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July 30, 2012 - Issue 1214

First Issue published in October 1995!
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Upcoming Events
Our first 75 years
Reader Submitted.Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!


The NetLetter is a compilation of current Air Canada News, aviation nostalgia, upcoming events and most important, articles and comments from you our readers.


Our target audience is towards Air Canada retirees whether they had been with TCA/Air Canada from the beginning of their airline carreers or arriving here through the various airlines that have resulted in what is now Air Canada.
We welcome your comments, suggestions and especially your memories and any photos of times gone by when our airline industry was quite different from what it is today.

Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team

Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.

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ACRA System Golf turns 50!

Just as Air Canada celebrates its 75 year anniversary this year, the employees who started the Air Canada Recreation Association over 50 years ago are also celebrating with their 50th Anniversary System Golf Tournament!


This is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone event that we hope you can attend.


Date: September 9 - 12, 2012 
San Diego, California

Venue: Sycuan Resort & Casino 


Prizes: To help celebrate this event, Air Canada Vacations has donated a prize of a 7 Night all inclusive package for two to Mexico with Air and Hotel at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba in a Double Occupancy Junior Suite.


For further information and registration visit: 

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Dreams Take Flight (YYZ) is having a Golf Tournament on August 29, 2012. Click on the image above for complete information.
Our First 75 years - Compiled by Terry Baker






- April 1st, 1946- T.C.A.celebrates its fourth birthday at Ottawa. Here is the cake which was made for the occasion.

1963 - TCA was the first airline in the world to introduce jet freighters with DC-8F equipment. 


1963 - October - Timetables for International services will be blue covered and north American services would be Red 


1966 - April 24th - First scheduled flight by Air Canada into Frankfurt.

1943 - Schedule issued effective April 1st.

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  


Image Blank 200px Del Horn has sent us this photo of the O'Sullivan's Lethbridge Native Sons, the Alberta - BC Champions - 1946-7 who
chartered a TCA DC-3 for their Pacific Coast Tour in January 1948. The picture was given to me by my "walking" partner George Cottle.  George is a long time (all his life) resident of Nanaimo, he played hockey for many years and played with some of the Hockey players in the picture.  Only one made it to the NHL (for a very brief period) and that was E. Dorohoy   Several played for the Nanaimo Clippers. (McLean, Holmes & Murphy).

Image Blank 200px Norm Foster sends this newspaper photo and this comment -  

Although we concluded what the press called the "cognac agreement" it resulted in wildcat walkouts by the IAM, forcing Claude Taylor to shut down Air Canada.for three days.


Capt. Norm Foster (ret)

Image Blank 200px We have received a number of group photographs from the family of Martin Betts, here is one of them - 

Attendees at the Joint T&B/THWG conference in LAX March 1965.

From the approximately 50 attendees, only 4 are members of our "family" - 

FIRST ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT Frank Masi - Central; Jim Clarke - Delta; John Clowes - Air Canada; Bill Noonan - T.W.A.; Harry Gibbons - lATA; Ruth Sarach - Eastern; Larry Pelegrin - ATC; Valerie Fall - lATA; John Ford - BOAC; Inder Sethi - Air India; Milt Schneider - T.W.A.; Jerry Condon - T.W.A.; Bob Geelen KLM.

SECOND ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT Dan Hamamoto - Aloha; Fred Jacobs - Delta; J. Page - Sabena; George Terroux - lATA; C. Puybaraud - Air France; Dick Jones - T.W.A.; Don Walters - American; Martin Betts . - Air Canada; Gene Starr - Pan Am; Nick Louw - South African; J. Anderton - Canadian Pacific; J . Shroitman -  El Al; Jim Babcock - Continental. 


THIRD ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT Kip Wharton - Pacific; Jeff Smith - BOAC; Bob Bechhold - T.W.A.; Tom Everman - Western; Ed Becker - American; Marvin Larson - Frontier  F. Hyatt - Qantas; Dieter Saamer - Lufthansa; Hans Hagedorn - Swissair; Claes Hellstrom - SAS; Bob Wall - United.

TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

Image Blank 200px Louise Garneau sent us this information - 

On July 5th 2012 Bill Marr celebrated his 95th birthday. He spent 43 years as a pilot, 40 of them with T.C.A./A.C  and retired in 1977. Bill Marr was born in England on July 4, 1917, but his official birth date is July 5, as his father insisted that he didn't want his son born on the 4th of July, U.S. Independence Day.


See Langley Times article at: 

Image Blank 200px In NetLetter nr 1195, we had information regarding the original TCA insignia and the iconic Speedbird emblem, which Imperial Airways of the U.K. adopted in 1924 and was later transferred to B.O.A.C. This is some of the emails from Jim Bruce on the subject -


The speed bird logo on the TCA logo was there for a very short time as B.O.A.C. made TCA take it off. But I guess that's common knowledge. It's interesting that on the fuel truck, it appears on the wheel cover.  Never noticed that before. 

Image Blank 200px The Connie is #406 (CF-TGF c/n 4563) and the North Star #213:(CF-TFM c/n 137) I'm not sure what airport that is.

Image Blank 200px The other 3 are taken at Calgary. The Lockheed is #44, I think it's a 14 but I'm too lazy to look it up.

Image Blank 200px The NetLetter checked and this aircraft was Lockheed L18-08a CF-TCV, the aircraft was the subject of this poster.

Image Blank 200px Ralph and Stuart Hay were cousins of my Mother, and were among the first TCA employees. They had previously started a flying club (April 1937). Among their aircraft was a J-2 Cub bought in Hamilton and flown to Calgary by Stuart.


One Clifford Locke rented the Cub and had a passenger Edith Webster. Tragically, Locke stalled the aircraft and it nosed in killing both occupants. The Cub couldn't be repaired and wasn't insured, so they had to give up the business. I guess it was shortly after this that the brothers joined TCA. (From Bruce Gowan's book "Wings Over Calgary", p.131-132.)

Our family used to have Christmas dinner with Stuart and Ethel Hay and their family.

Cheers, Jim

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceCanadian Aviation History

Below is a short video on the History of Aviation in Canada. It was created by Bombardier and is quite good.

I hope you enjoy it...

Canadian Aviation History
Canadian Aviation History

Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Issue dated - january 1990
Gathered from the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -

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Though no longer an on-line destination, Canadian's. Lisbon sales office is still very much alive and producing off-line revenues.


At a recent service pin presentation were, from left. Joao Graia, sales agent, 20 years, Alfredo DaCosta, sales agent, 30 years, Marcela Faro, 30 years (retired) with Isabel Gross, secretary, and Rene Syrenne, general manager, Benelux and Iberian Peninsula.

Image Blank 200px Canadian Airlines' Quebec City sales staff held a "sales blitz" recently, dressing up and visiting travel agents throughout the city to promote Canadian's Increased services to Quebec City.


Participating In the sales blitz were, from left, Gilles Rozon,  Pierre Bourget, Giullo Padulo, Lionel Jonthe, Pierre Marzioumian, Andre Durocher,  Linda Aucoin, Roger Cuillerler, Josee Fournier, Jean-Paul Varnatls, Linda Lee, Gordon Addleman, Stephanie Bishop,  Paul Pelletier, and Deborah Bourque.


Issue dated - April 1987
Inaugural flight 476 Toronto to Rio and San Paulo Brazil took place on May 2nd 1987.  A special commemorative coin was minted for presentation to the First and Royal Canadi>n Business class passengers.
A new in-flight magazine entitled "Canadi>n" was introduced May 1st to replace the "Empress" and "Skyword" publications.

Image Blank 200px Copenhagen staffers celebrate a successful representation for Canadian Airlines International at Copenhagen's recent Refs '87 Tourism and Trade Travel Fair.


From left, Hassan Wicks, Reservation  Agent; Ell Andersen, City Ticket Office Supervisor; and Bjarne Timm, sales rep, Denmark and Norway.


Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

Jack Stephens refers to his story in NetLetter nr 1213, and sends this comment  -

Another fine NetLetter...
Interesting story of the moving of the Viscount at Winnipeg. A well planned move to be sure!

I wonder how many people will catch my error in the "Kicked Off"
story I wrote. The DC-3 sits with tail down, and so I scrambled
down not up. Let me be the first to take notice.
Michael Leduc got his grey cells working and sends us this memory -
In looking back at TCA/Air Canada, I realized that this upcoming Canada (then Dominion) Day weekend was when, 50 years ago, Trans-Canada Air Lines moved their Headquarters to Place Ville Marie.  Before the move our offices were located in a number of sites in downtown Montreal.  Such places included the International Aviation Building, Terminal Centre Building, Station "B" Post Office (where I was at the time), Dominion Square Building, and the mail room in Central Station. 

I was in Station Services at the time and situated on the top, 40th., floor of PVM having a commanding view of Mount Royal and, on a clear day, looking miles down the St. Lawrence River.  Many employees' friends asked and were brought up to see the view atop of what was at the time the largest office building in the Commonwealth. Tempus fugit! All of this is from memory - no photos or articles! Cheers Michael Leduc

In the NetLetter nr 1211 under TCA/AC People Gallery, we had a photo of Grace Humphreys and this prompted a memory which Karen Skinner shares -
Hi, In the latest netletter, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful pic of Grace Humphreys. She had quite an astounding career since 1942. I remember her but did not know her well. I  had coffee with her a few times in our daily routine coffee group.  I worked in the airport 1968-1993. She aged gracefully over the years of employment & always took pride in the Air Canada uniform that she wore. Do you know when she retired? She was a lovely person & it brought back memories of that time. I am unaware whether or not she is still living. Thx for sharing.

Regards, Karen Skinner

Odds and Ends.

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Image Blank 200pxFirst day cover for the Concorde aircraft first flight of the prototype at Toulouse March 1st 1969.

Image Blank 200px Here is the layout for YUL, date unknown.

Image Blank 200pxOn May 1st 1927, Imperial Airways, the predecessor to British Airways, introduced the "Silver Wing", in-flight meal service on its London to Paris route. utilizing the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy equipment, thus becoming the first on a commercial aircraft. A male steward dressed in a smart white tunic on the two and a half hour flight. served just 18 passengers.



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The service represented the height of luxury at the time - 85 years ago.

Image Blank 200pxIn 1928, Lufthansa aka Luft Hansa, began taking delivery of the Junkers G31. The cabins were divided into three sections by semi bulkheads, normally to accommodate 15 passengers and the windows could be cranked open! .(Probably saved on sick bags - eds)



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Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerEmployee Travel Service (ETS) sends this friendly reminder to please ensure you arrange and purchase your back-up ZED tickets prior to your departure from home!


Please also remember that some stations including Madrid and Zurich do not have Employee Ticketing facilities. Other airlines will be experiencing similar volumes, so don't be caught waiting for days - be prepared! Also when traveling, please remember all employees are expected to check-in on the web or at the kiosks where available
Brian Walsh has sent us this url which may be of interest. It is an app for Android users and can provide information regarding Airport status, What you can bring thru TSA security, various travel topics and security wait times for US airports. Take a look. http://blog.tsa/gov/ 


Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Sign on the wall of the office responsible for arranging the flights for the British royal family states "NOBODY IS PERFECT - EXCEPT THE CAPTAIN"
Over the past years, we have had cartoons extracted from various "Between Ourselves" created by Dave Mathias.
Dave's first was a caricature of an associate Webb Heenan, which appeared in the issue dated April 1943.

Image Blank 200px This Dave Mathias cartoon appeared in "Between Ourselves" issued August 1962.

Image Blank 200px Robert Arnold found this in his collection and thought he would send it along. It is from the Winnipeg Free Press dated May 1975. If he remembers correctly, the Canadian  government of the day was in the process of replacing the CL-28 Argus with the Lockheed Orion as our new coastal anti-sub hunter. Of course cost was an issue. Robert  thinks the cartoon says it all as a possible suggestion for a replacement. Interesting replacement though. (Robert W. Arnold Collection).
Hope everyone enjoys the humour.Regards.Robert.  


During an exchange of emails regarding this cartoon we have these comments - Jack Stephens adds this comment upon seeing this cartoon.- I suspect the Free Press was influenced by the long fight to keep the Winnipeg Overhaul Base open.  Winnipeg lost the battle and also lost hundreds of TCA/Air Canada employees to Montreal. In May 1975, there were many Viscounts parked at the airport awaiting their fate. Perhaps many in Winnipeg, seriously asked the question: "Why can't the Viscount be modified to replace the Argus?" I wonder how many saw the humour in this cartoon?

Jim Bruce tells us that the cartoon is by Jan Kamienski, whom I remember well as the Wpg Tribune's editorial cartoonist from 1958-1980. I did a part-time stint as sports cartoonist at the Tribune in the mid-1950's for Sports Editor Jack Meek and his assistant, Jack Matheson.


The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here

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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!
Your NetLetter Team

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First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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