Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

Eric Watt shares this information and photos -

I wanted to share some of my collection of adult model aircraft with you. Generally speaking they are 1/400 scale, with the Trans-Canada Air Lines Super Connie being 1/144 (collector's item from Corgi- had it for 20 years now).

I also have that Lancaster bomber turned into airliner used by TCA, also 1/144. I now have 189 aircraft in my collection.

I'm also trying to collect WWII fighter models connected to Canadian Pilots...such as Buzz Beurling, Willie McKnight who flew with Douglas Bader and others.

I wonder if there are other readers out there who collect?

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Hi... Greetings from beautiful springtime in Ireland.

The photo below was taken by myself,  E. Mike Horan, past employee T.C.A. reservations, circa 1958/66.

In the photo are reservations agents at the sales office on Church St. in Toronto (prior to move to 130 Bloor West).

I am not sure of the names, but I believe that two of them could be: Bill Spandier (2nd from left, red hair) and Nancy Toward (3rd from left, in uniform).

Can any readers assist in identifying the members of this team?

Supervisory names from that office then: Mike Power (fellow Irishman - gave me the nod!), Dave ForbesHowie Steen and Jack Campbell.

Also there was an (infamous) pub close by frequently used by the off duty shifts called the Morrissey Tavern.

Question - am I that only ex-employee of T.C.A, known to your subscription list, currently residing in Ireland?

Cheers, Mike

Editors' Note: We checked our subscription list and Mike is our only current subscriber residing in Ireland. Also, it seems that the Morrissey Tavern was located at 817 Yonge Street but closed in 1997.

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