMM

tmb pwa signageThis object was found and rescued by Sonny and Deb Hauser and is in the process of being sent to the Alberta Aviation Museum.

(Source: pwareunion.com

May 19, 2017 - From Andrew Lindner - Australia

A collection of mid-1950's pictures of the Norseman (left) and the Grumman Goose* (right) taken in the Tahsis area. Sent by Andrew Lindner from Australia  (relative of passenger).

Attribution of photo(s) to Brigitte Thurandt, who sent them to her brother, Hans Lindner.

tmb pwa norseman tmb pwa goose

*Note: Ken Pickford, who generously volunteers his time to proof read the NetLetter, points out that the photo on the right is actually a Grumman Mallard, not a Goose.

The Mallard is larger than the Goose, has more windows and a different nose profile and cockpit windows. A major Mallard difference is the tricycle landing gear when operated on land. The Mallard has a nose gear while the Goose is a tail-dragger with a tail wheel.

Below are links to photos of the Mallard and Goose, from Airliners.net,  to illustrate the differences. The Mallard may even be the one in the photo from Andrew Lindner. (Also note the Canadian Pacific Air Lines Bristol Britannia visible behind the Mallard in the 1958 photo at Vancouver. It would have been very new then as CPAL's first Britannias were delivered sometime in mid-1958).

Mallard (fairly rare, only 59 built 1946-1951)
Goose (345 built 1937-1945)

More on the Mallard and Goose can be found at Wikipedia:
Grumman G-73 Mallard
Grumman G-21 Goose

Thanks to Andrew Linder for contributing the photos and to Ken the additional info.

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