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  NetLetter #1320 | June 01, 2015  
  The ACFN NetLetter

The NetLetter

For Air Canada Retirees

TCA Douglas DC-4

Trans-Canada Air Lines Canadair North Star DC-4M-2 in YVR - (1958 postcard)

  Hello ,  
  Welcome to the NetLetter, an Aviation based newsletter for Air Canada, TCA, CPAir, Canadian Airlines and all other Canadian based airlines that once graced the Canadian skies.

The NetLetter was created in 1995 by Vesta Stevenson (RIP) and Terry Baker and is normally published every two weeks (we're late sometimes). If you are interested in Canadian Aviation History, and vintage aviation photos, especially as it relates to Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada then we're sure you'll enjoy this free newsletter. 

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ACRA logo en 200Calgary ACRA hosts the 22nd Annual Lobster Party on June 6, 2015. This year’s event will be held at Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association.

Tickets are $50 for ACRA members and $60 for non-members. You can purchase tickets from Al Barbaro, Dan Dubuc, Norm Kneeshaw, Geoff Nicholas or Lorie Hyrnkiw. For more information check the Facebook events page: or contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Registration Cut off date has been extended to Friday, June 5, 2015! 
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Mark your calendars! The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) will be holding its 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, on 17-21 June 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.

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ACFN/NetLetter News

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The (new) NetLetter website has had another template update and we have published the Achives for Issues #1287 to #1312 which consists of all of the NetLetters issued in 2014. You can view these issues by visiting: (we still have to add the proper Publish Dates to many of these).

The purpose of preserving past issues of the NetLetter are for archival and genealogy reasons.

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Reader Submitted Photos

Robert Arnold sends in these comments -

tmb rmwc museumAfter reading the interesting article by Jack Stephens found in NetLetter nr 1315 about Linda Meckling, I thought I would follow up with a few photos I took at the Air Canada 75th Anniversary which was held on September 20, 2012 at the Western Canada Aviation Museum (now the "Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada").

In the photo you see from left to right, Shirley Render, Executive Director of the museum, Keith Olson, former Viscount pilot for Air Canada, Linda Meckling, retired Viscount Flight Attendant who also worked for the airline. Next you see Air Canada Captain, Larry Brown along with Air Canada Captain Gerry Norberg. A great time was had by all.

Robert Arnold

 Michelle Wall sent us this url of numerous postcards of views in BC. We have captured these three of aircraft, but with no dates available..

There are a lot of great photos under "Travel Old B.C." where these photos originated. You can follow this link if you would like to view all 407 photos.

tmb north star at yvr tmb north star at yvr 1
 tmb cpal dc3 over yvr


TCA/AC People Gallery

TCA/AC People Gallery

1942 - May 1st - First flight inaugurating air mail service between Gander and St. John's, between Moncton and Gander Nfld and between Sydney and Gander Nfld.

1979 - Oct 28 - Flights to LaGuardia commenced from Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Spotted in the "Between Ourselves" magazine
Issue dated October 1959
tmb saskatoon tigersThe TCA Tigers, Saskatoon's entry in the local RCAF softball league, are shown here following a successful season. The team, made up of Sales and Operations personnel, traveled to Regina to meet the TCA Aces and came home with another win to their credit. Top row, from the left: P. Hnatiw, K. Johns, D. Newfeld, E. Davis, Bottom row: B. Woodcock, T. Ploss, C. Sutherland, J. Kearney, H. Olson and D. Jones.

Found in the "Horizons" magazine
Issue dated September 1979.

tmb jamaica cargo staffNew cargo facilities were opened in Jamaica during 1979.

Shown in the photo are from the left, front row: Reservations Supervisor Carlysle Hudson, Jack Angus and Guy Courtois, Project Leader, Montreal.

Centre: S. Ross. Passenger Agent; Airport Manager W. Panton, Passenger Agents A. Ferguson and N. Henry; Cargo Agent W. Chambers; and Secretaries P. Burgher and L. Jones.

Back row: CTO Supervisor D. Gruchy; Shipper L. Mignott; Sales Representative F. Bartley; Shipper V. Simpson; Office Messenger L. White; Passenger Agent P. James; Toronto Cargo Sales Representative D. Denton; Cargo Manager K. Shaw, New York and Customer Service Supervisor J. Miles, Montego Bay.

Everybody loves a parade and Halifax employees are no exception. Under the direction of the Passenger Sales & Service division, staff members from all departments pitched in to build the float while others rode on it in the Halifax Natal Day parade, a traditional event in the port city.

tmb halifax natal dayFeaturing the theme, ''Bringing us all Together", the display depicting various aspects of the company's operations was trucked along the route by driver Arnold Burris. Halifax Mechanic.

Playing passengers in the photo are Nancy Banks, daughter of Ron Banks, Maintenance and Glen Wadden, son of Murray Wadden, Personnel & Administration Manager. Others on the float are, from the left: Michelle Gaulin, Flight Attendant; Bertha Lemke, Clerk-Steno; Art MacDonald, A/Commissary Manager; Mary Moriarty and Craig Corbett, Passenger Agents; Uli Toggweiler and Linda Corcoran, Flight Attendants; David Pettipas. Station Attendant; Peter Baker, Passenger Agent and Mechanics Bill Boutilier and Bob Lee.

In 1979 Toronto Passenger Agent Christine Fisher and Station attendantsDonald Johnston of Thunder Bay and George Clark of London Ontario celebrated their 25th anniversaries with the company.


 tmb 25 year club The trio topped the seniority list at the recent Quarter Century Dinner in Toronto and host John McMurtry; V.P. Central Region, welcomed them along with his 'junior' guests - the 27 employees in the region who had most recently joined the ranks of' the '25-year Club'. The invitations also included 14 employees who had achieved 30-year service mile-stones; indeed, the 44 guests around the dinner table were celebrating a grand total of 1,200 work-years with the company! Representatives from each of the eight stations in the Central Region were in Toronto for the gala evening which has become an annual affair.
John McMurtry, V.P. Central Region, cut the anniversary cake for his guests at the Quarter Century dinner in Toronto. Vying for the first slice are, from the left: Mabel Hamilton, Beth Richardson, Mary Barbeau (from Sudbury), Barbara Allen, Cathy Peck, Jack Callen, Sr. V.P. Ontario, Christine Fisher, Phyl Bent (seated), Joan Dancy and Irene Gouldie all of Toronto.

Allan Gray has sent us this photo -

tmb claude taylorJuly 1992, Maple Leaf Lounge YVR - with Claude Taylor
Met the gentleman here, always time for a photo with his AC family.

L to R Dixie Blackwood, Lucy McDonough, Claude Taylor, Jannet Tricarico, Allan Gray and Barbara Avitan.


Star Alliance News

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Lufthansa passengers excited about solar eclipse. On March 20, customers on board LH 435 from Chicago to Munich had the rare opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun on board a scheduled flight. Thanks to a minor change in its flight path, the aircraft passed the complete shadow southeast of Iceland at a cruising altitude of 12,600 meters above sea level. The passengers got to see this natural event from a special viewpoint from 10.37 a.m. CET for almost four minutes – one minute longer than it was visible on the ground


Alan's Space

Best photo-bomb ever? Seagull steals the show from Red Arrows display team.

An image that shows the latest addition to the world famous Red Arrows is a seagull has become an Internet hit. The amazing moment was captured by first year photography student Jade Coxon, 18, as she took pictures at the Llandudno Air Show on Saturday. And, since posting the stunning snap online on Sunday, Jade is over the moon to have got more than 1m views. The crisp pic clearly shows eight of the Red Arrows in tight formation trailing their famous vapour. But then where the ninth plane should be there is an intrepid seagull holding the formation in place and, amazingly, with his own vapour trail.

Follow this link for full story or click om image below




CPAir, Canadi>n People Gallery (New)

CPAir/Canadian People Galler

Al and Heather sent us this information and url -
Jimmy (The Greek) Melidones YVR was The Greek’s turf for 43 years, first with CP Airlines, then with Air Canada. He gave the word concierge new meaning. Read more about Jimmy here

Located in the "PWA Flightlines" magazine
Issue dated April 1986

tmb pwa halleys comet watchersIt was a twice in a lifetime thrill for Eve Forrester, 81, of Calgary.

Viewing Halley's Comet was a twice-in-a-life-time thrill. Her first sighting was as a child in 1910 from her home in Scotland. ''I have never ever forgotten it,'' Mrs. Forrester said. "Mom and Dad got us up out of our beds to look at it. I didn't realize the importance of the sighting then, but it is something l will always remember.''

The Comet was easier to see in 1910, Mrs. Forrester said of her view from Charter Flight 234. This time, armed with binoculars, she said she thought she saw it. Mrs. Forrester enjoyed her early morning adventure on one of the Comet flights, but said with a smile, "I didn't know champagne could be so potent."

Joining Mrs. Forrester for the photo are from left: Capt. Dave Mill, Syl Brooks-Dowsett, Alan McDonald, Peter Goossens, Assistant Lecturer, Calgary Planetarium; Patty McLafferty, Jeka Oklobdzija, and First Officer, Ron Muller.

Pacific Western's Halley's Comet charters will be remembered by the hundreds of people who managed to get a ticket on one of the 23 flights for at least the next 76 years, when Hailey's returns to give earthlings another sighting. Even though most of the passengers won't be around for the Comet's next visit, their stories will live on with their families for generations to come.

The special Halley's Comet charter program was probably one of the best public relations and promotional packages the airline has ever offered. Initially, the Charter Department scheduled three aircraft and put word out that people could take a Halley's Comet flight for $75. Within three hours all flights were booked and the waiting lists were growing. A few days after the promotion began it became evident that there were far more people who wanted to make the trip as a once-in-a-life time thrill than we could possibly accommodate. In the end there were 23 Pacific Western Halley's Comet flights: 13 from Calgary, 6 from Vancouver and 4 from Winnipeg. They were scheduled in the wee hours of the morning from March 21 to 25th 1986. Pacific Western can be proud they gave many people a chance to see it from a better vantage point.
(Edited from an article by Marilynn Knoch, Editor - eds)

tmb pwa holiday resShauna Dabrowski (front) was a little shy having her picture taken so her friends in reservations at Pacific Western Holidays gathered around to give her moral support. From left: Joan Coates. Sales Co-ordinator; Brian Ralphs, Sharon Holtan. Marilyn Lingren, Janiice Linton and Marion Olson.

Gleaned from the "Canadian Pacific Airlines Newsletter" found at
Issue dated July 1963

tmb cpa record crewA new trans-Pacific record from Vancouver to Tokyo of 8h:28m established July 3rd 1963 in DC-8 fin 603.

The record breaking crew on return to Vancouver. From left: Judy Inamasu, Carol Shimozawa, W.Tu (replaced steward Frank Ling at Hong Kong), Navigator Joe Nowazek, First Officer Rick Kilburn, Capt. Craig Stevenson, Second Officer Gordon Richardson, Purser Arnie Roeske, Joanne Louie (trainee stewardess) and Edith Underhill.

Issue dated January 1964
tmb cpa cec mcnealTwo New Year's Eves brought double kisses for DC-8 Capt. Cec McNeal from stewardesses Ina Laesecke, left, and Kumi Miyama, as Althea Young, left, and Eileen Suen kibitz behind. The situation resulted from the crew crossing Date Line on Dec. 31st., 1963 on a Hong Kong-Vancouver flight, the photo was used to publicize Orient route, and received wide coverage across Canada and overseas.


Readers Feedback

My name is Marcel Dube Air Canada retiree. When reading NetLetter Issue 1210 June 25 2012, I notice the gentleman punching holes from Winnipeg is Lloyd Smith.

tmb lloyd smith He came to Montreal around the 70's to complete his time before retiring due to the Winnipeg base closure. I remember well, we were partners on DC-8 overhaul. I include also some pictures of fin 724 the DC-9 destroyed by fire in hangar on June 2nd 1982.

tmb felix bachmantmb dc 9 wing repairs

A photo of myself, on the left, and Felix Bachman on the right replacing a five feet wing section on a DC-9 wing cut by a snow blower blade on the taxiway in Dorval.

The bottom photo is of our group discussing how to make the repairs. In the picture, the third man from the left is lead mechanic Jos Kurdna and the other is Guy Collin the foreman.

I retired on 2001 after 32 years as mechanic and foreman at Dorval Base .

Marcel Dube.

We received this request from Virginia Turner

We recently saw your web site and wonder if you may recall Ross Peyton of Peyton Lodge-Pangnirtung and then NWT, now known as Nunavut and owner of Peyton Lodge at Clearwater Fjord. I am writing to also inquire about brochures printed by Nordair about fishing arctic char in Clearwater Fjord.

(If anyone has any brochures perhaps you can contact Virginia e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - eds)


Odds and Ends

Patricia Henderson sent us this url -

Ted Beaudoin has been researching the Royal Air Force Ferry Command for his book "Earth Angels Rising". 

This decade-long project, for which research began in Jan. 2005 and ended in January 2015, has morphed into a trilogy.
Perhaps some of you readers may have had relatives within Canada`s civil aviation community who did join, either as full-pay employees of the British Air Ministry - who funded the RAF FC, or were seconded to it by their own carrier.
Contact for Ted Beaudoin is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips

Terry BakerThe conclusion of my secondment to Antigua, started in NetLetter nr 1318 & 1319 -

During my final month, I had a call from the United Nations in New York, the group that called me were into placing computer equipment into small emerging nations and the software supplied was to do various surveys of land, population and crops etc for the government and, after suitable demos to the local government, the equipment and software was donated, set up and training provided, and then they were on their own.

I was asked if the LIAT unit could be used for a demonstration, and I agreed. When the one person from the UN arrived, he asked if I could conduct the demo to the local government officials. He was unable to do the demo as his partner had gone sick. Fortunately everything had turned out OK.

Later over a beer in the local bar, the UN guy asked me if I was interested in such a job, the territory being the Caribbean and South America - such a temptation, but being a family man I had to decline. I passed him the name of one of my co-workers who I knew had applied previously for a job with the UN. This co-worker was contacted and he ended up working for the UN in Rwanda in South Africa and then Vienna.

The upshot of my job there was that LIAT asked me if I could 'drop in' later on the make sure everything was working OK and to trouble shoot if necessary. I agreed and got a tele every January for the next 7 years inviting me down. Each time LIAT supplied transport on BWIA, a car and hotel plus some 'beer money' and I would spend 3 weeks there helping out and generally discussing projects.

During one such visit, British Airways were powering up their reservations system for LIAT, together with TV and radio coverage. I was nosing around with David Attale when I heard someone call out 'Is Mr Baker here?', the LIAT rep said 'Over here'. I had lights shining on me, and a mike thrust into my face and I was asked questions about the new system being implemented - I stammered and spluttered until I was rescued. It seems that there was a Baker from BA in charge and they had the wrong one - my only claim to fame on the TV!

I have lost touch with LIAT etal, but one day, when I do a Caribbean cruise I may take in Antigua just for old time sake.

Terry Baker.



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