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|Newsletter #1315 | March 29, 2015|
For Air Canada Retirees
|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. We've just upgraded to a new mailing system and website so many new features will soon be added.
If you haven't already heard, Air Canada Flight 624 made a "hard" landing (understatement) in Halifax this morning. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. Click here to read about it online.
We've made a lot of progress in the last week after issuing our first NetLetter (#1316) under the new format.
As promised, this is a resend of NetLetter #1315 from February which was missing a great deal of its content. We again apologize for the confusion in the numbering and the delay in the processing of the NetLetters. We are making progress though. As you can see, there is a lot of content here and it takes a while to set this all up and test/proof it.
The new website is coming along quite well. Although it's not even nearly complete, you can preview it at www.thenetletter.net Our old website is still online as well at www.thenetletter.org and we are in the process of moving all the past NetLetters over to the new site and cataloging them.
We are presently preparing NetLetter #1317 for publishing and the target date is April 12, 2015
Women in Aviation
This area was created to highlight Women in Aviation and the various participation and contributions women have made to aviation history worldwide.
Jack Stephens has sent us this information -
Reader Submitted Photos
Tony Walsh has sent us this string of recent great photos by his good friend John McManus (retired Air Canada YVR).
Air Canada News
(Submitted by Gretchen Dawson)
Doug Seagrim refers to the Christmas edition of the NetLetter to make this comment -
Don Edwards has sent in these comments after viewing NetLetter nr 1313 -
Thank you so much for including the video of Pat Sowsun at the celebration of his long association with TCA/AC. Pat was working in the WPG drafting office when I started there in October 1956 and the video brought to life many fantastic memories of that period of my own time in the drafting office. Never a dull moment when Pat was around.
Cheers! Jack Stephens
(Jack is referring to Vickers Viscount CF-TGI c/n 40 fin #601 - eds)
Dated September 22nd 1950, an offer of an air cruise on Sunday the 24th for the grand sum of ca$3.00 a 75 mile flight over Regina and the surrounding countryside. (tca-air-cruise.jpg) and in the September 28th edition this poster for Air fares of the Prairie Service. (tca-fare-poster.jpg)
Odds and Ends
Jim Griffith sent this along -
Early days of Malton airport aka Toronto Pearson International airport.
Malton’s first official landing was on August 29, 1938, with an American Airlines DC-3 arriving from Chicago, via Detroit and Buffalo. A Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Lockheed 14 Super Electra landed two days later, on August 31, 1938.
L/H Photo - The original terminal was an old farm house, which was soon replaced with Malton Airport’s first purpose-built terminal. (Source airwaysnews) Here is the control tower in 1943.
R/H Photo - This is the brick farmhouse that saw its acres striped with concrete, and its scare-crows helpless before the new mechanical birds, it became, in the beginning, the airport's administrative headquarters. Today (in 1943) it stands a long stone's throw from its modern successor, semi-deserted, but with plans afoot to turn it into a centre for the preparation of meals for T.C.A.
A cold winter day, before Jetways. That’s a Vickers Viscount in the background.
The Aeroquay with TCA Vickers Vanguards & Viscounts, and a BOAC 707. Photo: GTAA.
Terry's Trivia & Travel Tips
Terry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation related Trivia and Travel Tips for you our readers to peruse.
Thousands living near Heathrow Airport (LHR) eligible for compensation.
Around 3,750 people whose homes will not be subject to compulsory purchase orders will be offered 25 per cent more than the market value of their properties if a third runway is built. (source getwestlondon.co.uk)
Baggage policy - Air Canada
A stormy flight aboard a Boeing aircraft; an off-duty airline stewardess is sitting next to a man in the grip of serious white-knuckle fever as he watches, through his porthole, the aircraft’s wing bending and bouncing in the tempest. The stewardess tries to reassure him; she works in the industry and flies all the time, she tells him. There is nothing to worry about; the pilots have everything under control.
“Madam,” he replies, “I am a Boeing engineer and we did not design this aircraft to do what it is doing.”
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