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Extracted from CP Air "Blue Skies" Edition 2 - 1978

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tmb eric petersonThe Vancouver East Cultural Centre's hit play "Billy Bishop Goes to War" has joined forces with CP Air in the National Tour commencing in July at Vancouver and through to next February when it completes its tour in Edmonton. In March, the play moves to Broadway.

CP Air is proud to be associated with this delightful play depicting the antics of Billy Bishop as a youthful flier in World War l. The tour commemorates CP Air's 20th anniversary of their Transcontinental service across Canada.

On the left:

"TEA-TIME" - Eric Peterson, the star of "Billy Bishop Goes to War" is pictured having tea at the home of Lady St. Helier, wealthy widowed grande dame who influences Bishop's career. Peterson portrays Lady St. Helier and sixteen other characters during the performance.

Both Peterson and the Play received top honours from Toronto's Globe & Mail; Best Actor and Best Canadian Play.

More info at

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Dr. Fred Hemming's S.E. 5 aircraft is overshadowed by CP Air's giant Boeing 747. The comparison illustrates the development of the airplane in just over fifty years, The S.E. 5 was flown by Canadian hero, Billy Bishop during World War l. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of its Transcontinental service, CP Air proudly sponsors the National Tour of "Billy Bishop Goes to War".

Life and times of DC-6B - CF-CZV

Malton's classiest DC-6's were the CPA DC-6B Empresses. These were almost daily Malton visitors into 1961, although CPA's Britannias were taking over. Seen on November 28, 1959 is CF-CZV "Empress of Suva".

These long-range beauties ranged far and wide on CPA's routes from Vancouver to Hawaii, Fiji and New Zealand, down to Chile and across to Amsterdam. Anywhere that they wouldn't step on TCA's toes back in those deeply regulated Canadian airline days.

Delivered new in August 1957, "CZV" served CPA into late 1961, when it was sold in Sweden. Many global operators followed (Greenland Air included), with the old classic eventually ending in
1998 with the South African Airways Historical Society.

Larry Milberry

you tube linkIn 2010 it was made airworthy for a final flight to a private dirt strip in the Republic of South Africa. Click the YouTube icon for the video.
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Following is the aircraft's service history as published at:
The Douglas DC-6 Association of South Africa

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tmb info canadianOn January 9, 2021 Mike Bernemann posted this photo on the CPA Facebook page:

Not sure the year. Found this today in some old pics. My mom is front row 1 to the right from centre. Anyone know if this would be her flight attendant grad class or?

Gillian Watson responded and supplied this list of names :

This is the class of March 68. I have the names of most; Lynn Stewart is my source!

Back row left to right: Barbara Hiltpolt, Janet Yuen, Rebecca Nunez, Annie Laine, Julie, Ginnie Beacham or Mitchum and Lynn Simmons.

Front row left to right: Fay Hyndman, Lise Autotte, Christine Kuntzler, ?, Francois Valloten, Suzanne Dore, Nora Rorhinger, ?, Marlis Gunther.

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Submitted by Hasse Marthinsen on February 29, 2020 to PWA reunion website at:

C-GSPW a/c 783 - Still Flying for Air Inuit.

This is our B737-275C C-GSPW a/c 783 now owned and still flying in Canada under the same registry for Air Inuit. This picture was taken the other day in YUL. It is the pride of the fleet.

It still flies in a 'combi' configuration. It has been fitted with an EFIS system upgrade.

Just great to see. I worked in YXD in 1967 for 2 years and the rest in YVR as a learner, mechanic, crew chief and supervisor in maintenance. 

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