Jim Griffith contacted to advise that December 9th 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the tragic loss of TCA North Star Flight 810. Rien van Tilbourg has written an excellent article for “In Formation” that is a nice historical tribute.
We contacted Mr. van Tilborg and he has graciously given his permission to make his article available to our readers.
Betty Draper has sent us this media article titled Western Girl Air Stewardess dated July 23rd, 1941.
Following the recent increase in its international service to three flights daily between Toronto and New York and Toronto and Windsor, and general extension of service, Trans-Canada Air Lines has added eight more registered graduate nurses to its stewardess personnel.
Under the supervision of Miss Margaret Dickson, supervisory stewardess, eastern division, the girls received three weeks of intense training at Malton airport, consisting of familiarization flights, maintenance methods, flight operations, meteorological service and traffic operations.
They all passed the written explanations with flying colours and will doff the familiar nurse's garb of white for the natty blue and grey summer uniform of their sister stewardesses to enter regular passenger service. Coming from as far as Saskatchewan in the west, to the province of Quebec in the east, only one of the girls had experienced air travel prior to the inauguration of their course, but they are all enthusiastic and anxious to commence their regular duties.
Included in the class were: Annette Robitaille, Montreal; Doris Richards of Warkworth, Ontario; Anne Taylor of St. Thomas, Ontario; Harriet Broad of London, Ontario; Margery Noble of Bala, Ontario; Delia Murphy of Belleville, Ontario; Harriet Naylor of Madoc, Ontario and Muriel Hanbridge of Kerrobert, Saskatchewan.
(No photo was available - eds)
John Kneebone refers to the article regarding the Britannia aircraft, in NetLetter nr 1355 and sends this comment -
Just read the latest NetLetter and regarding the start date for the Transcon routes Flt 1 and 2, I started in reservations March 9, 1959 and no Transcon at that time, but started in May 1959, I remember it well as we were very busy with the new route.
Many thanks for all the news,
(John is quite correct the year was 1959 – eds)