Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

tmb pacific flying clubHistory of the Pacific Flying Club.

The club was established in 1965 as the Canadian Pacific Airlines Employees Flying Club and later became known as the Pacific Flying Club.

Originally located at Vancouver International Airport, we relocated to Boundary Bay Airport in 1985 when ZBB was recommissioned as an airport.

The Club's senior management team has been recognized as leaders in their field. Gretchen Matheson, the Club's Chief Flight Instructor in the 1980's and early 1990's, was a pioneer among women in Canadian aviation and was awarded the British Columbia Aviation Council's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.

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More from Larry Milberry's 'The Great Lockheed Twins' at canavbooks.wordpress.com


Built in early 1945 for the USAAF as C-54E - 44-9035, this DC-4 (civil designation) was sold within months by the US government Reconstruction Finance Corp. to Pan American World Airways.
"Pan Am" operated it as N88882 "Clipper Malay", until selling it in 1951 to Canadian Pacific Airlines (CPA), where it became CF-CUJ. This aircraft would fly many a trans-Pacific trip supporting efforts in the Korean War, and later to the Arctic, during DEW line construction.

In 1957 CPA sold the aircraft to Maritime Central Airways (MCA), where it was registered as CF-MCI. We spotted CF-MCI at Malton Airport several times in the early 1960's, when it mainly was busy on accounts here — either flying in rhesus monkeys from India by the thousands (at a time) for the production in Toronto of polio vaccine, or doing summer tourist charters in the trans-Atlantic trade.

One wonders if they ever got the smell of the monkeys completely out of the plane, so that passengers could be carried! On this occasion, CF-MCI is arriving at Malton on a very blustery January 30, 1960 with a load of monkeys. Imagine crewing on such a flight that would have taken a good 3 - 4 days from India on the other side of the world at a plodding 170-180 mph.

I wish some of the old time Canadian DC-4 pilots had written their memoirs, so we could get the inside story of their work, but the lazy sods traditionally have been loath to pick up a pen.

CF-MCI later served Eastern Provincial Airways and Nordair. Its flying days ran out in 1968, after which it disappeared for scrap.

Editors' Note: CF-CUJ c/n 27261 delivered to CPA on November 3, 1951 and assigned fin #413. Sold to Maritime Central Airways (MCA) on April 10, 1957.

Source: CPAL History by D.M. Bain

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One of Transair's fleet of hard working DC-4's serving the DEW line at one time. DEW line resupply contracts periodically changed. In the early years Maritime Central Airways (MCA) of Moncton dominated the show.  Later it was Nordair from Dorval, periodically Transair, at other times PWA and CPA on the western DEW line.

CF-TAL was acquired in the US early in 1961 to bolster DEW line capacity. It returned to the US in 1973, a time when Transair was modernizing with such types as the Argosy and B737. Last heard of (1983) CF-TAL was N301JT in storage under the Arizona sun. 

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Yet another wonderful landing shot, this one showing Northwest Orient Airlines' (NWA) N291 at Minneapolis on August 20, 1963. This was during one of the great cross-country driving trips that Nick Wolochatiuk and I used to make in Nick's VW "Beetle".

In this case, were on the road living like street people on a few dollars a day — for 3 weeks!

How is this (photograph below) for a perfect angle on a DC-7C? Notice how these old prop liners were so filthy where the exhausts spewed out their smoke and crud. N291 served NWA 1957 to 65, then it spent a few years as CF-TAY with Transair of Winnipeg. Again, many outfits followed, the plane finally ending as freighter HI-524CT in the Dominican Republic and going for scrap around 1990.

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