From a blog by Larry Milberry at:

Here we have a photo of CF-CPJ Lockheed Lodestar c/n 16302 allocated by the USAAF and delivered to CPA during 1943 and assigned fin #43.

Passed to Trans-Canada Air Lines on August 18, 1944 and registered CF-TDG fin #54 modified by TCA to type 18-08A-2200. Sold to Massey Harris Co. on July 14, 1948 after 11,211 flight hours of service.

Source: Air Canada - 'A Pocket Guide'.

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Lockheed Lodestar ex CPA (CF-CPJ) and TCA (CF-TDG)

Ironically registered 'C-FTCA' (fin #638), this B767-300 came to Canadian Airlines in April 1989. 

Following Air Canada's merger with Canadian Airlines, C-FTCA served there from 2001, but also had leases (Ansett Australia, Qantas, etc.). Its long career included 3 or 4 incidents including twice when severe turbulence injured people aboard.

Then, on March 4, 2019, while landing at Halifax from Toronto with 219 aboard, C-FTCA ended in a snow bank facing the wrong way - that must have caused a bit of grief on board!

One report explains: "About 2,570 meters down the runway the aircraft skidded, turned around by 180 degrees and came to a stop in a snow bank. Ground services reported the runway was 100% ice, the chemical truck had just broken down while trying to spray the runway."

See for more details of this incident. 

Although it' is now over 30 years old, C-FTCA was recently in Tel Aviv for conversion to freighter configuration for Air Canada's expanding cargo fleet.



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From the "InfoCanadi>n" magazine.

Issue dated June 1988

Teams tackling B-767 snags, they're tracking better now!

A two-man 'SWAT squad' has been working overtime to tame the B-767's, which made a somewhat rebellious debut with the airline.

With the aircraft now in service, the responsibility for chasing down snags to bring on-time performance up to standards belongs to the Line Maintenance Department, which has assigned senior maintenance specialist Dave Miles and senior avionics specialist Doug Smith to the task.  

While Smith and Miles are handling the line problems, a team headed up by John Brom from Central Engineering is tackling the teething and design problems, as well as highlighting areas where additional training may be required. 

The colourful expression 'SWAT' (it means Special Weapons and Tactics) is "for want of a better word", says Darrel Smith, group vice president operations, but 'SWAT' seems appropriate for the task at hand. "It means that we have dedicated these people from our Maintenance and Engineering Department to look into any problem with the B-767 right away, day or night, to the exclusion of their other activities," Smith said. read more120t

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