Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

Third part of Canadian Pacific history -

C.P.R. has done much to stabilize the costly and competitive '' bush country'' operations which have been a sore spot in Canada's aviation picture for many years.

Faced with ultimate transcontinental competition unless the Government should force a merger of the two railroad companies (an unlikely prospect), Trans-Canada is busy extending its services to Halifax and preparing to extend its Lethbridge-Edmonton route to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, junction point for air traffic in Alaska. The White Horse route will be opened early next year and the radio facilities will be complete sometime this year.

For some years the British have called attention to its so-called "Red Route," a proposed air service extending from the British Isles to Canada and westward over the Pacific to Australia. The "Red Route" would not touch the United States. But it seems clear that the dominating force in development of such a route will not be London, but Montreal, and the big force in Montreal is C.P.R.

An important factor in the expansion program is the expected immigration in Canada of ten million people from England and France after the war is over, doubling the country's population. Even in the midst of war, Canada seems more bent on preparing for future prosperity than on an all-out war effort.

C.P.R. is making up for lost time. It had wanted to launch the first Canadian transcontinental route but the Government pushed its own plans and invited C.P.R. to share 50-50 with it in the organisation of Trans-Canada. C.P.R. would not go along on this deal and the Government assumed complete ownership of Trans-Canada through its railway, Canadian National.

(Source: Financial Times Archives - 1941)

(Final part is in NetLetter #1406 -eds)

Found in the PWA Reunion web site -

October 20, 2018, from the desk of Captain Terry Champion (retired) 'Jack Johnson's Jenny'.

To the Alumni People of Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines International.

This authentic 1918 Curtiss JN-4D ‘Jenny’ was the oldest airworthy aircraft in Canada when it last flew in 2009. It was built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company in Buffalo, New York, in May 1918.

During the First World War it was stationed in Waco, Texas and was used for training pilots. After the war it was owned and flown in Uruguay by a Hungarian pilot who had flown for Germany during the war. In 1929 he put the Jenny into storage at his shop in downtown Montevideo, where it sat until discovered by an American missionary in 1971 and then repatriated to the United States. Unable to complete the restoration process, he sold it in 1977 to Captain Jack Johnson (retired). After 21 years of painstaking work, Jack’s Jenny took to the skies again on July 16, 1998.

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The aircraft shown here is 100 years old and is an original, not a replica. The owner, Capt. Jack Johnson, retired Pacific Western Airlines pilot, has graciously donated this valuable aircraft to the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton. This very welcome addition to the Museum's collection was not expected at this time so the Museum has no budget to develop the appropriate display space required.

We are asking former employees of PWA and Canadian Airlines to help fund this worthy aviation history project. The museum is also seeking funding for this project and discussions are being considered for that organization to make matching funds to our contributions. Any funds left over will be used to enhance other displays in the historic Alberta Aviation Museum WW2 hangar. Please mail your cheque to the museum and designate your donation to "Jack Johnson's Jenny:" Alberta Aviation Museum 11410 - Kingsway Edmonton AB T5G 0X4 OR credit and debit cards will be accepted at (780) 451-1175. Tax receipts will be issued for the full amount. Your contributions made through the airline alumni group will be appropriately recognized and incorporated into the Jenny display.

Thank you, Captain Terry Champion, (Retired)

Update: Total raised as of Nov 2, 2018. $2,925.00. Terry Champion advised the generosity of the PWA Alumni has been overwhelming however the plans and budget to build the Jenny display have been modified to reflect revised donation targets. Terry and the Alberta Aviation Museum pass on their thanks and are very encouraged by the generosity and support for this program.

(Source: http://www.pwareunion.com/)