CP Air DC-8 'Empress' Fleet
I have always thought that Canadian Pacific Air Lines tradition of naming their aircraft 'Empress of' was a classy touch. We seem to find it comforting to give human characteristics to machines, even assigning gender to machines of transportation.
Canadian Pacific began naming its fleet of ocean liners with the 'Empress' brand in the late 1800's and continued with their fleet of aircraft that crossed the oceans. The Douglas DC-8's did have a regal air to them and wore the names very well. The names were not permanent and often were carried by more than one aircraft, depending on the service requirements (domestic or international).
Below is a table of the CP Air fleet of DC-8's and the names they were assigned during their time with CP.
|C-FCPF||601||DC-8-43||Feb-61||Empress of Vancouver/Rome/Santiago|
|C-FCPG¹||602||DC-8-43||Nov-61||Empress of Montreal/Buenos Aires|
|C-FCPH||603||DC-8-43||Apr-61||Empress of Winnipeg/Lima|
|C-FCPI||604||DC-8-43||May-61||Empress of Calgary/Amsterdam|
|C-FCPJ||605||DC-8-43||May-63||Empress of Toronto/Mexico City|
|CF-CPK²||606||DC-8-43||Oct-65||Empress of Edmonton|
|C-FCPM||607||DC-8-53||May-66||Empress of Lisbon|
|CF-CPN³||600||DC-8-51||Oct-66||Empress of Santiago|
|C-FCPT||608||DC-8-55F||Nov-67||Empress of Santiago|
|C-FCPO||801||DC-8-63||Jan-68||Empress of Honolulu/Tokyo/Quebec|
|C-FCPP||802||DC-8-63||Jan-68||Empress of Madrid/Honolulu/Alberta|
|C-FCPQ||803||DC-8-63||Feb-68||Empress of Lima/Hong Kong/Ontario|
|C-FCPS||804||DC-8-63||Jun-68||Empress of Hong Kong/Madrid/Sydney|
|C-FCPL||805||DC-8-63||Sep-72||Empress of Athens/Manitoba|
Pictured below: The Empress of Buenos Aires (C-FCPG) carrying an extra RR Conway engine in the 5th pod (inboard of Number 2 engine).
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Editor's Notes by Ken Pickford:
1 - The DC-8-43 pictured above (CF-CPG, Fin #602, originally "Empress of Montreal", later "Empress of Buenos Aires") is the DC-8 that became the first airliner to go supersonic (just barely, Mach 1.01) on a Douglas pre-delivery test flight in 1961, in a dive from 52,000 feet (believed to be the highest altitude reached by a commercial airliner before Concorde). I have flown on this aircraft a few times.
Good description of that flight at:
2 - CF-CPK (Fin #606) which was damaged beyond repair in an accident at Tokyo, March 1966.
3 - CF-CPN was the first DC-8 built. Made the first flight May 30, 1958, then registered N8008D. Referred to as "Ship One" by Douglas.
Originally a DC-8-11 with the original JT3C turbojet engines, it was converted to a DC-8-51 with JT3D turbofans in 1960 and probably used to certify the 50-series. After a couple of short leases by Douglas, it was sold to US charter carrier Trans International Airlines.
They leased it to several carriers, including CP for a year from October 1966 to October 1967. While with CP it was named Empress of Santiago and had Fin #600.
After the CP lease it was sold to Delta and spent about 10 years there, then went to Aeromexico, its final operator, for a few years. Spent many years in the desert before being scrapped around 2001.
In NetLetter #1453 we lamented the retirement of Fin #264 and that the classic TCA livery would be missed.
Happily, Air Canada has decided to paint its most recent A220 in TCA retrojet livery.
Registration C-GNBN, Fin #119, will soon enter service and continue the tradition.
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To honour retiring CEO Calin Rovinescu the airline has registered its first Airbus A220-300 after him. The A220 has the registration C-GROV, the 'ROV' tag referring to Rovinescu. In addition, the former CEO’s signature, name, and time served at the airline are distinctively displayed near the flight deck’s windows.
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This, the fourth in a series, appeared in the "Horizons" magazine issue dated June 1996.
Life as a Con by Annette Malvar
Have you ever had that dream vacation in your mind? That place which has always lured you, but you've never been able to visit? Me too and that place is Florence.
Its history, culture, wine and food — what's not to dream about? Actually, I finally did make it there last year with a good friend. But Florence will continue to elude me because I never got the chance to discover it.
How can that be you ask? Let me explain. First, we arrived the same weekend a big fashion show was taking place — apparently an annual event in this city. That meant Florence was packed with tourists.
Ironically, my friend had assured me prior to our departure that September was the shoulder month. Secondly, my friend insisted that we didn't need to make hotel reservations. "There's plenty of hotels, l am not going to spend more than $45 a night" she stated confidently.
Naturally, we ended up spending $90 a night, because the cheaper hotels had all been booked in advance. Once resigned to the situation however, I started looking forward to some sightseeing.
Since my friend had already been to Florence more often than an art critic, she'd seen every church, statue, museum and landmark in town.
For this reason, we didn't go to see the world-famous statue of David, she said the $22 entrance fee is too high. Nor did we see the famous Boboli Gardens, she said her garden at home was nicer.
We didn't climb the tower of the Duomo (a must for every tourist) for the most outstanding view of the city, my friend felt the line-up was too long. All was not lost however because my friend assured me she knew the best restaurant in all of Florence.
You guessed it; we spent all week looking for it!