A Website Dedicated to the People and History of Pacific Western Airlines
This website is
created and managed by the former employees of Pacific Western Airlines.
The target audience is that membership. If you have any contributions or
comments, please submit them to the Webmaster. We also wish to say
thanks to our many generous contributors.
We have added a section called UPDATES and it needs
your help. Here is a place to post your action photo of your family, your
garden, in a far off land, or standing next to the company vehicle. Check
it out and email your update to let us
know you are alive and doing fine. Thanks!
While you are visiting, you may want to play the Pacific
Western Airlines Song
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year
Seasons Greetings from all of us to all of you. May this Festive
Season bring you and your families closer together and don't forget
those less fortunate. We are also reminded of those who left
us this past year and appreciate having known and worked with them.
Keep healthy active and enjoy life.
Dec 9, 2013 - The
Arctic Herc Rats
Just a reminder to check the monthly blog of the “Actic Herc Rats”
book website at
www.pwahercules.com . Colm Egan and Gordon Wilson are
interviewing anyone who had a connection with the PWA Hercules
Operation, flight crew, ground crew, agents and office support staff
and we ask you to contact them by email through the website.
Contributions of memorabilia and photographs (scanned copies at
300bpi) would be most welcome as Colm and Gordon compile this
information for the book. Two chapters, 1 and 3, are now complete,
20,000 words, and chapter 2, The Arctic, has just started. Clean out
your attic and basement and send the info to one of them!
Dec 9, 2013 - An Update on the last flight of A/C 745.
After the Nov 29, 2013 event
when A/C 745 - a former PWA B737-200 that took flight one last time;
the e-mails that ensued were of congratulations, pride,
thanks, nostalgia and many with
a lump in the throat were clearly emotional. There are a lot
of people who care. One member described it as: ... it
brought tears to my eyes, and flooded my soul with so many wonderful
memories." Theses emotions were also captured in the videos
of those interviewed as the event unfolded. . Here is another
quote - " I was at this loving occasion and was taken to the
hangar side by Tom Hendricks because of my help over the year. It
brought back a lot of good feelings but also remembering kids
fighting over the controls by make believe young pilots and the
strength of Boeing construction. Both pilots were from the new
Canadian North so didn't recognize them. They were overheard to say
it handled better than some of their regular 737,s. It was enjoyable
to see the old friend leap in the air and snub its nose at those who
tried to destroy her...
Again, its a job well done and probably something that will never
happen again. Yes the B737 will survive but the Muni could not
Here is a sentiment sent by C. Ettinger.
Been checking the website every week to see what's been going on
with Tail 745, I have to say I'm kind of sad to see her leaving the
Muni...don't get me wrong I'm also glad she will still be preserved,
but still.. Do you know if the rest of the museum will stay the same
or will be forced to shut down. You know, I still can't believe the
muni will be gone.. its really sad that airport was such a big part
of Edmonton's history, plus all the company's there like Esso and
the Edmonton Flying Club...It's crazy...Im really glad you guys are
keeping us informed about what's going on, even though I was never
an employee of PWA, The airline will always be remembered by me, I
even have quite a bit PWA memorabilia from old ticket jackets to
timetables from the 70's. Thank you for keeping the website alive as
I'm probably one of your biggest fans!! Thanks again! All my best to
Click here to view some new sequenced
stills of the re-launch
Watch the Global News Helicopter Raw
Video of the 13 minute trip
Nov 29, 2013 - AC
745 takes flight
Right on schedule at 2 PM MST today, A/C 745 C-GIPW departed YXD and landed
13 minutes later at its new home at Edmonton Villeneuve Airport located NW of the City
of Edmonton. It has been over 26 years since the
airline ceased to operate under the PW banner and after 8 ½ years
A/C 745 sat in storage, and was on display as a museum piece and
also used as a training facility; our airplane flies once more. It
is a proud moment that validates all of the former PW employees.
Kudos and congrats to the people at the Alberta Aviation Museum and
their Executive Director Tom Hinderks plus Capt T. Champion, Capt R.
Reaville, AME’s D. Hyrve and R. Kuzyk, Canadian North and all their
support plus flight crew and technical specialists and there are
many others. It was a great day for Pacific Western Airlines.
Watch the video here and here the roar of the jet engines one last
Read more of the story
plus find links to video and media reports that covered this event
Nov 1, 2013 New Old
Photos Rea Point and Panarctic Oils
Curtiss C-46 sent by
AJH "Joe" Collinson
Oct 24, 2013 Info on
the Bellanca Senior Skyrocket
We need your reader's assistance relative to an article I am researching for the
Museum’s newsletter. I am interested in an airplane that was manufactured
by Northwest Industries in Edmonton between 1945 and 1949. The plane in question
is the Bellanca Senior Skyrocket. Only 20 of these airplanes were ever built – 7
by the parent company in the U.S. and 13 by Northwest Industries under licence.
For the article, I am trying to identify the 13 planes that were produced and
what happened to them. I recently came across some information on the internet
that showed two Senior Skyrockets flying for PWA circa 1950. The two planes were
CF-EQQ and CF-EQR. The internet information noted these planes were Model
31-55B’s while Northwest Industries aircraft were commonly designated Model
31-55A’s (I’m not sure why the discrepancy exists).
I was wondering if any of your members might be able to tell me more about CF-EQQ
and CF-EQR – their origins, their use by PWA and their ultimate fate. If your
members know about any other Senior Skyrockets and what happened to them that
would also be of interest (for example, CF-DCE flew for Superior Airways of Ft.
William, Ontario and CF-DCH is on display at the Reynolds Alberta Museum – I
believe it is the last example still in existence).
Again, any help you or your members could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Any responses can be directed to my e-mail:
Thanks and best wishes,
Alberta Aviation Museum
link and another
link to find both of these aircraft
Update - CF-EQR was originally purchased by Associated Airways in 1949 and then
became part of PWA in 1957 when PWA took over Associated. PWA then sold it to
Basco Aircraft Supplies of Edmonton in 1959 and it was crashed in 1961 by an
individual leasing it from Basco.
CF-EQQ also came from Associated Airways to PWA then was sold to the Clark
family in Meadow Lake, Sask. in 1958.
Oct 4, 2013 - AC 745
We have been in contact with Capt Terry Champion (ret) - Edmonton Aviation
The changes at the Edmonton Muni downtown airport may necessitate that our B737
be flown to Villeneuve in November this year. The aircraft is in near
flying condition and work is being advanced by members and Canadian North.
Keep posted for new developments.
To All Former PWA Employees and Families
As you may have heard, the City intends to close the last runway November 30th
and immediately tear up the runways, taxiways, etc. And the City refuses to let
us expand our boundaries as we thought they would. As a result, there is
insufficient room for the Museum to keep the PWA 737, so it is important to fly
it out sometime in November. At the moment it looks like, with considerable
assistance from Canadian North, the aircraft will be flown to Villeneuve
Additionally, restrictions to our operations, imposed
by the City, could see the Restoration Dept., the Cadets, and most of the other
organizations in the hangar forced out, making it very difficult for the Museum
to operate in a solvent manner.
It is time to let the public know what effect the Cities actions will have on
us, so a public awareness event is planned for Saturday, October 12th from 11:00
to 2:00 PM. There will be a fly-in of light aircraft and the 737 will be opened
to the public. This will be the last time the public will have access to #745
for a long time, perhaps forever. So all members of the PWA family are invited
to join us next Saturday. Group photos will be taken from about 2:00 to 2:30
(bring your cameras!) Lets have a good turnout and let the City know what we
think of their plans. If you wore a uniform, and it still fits, please wear it.
If you are not a Museum member, admission is free for this event, but please
bring some I.D. or something to identify yourselves at the admission desk. Pass
the word around to those who do not have e-mail.
See you on the 12th!
Terry Champion (Capt Retired)
Sep 20, 2013 PM
Honours Pilot Heroics
G. Moul was recognized for his role in the flight to freedom in Uganda in 1972.
Amazing story and thanks C N R Beck. Read the article
Sep 4, 2013 -
Russ Baker Book
Found this picture in a book "Bush Flying to Blind Flying" British
Columbia's Aviation Pioneers 1930-1940 - written by Peter
Corley-Smith. Picture was on page 164 with the caption of: "Russ Baker
with one of the aircraft, a Junkers W-34, of his recently formed Central B.C.
Airways, circa 1947. - Dennis Kennedy
Sep 10, 2013 New Aircraft Pictures
Aug 12, 2013 Don Watson Tribute
tribute to Don Watson.
Aug 12, 2013 - Bud Husband (Capt)
Send Bud an email to wish
him a speedy recovery. He is at the Victoria General Hospital and
July 22, 2013 - AC752 Retires from
Pacific Western began B737 combi operations with AC732, followed by
AC742 then AC752 and so on. That sequence was altered with
AC784 which came from Dome Petroleum.
We received news that AC752 retired from service at Canadian North.
Quote - Last flight in commercial operations 14 July 2013 for 752
(flight 445 YZF – YEG) B737-275C - S/N 21294 - Line 481
delivered new to PWA Dec 1976. 81,196.1 hours and 77,008
cycles. Probably one more flight to YRQ where it will be
July 21, 2013
did a large section of reference material on Pacific Western
Airlines. Their link is below. Numerous references are
made to our website.
May 31, 2013 New Aircraft Photos
uploaded here - thanks to our
March 22, 2013 Air Transport News Awards
Regional Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year: Bombardier
Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year: Airbus
Engine Manufacturer of the Year: Rolls-Royce
Ground Handler of the Year: Çelebi Holding
IT Company of the Year: SITA
MRO Company of the Year: Lufthansa Technik
Airline Alliance of the Year: Star Alliance
Airport of the Year under 10 Million Passengers: Rajiv Gandhi
Airport of the Year 10-30 Million Passengers: Genève Aéroport
Airport of the Year: Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Cargo Airline of the Year: FedEx
Regional Airline of the Year: SilkAir
Low Cost Airline of the Year: AirAsia
Airline of the Year: Turkish Airlines
George Iatrou Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Tae Oum,
Woman of the Year: Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI
Leader of the Year: Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General, ICAO
March 22, 2013
- Stampeder Uniform
This month, the Aviation Museums in both Ottawa and Edmonton, went
on a search for missing components of their display 1970's era
Stampeders Flight Attendant Uniform. We are pleased to say all
of the items have been located but with the help of Terry Champion,
A Bidlock, M Garbencius, G Bradley, E Potts and R. Bertram.
Thanks to all.
March 17, 2013
NEEDED: White cowboy boots from a Stampeder uniform.
About 1971 the Company issued Stampeder uniforms to some or all of
the Edmonton based stews (as we used to call them). The outfit
consisted of a blue cowboy hat, white blouse, blue jacket, very
short white skirt, red bloomers, and white cowboy boots. The outfit
was discontinued fairly soon, apparently due to the way it attracted
unwanted advances from male passengers whose inhibitions had been
suppressed by consuming too many beverages. The “girls” didn’t like
the attempts to pull down their bloomers. I heard that at least one
passenger received a knuckle sandwich in return.
The Alberta Aviation Museum, in the big white hangar on Kingsway at
XD, the downtown airport, has a lot of PWA in its collection and
displays, including the 737 #745. Mary Ann Garbencius has donated
her Stampeder uniform for an upcoming display with the theme “Women
in Aviation.” She had retained everything except the boots and has
contacted many F/As hoping to find some boots, but to no avail so
far. If you still have the booklet issued after the wonderful 2002
reunion in Calgary you will see on page 9 a “stew” wearing her
outfit. Can anyone tell me who she is? Can anyone help us find some
boots? The Museum is very interesting and has input from many PWA
volunteers. The Curator is interested in PWA and would like to add
to our PWA archives. Please
contact me if you have an item(s) you would like to donate and I
will discuss it with the Curator. You would really enjoy a visit,
but if you are coming within the next couple of weeks snowshoes are
Capt Terry Champion Retired
March 7 - From the
Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
As assistant curator at the Canada
Aviation and Space Museum, I am responsible for the Museum's
collection of airline uniforms, which includes many from PWA.
I am working on an article about PWA's late 1960s flight attendants'
uniforms, particularly those worn on the Stampeder service,
and am interested in speaking with people who worked for PWA in the
late 1960s and early 1970s. If you would like to share
your memories of the late 1960s uniforms, and of the Stampeder
service in general, please
If you have uniforms you would like to donate, please send a note
and description and I will see if it fits in with our programme.
Best regards, Molly McCullough
Assistant Curator - Transport, Aviation
Conservatrice adjointe - Transports, aviation
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Musée de l'aviation et l'espace du Canada
March 7 - From the
Alberta Aviation Museum Edmonton (Article on the A/C 745 Story)
final version (PDF) of the
In Formation newsletter for March/April 2013 that has the
article on the Alberta Aviation Museum’s 737, C-GIPW. Thanks again
to you and your members for some of the photos and background
information on this aircraft.
Neil Taylor Newsletter Editor, Alberta Aviation Museum
Feb 22, 2013 from
L. Hrelia (Stronach)
Hi. I was browsing the internet and found this wonderful Pacific
Western Airlines website. My dad, David Stronach, was a HERC pilot
for PWA for many years. Unfortunately he passed away in a plane
crash on November 21, 1976 in Africa (Lumbumbashi). I have attached
three photos of my dad (2 of the photos are when he was a pilot with
BC Airlines). If anyone has any stories about my dad, I would
appreciate you e-mailing me. He was a wonderful man! Thank you.
Linda (Stronach) Hrelia (email)
Feb 8, 2013 -
Alberta Aviation Museum
While not a PWA alumnus, I am interested in the history of one of
the 737-275’s that flew for PWA and later Air Canada – C-GIPW. I am
the newsletter editor for the Alberta Aviation Museum, the current
home of C-GIPW, and I am working on an article about this airplane
for inclusion in our newsletter.
I’m hoping that some of your readers might be able to provide me
with background, stories or photos about C-GIPW, such as where it
flew and when, and whether there were any notable incidents
involving this aircraft. Personnel crew experiences would be great.
I do know that C-GIPW was built in 1979, its serial no. is 21712 and
that its Certificate of Airworthiness was dated March 1, 1979. It
later flew in service for Air Canada upon PWA’s amalgamation with
that carrier. On June 17, 2005 it was delivered to the Alberta
Any information or anecdotes that your readers could pass along for
possible inclusion in the article would be greatly appreciated. I
look forward to hearing from them.
Alberta Aviation Museum
info you may have, please pass it along. Some topics might be - what paint
scheme was 745 delivered in and did it ever carry its current livery. How
may more B737 did PWA take delivery of after 745. Was there anything
special with the engine specifications - EOW or GTOW that made it
different or anything in particular you may recall. Please email Neil
here Thanks from the Webmaster.
Feb 7, 2013 -THE
ARCTIC HERC RATS,
Just to let you know of a PWA project which has started. Colm Egan
and myself, Gordon Wilson, are writing a book called THE ARCTIC HERC
RATS, PACIFIC WESTERN AIRLINES, THE WORLD WAS THEIR LANDING STRIP to
be published in 2014 by Amberley Publishing of Stroud, England. We
are both former PWA employees and want to preserve this part of
Canadian aviation history. We will be seeking information on the
Hercules operation shortly when we establish a communication
website. Read the
Update on Quicket - we have the original
document promo for this product. Read the story in
Nov 2012 -
Lifetime Achievement Award for Alumni
Read the article
here. Congratulations Lynne.
Oct 2012 - Keeping
Posted from January 1970
I am attaching 3 photo's of the crew from a scan from Pacific
Western Airlines Keeping Posted 1970 January Edition and the AMA
round the world Charter. Isle passed away in Edmonton this
month - Garth Caron.
Captain Art Bell
First Officer Alex McTavish
Engineer Moe Sangster
Navigator Cliff Beck
Purser Gil Tsui
Purser Ole Damsgaard
Corry Van Vliet
Oct 11, 2012 - From Kory Down
Hi, my name is Kory Down – I worked as Jack Moul’s secretary in Contract and
Charter for 4 years 1968 – 1972. I actually started with the Law Department – I
believe his name was Wilson. But your picture of Val Hennell reminded me that he
and Brian Bourne were lost in a DC-3 south of Port Hardy. There were
others lost – Edmonton and Africa – all working charter flights. And all very
nice men. I also worked with Rhys Eyton who later took over managing
the airline. And I remember Don Watson and his daughter Sharon. Too many
wonderful memories. Probably long before your time, but all part of a wonderful
history that I am proud to have been part of. Kory
Oct 11, 2012 - From Germany
I was a Flight Attendant based in YXD over period from 1969 to 1975.
People would know me as Paquita Lamacraft (Kellaway) and I am currently a Senior
Business Consultant at Hewlett Packard, Germany. Great site…lots of
memories. I would like to
reconnnect with some of my former colleagues. I include some pics of
my new travelling companion Balu the 4 month old Chow Chow in front of a Porsche
from the Porsche Museum (he had just been greeted Dr Wolfgang Porsche himself).
This was just taken on my birthday last week in Zell am See in Austria. The
other was taken in Dresden last year. Please let me know if there is another
Cheers Paquita Lamacraft
Sep 13, 2012 - Peter Lougheed
With the passing of the RH Peter Lougheed, we the alumni of Pacific Western
Airlines must pause to reflect on Mr Lougheed and the Alberta Government
and their role in our history. I remember it well. One concern was how
involved they would be in the management of the business, but they stayed at
arms length and we moved forward with the growth that the '70's brought.
Mr Lougheed and the cabinet ministers travelled frequently on the Airbus.
Some requested forward seats to assist them with their schedules. At the
time we operated over 14 B737 in each direction between Calgary and Edmonton.
The cost savings to the government coffers for using commercial carrier service
over their private charters must have been significant. PWA was endowed
with many acronyms some nicer that others but the best one was - Peter's White
Airplanes. I think many of us thought of Mr. Lougheed as a staff
member and should truly be remembered as one of us. Thank you Peter
Here is a biography from
If you have a
tribute or a memory of travelling with Mr. Lougheed, please pass them on to the
Vancouver Party - June 30, 2012
If you have pictures or links to albums you would like to post, please email the
We are posting them here
July 1, 2012 From B. Nadeau with D. Watson
I attended the Canadian
Aviation Hall of Fame induction Dinner in Montreal last week. During the
evening I had the occasion to chat and have a photo with Don and Gisella Watson.
During the event, Don was named Chairman Emeritus of the Hall of Fame. Great,
June 24, 2012 - PWQ DC6 in Finland
Hello. I found your website and it shows that you flew one of the DC6's (CF-PWQ)
of which I have it's nose section preserved here in Finland..!! I
purchased it from Phoenix Arizona and had it shipped to Finland. I have spent
lot of time to restoring it and soon to be made to a flight simulator...:)
I'm sure some of your people would be interested of knowing this. E-mail me at
Here I include some images for you to see...
Thank You Pekka J Kauppi
May 2, 2012 - From SEA Operations
I am a former airline employee (Braniff). I was transferred to Seattle in 1973,
to handle Pacific Western Airlines Flights at SEA. You folks were a great
airline! Best people in the industry I ever met. I left Braniff, after being
"bit by the flying bug". Went back to University and US Air Force Reserve
Officers Training Corps (ROTC). The USAF began a massive drawdown after the
Vietnam war, and I was told "no active duty, no flight training! and I was told,
after making some announcements on a PA system, I had what it took to become a
newscaster. I have been in the business in the US ever since. Have also logged a
lot of flight time in everything from Pipers/Cessna's and F16s etc: Retired from
US Air Force Auxiliary as officer/public affairs.
Have a great day Dennis Crowley
Dennis worked with Lew Stannard CSM SEA where he handled flights of Convairs,
Electra, and once in a while a B737 or B707.
The DC7 -
International Operations -
In response to
the DC7B Video submitted by Cliff Beck, I would like to add a little history for
the web pages.
PWA started overseas operations in 1964 with DC6B’s and DC7’s. This endeavour
was lead by Captain Henry Schindler. Later that year, management, when
considering how best to retain their market share, decided to obtain 2 DC7C’s
for the 1965 program.
PWA operated the 2 DC7C’s on overseas charter flights from 1965 to 1968
** CF-PWM, EX KLM (Designated Seven Seas**) -
** CF-NAI, EX NWA
** 102 PAX + 4 F/A's, and up to 5 cockpit crew.
** MTOW 143.000 lbs
** MAX FUEL 45,770 lbs.
** Max Landing Weight 110,000 lbs.
aircraft was an improved long-range variant with a non-stop transatlantic
capability, improved 3400hp (2540kW) R-3350 engines and increased fuel capacity
mainly in longer wings, 121 built. - from Wikipedia
March 12, 2012 - Stu Russell sends us
The last commercial flight of the Hercules.
2012 - 1963 and 1970 Executive Org Chart (from J. Kapeller)
Here is a check ride on a DC-7 - very interesting (from C. Beck).
The Good Ol' Days ...
Feb 18, 2012 Some New Aircraft
(from DD -
Jan 15, 2012 - Pacific Western Display at Calgary Airport
webmaster was contacted by Ron Frayley who is working with the Calgary Airport
Authority on an airline display at the Calgary Airport and specifically one that
will showcase PW to Calgary travelers. Ron will send updates and info as
the project progresses so please check back. If you wish to contact or
help Ron - you can
email him here. We are very excited about keeping the memories of our
airline alive and seeing the results of these endeavours.
My name is Ron Fraley and I wanted to let the website and members know that I'm
in the process of arranging a Pacific Western airlines display at the Calgary
International. I have official drawings from Boeing of the paint along with
several photo's and artwork. I'm currently in the process of having a 1/50 scale
737-200 made for the display as well.
I think Pacific Western is a huge part of history in Canada and should be
recognized and remembered. It's a shame that there is nothing at the airport
remembering you guys and the airline. I feel this would be a wonderful
opportunity in Calgary considering hundreds of thousands travel through the
airport each year. Pacific Western means a lot to me in my life. As a child I
flew on the 737 to Yellowknife for the first time at 11 years old in 1986 and
during that flight I was able to go to the cockpit and fell in love. From that
point on in my life I wanted to become a pilot and managed to do that for a
I thought I would email you guys and keep you posted and maybe a little blurb
could be written up on the website about the display. The display should be up
some time this summer. I will send updates and photos of the different items
that will be included on display. Some of these items also include Nordair along
with CP air, but will primarily be Pacific Western. I would love the employees
to be able to contribute to the display as well.
I want to have a section where employees can have their name and a little
sentence of what it meant to them working for PWA. Even photo's of them at their
I look forward to hearing from you!
Cheers ! Ron!
P.S., The model pictured is almost a foot and a half. It should be completed
this week. It has an actual chrome bottom and engines. It should show really
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