Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

From a blog by Larry Milberry of www.canavbooks.wordpress.com

As usual, hardly a week passes that I’m not salivating over another of Les Corness’ wonderful old black-and-whites. First is a really classic scene from the early years of “modern” air transportation in Canada. CF-TDT fin #367 c/n 12093 DC-3P delivered September 28, 1946.

A crowd of well-wishers is seeing off TCA DC-3 CF-TDT at Edmonton’s famous downtown airport. Here’s your basic definition of “airport security” in Canada circa 1950. Delivered initially to the RCAF as FZ558 in late 1943, “TDT” next served TCA 1946-61.

I photographed it in Winnipeg when it was in its final weeks with the company in September 1961, just before it was sold to Matane Air Service in Quebec, on December 1, 1961.

In October 1966 it was sold to H. O. Rich of Miami, Florida registered as N7709. Sold to Universal Air Leasing in April 1969 then Tucker Enterprises aka Palm Tree Airways in July 1970. Last heard of, “TDT was derelict in Nassau in 1971 as N7709.

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